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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Armstrong, A. Notebook, 1839-1847. 1 vol. Location: F:2. Notebook of miscellaneous items including remedies, beverage recipes, medical reports, observations on phrenology, Clay and Polk campaign songs, poetry, memoranda, directions for erecting a house, correspondence, and events in Armstrong's life. Included is Armstrong's will, July 7, 1841, made before meeting 'Mr. Smith' in an affair of honor. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 664.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Medicine, Literature

Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Broadside, 1833 December 25. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. First bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in North America. An elegiac poem written by Jesse Jennett at the death of Francis Asbury printed at the Creole Office at New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, New Orleans to 1861, Literature

Aswell, James B., Jr. and Family. Papers, 1868-1961, undated (bulk 1930-1955). 9.75 linear, 22 manuscript volumes. Locations: 79:85-90, G:17, N:10, OS:A, T:103-106, Vault:1. Novelist, syndicated columnist, political writer, and Louisiana State Director of Public Relations (1940-1942) from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Papers contain correspondence, political materials, printed materials, photographs, and manuscript volumes relating to the careers and personal lives of James B. Aswell, Jr. and James B. Aswell, Sr. Mss. 2453.

Aswell, James B., Jr. Papers,1953. 2 items. Location: MISC:A. Author and resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana. His father, James B. Aswell, an educator and U.S. congressman. Collection contains Dudley Frasier's biographical sketch of Aswell, the author of THE BIRDS AND THE BEES; the sketch mentions the burning of Aswell's papers in his hometown of Natchitoches. Included is a publicity photograph of Aswell for Reinhart & Co. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3428.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Barbari, Marjorie Washburn. Papers, 1926-2002 (bulk 1966-1996). 5.25 linear ft. Location: 38:76-81. Writer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Papers consist mainly of personal correspondence, poems, and photographs. Other writings include manuscripts of aphorisms, reflections, short stories, novels, and a novelette. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3386.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge, Literature

Barel, Leona Queyrouze, 1861?-1938. Papers, 1800-1950 (bulk 1860-1937). 2,614 items, 31 printed vols., 23 ms. vols. Location: X:96-101, OS:Q, 99:Q, Q:27. French-language writer, poet, essayist, and musician of New Orleans and New York City. Her father, Major Leon Queyrouze, was commander of the Orleans Guard Battalion during the Civil War. Papers include letters from writers and editors; literary writings and musical compositions; materials on the Anti-Lottery League; and Civil War and business papers of her father, a member of the factors' firm Queyrouze and Bois. In French and English. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 18-26. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1204, 1222, 1278, 1314, 1323, 1335.

Barrow notebook, 1831. 1 vol. Location: M:18. Handwritten copies of poetry and quotations by British authors and excerpts from The Spectator, Life of Pope, and Art of Thinking. Some of the writings, particularly those in pencil, may be original poems. J.C.B., 1831, New Orleans, appears on the last page containing writing. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 24.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Literature

Beauregard House Association program, 1932. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Program for the play 'An Old Romance' by Grace King, presented by the New Orleans Beauregard House Association. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1834.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Baton Rouge, Literature

Beauregard-Keyes House program, 1932. 1 program, 3 pages, 23 centimeters. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP VI. Program for presentations of Grace King's 3-act play "An Old Romance" at the Beauregard House in New Orleans, Oct. 24-26, 1932. Mss. 1834.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

Bennett, Anna Maria and Sir Thomas Pye. Letters, circa 1784-1785. 8 items. Location: 31:. Anna Maria Bennett was an English novelist. Bennett met Admiral Sir Thomas Pye while working in a chandler's shop. She became his housekeeper and mistress. Letters primarily document the resolution of a dispute between Anna Maria Bennett and Sir Thomas Pye regarding financial support for her and her children. One letter includes Bennett's threats of blackmail against Pye. The remaining letters record the negotiations between Pye and Bennett over the details of settling the dispute including one letter which includes Pye's response written in between the lines of Bennett's original letter. Part of the George DeForest Collection. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Blomquist, Carl. Scrapbook, 1942-1945. 1 ms. vol. (including 205 items). Location: H:16. Resident of Jeanerette, Louisiana. Scrapbook prepared for a young boy, Carl Blomquist, by his mother, Anne Toland Blomquist, containing letters and related newspaper articles by Alex Melancon, World War II army private and author of the book Carl of which Carl Blomquist was the subject. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1609.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature, 20th Century Wars

Blum, Morgan, 1914-1964. Published writings, 1939-1965. 3 items, 20 printed vols. Location: 34:6. Graduate of Louisiana State University, Dept. of English. Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. Writings consist of poetry, articles, and reviews. Included in the collection are autographed presentation copies from authors. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2030, 2221.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Bolton, George W. and Mimi. Papers, 1915-1992. 2.25 linear ft. Location: 4:27-28, G:21, OS:B. Literary authors. Mimi Bolton was also a graphic and fine artist. Manuscript writings, correspondence, photographs, and printed items document the personal lives and literary careers of George and Mimi Bolton and Mimi's career as a graphic artist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4653.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, Literature

Bond, Priscilla Munnikhuysen. Papers, 1858-1908 (bulk 1858-1866). 98 items, 3 volumes, 16 microfiche. Location: B:15, OS:B, MICROFICHE 2729. Resident of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Collection consists of correspondence, diaries, poems, and photographs. Diaries record Bond's daily activities and observations relating to plantation life, runaway slaves, social activities, hypnotism, and Civil War experiences and thoughts, including participation by African American soldiers. Available on microfilm 5750: America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 33. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2155.

Boston Museum (1847-1903). Playbill, 1861. 1 broadside. Location: E:Imprints. Abolitionist playbill reading: First nights of Dion Bourcicault's greatest production! Illustrating American character! American scenes! and Southern homes! entitled the Octoroon or--life in Louisiana, ...this Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14, 1861. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1558.

Bourgeois, Lillian C., d.1956. Saint James Parish history collection, 1766-1957 (bulk 1932-1957). 543 items, 39 vols. (37 ms. vols., 2 printed vols.). Location: U:180, 79:77, OS:B. Historian who published a history of St. James Parish entitled Cabanocey; The History, Customs,and Folklore of St. James Parish (1957). Research materials and correspondence related to Bourgeois' Cabanocey. Included are typewritten copies of documents in the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain;photocopies of account books, and other primary source materials. Also included are copies of township maps of St. James Parish with the parish tax roll; funeral notices; two printed pamphlets; newspaper clippings; and a typewritten draft of Cabanocey. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2195.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Bourjaily, Vance Nye. Certain kind of work, A, 1968. 1 item. Location: Misc:B. Louisiana novelist. Galley proof of Bourjaily's article, 'A certain kind of work,' which appeared in Thomas McCormack's Afterwords; novelists on their novels. For furher information see online catalog. Mss. 4486.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Bradford, Roark. Letter, 1927. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Writer, 1896-1948. Novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Letter from Bradford to H. C. Leach of The Forum, referring to his story "The River Witch", and his "Book of Ethiopus", and probably "Ol' Man Adam An' His Chillun", published by Harpers in 1928. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1401.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Literature

Bradsher, Earl Lockridge. Papers, 1899-1983. 3 linear ft. Location: 50. Poet, author, and professor of American literature at LSU. Papers consist of correspondence, including five letters and cards from writer and folklorist J. Frank Dobie; manuscripts of short stories, poems, and other writings; a few printed items; some personal financial records; class notes; and photographs. Included are some clippings pertaining to civic affairs and other professional matters; and an unpublished memoir written by Bradsher. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4075.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Bradsher, Earl Lockridge. Poems, 1954-1966. 1 linear ft. Location: UU:138. Poet, author, and professor of American literature at LSU. Manuscript poems on a wide range of subjects. Included is an unpublished manuscript of an anthology of poems (1964) by Bradsher entitled, 'In the shadow of science, and other poems.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2673.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

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