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Guide to Collections in the University Archives
 
 
Abrom Kaplan Papers, 1890-1960
 
 
Collection 200
Abrom Kaplan (1872-1944). Papers, 1890-1960.
10 feet.
 
Abrom Kaplan was considered to be one of the greatest pioneers of the Southwestern Louisiana rice industry. He was born in Poland on 1 September 1872 and immigrated to the United States in 1885 where he worked in cigar and furniture factories. In 1886, he moved to Louisiana and became a resident of Acadia Parish in 1888. Kaplan was married twice, and had a child by the name of Irving B. with his first wife.

He opened a mercantile business and invested in real estate. Also Kaplan was responsible for helping to establish rice irrigation systems. He eventually opened rice mills in Crowley, Abbeville, Gueydan, Esterwood, and Donaldsonville, Louisiana. He became the owner of a large rice mill in Dewitt, Arkansas. Kaplan also became head of rice milling and irrigation interests and of a bank in 1902, the town of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish was found by him. He helped establish churches of all denominations. Land was donated by his nephew to build the Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital of Kaplan. He died in Crowley, Louisiana on 30 March 1944.

Note: For fuller biographical information, see A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, 1988.

This collection consists of diaries, correspondence, financial records, ledgers, letterpress books, microfilm, notebooks, and other miscellaneous materials as well. Abrom Kaplan kept extensive records of any business transactions that he conducted or was a part of. The bulk of the material in this collection was dated around 1908 thru 1930s. There are some records that begin in the late 1890s.

This collection was donated by Brian Kaplan [nephew of Abrom Kaplan] and transferred from UNO with the help of Whitney Broussard.
 
 
SERIES:
 
A. Diaries 1-1 through 5-4
B. Correspondence 5-5 through 8-16
C. Financial Records 8-17 through 8-37
D. Ledgers 9-1 through 9-6
E. Stock Certificates 9-7
F. Bank Records 9-8
G. Letterpress Books 9-9 through 9-11
H. Miscellaneous 9-12
I. Notebooks 9-13 through 9-14
J. Microfilm 10-1 through 12-7
     
INVENTORY:
     
BOX 1
     
1-1 Diary: 3 August 1908 - 31 July 1909  
1-2 Same: 1 August 1909 - 30 March 1910  
1-3 Same: 1 April 1910 - 8 April 1911  
1-4 Same: 9 April 1911 - 31 December 1911  
1-5 Same: 1 January 1912 - 31 December 1912  
1-6 Same: 1 January 1913 - 30 June 1913  
1-7 Same: 1 July 1913 - 31 December 1913  
1-8 Same: 1 January 1914 - 30 June 1914  
1-9 Same: 1 July 1914 - 31 December 1914  
1-10 Same: 1 January 1915 - 30 June 1915  
1-11 Same: 1 July 1915 - 31 December 1915  
1-12 Same: 1 January 1916 - 30 June 1916  
     
BOX 2  
     
2-1 Diary: 1 July 1916 - 31 December 1916  
2-2 Same: 1 January 1917 - 30 June 1917  
2-3 Same: 2 July 1917 - 31 December 1917  
2-4 Same: 1 January 1918 - 30 June 1918  
2-5 Same: 1 July 1918 - 31 December 1918  
2-6 Same: 1 January 1919 - 30 June 1919  
2-7 Same: 1 July 1919 - 31 December 1919  
2-8 Same: 1 January 1920 - 30 June 1920  
2-9 Same: 1 July 1920 - 31 December 1920  
2-10 Same: 1 January 1921 - 30 June 1921  
2-11 Same: 1 July 1921 - 31 December 1921  
2-12 Same: 1 January 1922 - 30 June 1922  
2-13 Same: 1 July 1922 - 31 December 1922  
     
BOX 3  
     
3-1 Diary: Index, 1923  
3-2 Same: 1 January 1923 - 30 June 1923  
3-3 Same: 1 July 1923 - 31 December 1923  
3-4 Same: 1 January 1924 - 30 June 1924  
3-5 Same: 1 July 1924 - 31 December 1924  
3-6 Same: 1 January 1925 - 30 June 1925  
3-7 Same: 1 July 1925 - 31 December 1925  
3-8 Same: 1 January 1926 - 30 June 1926  
3-9 Same: 1 July 1926 - 31 December 1926  
3-10 Same: 1 January 1927 - 30 June 1927  
3-11 Same: 1 July 1927 - 31 December 1927  
     
BOX 4  
     
4-1 Diary: 1 January 1928 - 30 June 1928  
4-2 Same: 1 July 1928 - 31 December 1928  
4-3 Same: 1 January 1929 - 30 June 1929  
4-4 Same: 1 July 1929 - 31 December 1929  
4-5 Same: 1 January 1930 - 30 June 1930  
4-6 Same: 1 July 1930 - 31 December 1930  
4-7 Same: 1 January 1931 - 30 June 1931  
4-8 Same: 1 July 1931 - 31 December 1931  
4-9 Same: 1 January 1932 - 30 June 1932  
4-10 Same: 1 July 1932 - 31 December 1932  
     
BOX 5  
     
5-1 Diary: 1 January 1933 - 30 June 1933  
5-2 Same: 1 July 1933 - 31 December 1933  
5-3 Same: 1 January 1934 - 30 June 1934  
5-4 Same: 1 July 1934 - 31 December 1934  
5-5 Correspondence: letterpress books, volume 1  
    2 November 1897 - 24 May 1898  
5-6 Same: letterpress books, volume 2  
    3 July 1898 - 1 June 1899  
5-7 Same: letterpress books, volume 3  
    24 May 1899 - 2 September 1899  
5-8 Same: letterpress books, volume 4  
    2 June 1899 - 17 November 1909  
     
BOX 6  
     
6-1 Correspondence: letterpress books, volume 5  
    30 January 1900 - 27 June 1900  
6-2 Same: letterpress books, volume 6  
    6 August 1902 - 18 January 1903  
6-3 Same: letterpress books, volume 7  
    4 March 1904 - 29 August 1904  
6-4 Same: letterpress books, volume 8  
    21 March 1905 - 16 August 1905  
6-5 Same: letterpress books, volume 9  
    31 January 1906 - 30 May 1906  
6-6 Same: letterpress books, volume 10  
    30 May 1906 - 14 November 1906  
6-7 Same: letterpress books, volume 11  
    1 April 1907 - 13 October 1907  
     
BOX 7  
     
     
7-1 Correspondence: letterpress books, volume 12  
    25 May 1908 - 28 December 1908  
7-2 Same: letterpress books, volume 13  
    29 December 1908 - 27 October 1909  
7-3 Same: letterpress books, volume 14  
    27 January 1902 - 16 January 1908  
7-4 Same: letterpress books, volume 15  
    24 August 1909 - 20 September 1910  
7-5 Same: letterpress books, volume 16  
    22 June 1909 - 26 February 1912  
7-6 Same: letters, 2 November 1897 - 31 October 1910  
7-7 Same: 18 March 1911 - 10 September 1922  
     
BOX 8  
     
8-1 Correspondence: letters, 20 February 1923 - 12 February 1924  
8-2 Same: letters, 18 February 1924 - 28 August 1930  
8-3 Same: letters, 31 December 1931 - 12 March 1932  
8-4 Same: letters, 7 April 1932 - 24 September 1932  
8-5 Same: letters, 27 September 1932 - 20 December 1932  
8-6 Same: letters, 4 January 1933 - 13 February 1933  
8-7 Same: letters, 17 February 1933 - 21 March 1933  
8-8 Same: letters, 22 March 1933 - 24 June 1933  
8-9 Same: letters, 24 June 1933 - 30 August 1933  
8-10 Same: letters, 2 September 1933 - 31 October 1933  
8-11 Same: letters, 1 November 1933 - 10 December 1933  
8-12 Same: letters, 11 December 1933 - 17 January 1934  
8-13 Same: letters, 17 January 1934 - 9 March 1934  
8-14 Same: letters, 10 March 1934 - 30 April 1934  
8-15 Same: letters, 1 May 1934 - 26 May 1934  
8-16 Same: letters, 5 September 1934 - 15 May 1935  
8-17 Financial Records: assets and liabilities, 30 January 1904 - 31 March 1909
8-18 Same: assets and liabilities, 30 April 1909 - 28 February 1934  
8-19 Same: bank records, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-20 Same: budget, 30 July 1904 - 28 December 1919  
8-21 Same: budget, 12 April 1920 - 22 April 1922  
8-22 Same: budget, 29 October 1922 - 1 April 1935  
8-23 Same: canals and mills, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-24 Same: canal and mill earnings, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-25 Same: correspondence, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-26 Same: federal estate tax, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-27 Same: insurance records, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-28 Same: memorandums, 20 December 1909 - 31 October 1932  
8-29 Same: memorandums, 2 March 1933 - 30 April 1934  
8-30 Same: rice crop estimates, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-31 Same: salary and bonus schedules, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-32 Same: stockholders, 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-33 Same: miscellany (court decisions), 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-34 Same: miscellany (maps, envelopes, receipts), 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935
8-35 Same: miscellany (newspaper clippings), 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935
8-36 Same: miscellany (personal trips), 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
8-37 Same: miscellany (postcards), 6 March 1894 - 1 April 1935  
     
