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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Kilbourne, Hal Harper. Family Papers, 1849-1861. 1 vol. [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:K. History and minutes of the organization, titled "First Book of the Chronicles of the Mystic Seven, Temple of the Wreath," located at Centenary College, Jackson, La., written in cryptic language, includes names of members, dates they joined, and secret names taken in the organization. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2891.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

King, Grace Elizabeth. Papers, 1851-1941 (bulk 1864-1932). 3,800 items, 49 volumes, and 24 microfilm reels. Location: UU:10-18, UU:23-24, UU:27-31, 98:K, N:6, OS:K, Vault:11, MSS.MF:K. New Orleans writer and historian. Correspondence, literary writings in notebooks, photographs, bound manuscript volumes, and printed material concern the literary career of Grace King, historical interests, travels, and personal affairs. Her correspondence and diaries describe her extensive travel throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Diary 3 describes her childhood experiences at L'Embarass plantation in St. Martin Parish. Her correspondence also describes yachting in Florida and other Southern states. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

King, Grace Elizabeth. Selected papers, 1864, 1883-1933. 1 linear ft., 2 microfilm reels. Location: UU:31, MSS.MF:K, Vault:1. New Orleans writer and historian. Business and personal correspondence pertaining to Grace King's literary career, European travels, and social and family life; includes some family correspondence, principally of her sister, Annie R. King. Papers also include a copy of an order issued by Richard Taylor concerning the Battle of Mansfield (1864), a program for the memorial service for Jefferson Davis held in New Orleans (1903), and manuscript notes concerning the United States Army occupation of New Orleans (undated). Correspondence from Baron Edouard de Pontabla, Charles Wagner, Henry Vignaud, and Flora O'Gorencees discuss World War I. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

King, John W. Papers, 1828-1860 (bulk 1830-1850). 0.5 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: UU:105, MSS.MF:K, OS:K. Physician of Covington, Kentucky and president of Newport Manufacturing Company, Newport, Kentucky. Papers include correspondence, legal documents, receipts, printed materials, manuscript writings, a will, and a medical notebook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1372, 1382.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Medicine, Literature

Kirby, Thomas Austin. Papers, 1932-1988. Professor at Louisiana State University from 1935 to 1973, serving as head of the English Department from 1940 to 1973. Research notes, correspondence, articles, exams, criticism, and phonograph records covering the period 1932 to 1988 document the professional life of Thomas Austin Kirby. The bulk of the collection is comprised of his research in Medieval and Victorian literature and its writers. Geoffrey Chaucer's work is paid particular attention, notably his CANTERBURY TALES. Unprocessed. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4558.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Krumpelmann, John T., 1892-. Manuscript, ca. 1935-1968. 6 items. Location: UU:147. Professor emeritus of German and Russian, LSU. Typescript of English translation of Der Zerbrochene Krug by Heinrich von Kleist; an LSU student stage adaptation of the play; and book reviews published in The German Quarterly, including a review of Morgan's translation of Der Zerbrochene Krug. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2366.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, LSU, Literature

La Farge, Oliver. Papers, 1929-1932. 4 items, 1 vol. Location: Misc., M:18. Papers include a copy of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Laughing Boy, a program of the adapted play by Otis Chatfield-Taylor, and correspondence describing Native American dances. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1421.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

La Houssaye, Sidonie de. Papers, circa 1880-1894. 22 volumes, 6 microfilm reels. Location: F:17, MSS.MF:L. French Louisiana author of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Manuscript drafts of short stories (in French) written by Madame Sidonie de la Houssaye : Volumes 1 and 2: L'etoile d'argent. Volume 2: Le fort de Keronec; Une paire de gants; Une poupee d'autrefois; Les fleurs et les bijoux de la grand'mere; Rose Blanche; Les petits vagabonds; Volume 3 Mythologies des petits enfants; Volume 4: George Gerard.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 105.

Lafon, Thomy. Papers, 1893-1916. 3 items [photocopies]. Location: Misc. African American philanthropist. Poem written about Lafon by R. L. Desdunes (1893); and documents pertaining to the burial of Lafon and his family (1898-1916). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 778.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Literature

Lambremont, John D. Family papers, 1843-1978. 0.5 linear ft., 7 vols. (3 on microfilm). Location: OS:L, M:12, W:28, Mss. Mf.:L, Vault:1. Educator of St. James Parish, La. Items include historical materials on St. James Parish, a print of the Convent of Sacred Heart (1974), some U.S. currency (1860-1874), and a number of printed items and manuscript volumes. Some financial and legal papers concern his father-in-law, Nelson Paul Himel. Correspondence includes a typed letter from Warren Dicharry, in which he describes teaching in China (March 19, 1949). Some materials in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2863.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education, French, Literature

Lane, Pinkie Gordon. Papers, 1925-2001 (bulk 1970-2000). 15 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: T:128-141; T:100 (short shelf); G:15; OS:L. African American poet, Louisiana poet laureate (1989-1992), and Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.) professor. Also the first African American woman to graduate from Louisiana State University with a Ph.D. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, writings, photographs, conference materials, printed items consisting of newspaper clippings, newsletters, programs, and fliers; and topical files that document Lane's personal and professional life. Her writings comprise copies of her poetry - some unpublished, book reviews, and an unpublished attempt at early prose work. Items concentrate on her African American colleagues and interest in African American literature and events. Lane was a resident of Baton Rouge (La.) since 1957 and accumulated a number of printed items for Baton Rouge events and organizations, including the Olympic Torch relay through Baton Rouge in 1996, and professional organizational newsletters for Capital Area Network. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4629. .

Laughlin, Clarence John. Papers, circa 1924-1978. 0.3 linear ft. Location: E:55. Louisiana photographer. Papers include a heavily annotated copies of volumes used by Laughlin and loose notes. Miscellaneous items include some correspondence, brochures, newspaper and magazine clippings, and maps. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4538.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Literature

Laurent, Lubin F. Manuscript, undated 1 item. Location: U:199. 'History of St. John the Baptist Parish' (typewritten original with author's marginal notes) by Lubin F. Laurent giving origin, resources, and progress of the Parish from 1519 to 1924. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 213.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Layssard family. Papers, 1794-1960. 1 linear ft. Location: W:20-21, OS:L, VAULT:13. The Layssard family resided in northern Rapides Parish, Louisiana; Kate Kingston Boyd Grant, a writer from Grant Parish, was a relation of R. H. Grant and Harriet Grant, the heirs to Harriet Layssard. Collection contains business papers of the Layssard family, but is comprised mostly of the literary writings of Kate K. Grant: unpublished novels, short stories, and plays set in Louisiana; they include information about ante-bellum New Orleans and the Colfax riot of 1873. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2875.

Lieutaud, Albert Louis. Collection, 1650, 1801-1965. 10 linear ft. Location: U:247-250, OS:L, 34:8-14.. Collection consists of letters, Christmas cards, receipts, printed material, sketches, photographic prints, and sheet music concerning various subjects in New Orleans and Louisiana history; the career of R.J. Morgan, a 19th-century English actor in the United States; railroad transportation in the United States; the American Civil War; and Lieutaud's own literary works and his work as an art and manuscript dealer. About two-thirds of the collection consists of about 140 presentation copies of books and pamphlets on Louisiana topics given to Lieutaud. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1407, 1700, 1771, 1784, 1853, 1936, 2046, 2211, 2369, 2469.

Like morning glories ever blooming : an informal anthology of several essays by Lewis P. Simpson, 2001. 0.1 linear ft. Location: UU:198. Consists of a bound volume with photocopies of several of noted LSU English faculty member and Southern literature scholar Lewis P. Simpson's published essays and articles. Also contains published writings about Simpson, a speech given on his behalf at the 1991 Modern Languages Association Convention, and several pieces of correspondence between Simpson and anthology compiler Anthony G. Tassin. Tassin was a former student of Simpson's and completed the compilation in 2001 after years of correspondence and selecting items to include in the anthology. Mss. 5065.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Lockett, Samuel H. Manuscript, 1873. 1 item [typewritten copy]. Location: U:210. Professor of engineering at LSU (1867-1873). Manuscript of 'Louisiana as it is' (1873) a study of the physical features of Louisiana by Lockett and an excerpt from a letter from Lockett to Colonel David F. Boyd regarding authorship of the first topographical map of Louisiana and Lockett's desire to have "Louisiana as It Is" published (1884). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 228.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Logsdon, Joseph. Letter, 1968 April 29. 1 letter. Location: MISC:L. Joseph Logsdon was a department chair and history professor at the University of New Orleans. With Sue Eakin, a professor of history at Louisiana State University in Alexandria, Logsdon researched materials and annotated the book "12 Years a Slave" by Solomon Northrup, which made it a scholarly text. Charles L. Dufour was a journalist and author from New Orleans, Louisiana. He wrote a weekly column called "Pie Dufour's A La Mode" for the New Orleans States-Item. This is a letter written by Joseph Logsdon to Charles Dufour regarding Louisiana State University's publication of "12 Years a Slave" written by Solomon Northup with annotations researched and added by Logsdon and Sue Eakin. Logsdon asks Dufour if he can write about the publication in his column for the newspaper. It is likely a copy of the book accompanied the letter. Mss. 5157.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Longcope, Janet Percy Dana. Papers, 1911-1917. 31 items. Location: W:52. Red Cross Nurse during WWI. Letters (1911-1917) were written by poet and author, William Alexander Percy to his cousin, Janet Percy Dana Longcope, of New York. 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, Literature, 20th Century Wars

Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Volume, 1770-1788. 1 vol. Location: Vault:31. Six pamphlets and one volume pertaining to the royal court of France during the reign of Louis XVI. Pamphlets relate to the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1770), the birth of their son Louis Joseph (1782), the peace at the end of the Anglo-French War (1783), and the meeting of the Parlement of Paris (1788). The manuscript is that of a French poem. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1861.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French, Literature

Louisiana Folklore Society. Records, 1956-2014. 2 linear ft. Location: UU:262. Organization of folklorists, academics, teachers, and others interested in the study, preservation, and promotion of Louisiana folk culture. The records include correspondence, programs, minutes, financial records, and subject files relating to organization projects, publications, and meetings. Mss. 4168.

Louisiana postal cards, undated 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Postcards of a crawfish race at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; and of Kolb's Restaurant in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Lowery, June Amy. Manuscript, 1976. 1 ms. vol., 12 items. Location: W:97, Misc.:L. Author and resident of Delano Plantation, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Collection consists of manuscript with original illustrations of the children's book "Ah Ain't Got Nobody" (Opelousas, 1976), and photolith plates used in printing the book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3068.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

LSU Faculty Forum records, 1967-1970. 0.5 linear ft. Location: E:45. The LSU Faculty Forum was organized in March 1967 to bring notable outside speakers to campus. The records consist of the correspondence of the forum officers, correspondence with potential and actual speakers, questionnaires on speaker preferences returned by faculty members, membership lists, bank statements, a ledger, and a checkbook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2716, 2884.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Lyons, Mary E. Notebook, 1855-1866. 1 volume. Location: G:16, OS:L. Resident of Clinton and New Orleans, Louisiana. Notebook containing historical notes and poems written at Bienvenue Seminary, Fredericksburg, Virginia (1855) and newspaper clippings of poems (1864-1866). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 269.

Lytle, Andrew D. Family collection, circa 1824-1981 (bulk 1880-1915).  2.5 linear ft., 25 volumes, 50 artifacts. Location: 5:, 104:, OS:L. Photographer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This collection contains family papers, printed items, photographs, and artifacts relating to the Andrew D. Lytle family and related Dickinson family. Family papers relate to family matters and genealogy. Printed items include newspaper clippings, prayer books, poetry, and picture postcards. Postcard were produced as souvenir postcards and depict scenes in Louisiana, Colorado, Ohio and Winnipeg, Canada. Some postcards depict African-Americans as childlike (circa 1905). Photographs are in multiple formats that were produced professionally consisting of individual portraits and group photographs, including LSU cadets (1910-1911). Of note is a scene of a large African American group gathered at a river for a baptism (circa 1905). A variety of objects comprise the artifacts. They include jewelry, an evening bag, textiles, buckles, a flute, pins and ribbons. Several artifacts represent chapters of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. Mss. 5207.

Mann, Ambrose Dudley. Letters, 1850-1889. 160 items [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:M. Published letters and related items edited by Dr. John Preston Moore for an article in the Journal of Mississippi History and for My Ever Dearest Friend: The Letters of A. Dudley Mann to Jefferson Davis (1960). Originals are in Confederate Museum and in the Library of Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1823.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Marchand, Sidney A. (Sidney Albert). Papers, 1866-1970 (bulk 1890-1966). 2.5 linear ft. Locations: OS:M; UU:19-20. Sidney Albert Marchand served as a Louisiana State Representative from 1929 to 1932 and Mayor of Donaldsonville from 1929 to1933. The collection is comprised of Sidney Albert Marchand's correspondence, financial papers, legal and political documents, and printed materials that reflect his professional career. The manuscript writings reflect Marchand's interests as a local historian and author in Ascension Parish. Mss. 3214.

