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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Percy, Walker. Interview, 1966. 3 items. Location: MISC:P, F:16. Louisiana writer. Original typescript of an interview by Ashley Brown with Walker Percy, including holographic corrections by Percy. Also, Spring 1967 issue of Shenandoah in which this interview was published and a letter from Percy to Brown, discussing the interview. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3485.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Percy, Walker. Letter, 1968 September 9. 1 item. Location: MISC:P. Louisiana writer. Short, typewritten letter on Walker Percy letterhead, signed in ink addressed to Mr. Harg, probably a publisher. Letter contains Percy's comments after reading the proofs of John W. Corrington's The Lonesome Traveler and Other Stories. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3341.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Percy, William Alexander, 1885-1942. Janet Percy Dana Longcope papers, 1911-1917. 31 items. Location: W:52. Author, poet of Greenville, Mississippi. Letters to Percy's cousin, Janet Percy Dana Longcope of New York City. Letters concern Percy's travels, his writings (particularly his poetry), Janet's nursing service in France during World War I, Percy's interest in military service, and American involvement in the war, and personal matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3511.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, Literature

Percy, William Alexander, 1885-1942. Papers, 1911-1917. 2831 items, 13 vols. Location: Mss. Mf.:P. Author and poet of Greenville, Mississippi. Literary, legal, and personal correspondence and writings of William Alexander Percy deal with Harvard Law School, his military service in World War I, his law partnership with his father in Greenville, and his literary works. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3275.

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

Percy, William Alexander. Poem, circa 1920. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Handwritten poem, "Overtones," signed by William Alexander Percy, a lawyer, planter, and poet from Greenville, Miss. His poem, "Overtones," was first published in his book, In April Once, in 1920. Mss. 5318.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Peters, Samuel J. Family Papers, 1789-1914 (bulk 1820-1863). 71 items, 1 ms. vol., 1 printed vol. Location: E:49. Prominent New Orleans merchant, financier, civic leader, and political figure. Papers consist of an autobiography, diary, political speech, and letters by Samuel Peters, Sr.; a biography of him; family correspondence; a printed volume of novelist and artist, Rodolphe Topffer; and a manuscript volume containing genealogical data. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1346.

Peytavin, John Ludger, b. 1859. Papers, 1806-1937. 342 items, 43 vols. Location: C:27-29, O:17, OS:P, 99:P. Attorney, author, composer, and planter of Ancient Domain Plantation in St. James Parish, Louisiana, and of New Orleans. Business and professional papers concern the operation of Peytavin's plantation and law practice. Personal papers include correspondence, manuscript copies of poems, songs, speeches, and historical sketches. Collection also includes programs for New Orleans theater, opera, and concert performances. Most of the legal papers before 1843 are in French, as is some of the post-1885 correspondence. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 465, 1067, 1071, 1072.

Peytavin, John Ludger, b. 1859. Papers, 1852-1915. 102 items. Location: UU:84. Attorney, author, composer, and planter of Ancient Domain Plantation in St. James Parish, Louisiana, and of New Orleans. Collection includes letters, bills and receipts, and photographs, chiefly of Jefferson College in Convent, Louisiana, which Peytavin attended. A brochure describes the residents and history of Jefferson and several other parishes. Included are two family photograph albums, a volume of music composed by Peytavin, and two bound volumes of published sheet music. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1447.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, Literature

