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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Société des Servantes des Pauvres poem, circa 1850. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Poem entitled 'Les Servantes des Pauvres,' published by the Society des Servantes des Pauvres. Also printed on the sheet: 'Matinee Concert, offerte par les artistes de l'opera.'. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, French, Literature

St. Denis-DeBlanc Family Collection, 1922. 2 items. Location: Misc.:S. Collection consists of a story about St. Denis's founding of Natchitoches, the holographic will of Louis Charles de Blanc, grandson of St. Denis, and genealogical information about the St. Denis and de Blanc families. The will and genealogy are written in French and the story, in English. Mss. 4803. For further information, see online catalog.

Referenced in Guides: French, Literature

Stafford, Emma T. (Emma Tarleton). Sidonie de la Houssaye collection, 1882-1950 (bulk 1932-1940). 17 items, 1 ms. Vol., 1 reel of microfilm. Location: U:104, Mss. Mf.:S. Sidonie de la Houssaye (1820-1894) was a French author of Franklin, Louisiana. Emma T. Stafford was her granddaughter. Papers include correspondence of Emma T. Stafford; newspaper clippings and a scrapbook; and printed items; all concerning Sidonie de la Houssaye's life and work. Some items in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1445.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French, Literature

Stanford, Donald, 1913-. Papers, 1865-1998 (bulk: 1941-1998). 28 linear feet. Location: 14:10; 14:12-25, OS:S. Correspondence, writings, lecture notes, printed items and graphic materials, legal and financial documents, travel notebooks, and conference materials that document the life of Donald E. Stanford (1913-1998) and his career as English professor and co-editor of The Southern Review (1963-1983) at Louisiana State University. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4717.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Stone, Kate, 1841-1907. Diary, 1861-1868. 382 leaves. Location: C:68. The diary of Kate Stone describes her experiences in Louisiana and Texas during the Civil War. This typescript copy was created by Professor Walter Prichard of Louisiana State University in the late 1940s for consideration for possible publication. Mss. 1313.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Stuart, Ruth McEnery. Letters, 1896-1908. 6 items. Location: Misc:S. Louisiana writer, born near Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, where her family had a plantation. She lived in New Orleans as a writer until c.1885, when she moved to New York, where she continued to write short stories about plantation life. Several letters from Stuart to friends discuss such topics as her short stories, word etymologies, and Stuart's activities in New Orleans. A 1905 letter asks for part time work for Martha Waddill Austin, also a Louisiana author. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 31. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1561, 3139, 3396.

Taliaferro, Zachariah and James G. Papers,1814-1829, 1867. 45 items. Location: A:57. Owner of a sawmill in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Business receipts and legal documents of Zachariah Taliaferro and personal letters to his son, James, from Oliver Stout, classmate at Transylvania University, Lexington, Va., and a Mount Sterling, Ky., physician. Correspondence discusses literature, metaphysics, national politics, contagious disease, and local events. Official statement of registered voters in Louisiana (1867). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 237.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business, Medicine, Literature

Tamplin, William H. Letters, 1862-1865, undated. 20 items. Location: Misc:T. Native of Longbranch, Panola County, Texas, and a Confederate soldier in the 11th Texas Regiment during the Civil War. His brother was Benjamin F. Tamplin. Letters addressed to Retincia, Benjamin Tamplin's wife, written from camps in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, describe camp life and conditions in camp hospitals, and the Red River expedition in Louisiana. Included are poems by Benjamin. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3015.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine, Literature

Taylor, Charles E., Papers, 1848. 11 items, 1 v. Location: A:60. President of Silliman College, Clinton, La. Papers are comprised of a play, poem and autobiographical sketch of Charles E. Taylor's early life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 415.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Taylor, Charles E. Papers, 1848. 11 items, 1 vol. Location: Misc.:T, H:14. Resident of Clinton, Louisiana, and president of Silliman College. Play, poem, and sketch of early life by Charles E. Taylor. Bound volume contains a group of school orations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 415.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Theriot, Joseph. Family Papers, 1866-1958. .4 linear ft. (76 items, 94 photographs). Location: F:1. Residents of St. James Parish, Louisiana. Family papers include receipts, legal bills, handwritten prayers, poems, religious leaflets, and photographs. Some religious items are in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2926.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, French, Literature

Thompson, Benjamin, 1766?-1816. Letters, 1800, 1815. 3 items. Location: Misc.:T. English dramatist. Letters concern artistic and commercial problems encountered in writing his plays, and discuss his social life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

Thomson, Alexander, 1763-1803. Letter, 1801 September 11. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Scottish poet. Letter to London publishers Cadell and Davis asking them to undertake the London publication of his latest book of sonnets. Letter also refers to the sale of another of his books, Whist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Tinker, Edward Larocque, 1881-1968. Letter, 1941 Oct. 24. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Author Edward Larocque Tinker in New York City writes Paul Veith about acquiring copies of his books on the French language in Louisiana. Mss. 4146.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Titcomb, Charles C. Papers and picture collection, 1820-1919. 1.9 linear ft. (5 items, 72 photographs, 27 glass plate negatives). Location: 65:, E:73, OS:T. Photographs and glass plate negatives depicting 19th century Louisiana scenes, including the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Lafourche, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. There are also images of St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Charleston. Manuscript items consist of a clipping about Peggy Wood, a poem, a list of glass plate negatives, and a letter by General Robert E. Lee. Glass plate negatives are restricted. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1795, 2532.