Marilla, Esmond Linworth, 1900-. Papers, 1957-1968. 27 items. Location: UU:130, UU:147. Professor of English at LSU. Collection consisting chiefly of manuscripts, draft copies, revisions, page proofs, and reprints of works written or edited by Marilla. Included are onines of works on John Milton, Henry Vaughan, and John Keats. Also included are reprints of reviews of works on Henry Vaughan published in The Journal of English and German Philology (1958-1960). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1985, 2151, 2327.

Referenced in Guides: Women, LSU, Literature

Mayfield, Mary Ann Colvin. Biography, 1937. 1 item [typewritten copy]. Location: Misc. Resident of Ruston, Louisiana. Biography of Mary Ann Colvin Mayfield of Ruston, Louisiana, written by her granddaughter, Gertrude Mayfield Brown. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1129.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Mayo, Robert H. (Robert Henry). Family Papers, 1841-1935 (bulk 1841-1893). 44 items, 5 vols. (1 ms. vol., 4 printed vols.). Location: UU:126, Misc:M. Mayo moved his family by wagon train from Virginia to Lamar County, Texas, in 1853, where they operated a farm in Lamar County. A relative, Marion Lewis Mayo, was a teacher in Uniontown, Alabama. Family correspondence includes letters from Marion Lewis Mayo and Robert Mayo's wife Maria Louisa Mayo. Miscellaneous items include the death certificate of E. H. Mayo, a labor contract with freedmen, and a photograph of Robert and Maria Mayo. Printed volumes include works on infidelity, history, geography, and poetry. Also included is a memorandum book of James A. Pleasants, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1789, 1982, 2576.

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

Mazant book of poems, 1848-1859. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:18. Lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to the governor of Louisiana. Manuscript volume of French poems inscribed "Monsieur Le Chevalier de Mazant, Lieutenant Colonel, aide de Camp du Gouverneur de l'Etat de la Louisiane". In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850.

Referenced in Guides: French, Literature

McCracken, Harlan Linneus, 1889-1961. Papers, 1913-1960. 7 linear ft. Location: 7:1-4. College administrator, author, professor, and head of the LSU Department of Economics. Professional papers include lecture notes; class record books (1936-1959); speeches; book reviews; and writings. Other materials include papers reflecting McCracken's role as arbitrator on the War Labor Board and the American Arbitration Association. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2569.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

McCreery, Jacob. Letter, 1879 October 20.1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Seminary student of Galesburg, Illinois. Letter comments on the disputed presidential election of 1876 and expresses amusement at pranks played on African Americans by visiting soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1533.

Means, Thomas. Account book, 1801-1804. 1 vol. Location: F:1. Operated and probably owned a general store in Fairfield County, South Carolina. Ledger kept by Means contains entries of debts and credits valued in British monetary units and payments of accounts made through bartering. Newspaper clippings of prose, poetry, and illustrations have been pasted onto the first six pages of the ledger. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 73.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Literature

Medical ledger and scrapbook, 1854-1919 (bulk 1854-1863). 5 items, 1 vol. Location: M:19. Accounts of medical services received by prominent Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, residents and their slaves. Eleanor Marshall of Cheneyville, Greensburg, and New Orleans used the ledger as a scrapbook of poetry, local news, and short stories. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2297.

Megginson, Leon C. Manuscript, 1967. 6 items. Location: UU:167, X:82-84. Professor of Management and Marketing, LSU. Publisher's and draft copies, galley proof, and page proof of 'Personnel: a Behaviorl Approach to Adminsitration,' (Homewood, Illinois, R. D. Irwin, 1967). Included are typewritten copies of 'Dynamic Human Administration.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2303.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Mencken, Henry Louis, 1880-1956. Letters, 1926-1935, undated 22 items. Location: Misc. American critic and editor. Letters to friends and business associates deal with the selection of material to be published in THE AMERICAN MERCURY, social engagements, and personal matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Merwin, Virginia Carter. Family papers. .5 linear ft. Location: 7:69. Author and resident of Port Allen, Louisiana. Correspondence contains letters from family and friends and letters of congratulations to Horace Wilkinson, a Louisiana legislator. Printed items include newspaper clippings of Maria Johnston's poetry and news about Wilkinson's health and political life A scrapbook is comprised of newspaper clippings and three pages of data on the Carter and Merwin families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3461.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Mignon, Francois. Papers, 1939-1970, 1992. 17,000 items (on 41 microfilm reels). Location: MSS.MF:M. Journalist, horticulturist, and curator of Cammie G. Henry's Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence, journal, writings, and subject files describe and relate to thirty years spent by Mignon at Melrose, which also served as an artists and writers colony. Among his correspondents are African American artist Clementine Hunter and Louisiana writers Lyle Saxon and Harnett Kane. Many ideas expressed in the journal later appeared in 'Cane River Memo,' Mignon's column in the Natchitoches newspaper Enterprise. Microfilm reels are of originals at the University of North Carolina. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4484.

