Octave Besaucon, of Oak Lawn Plantation, New Orleans, La., served in C.S.A. Gen. Braxton Bragg's bodyguard. He later held various public offices in Jefferson Parish, La. The Besaucon collection mainly contains newspaper clippings during the Civil War and Reconstruction. There are also two poems, a letter of honorable discharge for a Confederate soldier, and the front page of the June 13, 1897, issue of the Chicago Tribune.
Florence Besaucon Clarke Michalek donated the collection to the Survey in 1969.