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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Louisiana Folklore Society. Records, 1956-2014. 2 linear ft. Location: UU:262. Organization of folklorists, academics, teachers, and others interested in the study, preservation, and promotion of Louisiana folk culture. The records include correspondence, programs, minutes, financial records, and subject files relating to organization projects, publications, and meetings. Mss. 4168.

Louisiana postal cards, undated 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Postcards of a crawfish race at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; and of Kolb's Restaurant in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Lowery, June Amy. Manuscript, 1976. 1 ms. vol., 12 items. Location: W:97, Misc.:L. Author and resident of Delano Plantation, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Collection consists of manuscript with original illustrations of the children's book "Ah Ain't Got Nobody" (Opelousas, 1976), and photolith plates used in printing the book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3068.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

LSU Faculty Forum records, 1967-1970. 0.5 linear ft. Location: E:45. The LSU Faculty Forum was organized in March 1967 to bring notable outside speakers to campus. The records consist of the correspondence of the forum officers, correspondence with potential and actual speakers, questionnaires on speaker preferences returned by faculty members, membership lists, bank statements, a ledger, and a checkbook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2716, 2884.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Lyons, Mary E. Notebook, 1855-1866. 1 volume. Location: G:16, OS:L. Resident of Clinton and New Orleans, Louisiana. Notebook containing historical notes and poems written at Bienvenue Seminary, Fredericksburg, Virginia (1855) and newspaper clippings of poems (1864-1866). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 269.

Lytle, Andrew D. Family collection, circa 1824-1981 (bulk 1880-1915).  2.5 linear ft., 25 volumes, 50 artifacts. Location: 5:, 17:, OS:L. Photographer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This collection contains family papers, printed items, photographs, and artifacts relating to the Andrew D. Lytle family and the related Dickinson family. Family papers relate to family matters and genealogy. Printed items include newspaper clippings, prayer books, poetry, and picture postcards. Postcards were produced as souvenir postcards and depict scenes in Louisiana, Colorado, Ohio, and Winnipeg, Canada. Some postcards depict African-Americans as childlike (circa 1905). Photographs are in multiple formats that were produced professionally consisting of individual portraits and group photographs, including LSU cadets (1910-1911). Of note is a scene of a large African American group gathered at a river for a baptism (circa 1905). A variety of objects comprise the artifacts. They include jewelry, an evening bag, textiles, buckles, a flute, pins, and ribbons. Several artifacts represent chapters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. Mss. 5207.

Mann, Ambrose Dudley. Letters, 1850-1889. 160 items [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:M. Published letters and related items edited by Dr. John Preston Moore for an article in the Journal of Mississippi History and for My Ever Dearest Friend: The Letters of A. Dudley Mann to Jefferson Davis (1960). Originals are in Confederate Museum and in the Library of Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1823.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Marchand, Sidney A. (Sidney Albert). Papers, 1866-1970 (bulk 1890-1966). 2.5 linear ft. Locations: OS:M; UU:19-20. Sidney Albert Marchand served as a Louisiana State Representative from 1929 to 1932 and Mayor of Donaldsonville from 1929 to1933. The collection is comprised of Sidney Albert Marchand's correspondence, financial papers, legal and political documents, and printed materials that reflect his professional career. The manuscript writings reflect Marchand's interests as a local historian and author in Ascension Parish. Mss. 3214.

Marilla, Esmond Linworth, 1900-. Papers, 1957-1968. 27 items. Location: UU:130, UU:147. Professor of English at LSU. Collection consisting chiefly of manuscripts, draft copies, revisions, page proofs, and reprints of works written or edited by Marilla. Included are onines of works on John Milton, Henry Vaughan, and John Keats. Also included are reprints of reviews of works on Henry Vaughan published in The Journal of English and German Philology (1958-1960). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1985, 2151, 2327.