Pickels, George Dunford. Papers, 1874-1879. .25 linear ft. (62 items). Location: A:5. Educator of Holmesville, Louisiana. Pickels was an original member of the Louisiana Educational Publishing Co., Ltd., Board of Directors. By 1892 he had become editor and proprietor of the official journal of the Louisiana Teachers Association. Manuscript copies of poems, essays, and stories, some of which were published, reflect Pickel's creativity and philosophy. There is one personal letter (1876) and a legal document (1874) regarding a machine used for filing gin saws. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 632.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Planche, James Robinson. Letters, 1859, [1862]. 3 items. Location: Misc. English playwright who gained a reputation for his knowledge of costume and heraldry. Two letters and a memorandum from Planche. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Pleasants, John Robinson. Papers, 1913-1931. 2 linear ft. Location: 77:22-23. John Robinson Pleasants was a writer of poetry and fiction and author of The PRINCE OF ENDREVAST (1933). The collection is comprised in a large part of the unpublished literary manuscripts of author John Pleasants’ works in poetry and fiction. The collection also contains correspondence relating to Pleasants’ employment (1913) and a copy of the LITERARY DIGEST OF THE WORLD (1931) and SCENARIO MAGAZINE (December 1921). Mss. 4588.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Pochmann, Henry A. Class registers, 1928-1930. 7 items, 3 ms. Vols. Location: Misc.:P. Professor of English Literature, LSU. Class registers and miscellaneous notes pertain to classes in English and Comparative Literature. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2838.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Poetry scrapbooks and blacksmith ledger, 1833-1883. 2 vols. Location: C:26. Clippings from New Orleans newspapers, including presidential campaign songs, poetry, and Confederate lyrics. Vol. 1 was originally a blacksmith ledger and contains blacksmith entries. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2297.

Post, Lauren Chester. Papers, 1899-1977. 10 linear ft. Location: 7:11-22, 65:, W:10, OS:P. Native of Rayne, Louisiana, professor of geography at San Diego State University, and author of "Cajun Sketches" (1974) and "Louisiana As It Is" (1969). Correspondence, an autobiography, research materials, published and unpublished works, newspaper clippings, recordings of folk music, interviews, photos, and other material related to Post's books and research on Cajun folk-life and other topics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2854.

Prentiss, Seargent S. Papers, 1788-1851. 35 items (photocopies). Location: A:9. Material used by Dallas C. Dickey in his publication 'Seargent S. Prentiss, Whig Orator of the Old South.' Papersl include correspondence between Prentiss and members of his family; newspaper articles; and material from the J. J. Crittenden Collection, Library of Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 239.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Prescott, Arthur T. (Taylor), 1863-1942. Manuscripts, circa 1910-1914. 4 items. Location: E:53. Manuscript titled 'American Government For Louisianians,' 'American History For Louisianians,' 'and 'How to Use Bell's Louisiana Portfolio.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 241.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Price, Frank James. Volumes, 1866, 1893. 3 vols. Location: M:20. Volumes consist of John Esten Cooke's publications, 'Surry of Eagle's Nest; Or The Memoirs of a Staff Officer Serving in Virginia' (1866); 'Portfolio of Views from World's Columbian Exposition,' Chicago, 1892; and a scrapbook of miscellaneous newspaper clippings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2559.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Ramsland, Katherine M., Papers, 1989-1996. 9.5 linear ft. Location: 8:57-62, OS:W. Pennsylvania author and biographer. Papers include notes, proposals, drafts and galley proofs of 'Prism of the Night,' a Biography of Anne Rice and Ramsland's companion books to Rice's works. Correspondence relates to Ramsland's books and articles by and about her. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4464.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Randall, James Ryder, 1839-1908. Card, circa 1860-1908.1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Author of 'Maryland, My Maryland' gives a description of New Orleans, Louisiana, on a signed card: 'I can say of New Orleans as Byron sang of Rome, that it is for me the City of the Soul.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2268.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Literature

Read, William A. 'Festschrift' papers, 1937-1941. 123 items. Location: UU:128. LSU professor in the Department of English. Correspondence and manuscripts of articles from contributors to "Studies for William A. Read: A Miscellany Presented by Some of His Colleagues and Friends" (LSU Press, 1940), a volume honoring Professor Read upon his retirement in 1939. Correspondence is addressed to Nathaniel M. Caffee and Thomas A. Kirby, the editors of the volume. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1963.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

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