Topham, Edward, 1751-1820. Letter, undated, [October 9]. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. English playwright and journalist. Letter to Mrs. Wells describing a visit to the country with a hunting party, and discussing his own and other people's plays. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Trollope, Frances Milton, 1780-1863. Papers, undated 2 items. Location: Misc.:T. English novelist, writer, and mother of novelist Anthony Trollope. Letter to a magazine publisher expressing pleasure at the acceptance for publication of her story 'Phyllis in Fetters'; and a poem, 'The King's Temptation,' attributed to Frances Trollope. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Tureaud, Benjamin. Family Papers, 1803-1932 (bulk 1849-1880). 3,332 items, 88 vols. Location: E:114-116, J:1-3, OS:T. Plantation and store owner of Bagatelle, Brule, and Houmas plantations in Ascension and St. James parishes, Louisiana. Papers include plantation records, business records, and correspondence of Benjamin Tureaud and his family. Some records document merchandise sold to African American laborers. Partly in French. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 1, Reels 3-13. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 427.

Turner, Edward and family. Papers, 1767-1878 (bulk 1811-1878). 173 items, 1 volume. Location: S:120, OS:T, VAULT:1. Judge and planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Collection includes family correspondence, legal and business papers, plantation documents, poems, photographs, a specimen of currency (1778), and an issue of the newspaper Southern Watch Tower (1843). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1403.

Turner, Edward, 1778-1860. Family Papers, 1767-1878. 173 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: S:120. Judge and planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Collection includes family correspondence, legal and business papers, plantation documents, poems, photographs, a specimen of currency (1778), and an issue of the newspaper Southern Watch Tower (1843). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1403.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Literature

Turner, M. Jane. Scrapbooks, 1838-1894. 3 volumes. Location: N:2. Resident of Algiers, Louisiana. Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, chiefly poems and short stories, from Southern newspapers including the Louisville Bulletin, Southern Advocate, Mobile Mercury, The Jeffersonian, Home Journal, and the Southern Field and Fireside. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 842.

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

Vallas, Anthony. History, 1864, 1935. 2 items. Location: MISC:V. Bound handwritten manuscript of Anthony Vallas's History of the Louisiana State Seminary, 1864, and a printed copy of the work published in 1935 on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Louisiana State University. Covering the period beginning from the establishment of the institution by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1855 through the Civil War, the brief history describes the tenure of William Tecumseh as college president, the seizure of the school by Federal troops, and the use of the school as a field hospital during the war. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, Medicine, LSU, Literature

Vignaud, Henry. Papers, 1862-1909. 385 items. Location: C:66. Journalist, diplomat, and historian of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers consist of letters from Louisiana friends; officials in the Department of State and the diplomatic service; Americans in public life; and literary figures, historians, journalists, and other writers. Collection includes 75 letters (1865-1892) of L. Placide Canonge, New Orleans writer and dramatist, pertaining to literature and the theater in New Orleans. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1281.

Voorhies, Felix. Miscellany, 1859-1965. 18 items. Location: 98:V, A:70, OS:V, VAULT:49. Lawyer, politician, and judge born in St. Martinville, Louisiana. Collection is composed of various materials related to the life and work of Voorhies. Materials include typescripts of historical sketches concerning St. Martin Parish; correspondence; newspaper clippings of Voorhies' historical sketches and writings; two photographs of Voorhies; other printed materials; and a scrapbook. Mss. 804, 2033, 2056, 2153, 2154.

Referenced in Guides: Acadiana, French, Literature

W. P. A. Collection COMMUNITY SERVICE DIVISION Field memos, 1940-1942. 1 vol. Location: O:3. Memos sent to directors and supervisors of W.P.A. projects in Louisiana pertaining to personnel, employment regulations, preparation of annual reports, conversion of W.P.A. projects to wartime purposes, and operation and administration of programs. Projects included are the Writers' Project, Shoe Repair Project, Music Project, Arts and Crafts Projects, Nursery School Project, and many others. Memos include worksheets and blank forms for recording hours of work, tasks accomplished, and the number of employees at work on particular projects. Mss. 2902.

Wall, Evans. Papers, 1924-1990 (bulk 1927-1963). 12 linear ft. Location: 91:30-35. Louisiana author, resident of Baton Rouge, and native of Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Papers include correspondence, legal documents, printed items, typescripts, and manuscript drafts of Wall's literary works. Other papers include personal correspondence and photographic prints, negatives, and tintypes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4411.

Wall, Mary B. (Mary Berthelot). Papers, 1887-1990. 14 linear ft. Location: 91:23-29, OS:W. Louisiana poet, a founder of the National Federation of the State Poetry Society, and co-founder of the Louisiana State Poetry Society. Mary married Evans Spencer Wall, Jr., also a writer. Correspondence, legal and financial records, poetry, printed items, and photographs documenting Mary B. Wall's life and literary activities from 1911 to 1990. The bulk of the collection consists of Berthelot family correspondence. Also present are a few legal documents of Joseph Albert Berthelot and a family tree for the Welch family. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4438.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Ware, Eleanor Percy and Catharine Ann Warfield papers, 1835-1876 (bulk 1835-1849). 19 items, 8 volumes. Location: E:51, H:16. Eleanor Percy Lee (nee Ware), poet and novelist of Natchez, Mississippi. Her sister, father, and daughter were also authors. Writings and correspondence of Eleanor Lee include six manuscript volumes of novels, prose, and poems. Collection also includes loose poems, family photographs, and sheet music. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 31-32. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576, 1971.

Warner, Charles Dudley. Papers, 1885, 1899. 2 items. Location: Misc.:W. American editor, essayist, and novelist. Statement (1885) by Warner, 'the Union entirely restored in Louisiana.' Also a print (1899) by A. W. Elson and Company of a portrait of Warner by H. L. Bundy, probably Horace Bundy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1590.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Warner, Thomas E. and family. Papers, 1891-1962. 0.2 linear ft.; 2 volumes; 1 microfilm reel. Location: UU:149; O:22; MSS.MF:W; 98:W; MAP CASE 2, DRAWER 14. Thomas E. Warner, Mary Henkel Warner, and family lived in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Manuscript materials include a Women's Christian Temperance Union minute book, a gas station ledger, and photographs (one of Ku Klux Klan members). Poetry, stories, and other writings about Mary Henkel Warner are available only on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3283.

Warren, Robert Penn. Letter, 1962 Nov. 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.: W, Vault:1. College professor and writer who served on the faculty of Louisiana State University, Dept. of English, from 1933-1942. In a typed letter to a Mr. Stahley, Robert Penn Warren discusses the administration at Louisiana State University during Huey P. Long's term as governor. He also comments on Professor William A. Read of the English Dept. and the SOUTHERN REVIEW. Original housed in Vault is restricted. Use photocopy. Mss. 5072

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, LSU, Long Family, Literature

Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Manuscript, circa 1878. 1 v. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. Manuscript of an article by Gideon Welles, apparently intended for publication. In the article Welles strenuously disagrees with Wickham Hoffman, who had argued that General Benjamin Butler had a prominent role in the planning and execution of the capture of New Orleans by federal troops in 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3001.

Welty, Eudora. Letter, 1960 January 18. 1 item. Location: Misc:W. Mississippi writer. Typewritten letter from Eudora Welty to N.M. Caffee, chair of a committee of the College of Arts and Sciences at Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, La., declining Caffee's invitation to participate in the committee's symposium. Welty explains that her mother's poor health makes it impossible for her to leave home. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Women, LSU, Literature

Welty, Eudora. Papers, 1951-1957 (bulk 1951-1952). Location: 7:28, VAULT:25, VAULT MRDF 17. A native of Mississippi, Welty (1909-2001) was a 20th-century writer. Thirty-nine letters, two postcards, and three greeting cards written primarily by Eudora Welty to John F. Robinson, her long-time friend and fellow author, relating primarily to their respective writing careers and mutual friends. Several letters chronicle her stay in Ireland with writer Elizabeth Bowen and the experiences of her time there upon her work. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4919.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Wharton, Edward Clifton. Family Papers, 1819-1947 (bulk 1819-1901). 1,130 items, 11 vols. Location: UU:120-125, OS:W, 99:W. Resident of New Orleans, journalist, newspaper editor, playwright, author, and drama critic. Wharton served as a colonel in the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate army. Papers of four generations of the Wharton family include correspondence, manuscript writings, manuscript volumes, photographs, printed items, and broadsides. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 22. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1553, 1575, 1594, 1610, 1613, 1663, 1714, 1736.

Whitaker, J. S. Scrapbooks, 1849-1880. 2 vols. Location: J:7. Judge and resident of New Orleans. Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings pertaining to Whitaker's legal decisions, New Orleans local affairs, the Civil War, and literary and scientific subjects. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 445.

Whitaker, Lily C. Poem, circa 1916. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Copy of her poem 'Shakespeare,' presented before the Shakespearean Anniversary Association at the Tulane Theater, New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1284.

Whitfield, Irene. Manuscript, circa 1939, 1 item. Location: W:7. Manuscript of Louisiana Folk Songs (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1939), including revisions and miscellaneous notes. Lyrics of songs are in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2823.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, French, Literature

Wildman, John Hazard. Papers, 1849-1991 (bulk 1932-1980). 14.5 linear ft. Location Z:16-24, Vault:1, OS:W. John Hazard Wildman was a Professor of English at LSU from 1940-1981. His great-uncle, John Boylston Hazard, served as Captain of the 24th Alabama Infantry, Company I during the Civil War. Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, and printed material documenting Wildman's career in teaching and writing. Manuscripts consist of novels, short stories, essays, and poems, both published and unpublished. Diaries and personal correspondence describe Wildman's military service during WWII, as well as that of John Boylston Hazard during the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1966, 1967, 2010, 2095, 2169, 2237, 2249, 2371, 2437.

Wiley, Edwin, 1872-1924. Letter, circa 1906-1908. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Wiley worked as a librarian at the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, the Library of Congress, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Peoria Public Library. Edwin Wiley at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., writes to Dr. John Bell Henneman at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., requesting a photograph of the library at the University of the South and describing his research into southern libraries during the colonial period. Mss. 4101.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Williams, Lester J. (Lester James). Papers, 1853-1950 (bulk 1901-1950). 8.5 linear ft. (54 items, 2 ms. vols., 3 printed vols.). Location: 77:50-52. Physician and chief of staff at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge (1927-1946); president of the Louisiana State Medical Society (1923-1924). Papers include certificates awarded to Williams for appointments, achievements, commissions, and memberships; photographs; and a postcard album containing scenes of Baton Rouge and New Orleans (1901-1909). Collection also includes a scrapbook (1853-1868) containing printed poems and pictures, and manuscript poems. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2108.

Williams, T. Harry (Thomas Harry), 1909-, Papers. 1,174 items, 40 linear ft., 15 vols., 50 sound cassettes. Location: 34-; Mss. Mf.:W; OS:W; Vault:81. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Professional papers include correspondence relative to publications, teaching, research, and lectures; and manuscripts of textbooks and scholarly publications, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "Huey Long." Research materials, which comprise a large portion of this collection, contain notes, note cards, legal documents, and clippings pertaining to the Civil War, major Civil War figures, U.S. history, military history, and Louisiana governor and senator, Huey P. Long. Included are Civil War correspondence and diaries (most are transcripts or copies), speeches of Huey P. Long, and oral history interviews relating to Long. Audio cassette tapes are available for speeches and some interviews. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2489, 2510.

Williams, T. Harry (Thomas Harry), 1909-1979. Manuscripts, 1952, 1961, 1964. 9 items. Location: 34. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Typescript, galley proofs, and plate proof of LINCOLN AND HIS GENERALS (New York, 1952). Manuscripts for three of four chapters of ROMANCE AND REALISM IN SOUTHERN POLITICS (1961); the chapter on the Civil War in the CAMBRIDGE MODERN HISTORY; and LINCOLN THE MILITARY STRATEGIST and Chapters XXI through XI and related bibliography of volume I, of A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1964, 2158.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, LSU, Literature

Williams, Thomas Harry, 1909-1979. Papers, 1861-1971. 40 linear ft., 15 vols., 50 sound cassettes. Location: 34:, OS:W, Mss. Mf.:W, Vault. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Professional papers include correspondence relative to publications, teaching, research, and lectures; and manuscripts of textbooks and scholarly publications, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "Huey Long." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2489, 2510.

Wilson, James H. Letters, 1909, 1913. 2 items. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of Wilmington, Delaware, and cavalry officer in the Union army during the Civil War. Letters to Colonel Eben Swift. One compliments Swift on an article published in the "Journal of Military Service Institution;" the other comments on notices being given his book "Under the Old Flag." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 986.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Wise, Claude Merton. Manuscript, 1933. 1 item (213 pages). International authority on phonetics and head of the LSU Speech Department from 1928 until 1958. Manuscript and corrected typewritten copy of THE BASES OF SPEECH. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2481.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Wood, Richard E. Papers, 1969-1971. 3 items. Location: UU:147. Visiting Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, LSU. Offprints of published works on linguistics include studies of Papiamentu, a dialect of the Netherlands Antilles, and a study of Russian linguistic influences in East Germany. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2579.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Zacharie, James Schatzell, 1844-1906. Diary, 1863-1864 (bulk 1863 Sept. 20-Nov. 5). 1 volume. Location: M:18. New Orleans writer and first president of the Louisiana State Museum Board of Curators. Diary reflects Zacharie's travels in Europe. He notes the occupation and living conditions of Jews in Amsterdam, Holland and Frankfort, Germany. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

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