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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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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