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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Adrien Rouquette biographical sketch, circa 1890-1920. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Fragment of an anonymous biographical sketch of Adrien Emmanuel Rouquette (1813-1887), a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, poet-priest of Louisiana, and apostle of the Choctaw Indians of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, known as 'Chahta-Ima'. Alternate title: Anonymous biographical sketch. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1444.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Literature

Agenda commercial de la Louisiane pour l'année, 1858-1877. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Printed French journal book (1858) contains notes on the progress of the Civil War and the 'Trent Affair', a diplomatic incident between the U.S. and Great Britain. Other topics include poetry; songs; partial plays in commedia dell'arte style; notes on Renaissance Italian history and notes on Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Also included are listings for businesses and consulates in New Orleans, and public officials in Paris. Alternate title: Anonymous manuscript volume. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3545.

Alley, Mary, Scrapbooks, 1843, 1862-1884, 1910.109 items, 3 vols. Location: Mss. Mf.:A. Baton Rouge native and wife of Charles Henry Jolly. Clippings from Baton Rouge papers on local and national issues at the end of the Civil War and early Reconstruction. Topics include politics, medicine, poetry, anecdotes, and deaths of Baton Rougeans. Other printed items include pamphlets on the dedication of St. Joseph's Cathedral and the history of the Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3570.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Civil War, Medicine, Literature

Anderson, John Q. Manuscript, LOUISIANA SWAMP DOCTOR,1836-1970 (`bulk 1836-1853, 1930-1958). 352 items. Location: C:76. Writer and professor of English, University of Houston, Texas. Manuscript of Louisiana Swamp Doctor; The Writings of Henry Clay Lewis, Alias 'Madison Tensas, M.D.', edited by John Q. Anderson. (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1962) and related correspondence and research notes. It also contains succession records for the estate of Henry Clay Lewis (1853).For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2156.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine, Literature

Anderson, John Q. Papers, ca. 1930-1990. 3 linear ft. Location: C:76-78, W:8, 7:51-52, OS:A. Writer and professor of English, University of Houston, Texas. Papers documenting Anderson's teaching career and writings. Includes reprints of articles, copies of typescripts of his Louisiana Swamp Doctor, and research materials for Kate Stone's diary, published as Brokenburn. Included are other writings on folklore and history, research materials of his wife Loraine Epps Anderson, and materials documenting their involvement with the Texas Folklore Society. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2162.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine, Literature

Anderson, John Q., Papers, 1848-1993 (bulk 1953-1973). 7.5 linear ft., 5 v. Location: X:119-125, OS:A, P:17. John Q. Anderson was a professor of English and a writer of Southern history and folklore. This collections of files, correspondence, printed material, and photographs reflect Anderson's career, current events; and they provide research material for his publications, particularly "Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868" and "Louisiana Swamp Doctor: The Life of Henry Clay Lewis". For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2156, 2162.

Andrew Jackson account, ca. 1840, undated 1 item. Location: Misc.:J President of the United States, 1828-1836. Anonymous manuscript apparently submitted to a periodical for publication describes a visit to Jackson's Tennessee home, the Hermitage. The writer discusses the location and appearance of the plantation and Jackson's health, interests, and family. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3212.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Literature

Andrews, James M. Papers, 1846-1892. .25 linear ft. (103 items; 1 ms. vol., 1 printed vol.). Location: U:6. Farmer of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. In the 1840s he was a member of the Johnson Guards, Andrew Jackson Regiment, as part of the Texas Army of Occupation. Papers include correspondence, legal documents, poems, nursery price lists, home recipes and remedies, tax and merchandise receipts, Confederate bonds, and the succession accounts of Mrs. Louisa Andrews. Correspondence includes letters from James' father discussing relatives, local affairs, and crop conditions in Clinton. Letters from his daughter describe economic conditions in Amite, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 861.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, Literature

Anne Rice collection, 1979-1991. 0.5 linear ft. Location: W:69. New Orleans, Louisiana author. Articles, interviews, and reviews by and about Anne Rice and her works. Includes audio tapes of interviews of Rice on National Public Radio (undated) and on a Larry King radio broadcast (November 1988). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4446.

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

Anonymous account book, 1858-1866. 1 volume. Location: F:3. Anonymous account book of a Scottish firm engaged in the making and repair of furniture and in general carpentry work. Among the accounts is one for James Robert Hope-Scott of Abbotsford, grandson-in-law of Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Literature

Anonymous Civil War poem, 1864 June 3. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Confederate love poem signed 'Mystic,' Petersburg, Virginia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2121.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Anonymous Civil War scrapbook, 1856-1863. 1 volume. Location: UU:110. Clippings, mostly from Mobile, Alabama, Advertiser and Register, of poems and Civil War news. Scrapbook also includes fashion designs from magazines. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 1. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Literature

Anonymous Confederate poems, circa 1864. 2 leaves. Location: Misc:A. Anonymous poems titled 'Somebody's Darling,' 'Waiting,' and 'The Picket Guard' deal with war themes, death, and the Southern struggle. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2918.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Anonymous letter describing Havana, Cuba, 1844 May 4. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Letter written from Havana, Cuba, addressed to author's sister Mrs. William P. Chapman, Sandusky, Ohio. The writer describes landscapes, the city, public activities, and meeting with the widow and daughter of recently deceased Sumner Lincoln Fairfield. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3763.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Anonymous letter from Washington, D.C., 1852 July 15. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Letter written in Washington, D.C., addressed to 'Dear Cousin,' refers to race relations as depicted in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Daniel Webster's performance, and Henry Clay's funeral. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3416.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Literature

Anonymous New Orleans scrapbook, 1855-1867. 1 volume. Location: H:10. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, mainly of poems published in New Orleans papers, and sentimental engravings. Items are glued over ledger entries (1855-1857). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3012.

Anonymous novel, circa 1800-1899. 1 volume (261 pages). Location: U:116. A novel about Harry Lincoln, a poor boy from a troubled home in antebellum New Orleans, who is befriended by a wealthy woman. The name "Harry Barton" is written twice on the first page. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 172.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Anonymous poetry book, circa 1815-1817. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Volume containing copies of poems by Robert Burns and others and probably some original poetry. Personal entries indicate the volume was written circa 1815-1817 in Georgia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1422.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Anonymous short story, circa 1904. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Story centering around the Steamer Betsy Ann when she was operating on a packet from Natchez to Bayou Sara on the Mississippi River. It features the home of Captain Lane Brandon of Como Landing and the surrounding territory in the Tunica Hills. It also features the building of the Red River Valley railroad as part of the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1086.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

Anonymous travel notebook, 1869-1877. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Unidentified notebook containing travel accounts of several trips to Europe, itinerary, excerpts of poems, jokes, accounts of expenses, and miscellaneous memoranda. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 606.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

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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