Manuscript Resources on the Long Family

One of Louisiana's strongest traditions is its love of politics. Always colorful, sometimes controversial, the state's political heritage is a rich one. The Long family has been synonymous with Louisiana politics since 1918, with Huey P. Long's election that year to the state's Railroad Commission (now known as the Louisiana Public Service Commission). Since that time, Long and his family have left a significant mark on state and national politics.

This guide includes manuscript resources by or about various members of the Long family. Major collections include papers of Huey Long (governor 1928-1931, U.S. senator 1932-1935); his brother, Earl K. Long (acting governor 1939-1940, governor 1948-1952, 1956-1960); Huey Long's son, Russell B. Long (U.S. senator 1948-1986); and Russell Long's third cousin, Gillis W. Long (U.S. congressman 1963-1965, 1973-1985). Other significant collections contain papers of Carolyn Bason Long (wife of Russell B. Long) and Cathy Long (U.S. congresswoman 1985-1987, wife of Gillis Long). Some papers of Rose McConnell Long (U.S. senator 1936-1937, wife of Huey Long) can be found in the Russell B. Long collection. The various collections include correspondence, speeches, interviews, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, films, videotapes, and other materials.

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Anderson, John Q., Papers, 1848-1993 (bulk 1953-1973). 7.5 linear ft., 5 v. Location: X:119-125, OS:A, P:17. John Q. Anderson was a professor of English and a writer of Southern history and folklore. This collections of files, correspondence, printed material, and photographs reflect Anderson's career, current events; and they provide research material for his publications, particularly "Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868" and "Louisiana Swamp Doctor: The Life of Henry Clay Lewis". For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2156, 2162.

Aswell, James B. Papers, 1892-1959 (bulk 1909-1931). 3 linear ft. (1,301 items; 18 ms. v.). Location: U:172-174, OS:A, G:1, 98:A, Vault:38. Educator and U.S. congressman. Materials pertain principally to Aswell's political career and Louisiana politics; World War I; and post-war European conditions. Included are diaries documenting Aswell's official missions to Europe and scrapbooks on his career as an educator. Diary #4 discusses the presence of Jews in Poland following WWI. Notable individuals mentioned include Huey Long, John M. Parker, Gaston Porterie, Herbert Hoover, and Al Smith. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1408, 1426, 1468, 1483, 1620, 1621.

Aswell, James B., Jr. and Family. Papers, 1868-1961, undated (bulk 1930-1955). 9.75 linear, 22 manuscript volumes. Locations: 79:85-90, G:17, N:10, OS:A, T:103-106, Vault:1. Novelist, syndicated columnist, political writer, and Louisiana State Director of Public Relations (1940-1942) from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Papers contain correspondence, political materials, printed materials, photographs, and manuscript volumes relating to the careers and personal lives of James B. Aswell, Jr. and James B. Aswell, Sr. Mss. 2453.

Badley Family papers, 1834-1940, undated (bulk 1845-1865). 0.3 linear feet. Location: W:2, OS:B, F:2. Badley family, plantation owners in Port Hudson and East Baton Rouge Parish. Personal papers and printed items document their plantations, landholding, and political and professional activities. Works Progress Administration manuscripts collection notes and botanical specimen books are also present. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3062.

Bankston, Jesse. Papers, 1924-2010 (bulk 1956-1992). 2.3 linear ft., 1 sound disc. Location: 116:24-25, OS:B, VAULT:1. Correspondence, political files, newspaper clippings, campaign material, and photographs reflecting Jesse H. Bankston's involvement in Louisiana state government and the Louisiana Democratic Party Bankston served under multiple Louisiana governors, including as director of the Department of Institutions, which supervised all mental, tuberculosis, and general hospitals. Mss. 5078.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, Medicine, LSU, Long Family

Baton Rouge Scenes, c. 1920-1930. 14 items. Location: 111:1. Picture cards of various scenes from Baton Rouge, La., including the capitol building and Louisiana State University. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4999.

Baynard, L. B. Jr. Papers, 1896, 1906, 1923-1930. 687 items. Location: U:9. Correspondence in support of Baynard's candidacy for Treasurer of the State of Louisiana, and from persons seeking political favors. Semi-official letters reflect political pressure and refer to the trial of Governor Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 230, 577.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Belcher, Eric. Collection, 1948, circa 1962-1973. 1 picture postcard, 2 mailing envelopes. Location: MISC:B. Picture postcard of Earl K. Long with notations on verso, written possibly by Blanche Long and Earl K. Long. Notations designate postcard as an invitation to Earl K. Long's inaugural ball. Mailing envelopes have the letterhead of Orleans Parish district attorney Jim Garrison printed on them. Mss. 5338.

