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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Brent, Joseph Lancaster. Papers, 1862-1940 (bulk 1862-1904, 1926-1940). 1.3 linear ft., 12 volumes. Location: U:243-245. Maryland native, lawyer, and Confederate general. Joseph Lancaster Brent practiced law in Louisiana, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. Married to Rosella Kenner, he assisted in the management of his father-in-law, Duncan Farrar Kenner's, plantations. Brent served as a Brigadier General in the Louisiana Cavalry Brigade during the Civil War. Collection consists primarily of correspondence between Brent and his wife, Rosella, and published and unpublished writings, including manuscript and printed copies of "Memoirs of the War Between the States" (1940), "The Lugo Case" and "Capture of the Ironclad Indianola" (1926). There is also a diary written by Brent in 1862 during his service in the Civil War. Also part of the collection are the papers of Brent's daughter, Nanine M. Brent, including a personal diary, recipe book, and household hints. Parts available on microfilm: University Publications of America, Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 1, Reel 15. Mss. 1477, 1822.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War, Literature

Bristow, Gwen, 1903-. Letter: Beverly Hills, Calif., to Annette Duchein, 1941 December 2. 1 item. Location: Misc:B. American novelist and journalist married to movie producer Bruce Manning. Friendly letter reporting on remodeling of a house and current writing. Bristow tells of difficulties encountered when trying to write without having done sufficient preliminary work and gives her thoughts on Marcel Proust. Also mentioned is the 'colonel' and his work as a movie producer. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4601.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Britt, Gladys Lawrence. Sketches of Miss Caroline Dorman: reminiscences, 1977. 1 item (19 pages). Location: Misc:B. Artist, author, and naturalist. She resided at 'Briarwood' in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Recollections of Dorman's life and work were compiled by Britt and contain information obtained in interviews of friends and associates of Dorman including Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Nicholls, and Mrs. Nora Patterson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3180.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Britton, A. C. (Audley Clark) and family. Papers, 1830-1929 (bulk 1843-1912). 1,760 items, 14 volumes. Location: S:141-143, O:16, OS:B. Banker and planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Papers include letters and descriptions of the family, plantation, and social lives in Natchez and documents specific to Britton's business activities. Miscellaneous items include photographs, autographs, poems, ledgers, and genealogies. Included are two letters to Eliza Britton written by Jefferson Davis. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 4, Reel 1. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1403, 1710.

Brooks Read Brer Rabbit Collection, 1950-1991 (bulk: 1950-1959). Ca. 29 linear feet. Approximately 500 reel to reel audio recordings, scripts, phonographs, correspondence, and subject files of Brooks Read, Baton Rouge storyteller, journalist, and political observer. Materials relate to Read's recorded productions of his original Brer Rabbit stories, as well as a few select Uncle Remus stories of Joel Chandler Harris. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4476.

Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-. Papers, 1936-1963. 28 items. Location: W:49. American scholar, writer, and professor of English at LSU and Yale University. Collection consists of miscellaneous papers concerning administration policy at LSU and Phi Beta Kappa faculty at LSU; also typescript of Eliot H. Stanley's Harvard College Honors Thesis, The Tiger Stays For Dinner, 1963. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3426.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Brossard, Chandler, 1922-. Manuscript, ca. 1955. 25 items (246 pages). Location: UU:128. Edited essays from The Scene Before You: A New Approach to American Culture. (New York, Rinehart, c. 1955). For further information, see catalog. Mss. 1961.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Brown, Harry Bates, Sr. Papers, 1908-1970. 14 linear ft. Location: T:109-122, OS:B. Professor of agronomy, LSU. Personal papers include family correspondence, legal and business records, and memorabilia. Professional papers include correspondence, research notes, materials pertaining to professional organizations and teaching, and manuscripts of published books. Mss. 2530.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Buck, Pearl S., 1892-. Letters, 1968. 2 items. Location: Misc.:B. American writer and philanthropist. Letters to a correspondent in India commenting on the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; the Black Power demonstration by U.S. athletes at the Mexican Olympic Games; and racial problems in the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2473, 2475.

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

Buck, William C. Family correspondence, 1855-1894. 11 items. Location: Misc: B. Baptist minister of Columbus, Mississippi, and editor of the BAPTIST BANNER and WESTERN PIONEER in Louisville, Kentucky. Buck moved to Texas in 1866 and lived there until his death in 1872. Letters from Buck's son Gideon to his wife describe Staten Island and New York City; Northern attitudes toward his sister, who was living in the North; and Northern publishers' prejudices against his father's and other Southern literary works. Included is a letter from William to his son. Remaining correspondence by Sallie G. Willson and others discuss Waco Classical School, Salado College, development of Salado, Texas, and family matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1699.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Education, Literature

Buck-Ellis Family Papers, 1812, 1826-2000. 14 linear ft and 27 volumes. Location: 16:1-14, OS:B, J:27, Vault 1. Family of educators, lawyers, and public officials. Of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Ellis family papers (1812, 1826-1987) are comprised almost entirely of personal correspondence relating to daily activities, politics, health, religion, employment, military service, education and travel of five generations. Other material includes financial papers, legal documents, speeches and lectures related to the study of law, printed items, account books, diaries, inventories, family scrapbook and minute books of United Daughters of the Confederacy, Blue Cross Chapter. The Carroll and Martina Ellis Buck papers (1922-2000) consist primarily of personal correspondence from family and friends, but include some professional correspondence, primarily from his legal and public career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4820.

Buhler, John Robert, 1829-1886. Papers, 1843-1914. 6 ms. vols. Location: H:17. John Robert Buhler was the son of John Christian Buhler, a planter of Buhler's Plains near Baton Rouge. After his marriage to Mary Reynolds, they lived at Independence Plantation, home of his grandparents, the Smiths, near Natchez, Mississippi. Papers include three volumes of a diary containing entries (1847-1849) reflecting family and social life on Independence Plantation and providing information on events in and around Natchez, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge. Includes another diary containing manuscript poems (1881-1914) by Mary Edith Buhler, an autograph book, and a notebook containing poems by Buhler. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1311.

Buhler, M. E. (Mary Edith). Papers, 1881-1931. 985 items, 7 ms. Vols., 8 printed vols. Location: C:50-51; H:17. Poet and journalist of Mount Independence Plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, and resident of New Orleans and New York City; author of The Grass in the Pavement (1918). Papers consist of her manuscript and printed writings published in the New York Times and the New Orleans Times-Picayune and of materials relating to her family history and genealogy. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1192, 1210, 1333.

Bulwer Lytton, Edward. Letters, 1845-1867. 4 items. Location: MISC:B. English novelist and politician. Letters concern the preparation of a manuscript for publication; a request for assistance in finding a gardener for his estate; and social letters of thanks and condolence. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin). Letter, 1890 March 1. 1 item. Location: MISC:B. General in the United States Army during the Civil War. Letter from Butler replying to a request for facts pertaining to the execution of William B. Mumford, refers the writer to James Parton's book, GENERAL BUTLER IN NEW ORLEANS (1862). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1802.

Butler, Louise. Papers, 1892-1950. 2.25 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: S:17-19, OS:B. Granddaughter of Judge Thomas Butler of The Cottage, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Writings consist of poetry, short stories, and historical sketches of West Feliciana Parish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 51, 523, 1069.

Butler, Robert, 1786-1860. Papers, 1831-1853. .15 linear ft. Location: S:24, Misc:B. Surveyor general of Florida and a colonel in the U.S. Army; brother of Louisiana judge Thomas Butler. Holographic poems, most signed and dated by Butler and most written at Lake Jackson, Tallahassee, Florida. Many of the poems were adapted to the music of contemporary songs and hymns. One group of poems comments on the 1845 presidential election of James K. Polk and George M. Dallas and eulogizes Andrew Jackson. A promissory note (1831) is for the hire of three slaves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1000, 3112.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Literature

Cable, George Washington. Miscellany, 1850-1914. 10 items. Location: W:37, OS:C. Louisiana writer. Letters and a draft telegram sent and received by George Washington Cable discussing personal social affairs; literature; and the culture, climate, and landscape of Louisiana, including a letter to Irish novelist Seumas MacManus praising his work. The collection also includes a certificate of appointment of his father, George Washington Cable Sr., as notary public for New Orleans and Orleans Parish, La., signed at Baton Rouge by Governor Joseph Walker and Secretary of State Charles Gayarré (oversize; 1850). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1162, 1342, 1466, 2027, 2183, 2473, 2691, 3172, 3175, 3926.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Literature

Cable, James B. (James Boardman), 1846-1915. Papers, 1862-1913 (bulk 1885-1913). 0.5 linear ft. (61 items; 1 printed. Vol.). Location: U:106, M:18. Writer of Long Beach, Mississippi. His brother was the writer George Washington Cable. Papers chiefly consist of Cable's published and unpublished poetry and short stories. Letters from Cable to his mother mention his work as an orderly at Oliver Hospital, Lauderdale, Mississippi, during the Civil War. There are also letters from George. Some genealogical material regarding the Cable family and an article about James B. Cable are included. The printed item is a first edition of George Cable's Grandissimes. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 3. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1765.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine, Literature

Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. Typescript, 1963. 1 typescript. Location: Misc. Erskine Caldwell describes the "Bossier Strip," a stretch of nightclubs along East Texas Street in Bossier City, La., patronized by young airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base and staffed by troubled young women from small towns in the Deep South. Caldwell wrote the piece for the San Francisco Chronicle. Mss. 4196.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Carey, Cora E. and family. Papers, 1866-1971 (bulk 1866-1909). 0.3 linear feet; 2 volumes. Location: W:33, Vault:1, OS:C. Journalist and organizer of Southern Women's Literary Clubs, of Holly Springs, Mississippi; creator of the 'Mr. Punch' column in the New Orleans Times-Democrat. Papers include correspondence about Mississippi and Louisiana women's clubs; and items from Longfellow, George Washington Cable, and Francis Willard. Later family correspondence includes that of Hamilton F. Richardson, tennis star. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 33. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2987.

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

Carpenter, George H., 1849-1892. Family Papers, 1806, 1835-1964 (bulk 1844-1899). 2.6 linear ft., 21 mss. vols., 84 printed vols. Location: A:28-31, OS:C. Dentist who resided with his family in Slaughter and Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Family papers also contain items of Carpenter's father-in-law, John Y. East, and his family. Among these papers are family letters, including the John A. Collins family; legal and business papers of John East; poetry; sermons; and biographical writings. Printed material consists of newspapers clippings; maps; Colt historical prints; political handbills; Huey P. Long political broadsides (1930); and various books. Volumes include items of Mary East. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2317.

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

Carrier’s Address to the Patrons of the Patriot-Democrat, 1885. 1 broadside. Location: E:Imprints. New year’s greeting poem from the newspaper carrier of the Patriot-Democrat of Clinton, La., to its subscribers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2962.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Casey, Powell A. Collection, 1782-1972. 238 items. Location: 77:99-100, 98:. Retired officer of the Washington Artillery, the Louisiana National Guard, and writer on military history. Collection includes research materials and other items pertaining to the history of the Battle of New Orleans and the Washington Artillery; typescripts of published writings by Casey; and correspondence. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1732, 2540, 2712.

Casso, Evans J., 1914-. Papers, undated. 2 linear ft., 1 item. Location: 1:66, Vault. Louisiana historian and author. Papers include manuscripts and research materials for his books, 'Louisiana Legacy, A History of the State National Guard', and 'Lorenzo,' 'The History of the Casso Family in Louisiana'; and correspondence on Italians and other ethnic groups in Louisiana. Included are typed manuscripts and research on the Civil War in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3119.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Chambon, Celestin M., 1879-. Papers, 1892-1963. 73 items, 6 printed vols. Location: U:6, OS:C. Catholic curate and pastor of New Orleans. Chambon's research materials on Catholic architecture and history in New Orleans. Many items relate to St. Louis Cathedral. Included are typewritten copies of documents, newspaper clippings, and works published by Chambon. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2047.

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

Charles L. Thompson and Associates. Blueprint, 199-. 1 item. Location: OS:C. Architect in Little Rock, Arkansas. Blueprint produced to commemorate the publication of the book Charles L. Thompson and Associates: Arkansas Architects 1885-1938, by Dr. F. Hampton Roy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4590.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Literature

Chemin, Camille. Letter, 1938. 2 items. Location: Misc. French author and resident of Paris, France. Letter and calling card from Camille Ce [pseudonym]. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French, Literature

Clark, Charles and family. Papers, 1829-1973 (bulk 1851-1936). 1.1 linear ft. Location: UU:254, 65:2, OS:C. Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California; married to Emma Fowler of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers of the related Fowler, Nutt, Macbeth, and Clark families. They consist of personal and family correspondence, legal papers of Nathaniel W. Fowler and John Slidell, writings, photographs, printed items, ephemera, and the travel journal of Charles Clark. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3982.

Clinton PATRIOT DEMOCRAT. Broadside, 1885 January 1. 2 printed items. Location: E:Imprints. Newspaper of Clinton, Louisiana. New Year's Day commemorative broadside titled 'Carrier's Address' offers greetings and an optimistic poem. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2962.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Cochran, Louis. Papers, 1923-1954 (bulk 1929-1938). 0.3 linear feet. Location: 7:32. Edward Louis Cochran was a writer and FBI agent from Mississippi. This collection contains correspondence to, from, and about Louis Cochran from 1923 to 1954 with most correspondence occurring between 1929 and 1938. The correspondence contains information pertaining to publishing his novels, contemporary literature, personal information, and family matters. Mss. 4482.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Cochran, Louis. Photograph, circa 1939-1950. 1 photographic print. Location: MISC:C. Edward Louis Cochran was a writer and FBI agent from Mississippi. Black-and-white print is a portrait of Cochran holding a smoking pipe. Stamp belonging to The Caxton Printers, Ltd. (Caldwell, Idaho) is on the verso. Mss. 5348.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Codrescu, Andrei. Letters, 1977-1981. 12 letters. Location: Misc.:C. LSU English professor (1984-2009), poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. Letters and postcards written by Andrei Codrescu to his publisher, Stuart Lavin, regarding publication of Codrescu’s work. Also included is a newspaper clipping of an article by Codrescu on the Amish community (April 4, 1981). The clipping accompanies an unrelated letter (Jan. 24, 1977). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 5199.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Cohn, Margie de Bretton and Family. Papers, 1945-1982, undated (bulk 1945-1968). 1 linear foot. Location: E:122. Primarily papers of Maggie deBretton Cohn and daughter Margie, both of Baker, La. Includes writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous files related to Maggie deBretton Cohn's writing, and Margie deBretton Cohn's English translation of an 1828 German text describing travelling through the Mississippi River Valley. Letters to Margie while a student at LSU are included, as well as religious writings by other family members and items related to the family's 1964 donation of the Laurens Henry Cohn Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum to the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4472.

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

Collection of Dickensian programs, 1879-1936. .3 linear ft. (92 items). Location: C:26. Programs and ephemera of theatrical performances and church bazaars in London and other English and American cities, featuring the literary works of Charles Dickens, assembled by an unknown collector. Items document plays, festivals, operas, and film productions of Dickens's works. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1106.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

Collection of papers on Lancashire, England, 1654-1842. .25 linear ft. (111 items). Location: W:51. Papers deal mainly with activities on or affecting the Manor of Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. Legal papers consist of contracts regarding land tenure, leases, and labor; articles of agreements; and lawyer's statements of accounts. Administrative accounts of estates and churches, some personal letters, a map of a section of the River Lumney, poetry, a hymn, a drawing, an embroidery pattern, and other items are included.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3591.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

College Writers' Society. Program, 1962. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Included is a newspaper clipping about Cleanth Brooks speaking at the meeting of the Society. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2409.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Conrad, Max Zephirin. Manuscript, [1965]. 1 item (32 pages). Location: UU:166. Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, LSU. Typewritten copy of 'The Basic Elements of Civil Beauty as Illustrated by Cities Around the World,' written (1964-1965) when Conrad was a Charles Eliot Travelling Fellow. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2258.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Cooper, John Daniel, d.1864. Diary, 1864. 1 vol. Location: Misc:C. Confederate soldier from Mississippi killed in Georgia in 1864. Diary containing daily memoranda of military activities and personal reflections, including poems written by Cooper. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2728.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Coppard, Alfred Edgar. Letters, 1929-1932. 3 items. Location: Misc.:C. English short-story writer and poet. Thank you letters from Alfred Edgar Coppard. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

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