Yesterday I visited the Historic New Orleans Collection. I was able to get the names of a few books which I hope can be obtained through an inter-library loan with UNO. I went through a few books about women in the 1800s in Louisiana. Wow, they sure had it tough.
I did come upon the name of one woman I may write on. She is not famous. Her name is Caroline Merrick. There is book maybe of her letters called Old Times in Dixie Land with writings about everyday life. Another book which I may find very helpful is by Carmen Lindig called The Path from the Parlor 1879-1920.
It is a beginning.
I am interested in writing about a 19th-century circus performer, Caetano Mariontono. These are preliminary articles I have found: