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Carlos Gustav Spaht Papers

Identifier: brfa005

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, records, architectural drawings, certificates and awards, a diary, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia and ephemera.


  • Approximately 1944-1980


Language of Materials

English, Chinese

Biographical / Historical

Carlos Gustave Spaht was born on August 2, 1906 in King City, Missouri and later moved with his family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1925. Spaht attended Louisiana State University between 1925 and 1931 where he studied law and was an active member of the ROTC. Spaht served in the Army from July 15, 1941 to 1945 rising to the rank of colonel. During World War II, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater. His main duty was to command a combat liaison team assigned to the 8th Chinese Army and to free the Burma Road. Spaht’s contributions during the war earned him numerous decorations and honors from both the Americans and Chinese. After the war, Spaht was a commander of an Army reserve unit until his retirement from the Army in 1961. Spaht was very active in both the Baton Rouge community and that of the veterans even after his retirement. He served on number of boards relating to veterans affairs, and maintained membership in a number of clubs and societies.

Spaht also remained involved in the affairs of his alma mater. He served on the LSU Board of Supervisors for 14 years, as well as chairman for two, president of the LSU Alumni Association and chairman of its national fund drive, and a charter member of the Council of the LSU Law Center. During this time Spaht was a senior partner and lawyer at the Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver, and Blizer law firm in Baton Rouge, and served as the 19th Judicial District Court judge from 1946 to 1951. Spaht relinquished his judgeship in 1951 in order to run for Governor in 1952. This attempt was ultimately unsuccessful; however, he served as executive council to Gov. John McKiethen.

Spaht died on April 29, 2001 and was survived by his wife, Loretta, his two sons, Carlos G. and Paul H., and his daughter Mary Jane Gill. He was a prominent member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Elk’s Club, and the Lion’s Club.


1 box


This collection is arranged topically and then chronologically.

Physical Location

BRS R9 8.5

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melissa Eastin on April 28, 2011.
Carlos Gustav Spaht Papers
Emily Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA