Historian; University Professor, writer. Born– July 4, 1930, in Long Branch, Monmouth Country, N.J. Parents– John Daniel and Waltrude (Hendrickson) Lazarus. Married–Anne Elizabeth Anthony, 1952; children–three.  Married– Martha Austin Reid, 1966; married– Gayle Carlson Pannell, 1967; children–one; married– Stephanie Pasneker, 1971. Education– Florida State University, B.A., 1952; University of Florida, M.A., 1953; National University of Mexico, 1954; University of Texas, Ph.D., 1959; University of Alabama in Birmingham, postdoctoral study, 1963-1964. Taught at Memphis State University, 1956-1958; McNeese State University, 1959-1961; University of Maryland, Overseas Division, Constantina, Spain, 1962; University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1963-79. Contributed articles and essays to many historical journals and anthologies. Served in U.S. Army, 1951; staff writer, Memphis Press Scimitar, 1957-1958; researcher, U.S. Parks Service, Seville, Spain, 1962. Consultant for U.S. Parks Service, Historic Pensacola Preservation Board, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and other organizations and governmental agencies.   Member Southern Historical Association and state historical associations. Awarded grants by American Philosophical Society, Association for the Study of State and Local History, Fulbright. McClung Award for best article in Publications of the East Tennesse Historical Society, 1962 and 1964; Louisiana Library Association Award for Best Book on Lousiana, 1965; Louisiana Historical Association Award for best article in Louisiana History, 1970; Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History, 1978; knighted Caballero in the Order of Isabel la Catolica by King Juan Carlos of Spain, 1979; first prize essay, Tampa Bay History, 1982

Source: Contemporary Authors online.


Finding List; Selected Documents from Archivo General de Indias. S.l.; s.n., 1973.

Gayoso; the Life of a Spanish Governor in the Mississippi Valley. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1965.

A History of the University of Alabama Hospitals.  Birmingham:  University Hospital Auxiliary, 1974.

New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix Them. New Orleans; Hope Publications, 1973.

Selected and Annotated Bibliography of the Planned Suburban Shopping Center. Austin, Tex.; Bureau of Business Research, University of Texas, 1957.

The 1779 “Marcha de G’alvez”; Louisiana’s Giant Step Forward in the American Revolution.  Baton Rouge Becentennial Corporation, 1974.

Stephen Minor.  Louisiana Collection Series, 1983.


New Orleans, Facts and Legends. New Orleans, La.; Hope Publications, 1st ed., 1970; 3rd edition, 1982.

Rousseau:  The Last Days of Spanish New Orleans, 1777-1803.  Gretna, La.:  Pelican Publishing, 2003.

The Wax Tree: The Story of Spanish Moss, Louisiana’s Forgotten Product.  Jefferson, La., Hope Publications, 1968.


Documentos ineditos para la historia de la Louisiana, 1792-1810. Ediciones Turzanas. Madrid: J. Porr’ua Turanza,  1963.

Jose de Evia y sus Reconicimentos del Golgo del Golfo de Mexico, 1783-1796. Madrid:  Ediciones J. Porr’ua Turanzas, 1968.

Journal of a Tour in Unsettled Parts of North America in 1796 and 1797. Carbondale, Ill.; Southern Illinois University, 1969.

Louisiana Collection Series of Books and Documents on Colonial Louisiana.  Vol. 1: Honor and Fidelity:  The Louisiana Infantry Regiment and the Louisiana Milita Companies, 1766-1821; Vol. II: A Guide to Spanish Louisiana, 1762-1806; Vol. III. Louisiana in 1776:  A Memoira of Francisco Bouligney.