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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Cochran, Louis. Papers, 1923-1954 (bulk 1929-1938). 0.3 linear feet. Location: 7:32. Edward Louis Cochran was a writer and FBI agent from Mississippi. This collection contains correspondence to, from, and about Louis Cochran from 1923 to 1954 with most correspondence occurring between 1929 and 1938. The correspondence contains information pertaining to publishing his novels, contemporary literature, personal information, and family matters. Mss. 4482.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Cochran, Louis. Photograph, circa 1939-1950. 1 photographic print. Location: MISC:C. Edward Louis Cochran was a writer and FBI agent from Mississippi. Black-and-white print is a portrait of Cochran holding a smoking pipe. Stamp belonging to The Caxton Printers, Ltd. (Caldwell, Idaho) is on the verso. Mss. 5348.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

Codrescu, Andrei. Letters, 1977-1981. 12 letters. Location: Misc.:C. LSU English professor (1984-2009), poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. Letters and postcards written by Andrei Codrescu to his publisher, Stuart Lavin, regarding publication of Codrescu’s work. Also included is a newspaper clipping of an article by Codrescu on the Amish community (April 4, 1981). The clipping accompanies an unrelated letter (Jan. 24, 1977). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 5199.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Cohn, Margie de Bretton and Family. Papers, 1945-1982, undated (bulk 1945-1968). 1 linear foot. Location: E:122. Primarily papers of Maggie deBretton Cohn and daughter Margie, both of Baker, La. Includes writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous files related to Maggie deBretton Cohn's writing, and Margie deBretton Cohn's English translation of an 1828 German text describing travelling through the Mississippi River Valley. Letters to Margie while a student at LSU are included, as well as religious writings by other family members and items related to the family's 1964 donation of the Laurens Henry Cohn Sr. Memorial Plant Arboretum to the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4472.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge, LSU, Literature

Collection of Dickensian programs, 1879-1936. .3 linear ft. (92 items). Location: C:26. Programs and ephemera of theatrical performances and church bazaars in London and other English and American cities, featuring the literary works of Charles Dickens, assembled by an unknown collector. Items document plays, festivals, operas, and film productions of Dickens's works. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1106.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Literature

Collection of papers on Lancashire, England, 1654-1842. .25 linear ft. (111 items). Location: W:51. Papers deal mainly with activities on or affecting the Manor of Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. Legal papers consist of contracts regarding land tenure, leases, and labor; articles of agreements; and lawyer's statements of accounts. Administrative accounts of estates and churches, some personal letters, a map of a section of the River Lumney, poetry, a hymn, a drawing, an embroidery pattern, and other items are included.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3591.

Referenced in Guides: Literature

College Writers' Society. Program, 1962. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Included is a newspaper clipping about Cleanth Brooks speaking at the meeting of the Society. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2409.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Conrad, Max Zephirin. Manuscript, [1965]. 1 item (32 pages). Location: UU:166. Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, LSU. Typewritten copy of 'The Basic Elements of Civil Beauty as Illustrated by Cities Around the World,' written (1964-1965) when Conrad was a Charles Eliot Travelling Fellow. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2258.

Referenced in Guides: LSU, Literature

Cooper, John Daniel, d.1864. Diary, 1864. 1 vol. Location: Misc:C. Confederate soldier from Mississippi killed in Georgia in 1864. Diary containing daily memoranda of military activities and personal reflections, including poems written by Cooper. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2728.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Coppard, Alfred Edgar. Letters, 1929-1932. 3 items. Location: Misc.:C. English short-story writer and poet. Thank you letters from Alfred Edgar Coppard. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Literature