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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Detro, Randall A. (Randall Augustus). Collection, 1932-1988. 20 items [photocopies]. Location: MISC:D. Mostly circulars of Huey Long and the Long political organization concerning the programs of Long during Governor O. K. Allen's administration. Collection includes a handbill and publicity photograph from a 1988 production of the play 'The Kingfish.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4138.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Devol, Don, d. 1983, interviewee, Oral history interview. 2 sound cassettes (1.5 hours); transcript (36 p.). Huey Long's personal secretary. Interview includes Devol's personal and professional relationship with Long, and his views on Long's personality, political career, and assassination. Devol also discusses Long's radio addresses and relationship with the news media. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0009.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

DeVol, H. Donald. Collection on Huey P. Long, 1932-1936. 2 linear ft. Location: 1:35-36; OS:D; Vault:38. Personal secretary of Huey P. Long from 1932 until Long's death in 1935. The collection is comprised of printed items, notes, speeches, and photographs of Huey P. Long in addition to personal items of both Long and DeVol; of note is Huey Long's personal Bible. Mss. 3653.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Earl K. Long program, 1963. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Lieutenant governor (1936-1939) and governor (1939-1940, 1948-1952, 1956-1960) of Louisiana . Program for the unveiling of a bronze statue at Winnfield, Louisiana. For further information, see oline cataog. Mss. 2525.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Edgerton, Claude Wilbur. Photograph collection, circa 1920-1965. 0.1 linear ft. Location: T:72. Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Collection is comprised of contact sheets created from 35mm nitrate film negatives. Contact sheets are arranged and labeled according their original roll numbers and contain images depicting the following: a parade celebrating Huey P. Long's election as governor of Louisiana (roll 5); Long visiting the LSU College of Agriculture and crops (rolls 6 , 10, and 101A); crops, U.S. service persons, and various buildings on LSU campus (rolls 101B, 101C, and 101D); Long's funeral services (rolls 102 and 103); and Long's inauguration ceremony as governor of Louisiana (roll 115). Additionally, there are photographic prints of select images from the rolls. Mss. 4033.

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

Farley, James A., 1888-. Letter, 1971 February 23. 1 item [photostat]. Location: Misc:F. Democratic party leader and U.S. postmaster. Letter containing comments on Huey Long's attitude toward President Roosevelt and possibility of Long's heading a third party movement in 1936. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2801.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Fields, Harvey G., 1883-1961. Papers, 1909-1961, undated. 1.25 linear foot. Location U:293, 98:F, OS:F. Political correspondence, speeches, circulars, and various printed items of Harvey G. Fields, Louisiana Senator, State District Attorney, Chairman of the Louisiana State Democratic Central Committee, and member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He was also an avid Huey Long supporter and law partner of Long for a short time in Shreveport, Louisiana. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 5006.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Foster, Murphy J. and family. Papers, 1880-1955 (bulk 1880-1930). 4.3 linear ft. Location: UU:286-287, 98:F. The collection extensively documents Foster's political career, his relationship with his wife Rose Ker Foster, and their children's formative years. Materials in the collection include correspondence, financial papers, legislative papers, and printed items. Topics addressed include family matters such as the development and education of the Foster children; Rose's management of Dixie Plantation in Murphy's absences; and Foster's political career and the issues that concerned him, such as the Anti-Lottery campaign, a national income tax, regulating railway rates, flood control, poll taxes, and protection of sugar growers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4710.

Fournet, John B., 1895-1984. Papers, 1844, 1927-1970, undated 70 linear ft., 8 ms. vols., and 16 reels of films. Location: 8:74-75, 8:79, 102:6-10, 115:48-50, 124:, OS:F, 98:F, 124, Vault:1. Louisiana attorney, politician, and Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, 1949-1970. Personal and professional papers reflect Fournet's career as schoolteacher and principal, lawyer, politician, and judge. The papers include materials which reflect Fournet's association with Huey P. Long. Also included are political campaign materials and films; photographs; scrapbooks; judicial opinions and decisions; and newspapers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2558.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, Long Family

