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Alphabetical List of Collections: O

Note: Larger holdings are labeled "Collection"; smaller holdings (less than 2½ inches) are labeled "Manuscript".

Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company (ODECO). Collection, 1969-1991

Collection 549

7.5 inches
The Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company (ODECO) was an offshore oil drilling company founded by Alden J. “Doc” Laborde and John Hayward in 1953. The company was headquartered in New Orleans, and they pioneered semi-submersible drilling rigs. Throughout much of the company’s existence, a monthly newsletter called ODECO Soundings was released to highlight the activities and accomplishments of ODECO. This collection contains issues of the newsletter from 1969 to 1991. Susan Couvillon and Doc Laborde’s family donated the collection through Jason Theriot.

Offshore Oil and Gas History Project, 2001-2006

Collection 301

5 volumes
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior, sponsored a study to examine the historical evolution of the offshore oil and gas industry and its effects on Louisiana’s coastal culture, economy, landscape, and society. Between 2001 and 2006, over 450 interviews were recorded for the project. Each interview provides a unique look at the offshore oil and gas industry and its impacts on workers, their families and their communities. The interviews are on compact discs.

Ogden, Edward Bennett, Jr. (1904-1983). Papers, 1944, 1961-1981, 1990 (PDF)

Collection 166

10 feet
Mainly the business records of Ogden who was active in the rice brokerage field. He worked in Cuba for many years until forced out by the revolution in 1961. He had a close connection with the Godchaux Family and Louisiana State Rice Milling Company.
Donated by Mrs. Edward B. Ogden, Jr.

Olivier, Andre A. (1889-1980). Collection, 1929-1965

Manuscript 105

1 folder
Material written by or about Andre Olivier, promoter of St. Martinville. Several items are reprints of newspaper articles issued as small broadsides.

Olivier de Vezin, Francoise Victoire (1758-1820). Collection, 1814-1820

Manuscript 120

2 items
Copy of Letters from Sisters of Ursuline Convent to Andrew Jackson, 20 December 1814 and copy of obituary in convent's register, 1820 for Sister St. Marie. Transcripts and photostat. Ursuline Convent, New Orleans, LA.

Olivier Duclozel, Pierre ( - ). Succession Records, 1840-1848

Manuscript 35

1 folder
Legal documents connected with the succession of Pierre Olivier Duclozel, St. Martin Parish Estate 914, 1840-1848. Photocopies.
Donated by Mrs. Drouet W. Vidrine.

Opelousas and Attakapas District. Brand Books, 1739-1944

Collection 114

2 volumes; Microfilm: 2 reels [35mm]
Official volumes of cattle brands kept by Register of Brands.

Opelousas (Louisiana), City of. Oral History Collection, 2019-2021

Collection 528

14.7 GB
Opelousas is a city located in St. Landry Parish. Established in 1720, it is the third oldest city in Louisiana and prides itself as the Zydeco capital of the world. This collection contains oral histories from residents of Opelousas. Topics include life in Opelousas during the 1940s and 1950s, experiences as educators, the Civil Rights Movement, Cajun and Creole cultures, Zydeco music, and the Louisiana Orphan Train Riders. Melanie Lee-Lebouef of the City of Opelousas Tourism donated this collection.

Oppenheimer, Joel ( - ). Play, 1960s

Manuscript 53

1 folder
Photocopy of play, Like a Hill. Drama. **RESTRICTIONS**

Original Little Louisiana Company. Pamphlet, 1889

Manuscript 185

Original Little Louisiana Company of San Francisco. Organized February, 1887. 33rd Drawing Class L Regular Monthly Drawing, Capital Prize, $7,500, Tuesday, November 12, 1889. Louisiana State Lottery Company at New Orleans. Drawing held September 10, 1889.

Orleans Parish Notarial Records, 1739-1928

Collection 355

Microfilm: 382 reels
Records from selected Orleans Parish notaries, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries

Osborne, Ollie Tucker (1911-1993). Papers, 1927-1985

Collection 93

24 ½ feet; oversize
Ollie Tucker Osborne's papers detail the activities of one of Louisiana's leading advocates of women's rights during the 1970s. Osborne was extremely active in the League of Women Voters and the Evangeline ERA coalition. She attended conferences and workshops throughout the South. She was appointed to the 1977 state women's convention in Baton Rouge and was elected a state delegate to the national convention in Houston. She helped organize and coordinate a number of workshops and conferences in Louisiana on women's rights. The papers reflect Osborne's activities in the women's movement and her career in advertising. There are several scrapbooks concerning her years in New York. The largest series contains League of Women Voters records of the local and state levels. The collection includes memos, correspondence, publicity materials (a great interest of Osborne's) and, often, photographs. Her photographs of delegates to the 1973 Constitutional Convention are probably one of the better visual sources on its participants. Ollie Tucker Osborne donated the papers as part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.

Osborne, Robert S. (1908-1991). Papers, 1947-1954, n.d.

Collection 173

5 inches
Mainly literary manuscripts of Dr. Osborne who was long-time member of the USL English Department.
Donated by Ollie Tucker Osborne.