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Ferdinand L. Rousseve papers

Identifier: 321

Scope and Contents

The papers of Ferdinand L. Rousseve contain professional, as well as academic papers documenting Rousseve's life as an architect, professor, and civic leader. The papers contain approximately 130 pieces including correspondence, diplomas, lecture notes, articles, photographs, and awards that reflect his academic and professional careers. The bulk of the papers pertains to his education and his years as a scholar and teacher, as well as his work as an architect.

Of interest are photographs and sketches of houses and buildings that were designed by Rousseve mainly located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Of note are invitations designed by Rousseve, as well as greeting cards and invitations designed by Richmond Barthe. The papers also contain speeches by Rousseve and include a speech he gave in 1943 to the National Catholic Rural Life Conference entitled "What Does the Negro Offer the South". Lastly of interest are letters between author Dreck Wilson and Elise Rousseve concerning Wilson's manuscript on Black Americans in architecture.

Notable correspondents include Mordecai Johnson; Endicott W. Peabody, Governor of Massachusetts; and Rev. William L. Keleher, President of Boston College.


  • Created: 1914-1979
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941-1949
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1982


Conditions Governing Access

Ferdinand Lucien Rousseve papers are open and available for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


3.00 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Elise Clark Rousseve

Method of Acquisition


Appraisal Information

The Ferdinand Lucien Rousseve papers are a rich documentary source in the area of African American architecture.

Related Materials

The personal papers of his brothers, Rene Joseph Rousseve, Charles B. Rousseve, and nephew, Ronald Rousseve are at the Amistad Research Center. Also, the printing blocks for the Barthe cards are in the Richmond Barthe Papers.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in March 2012.

Ferdinand L. Rousseve papers
Shannon Burrell
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

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