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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Hispanic American Collection. 1550-1942 (bulk 1760-1885), undated. 5 linear ft. Location: C:19-23, OS:H. Court transcripts, personal and business correspondence, poetry and plays, newspapers, legal documents, inventories, mining reports, military records, and recipes of the colonial and national periods of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico. In Spanish. Part of the George De Forest collection. Mss. 1350.

Historical Society of East and West Baton Rouge Parish. Papers, 1776-1919 (bulk 1915-1919). 451 items. Location: UU:127, OS:H, 98. Records consist of administrative files (1915-1919), clippings related to WWI and the Baton Rouge Municipal Centenary, and the papers of Philemon Thomas and Colonel George Morgan. Papers of Philemon Thomas concern the construction of a memorial tablet. Papers of Col. Morgan [photocopies] include his commission as Agent of Indian affairs (Apr 10, 1776), letter from the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington, and a letter by Thomas Jefferson commenting on Colonel Morgan's loyalty in the Burr Conspiracy (1822). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 131, 893, 1227.

Houston, Samuel Rutherford. Family Papers, 1781-1940 (bulk 1781-1888). 1 linear ft. Location: U:102. Native of Virginia who became a Presbyterian clergyman and served as a missionary to Greece ca. 1839. Family letters, writings, printed items, and graphic materials. Writings consist of sermons, short stories, a Civil War diary, several diary pages, and a journal. Among the printed and graphic materials are several photographs of family members. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3451.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, Literature

Hush . Hush, Sweet Charlotte script, 1964. 1 item. Location: M:19. Copy of the final script of 139 pages, which includes 12 revised pages. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2172.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

Jacobs, A. J. (Andrew Jay), 1852-1927. Papers, 1867-1927 (bulk 1867-1897). .3 linear ft. (7 items; 1 vol.). Location: U:238, H:22. Born in Clinton, Louisiana, and raised in Girard, Richland Parish, Louisiana. Jacobs attended LSU, and throughout his adult life he was employed by railroad companies. He married Adelaide Elizabeth Bohne in 1881 and they had five daughters. Two letters written by Jacobs while a student at LSU comment on General Sherman's visit to campus and on political and farming conditions in Richland Parish. Three letters (1897) to his daughter Louise, in Louisville, reflect Jacobs' paternal interest. Included is a 1927 memorium to Jacobs from a Louisville and Nashville Railroad publication providing entries regarding Jacobs' work and trips, and including poems, articles, and anecdotes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2069, 2074.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, LSU, Literature

Janvier, Charles. Notebook. Circa 1917-1918. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Resident of New Orleans. Notebook containing copies of speeches given at religious, charitable, educational, and patriotic meetings. Included are copies of poems, quotations, and articles from published sources. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1253.

Jefferson, Joseph, 1829-1905. Papers. 1876, 1904, 1907, undated 7 items. Location: Misc. American actor and owner of Orange Island (now Jefferson Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana). Papers include social letters of Jefferson; letters of his daughter-in-law, Eugenie Paul Jefferson, concerning a magazine article about Jefferson's association with Christian Science and the erection of a statue honoring him in Central Park in New York. Included are an autographed copy of Jefferson's poem 'Immortality' and an autographed photograph of Jefferson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2665.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Literature

Jennett, Jesse. Elegiack poem, 1833 December 25. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Louisiana poet. Francis Asbury was a founder of American Methodism. He traveled to America in 1771 as a missionary and was elected bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1784. Broadside of an elegiac poem written by Jesse Jennett at the death of Francis Asbury printed at the Creole Office in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

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

Jerrard, Simon G. Papers, 11862-1902 (bulk 1862-1863). 1154 items. Location:C:64-65. Union colonel, 22nd Regiment, Maine Volunteers. Papers consist of military records and some personal papers. Military records relate to the organization, training, movement of the regiment from Maine to Louisiana, via Virginia and to his service under General Nathaniel P. Banks. Personal papers contain Jerrard's history of the 22nd Maine Infantry, which discusses mortality at Camp Banks in Baton Rouge, La., the regiment's role in suppressing African-American uprisings, and the siege of Port Hudson. Also included are appointments to various local and county offices in Maine after the war. For further information, see the online catalog. Mss. 1180, 1266, 1285.