BOX 9  
     
9-1 Ledgers: 1890 - 1900  
9-2 Same: 1900 - 1905  
9-3 Same: 1936 - 1948  
9-4 Same: 1941 - 1948  
9-5 Same: 1946 - 1960  
9-6 Same: warehouse receipts, n.d.  
9-7 Stock certificates, n.d.  
9-8 Bank records, 1924 - 1928, 1931, 1932  
9-9 Letterpress books: volume 1 (separate index), 12 October 1900 - 24 May 1902
9-10 Same: volume 2, 10 April 1902 - 1 May 1904  
9-11 Same: volume 3, 1 May 1904 - 20 February 1911  
9-12 Miscellany: scrapbook, 1914, 1918 - 1921, 1932  
9-13 Notebooks, 1891, 1893 - 1897  
9-14 Same: 1891 - 1908  
     
BOX 10  
     
10-1 Microfilm: Accession no.50, roll #1, v.1-5, 3 August 1908 - 31 December 1912
10-2 Same: Accession no.50, roll #2, v.6-13, 1 January 1913 - 31 December 1916
10-3 Same: Accession no.50, roll #3, v.14-21, 1 January 1917 - 31 December 1920
10-4 Same: Accession no.50, roll #4, v.22-29, 1 January 1921 - 30 June 1924
10-5 Same: Accession no.50, roll #5, v.30-35, 1 July 1924 - 30 June 1927
10-6 Same: Accession no.50, roll #6, v.36-41, 1 July 1927 - 30 June 1930
10-7 Same: Accession no.50, roll #7, v.42-46, 1 July 1930 - 31 December 1932
     
BOX 11  
     
11-1 Microfilm: Accession no.50, roll #8, v.47-50, 1 January 1933 - 31 December 1934
11-2 Same: Accession no.50, roll #8, v.47-50, 1 January 1933 - 31 December 1934
11-3 Same: Accession no.50, roll #4, v.22-29, 1 January 1921 - 31 December 1924 [DUPLICATE]
     
BOX 12  
     
12-1 Microfilm: Accession no.50, roll #1, volume 1-5  
    3 August 1908 - 31 December 1908 [DUPLICATE]  
12-2 Same: Accession no.50, roll #2, volume 6-13  
    1 January 1913 - 31 December 1916 [DUPLICATE]  
12-3 Same: Accession no.50, roll #3, volume 14-21  
    1 January 1917 - 31 December 1920 [DUPLICATE]  
12-4 Same: Accession no.50, roll #4, volume 22-29  
    1 January 1921 - 30 June 1924 [DUPLICATE]  
12-5 Same: Accession no.50, roll #5, volume 30-35  
    1 July 1934 - 30 June 1927 [DUPLICATE]  
12-6 Same: Accession no.50, roll #6, volume 36-41  
    1 July 1927 - 30 June 1930 [DUPLICATE]  
12-7 Same: Accession no.50, roll #7, volume 42-46  
    1 July 1930 - 25 December 1932 [DUPLICATE]  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Document last revised Monday, March 18, 2013 11:46 AM

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