Montan, Douglass C. Collection, circa 1860-1896. 4 items. Location: Misc. Baton Rouge author and businessman. Newspaper obituary and photographs of Douglass C. Montan and a photograph of his wife, Isabel Montan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1501.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Baton Rouge, Literature

Moore, Alison. Papers, 1920-1984. 17 linear ft. Location: 12:1-13. Graduate of LSU and a librarian at LSU from 1929 to 1958. Moore was also a historian of the Civil War and the author of Old Bob Wheat, High Private; The Louisiana Tigers; And Sixty '60s. Papers include research materials, manuscripts, and related correspondence; grade books; and some business correspondence. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4108.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, LSU, Literature

Morrill, Nellie. Manuscript, ca. 1902. 1 item (9 typewritten pages). Location: Misc.:M. Manuscript of 'Pualeilani,' a story of the home of Hawaiian royalty, written by Morrill, a short time after the end of royal rule in Hawaii and when the Islands were in their initial stage as a territory of the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1386.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Moss, Martha, 1827-1859. Diary, 1853-1870. 1 volume, 3 items. Location J:20, MISC:M. Diary of Martha Moss, a New Orleans Sabbath school teacher. In it, she discusses her classes and students, including her disappointment that one of her students “has embraced the religion of the Romish church” (June 18, 1855). Moss also recounts her charitable work, shopping excursions in New Orleans, her reading habits, pieces she has written or plans to write for various periodicals, and the death of her younger sister in February 1855. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 5067.

Mouton, Emma Gardner. Scrapbook. 1836-1861, 1897. 4 items, 1 volume. Location: M:19. MISC:M. Newspaper clippings about the wedding of Emma Kitchell Gardner to Senator Alexander Mouton of Louisiana and his political career as governor. The scrapbook includes copies of sermons, poetry, and translations of compositions by Mrs. Mouton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2362.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Literature

Murdoch, James Edward, 1811-1893. Papers, 1837-1903. 35 items. Location: A:2. American actor and father of Fannie Murdoch. They were associated with John Pierpont, a Unitarian clergyman, author, and abolitionist. Collection consists of letters written to Murdoch, his daughter, John Pierpont, W. F. Bridges, and others from actors, authors, New England abolitionists, and Unitarian clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 667.

Murrill, Paul, 1934-. Papers, 1966, 1971. 1 linear ft. Location: 6:66. Chancellor of Louisiana State University (1974-1981). Typescripts of "Automatic Control of Processes" by Paul W. Murrill (1967); "Formulation and Optimization of Mathematical Models" by Cecil L. Smith, Ralph W. Pike and Paul W. Murrill (1970); and "PL/I Programming" by Paul W. Murrill and Cecil L. Smith (1973). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2605.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Narrative of a Journey on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, 1839-1843, 1894. 1 v. Location: Misc.: N. volume is comprised of a narrative describing travel on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers from Opelousas, Louisiana, to Louisville, Kentucky. The unidentified author discusses fellow travelers, acquaintances, social activities and events, scenery, landscape, and conversations (Sept. 1843). William King, Mrs. George King and Henry Clay are among the many people the author mentions by name. The remainder of the volume is comprised of transcriptions of poetry (1839, undated). The front and back covers of the volume contain inscriptions by Edmona Walker King in which she quotes Cicero and comments on the origin of the closure rule (1894). Edmona Walker King was most probably a member of the King family of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Mss. 3540.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

Neal family scrapbook, 1843-1861. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:N. Possibly residents of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of poetry, humor, articles pertaining to elections, slavery, politics, Confederate enlistments in Rapides Parish, and to national and international affairs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2937.