Jewell & Prescott. Crescent City illustrated: the commercial, social, political and general history of New Orleans, 1872. 1 vol. Location: W:51. Edwin L. Jewell was prominent in New Orleans publishing from ca. 1886 to 1887 as a newspaper editor and publisher. Theodore Lilienthal was active as a photographer in New Orleans from ca. 1854-1886. Prospectus for Jewell's Crescent City Illustrated, published in 1873 by Edwin L. Jewell. Includes a title page, sample ads and essays, and numerous original photographs by Theodore Lilienthal, which appear as engravings in the published works. . For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4526.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-, Literature

Jonas, Rosalie, M. Letters, 1905-1909. 3 letters. Location: Misc:J. New Orleans poet. In her letters to illustrator, Frederick Dorr Steele, poet Rosalie M. Jonas writes about octoroon balls in New Orleans, Louisiana and compliments Steele on his work. She asks him to illustrate her "Negro verses" because only he "feels sympathetically about the Negro." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Jones, Mary C. Notebooks, 1891-1893. 2 vols. Location: G:21. Resident of New Orleans. Notebooks (1891-1893) of Mary C. Jones containing literary material. In French and English. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 192.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, French, Literature

Jones, Walter B. Imprints, 1962. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Judge and resident of Alabama. Copy of 'The Confederate Creed' by Judge Walter B. Jones and color post card of his father, Alabama Governor Thomas Goode Jones, as a Confederate major. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1814.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Kane, Harnett T., 1910-. Papers, 1948-1958. 28 items. Location: Misc. New Orleans writer. Correspondence with Van Allen Bradley, literary editor of the Chicago Daily News, concerns Kane's literary and social activities. Included is a brief essay by Kane titled Enjoyment of Reading. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3161.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Literature

Kelly, Lou M. Reminiscences and Letters, [1905], 1925. 3 items. Location: E:4. Lou Kelly lived at Ranson Plantation, St. Charles Parish, La. Kelly's reminiscences and letters pertain to an African American labor riot in St Charles Parish in 1880. Kelly wrote the reminiscences in 1905 for author Helen Pitkin Schertz's fictionalized account of the riot. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4796.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, African Americans, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Collection, 1942-1962, undated 13 items. U:243. Louisiana writer. Christmas cards with an illustrated personal message from Keyes; a biographical sketch of Keyes; and autographed dinner invitations celebrating the publication of Crescent Carnival and The Chess Players. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1613, 1689, 1697, 1745, 1771, 1784, 2841.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Papers, 1944-1948, undated 110 items. Location: U:243. Louisiana writer.Correspondence, research materials and fragmentary manuscripts pertain to the writing of her book ONCE ON ESPLANADE. Includes a carbon copy of the final typescript of the book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2610.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson. Manuscript, ca. 1947. 2 vols. Location: G:6. Louisiana writer. Manuscript of 'Once on Esplanade: A Cycle Between Two Creole Weddings.' (New York: Dodd Mead, 1947). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2401.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Letter,1953 Apr. 17. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. Louisiana writer. Letter from New Orleans, addressed to Mr. Meredith Johnson, Alexandria, Virginia. Topics include Mrs. Keyes' health, financial situation, travel plans, relations between Meredith and 'Deanie,' and Dr. Kirby-Smith's remarriage. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3593.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Letters, 1945-1970 (bulk 1945-1958). 48 items. Location: Misc. Frances Parkinson Keyes wrote romantic novels emphasizing local color, descriptions of life among the upper classes, and generation-spanning sagas, especially about Louisiana. This collection consists primarily of 25 letters and two telegrams from Frances Parkinson Keyes to Beverley "Creacy" King of Crowley, La., between 1945 and 1958. Mss. 3944.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature