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

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Literature

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

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

Referenced in Guides: Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

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

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

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