Referenced in Guides: Women, LSU, Literature

Mayfield, Mary Ann Colvin. Biography, 1937. 1 item [typewritten copy]. Location: Misc. Resident of Ruston, Louisiana. Biography of Mary Ann Colvin Mayfield of Ruston, Louisiana, written by her granddaughter, Gertrude Mayfield Brown. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1129.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Mayo, Robert H. (Robert Henry). Family Papers, 1841-1935 (bulk 1841-1893). 44 items, 5 vols. (1 ms. vol., 4 printed vols.). Location: UU:126, Misc:M. Mayo moved his family by wagon train from Virginia to Lamar County, Texas, in 1853, where they operated a farm in Lamar County. A relative, Marion Lewis Mayo, was a teacher in Uniontown, Alabama. Family correspondence includes letters from Marion Lewis Mayo and Robert Mayo's wife Maria Louisa Mayo. Miscellaneous items include the death certificate of E. H. Mayo, a labor contract with freedmen, and a photograph of Robert and Maria Mayo. Printed volumes include works on infidelity, history, geography, and poetry. Also included is a memorandum book of James A. Pleasants, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1789, 1982, 2576.

Referenced in Guides: Women, African Americans, Medicine, Literature

Mazant book of poems, 1848-1859. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:18. Lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to the governor of Louisiana. Manuscript volume of French poems inscribed "Monsieur Le Chevalier de Mazant, Lieutenant Colonel, aide de Camp du Gouverneur de l'Etat de la Louisiane". In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850.

Referenced in Guides: French, Literature

McCracken, Harlan Linneus, 1889-1961. Papers, 1913-1960. 7 linear ft. Location: 7:1-4. College administrator, author, professor, and head of the LSU Department of Economics. Professional papers include lecture notes; class record books (1936-1959); speeches; book reviews; and writings. Other materials include papers reflecting McCracken's role as arbitrator on the War Labor Board and the American Arbitration Association. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2569.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

McCreery, Jacob. Letter, 1879 October 20.1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Seminary student of Galesburg, Illinois. Letter comments on the disputed presidential election of 1876 and expresses amusement at pranks played on African Americans by visiting soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1533.

Means, Thomas. Account book, 1801-1804. 1 vol. Location: F:1. Operated and probably owned a general store in Fairfield County, South Carolina. Ledger kept by Means contains entries of debts and credits valued in British monetary units and payments of accounts made through bartering. Newspaper clippings of prose, poetry, and illustrations have been pasted onto the first six pages of the ledger. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 73.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Literature

Medical ledger and scrapbook, 1854-1919 (bulk 1854-1863). 5 items, 1 vol. Location: M:19. Accounts of medical services received by prominent Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, residents and their slaves. Eleanor Marshall of Cheneyville, Greensburg, and New Orleans used the ledger as a scrapbook of poetry, local news, and short stories. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2297.

Megginson, Leon C. Manuscript, 1967. 6 items. Location: UU:167, X:82-84. Professor of Management and Marketing, LSU. Publisher's and draft copies, galley proof, and page proof of 'Personnel: a Behaviorl Approach to Adminsitration,' (Homewood, Illinois, R. D. Irwin, 1967). Included are typewritten copies of 'Dynamic Human Administration.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2303.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Mencken, Henry Louis, 1880-1956. Letters, 1926-1935, undated 22 items. Location: Misc. American critic and editor. Letters to friends and business associates deal with the selection of material to be published in THE AMERICAN MERCURY, social engagements, and personal matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Merwin, Virginia Carter. Family papers. .5 linear ft. Location: 7:69. Author and resident of Port Allen, Louisiana. Correspondence contains letters from family and friends and letters of congratulations to Horace Wilkinson, a Louisiana legislator. Printed items include newspaper clippings of Maria Johnston's poetry and news about Wilkinson's health and political life A scrapbook is comprised of newspaper clippings and three pages of data on the Carter and Merwin families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3461.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Mignon, Francois. Papers, 1939-1970, 1992. 17,000 items (on 41 microfilm reels). Location: MSS.MF:M. Journalist, horticulturist, and curator of Cammie G. Henry's Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence, journal, writings, and subject files describe and relate to thirty years spent by Mignon at Melrose, which also served as an artists and writers colony. Among his correspondents are African American artist Clementine Hunter and Louisiana writers Lyle Saxon and Harnett Kane. Many ideas expressed in the journal later appeared in 'Cane River Memo,' Mignon's column in the Natchitoches newspaper Enterprise. Microfilm reels are of originals at the University of North Carolina. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4484.