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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Crean, Mary Walsingham. Manuscript, circa 1881-1885. 1 item. Location: Misc.:C. Manuscript by Mary Walsingham Crean titled, 'Is he Knave or Fool--this Mr. Wilde?' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 244.

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

De Forest, George. Collection, 1548, 1604-1945. 44 linear ft., 149 vols. Location: 77:35-49; 31:25-30; 31:35-36; 31:63-65; OS:D; 98. New Orleans bookseller. Collection of American (including Louisiana), British, French, Latin American, and other documents, covering a wide range of occupations, including writers, lawyers, soldiers, clergy, and scientists. Includes a group of British travel diaries. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, French, Literature

De Forest, George. Scrapbooks, 1935-1943. 4 vols. Location: 28-49. New Orleans bookseller. Contents consist almost entirely of the column 'Art, Music, Literature, and Drama,' clipped from 'The Border Telegraph' (Galashiels, Peeblesshire, Scotland) between 1935 and 1943. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

De Lee, Augustus. Short story, undated 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Typed drafts of the short story 'The Absent Groom,' by Augustus De Lee. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 107.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Delelis, O. Leon. Scrapbook, 1843-1874. 1 ms. vol., 1 microfilm reel. Location: UU:252, Mss. Mf.:D. Schoolmaster and writer of St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Scrapbook of manuscript writings and newspaper clippings, some pertaining to the Civil War and Reconstruction. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2677.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, French, Literature

Delsarte, Francois Alexandre Nicolas. Papers, 1811-1934 (bulk 1830-1899). 1,448 items, 107 volumes, 8 microfilm reels. Location: 35:, OS:D, MSS.MF:D. French educator, music and dramatic instructor, and originator of a widely recognized system of elocution. Professional papers contain materials relating to the study of pantomime; notes and manuscripts of writings by Delsarte's pupils, William Alger and James MacKaye, together with studies of the Delsarte system by S. S. Curry, Claude Shaver, and others. Partly in French. Preliminarily processed but open for use. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1301.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, French, Literature

Dialectic Society. Resolution, 1859 September 10. 1 item. Location: Misc. A student literary society at the University of North Carolina. Resolution by the Dialectic Society upon the death of a member, Norman A. Morrison of Richmond County, North Carolina, who graduated from the University in 1857. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1832.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Dodge, Mary Abigail, 1833-1896. Letter, 1886 November 24. 1 item. Location: Misc:D. American writer. Letter to James Redpath on the staff of The North American Review comments on the publication of an essay and Dodge's literary career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Dorman, Caroline, 1889-1971. Recollections, 1977. 1 item [19 pages]. Location: Misc. Artist, writer, and naturalist. Resident of 'Briarwood,' Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Prepared by Gladys Britt, 'Sketches of Miss Caroline Dorman' consists of recollections of Dorman's life and work by friends and associates. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3180.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Douglas, Ellen, 1921-. Papers, 1988. 5 linear ft. Location: Southern novelist. Location: E:36. Southern novelist. Blue line proofs, pasteups, and published copy (with dust cover) of CAN'T QUIT YOU BABY, by Ellen Douglas.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4566.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Douglas, Emily Caroline, b. 1840. Papers, 1855-1913 (bulk 1855-1868). 9 items, 2 ms. vols., 1 printed vol. Location: U:49, Mss.Mf:D. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 8-9. Connecticut native and resident of Louisiana and Mississippi. Autobiography, diary, and writings describe life in New England; with her brother, the Rev. William Kirtland Douglas, near Natchez, Mississippi, during the Civil War; at New Iberia, Louisiana; in various Mississippi towns; and in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 566.

Douglas, Judith Hyams, 1875-1955. Papers, 1897-1955. 700 items, 3 vols. Location: E:56-57, Mss. Mf.:D, vault:5. New Orleans, Louisiana, lawyer and civic leader. Papers consist of letters from prominent Louisiana writers and political figures, speeches, photographs, business papers, and newspaper clippings documenting her work in organizations pertaining to child labor, woman suffrage, peace movements, Jewish refugees, the juvenile court, clubs for women, and the Mississippi River flood control programs. They also contain two copies of the charter and by-laws of Le Petit Salon (1925, 1927) A scrapbook relates to Belgian relief efforts and war service. Scrapbook available on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1392.

Dreger, Ralph Mason Papers, 1959-1974.  2 linear feet.  Location 53, OS:D.  Ralph Dreger, a Methodist minister and Louisiana State University professor, was extremely active in civil rights causes throughout the South.  The collection consists of manuscripts, notes, articles, and correspondence pertaining to Dr. Ralph Dreger's research.  Letters to and from authors and researchers discuss publications, request information, and ask or grant permission for quotations.  Also included are journal articles pertaining to Dreger's research, as well as his own review, "Comparative Psychological Studies of Negroes and Whites in the United States: 1959-1965".  For further information, see online catalog.  Mss. 3900. 

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, LSU, Literature

Duchein, Annette Ogden, 1907-1996. Letter, 1938 Apr. 30. 1 letter. Location: Misc. In a letter to Edward Larocque Tinker, Annette Duchein discusses Gwen Bristow, a literary speaking tour Bristow will make to women in Louisiana, and her own lectures across the state. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4202.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Dufour, Charles L. Digest, 1861-1862, 1959. 1 vol. [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:D. Historian and author.Research notes taken from New Orleans newspapers and other sources pertaining to New Orleans prior to the Federal occupation in 1862, collected by Charles L. Dufour for a book on the fall of the city during the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1536.

Dupuy, Eliza A. (Eliza Ann), 1814-1881. Letter, 1854 Jan. 2. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Eliza Ann Dupuy was a Mississippi author best known for her novel about Aaron Burr, The Conspirator (1850). Dupuy in Rodney, Miss., writes to a Mr. Gallagher about the death of writer and editor, Thomas H. Shreve. Mss. 3948.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Eager, Paul H. Papers, 1899-1908. 111 items, 5 manuscript volumes. Location: U:50, F:16. Professor of English at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Collection containing biographical sketches and writings of poets and authors of Mississippi during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are newspaper clippings, letters, and manuscript and printed writings of authors. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 130.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

East, Charles. Papers, circa 1849-2005. 11.5 linear ft. Location: 1:6-12; 1:73; 7:37-41; Vault MRDF 2; Vault:1. Editor, newspaperman, author, freelance writer, and collector of photographs. Correspondence, writings, research notes, articles, book reviews, clippings, brochures, photographs, and other printed items are divided into the following series: subject file, writings and galley proofs, and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3471.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957. Letters, 1935. 2 items. Location: Misc. American author, literary critic and educator. Letters predict future reputations of contemporary writers and discuss the impact of the play, Tobacco Road. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2912.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Edmonds, Anne Marie Nugent. Papers, 1890-1955. 10 items. Location: VAULT:5, MSS.MF:E. Anne Marie Nugent Edmonds was also known as Nannie Nugent and by her pen name, Nathaniel Nugent. Her papers consist of seven short literary manuscripts whose topics focus on the Old South and were based upon Edmond's own experiences before, during, and after the Civil War. A typed excerpt from "Reminiscence, 1832, On a Louisiana Plantation" centers on the author's grandfather, Judge Seth Lewis, and gives some family history as well as an examination of local customs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4942.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans, Literature

Ellis, E. John (Ezekial John), Diary, 1862-1865. 3 items, 2 volumes. Location: C:97, H:14. Memoirs and diary related to the Civil War activities of Ezekiel John Ellis include a political speech and incomplete work of fiction and are accompanied by a transcript, research manuscript and photograph. Diary recounts his participation in fighting up to his capture at Missionary Ridge and his subsequent imprisonment at Johnson's Island. He comments on African-American soldiers and makes reference to literature and poetry. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 2795.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans, Literature

Ellis, William H., 1839-1892. Papers, 1839-1900. 202 items, 5 ms. Vols., 4 printed vols. Location: U:235, G:5. Confederate soldier and member of the Washington Artillery in the Civil War. Papers include military orders, passes, pay receipts, and 3 diaries (1860-65) that describe camps near Manassas, camp food, the Battle of Chickahominy, his capture and parole, and poems about his military duties. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 5. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2274, 4400.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Emery, Emma Wilson, 1885-1970. Papers, 1904-1970, undated 287 items, 2 ms. vols. and 4 printed vols. Location: W:29, F:23. Louisiana writer and poet, resident of Shreveport, Louisiana, and poet laureate of Louisiana (1942-1970). Papers include copies of published poems and articles, newspaper clippings pertaining to her literary and social activities, photographs, and two scrapbooks containing poetry and other writings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2982.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Engle, Paul. Manuscripts, 1947, 1950, 1951. 13 items. Location: UU:128. English professor. Three poems 'Telephone,' 'Babe Ruth,' and 'Electric' included in Paul Engle, The Word of Love (1951); 1947 Christmas card from Paul and Mary Engle; typewritten copies of the poems; and printed descriptive cards prepared for an exhibit. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1962.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Evans, J. Bruce, Papers, 1614-2005 (bulk 1930-1990). 31.5 linear ft., 26 v. Location: 92:82-109; OS:E; J:34-35; Vault:1. Baptist minister, religious counselor and civil rights activist. Correspondence, church records, sermons, workshop materials, printed items, photographs and audio tapes reflect Evans's ministerial career in Baton Rouge, La., at First Baptist Church and Fellowship Church. Personal papers [some items in French], business records and genealogical material document the ancestry of Evans and his wife, Anita Louise, and provide insight into the personal lives of family members. Papers also furnish histories of Bienville and Natchitoches parishes and Saline, La., and relate to Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve and to Dormon's activities as a naturalist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4664.

Evans, William W. Papers, 1965-1967. 5 items. Location: UU:166. Assistant Professor of English, LSU. Reprint of 'Dramatic Use of the Second-Person Singular Pronoun in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,' from Studia Neophilologica; and descriptions of English courses and recommendations for English 64. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2282.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Exquisite Corpse records, ca. 1961- [ongoing]. 11 linear ft. Location: Range 41. Correspondence, manuscripts, galley proofs, and papers related to publication of the journal, Exquisite Corpse, edited by Andrei Codrescu. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4045.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Family history project, 1972-1983. 6 linear ft. (photocopies).Location: 6:70-73, Mss. Mf.:F. Papers prepared by students of Dr. David Culbert, LSU History Department for his History 56 class. Family histories pertain mainly to the lives of the writers' grandparents and include information about American social and economic conditions in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in Louisiana. Copies of photographs and pertinent family documents are also included. The family photograph album of Marva Kador (#174) is available on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2775.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Ferguson, Kate Lee, b. 1841. Papers, 1858-1911. 38 items; 7 vols. (1 ms. Vol. and 1 printed vol.). Location: S:28, 65, 98. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 10. Novelist, poet, and composer of Mississippi. She married Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson in 1862. Papers include personal letters from friends and family members; a Spanish land grant for property in Texas of Nathaniel A. Ware (Ferguson's grandfather); manuscripts by Ferguson, including prose, poetry, and music; Ferguson's memoirs; and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Civil War, Literature

Ferguson, Percy. Papers, 1864, 1899-1916. 9 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: OS:F, O:16. Daughter of Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson. Scrapbook of manuscript poems by Percy Ferguson; a letter from her cousin, U.S. Senator LeRoy Percy of Mississippi, pertaining to national politics; and published music by Regina Morphy Voitier of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416.

Fleury, Hippolyte de Saint-Anthoine, comte de. Letters, 1850, 1882. 2 letters. Location: Misc. Two letters to Hippolyte de Saint-Anthoine, comte de Fleury, a French poet and secretary-general of the Institut d’Afrique in Paris, a French abolitionist group. Letters from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Paris, France, discuss the Institut d’Afrique, Fleury’s poetry, and other matters. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Referenced in Guides: French, Literature

Flint, Lewis Herrick. Papers, circa 1954-1968. 0.5 linear ft. Location: A:27. Botanist at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Manuscript and three notebooks compiled in preparation of Flint's book, ROSEDOWN A REPORT ON ECHO HUNTING IN A LOUISIANA PLANTATION HOME (1968). Notebooks contain transcriptions of personal and business papers of the Turnbull, Bowman and related families of Rosedown and Oakley plantations of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2199.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, LSU, Literature

Foley, Patrick Kevin. Correspondence, 1900, 1931. 2 items. Location: Correspondence of Patrick Keven Foley consisting of a letter from George Warner, telling of his inability to locate a copy of Foley's American Authors, 1795-1895; and a letter referring to the Wakeman copy of Whittier's Song of the Vermonters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Foster, James. Family Papers, 1829-1904. 92 items, 7 ms. vols. Location: U:117. O:3. 1Medical doctor of Natchez, Mississippi, and owner of the Hermitage Plantation near Natchez. Correspondence consists chiefly of personal letters from family members concerning travel in the East; yellow fever in New Orleans; and plantation affairs. Some letters relate to student life at Oakland College (Mississippi) and Harvard University. Three manuscript volumes contain poetry and four record books concern a Confederate monument in Natchez, listing subscribers to a memorial fund (1888-1889). Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 6. Mss. 1705.

Fourchy, Alexandre Francois, 1787-1854. Family Papers, ca. 1848-1908, undated 185 items and 2 pamphlets. Location: U:117. Lawyer and writer of New Orleans. Family papers consist of correspondence and related items (1891-1895); family and religious cards; and 66 New Orleans trade cards. Included is a copy of Fourchy's Quelques Mots, a literary work dedicated to the memory of Napoleon I. Partly in French and in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1692, 1694.

Francis A. de Caro and Rosan A. Jordan, 1956-2009, undated (bulk 1966-2003) 13 linear ft. Location: 11:19, 15:15-21. De Caro and Jordan were folklorists, authors, and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) professors. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, writings, exhibitions, photographs, printed items consisting of brochures, handbills, newspapers, and posters; and topical files that document de Caro's folklore class at LSU, his work with the Louisiana Folklife Commission, and Jordan's work with the women's movement. Writings as well as exhibitions comprise material primarily related to folklore within Louisiana and British colonial life in India. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3197, 4089, 4164.

Fraude, Wolfgang. Elegy, circa 1943. 1 item. Location: Misc. German soldier killed during the battle on the beachhead of Salerno, Italy, in September 1943. Typed manuscript signed with initials found by an American soldier. An original composition, in poetic prose, it deals with an episode which tests and reaffirms the comradeship between three soldiers. In German with English translation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3634.

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

Frost, Meigs O. Stories, 1936. 1 item. Location: Misc. Typewritten copy of 'Strange Stories Behind New Orleans' Streets' Names,' by Meigs O. Frost, published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune in August and September, 1936. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Literature

Gaines, Ernest J. Letters, 1960-1967. 3 items. Location: Misc:G. Louisiana writer. Letters from San Francisco addressed to Gaines' friend Gus Blaisdell, editor of the New Mexico Quarterly, discuss writing, mutual friends, and Gaines' personal life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3514.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Literature

Gamble, Harry Pollard, Sr. Papers, 1875-1987, undated (bulk 1954-1972). 2.5 linear feet. Location: 40:. Public affairs and personal correspondence, printed items, and written materials of Harry Pollard Gamble of New Orleans, Louisiana, political figure, secretary of the Louisiana Conservation Commission, and founder of the American Society for the Preservation of State Government and Racial Integrity (ASPSGRI). Materials primarily relate to conservation of natural resources, ASPSGRI, and his efforts in the fight to uphold segregation in Louisiana. Personal papers present are his completed and partial works of history and historical fiction (especially related to the Cane River area), family and business correspondence, including his son's World War II letters, and materials related to Gamble's football career at Louisiana State University. For additional information see online catalog. Mss. 4054.

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