French, George N. Papers, 1911, 1931-1941. 0.5 linear feet. Location: 10:46, 98:F, OS:F. Louisiana reporter and speech writer for Huey P. Long. Correspondence, writings, photographs, newspaper clippings, and fliers document the life of George N. French, particularly during his involvement with Louisiana governor, Huey P. Long. Items pertaining to Long include fliers, photographs, and speeches. Writings about Homer Grove are also included. Unprocessed. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3695.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Frey, Fred C. (Frederick Charles), 1891-1980, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1977. 2 sound cassettes (2 hours); transcript (66 pages). Location: L:4700.0019. Former Dean of Men and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at LSU. Interview concerns Frey's early life, his experiences as a student, teacher, and administrator at LSU; LSU President Thomas D. Boyd; early faculty members; and the development of the university from 1916 (when he came as a student) to the 1930s. Notable individuals mentioned include John M. Parker and Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0019.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Fuqua, Henry L. (Luce), interviewee. Oral history interview, 1979. 1 sound cassette (20 minutes); index (1 page). Location: L:4700.0012. Son of Henry Luce Fuqua, Louisiana governor. Interview identifies photos of buildings from Hope Farm, New Iberia, and the Atchafalaya swamp levees; and discusses the old Governor's Mansion and his father's defeat of Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0012.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, Long Family

Fuqua, Henry L. (Luce), interviewee. Oral history interview, 1979. 1 sound cassette (1 hour); transcript (54 pages). Location: L:4700.0021. Son of Henry Luce Fuqua, Louisiana governor. Interview discusses his family, living in Baton Rouge, the Flood of 1912, his father's work as head of the penitentiary in Baton Rouge (1916) and Angola, his involvement with LSU and Southern University, and his gubernatorial campaign (1924). Notable individuals mentioned include Felton Clark, William H. Dalrymple, Thomas D. Boyd, Annie Boyd, and Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0021.

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

Gamble, Harry Pollard, Sr. Papers, 1875-1987, undated (bulk 1954-1972). 2.5 linear feet. Location: 40:. Public affairs and personal correspondence, printed items, and written materials of Harry Pollard Gamble of New Orleans, Louisiana, political figure, secretary of the Louisiana Conservation Commission, and founder of the American Society for the Preservation of State Government and Racial Integrity (ASPSGRI). Materials primarily relate to conservation of natural resources, ASPSGRI, and his efforts in the fight to uphold segregation in Louisiana. Personal papers present are his completed and partial works of history and historical fiction (especially related to the Cane River area), family and business correspondence, including his son's World War II letters, and materials related to Gamble's football career at Louisiana State University. For additional information see online catalog. Mss. 4054.

Gerald L. K. Smith. Broadside, circa 1935. 1 printed item. Location: E:Imprints. Protestant minister and organizer of Huey Long's Share Our Wealth Society. Broadside entitled 'The Spirit and Purpose of Huey Long Shall Never Die' promises that the Society will carry on Long's program. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3016.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Gerald Lyman Kennth Smith circular, ca. 1936. 1 item. Location: OS:S. Orator, political organizer, national organizer of Huey P. Long's "Share-the-Wealth" campaign. Printed copy of speeches made by Long's secretary, Earle J. Christenberry, and Louisiana attorney Maurice Gatlin attacking Smith for claiming to be Huey Long's successor and head of the "Share-Our-Wealth" movement. For further information, see online catalog. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Gibbs, Mrs. Henry W. Papers, 1912-1921. 3 items [typed copies]. Location: Misc. Resident of Shreveport, Louisiana. Letters to Mrs. Gibbs concerning genealogy of the Gibbs, Fitz-Gerald and Long families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 487.

Referenced in Guides: Long Family

Gilkison, Helen, 1909-1948. Papers, 1925-1962 (bulk 1925-1948). 218 items, 29 vols. (3 ms. vols., 26 printed vols.). Location: U:167-168, 98:G. Louisiana journalist. Papers include correspondence (1929-1953) from national and local journalistic figures, manuscript writings (1927-1947), newspaper clippings, printed materials, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to Gilkison's activities at LSU and as a journalist. Clippings relate to LSU, local politics, and the death of Huey Long. Collection includes a broadside concerning a bill for a poll tax law signed by O. K. Allen and Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1901, 2175.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, LSU, Long Family

Grace, Lucille May. Scrapbooks, 1908-1956. 127 items and 13 ms. vols. Location: A:27, 84:1-6, OS:G. Register of the State Land Office. Series of eleven scrapbooks (1929-1950) and political campaign items (1956) of Lucille Grace Dent; and two scrapbooks and newspaper clippings (1908-1927) of her father, Fred J. Grace, Register of the State Land Office from 1908 until his death in 1931. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1863, 2145.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Baton Rouge, Long Family

Graham, W. B. Papers. 1933-1936. 62 items. Location: E:45, J:24. Agent for the Louisiana State Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Papers relate to the Bureau's responses to reports of criminal activities, mainly in Louisiana. They consists of investigation reports; photographs, including photographs of officers burning a marijuana field; scrapbook (1933-1936, n.d.), and newspaper clippings concerning activities of criminals such as John Dillinger and Clyde Barrow. Other items and clippings pertain to the assassination and funeral of Louisiana Senator Huey P. Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3002

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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