Literature, Reading and Writing

This guide describes collections documenting literature, reading, and writing in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. It includes the papers of authors, novelists, playwrights, poets, journalists, editors, critics, professors, and historians as writers. Materials in the collections include drafts of literary works (novels, short stories, essays, and plays, among other genres) correspondence, diaries, biographical sketches, research materials, galley proofs, and book reviews. "Literary works" as defined here include popular works, poetry transcribed in diaries, and other common efforts at literary expression. Collections dealing with reading and publishing are also described in this guide. Diary-writing in itself (apart from diaries that contain literature or are the diaries of literary authors) does not qualify a collection for inclusion in this guide. Other diaries will be found in the guides to plantations and women's collections. Most of the collections are from Louisiana, but there are also materials from other areas of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

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Ellis, E. John (Ezekial John), Diary, 1862-1865. 3 items, 2 volumes. Location: C:97, H:14. Memoirs and diary related to the Civil War activities of Ezekiel John Ellis include a political speech and incomplete work of fiction and are accompanied by a transcript, research manuscript and photograph. Diary recounts his participation in fighting up to his capture at Missionary Ridge and his subsequent imprisonment at Johnson's Island. He comments on African-American soldiers and makes reference to literature and poetry. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 2795.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans, Literature

Ellis, William H., 1839-1892. Papers, 1839-1900. 202 items, 5 ms. Vols., 4 printed vols. Location: U:235, G:5. Confederate soldier and member of the Washington Artillery in the Civil War. Papers include military orders, passes, pay receipts, and 3 diaries (1860-65) that describe camps near Manassas, camp food, the Battle of Chickahominy, his capture and parole, and poems about his military duties. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 5. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2274, 4400.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Emery, Emma Wilson, 1885-1970. Papers, 1904-1970, undated 287 items, 2 ms. vols. and 4 printed vols. Location: W:29, F:23. Louisiana writer and poet, resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, and poet laureate of Louisiana (1942-1970). Papers include copies of published poems and articles, newspaper clippings pertaining to her literary and social activities, photographs, and two scrapbooks containing poetry and other writings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2982.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Engle, Paul. Manuscripts, 1947, 1950, 1951. 13 items. Location: UU:128. English professor. Three poems 'Telephone,' 'Babe Ruth,' and 'Electric' included in Paul Engle, The Word of Love (1951); 1947 Christmas card from Paul and Mary Engle; typewritten copies of the poems; and printed descriptive cards prepared for an exhibit. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1962.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Evans, J. Bruce, Papers, 1614-2005 (bulk 1930-1990). 31.5 linear ft., 26 v. Location: 92:82-109; OS:E; J:34-35; Vault:1. Baptist minister, religious counselor and civil rights activist. Correspondence, church records, sermons, workshop materials, printed items, photographs and audio tapes reflect Evans's ministerial career in Baton Rouge, La., at First Baptist Church and Fellowship Church. Personal papers [some items in French], business records and genealogical material document the ancestry of Evans and his wife, Anita Louise, and provide insight into the personal lives of family members. Papers also furnish histories of Bienville and Natchitoches parishes and Saline, La., and relate to Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve and to Dormon's activities as a naturalist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4664.

Evans, William W. Papers, 1965-1967. 5 items. Location: UU:166. Assistant Professor of English, LSU. Reprint of 'Dramatic Use of the Second-Person Singular Pronoun in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,' from Studia Neophilologica; and descriptions of English courses and recommendations for English 64. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2282.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Exquisite Corpse records, ca. 1961- [ongoing]. 11 linear ft. Location: Range 41. Correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, and papers related to publication of the journal, Exquisite Corpse, edited by Andrei Codrescu. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4045.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Family history project, 1972-1983. 6 linear ft. (photocopies).Location: 6:70-73, Mss. Mf.:F. Papers prepared by students of Dr. David Culbert, LSU History Department for his History 56 class. Family histories pertain mainly to the lives of the writers' grandparents and include information about American social and economic conditions in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in Louisiana. Copies of photographs and pertinent family documents are also included. The family photograph album of Marva Kador (#174) is available on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2775.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Ferguson, Kate Lee, b. 1841. Papers, 1858-1911. 38 items; 7 vols. (1 ms. Vol. and 1 printed vol.). Location: S:28, 65, 98. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 10. Novelist, poet, and composer of Mississippi. She married Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson in 1862. Papers include personal letters from friends and family members; a Spanish land grant for property in Texas of Nathaniel A. Ware (Ferguson's grandfather); manuscripts by Ferguson, including prose, poetry, and music; Ferguson's memoirs; and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Civil War, Literature

Ferguson, Percy. Papers, 1864, 1899-1916. 9 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: OS:F, O:16. Daughter of Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson. Scrapbook of manuscript poems by Percy Ferguson; a letter from her cousin, U.S. Senator LeRoy Percy of Mississippi, pertaining to national politics; and published music by Regina Morphy Voitier of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416.