Nesom, Anne Reiley. Notebooks, 1907-1951. 7 volumes. Location: 51:1. Native of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and poet. Notebooks consist of typewritten poems (published and unpublished) and indices to them; some prose works; handwritten notations; outlines for Nesom's poetry appreciation class; and newspaper clippings and other printed materials pertaining to friends and other interests. Mss. 4225.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Education, Literature

Nevils, René and Deborah Hardy. Papers, 1865-2001 (bulk 1979-2000). 2 linear ft., 1 compact disc. Location: 34:, AA:, OS:N. Authors of "Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole." Papers include research gathered and conducted by Nevils and Hardy while writing the biography of the "A Confederacy of Dunces" author. Materials include correspondence, summaries and recordings (MP3 files) of interviews conducted with Toole's childhood friends and acquaintances, genealogical information on Toole's family, manuscript drafts, printed materials, photographic prints, and other audiovisual publicity materials (a VHS tape and two cassette tapes). Mss. 4794.

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

Nicholls, Thomas C. (Thomas Clark), ca. 1790-1847. Reminiscences and Papers, 1837-1878 (bulk 1840-1842). 1 vol., 5 items. Location: B:50. Lawyer and judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals of New Orleans. His son, Francis T. Nicholls, was governor of Louisiana. Papers include reminiscences, poems, newspaper clippings, obituaries, family history and biographical information, and descriptions of New Orleans and the Creole culture of Attakapas, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2160.

Okolona States. Broadside, circa 1881. 1 printed item. Location:OS:O. Weekly newspaper published in Okolona, Mississippi. Broadside sheet, apparently intended to advertise the newspaper, reflects survival of secessionist and states' rights sentiments. Included are excerpts from a speech given by Jefferson Davis and a patriotic poem titled 'Southland' by Will H. Kernan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2983.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Opelousas Philharmonic, Literary and Dramatic Association handbill. Handbill, circa 1880-1920. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Benefit performance given for the Public School Building Fund. 'Ten Nights In A Bar-Room,' dramatized from T. S. Arthur's novel, was presented. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1189.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, Literature

Orage, Alfred Richard. Papers, 1921, 1930-1932, undated .12 items. Location: UU:118. English writer. Papers of Alfred Richard Orage (1873-1934) including a letter (1921) from his pupil, Katherine Mansfield; and newspaper clippings (1930) containing reviewsof his book The Art of Reading. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Palfrey Family Papers, 1776-1918. (bulk 1806-1875). 388 items; 21 vols. Location: 77:89, H:22, Mss.Mf:P, 99. Family of planters, businessmen, politicians, public servants and author. Papers of John Palfrey (1768-1843) relate chiefly to the operation of Forlorn Hope Plantation, education of his sons, War of 1812, and reflect plantation life. Topics include the trade embargo, West Florida Controversy and the capture of Baton Rouge, War of 1812, slavery, cotton and salt production, and banking. Family papers pertain to Civil War battles, plantation economics, Confederate government, and Reconstruction. Papersof William Palfrey concern Ricahoc Plantation and a partnership David Weeks. They also discuss the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad Company (1841-1842). Some items in French and Spanish. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 and 5322: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 6, Reel 12; Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 1, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 333, 334, 1409, 1442, 1632, 2076, 2580, 2773, 2857.

Patrick, Robert D. (Robert Draughton), 1835-1866. Letters, 1862. 3 items. Location: Misc:P. Private in a Louisiana Confederate regiment under General John Hunt Morgan. Two letters (1862) from Patrick to his sister, Mrs. Mary Patrick Nash; and a novel by W. H Maxwell, The Fortunes of Hector O'Halloran and His Man Mark Anthony O'Toole. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Peck, Samuel Minturn. Letter, 1895 September 30. 1 item. Location: Misc. Alabama poet. Letter from Samuel M. Peck (1854-1938) stating his preference for good English over dialect verse which he believed to be overdone in the southern and western parts of the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1763.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Percival, James, 1795-1856, Letter, 1949 August 20. 1 item. American poet, geologist, and physician. Letter from Percival and addressed to U.S. Vice-President M. Fillmore disagreeing with recent political appointments, expressing disappointment with Whig Party politics, and foreseeing defeat of the Whigs in Ohio. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3449.

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Percy, Walker. Annotated printed items, circa 1953-1972. 2 reprints, 1 printed volume. Louisiana writer. Two reprints of articles by Percy and a copy of Jacques Maritain's Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. These printed items were Percy's personal copies, and they are all annotated by Percy. Mss. 4488.

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