Bell, David J. Reminiscence, 1970. 1 item [photocopy]. Location: Misc.:B. Administrative assistant to Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long. Reminiscence discusses Long's personality and campaign style. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2517.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Boone, William C. Letters, 1916-1929. 10 items. Location: Misc:B. Homer, Louisiana, attorney and educator. Letters to Boone's wife pertain to family matters, discussions of his legal studies at LSU, and his work as special counsel in legal cases generated by the administration of Governor Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2871.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Bowers, Laura Boddie Jones. Papers, 1906-1990, undated (bulk 1931-1955). 3.25 linear ft. Location: E:119-121. Librarian in Louisiana. Primarily correspondence documenting the family life, student life, and early career of Bowers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Natchitoches, Louisiana. Newspaper clippings, notes, post card collection, printed items, and a scrapbook are also present. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3546.

Bozeman, Harley B. Papers, 1840-1969. 805 items, 2 vols. Location: T:36. Columnist for the Winn Parish Enterprise. Papers consist of personal correspondence and relating to persons and places in Winn Parish, La. Letters from Dr. T. Harry Williams and others refer to Williams' biography of Huey Long, 577 articles from "Winn Parish As I Have Known It" in the Winn Parish Enterprise, an issue of the Winn Parish Enterprise centennial edition (1952), a map of Winn Parish (1964), and a photocopy of Milton Dunn's History of Natchitoches, Louisiana (1920). Papers also contain letters from George S. Long (1957) reminiscing about Huey Long and from Julius T. Long (1962) who mentions Earl and Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2431.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Buford, Nick, 1941-. Papers, 1939, 1967-1970. 143 items. Location: T:76, 90:. Correspondence concerning Buford's research on a biography of Luis N. Morones, founder of the Mexican Labor Party. Other items include research papers; miscellaneous items on Latin American politics, tourism, and economics; and anti-Castro propaganda. U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana is among the correspondence. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2457.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Long Family

Burch, Wilson E. Papers, 1944-1960. 6 items. Location: OS:B. Police Juror, Ward Nine, Washington Parish, Louisiana. Five certificates issued by the Executive Department, State of Louisiana, to Wilson E. Burch, and one newspaper clipping on Burch, Senator R. Long, and Representative James H. Morrison. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4154.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Carl Austin Weiss, Jr. Photograph, [1926-1927]. 7 items. Location: 32:82. Alleged Huey Long assassin. 1 photographic print and 6 negatives of the same basic image. Photograph of Weiss taken as senior at Tulane University College of Medicine and reproduced from the JAMBALAYA. Listed in unprocessed collections list under: Weiss, Carl Austin, Jr. Photo. Mss. 4015.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Chase, John Churchill. Cartoons, 1927-1962. 10.6 linear feet. Location: 6:1-3. John C. Chase (1906-1986) was a New Orleans native and political cartoonist. The collection includes of 153 original 15 x 20" drawings of cartoons published in newspapers from 1949 to 1962. The cartoons reflect the political career of Huey P. Long, in addition to Louisiana and national politics. In addition to original drawings, the collection also contains five scrapbooks containing newsprint copies of the cartoons clipped from the original newspapers. Mss. 1414, 1549, 1568, 1806.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans, Long Family

Chennault, Claire Lee, 1893-1958. Family Papers, 1943-1956. 102 items. Location: W:30, Vault. Lieutenant general and commander of the volunteer group the Flying Tigers. Chennault established the Civil Air Transport, Inc. Letters of Chennault written chiefly to his son, David, with references to Civil Air Transport, Inc., and world and Louisiana politics. Papers includes observations about life aboard a ship during World War II and conditions in Nationalist China. Letters to Louisiana Governor James A. Noe and to Judge Robert F. Kennon concern alleged kickbacks to the Earl Long-Spaht campaign by the Louisiana State Police (1952). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3042.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Colomb, Bessie B., Collection, 1880, 1934, 1964-1969 32 items, 3 v. Location: Misc. C, OS:C. Collection of printed material pertains to Louisiana and New Orleans (1964-1969), and to Huey P. Long (1934). The collection also includes three photographs of LSU cadets (1880).

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-, LSU, Long Family

Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962. Huey P. Long cartoon, 1935 September 6. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Syndicated cartoonist whose pen name was J. N. Ding. Listed in online catalog under: Long, Huey P. Cartoon. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2102.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Dawson, Mrs. Frank D. Collection, 1925, 1928, undated 4 items. Location: Misc. Papers consist of a program for the laying of the corner stone of the First Methodist Church of Baton Rouge (1925) and Christmas cards from Governors Long and Allen and their families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1324.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, Long Family