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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Grisham-Kellogg-Faust family. Papers, 1860-2009 (bulk 1899-1976). 8.5 linear ft. Locations: U:321-329, OS:G, H:12, AA:, 65:. Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, personal papers and printed material. Material reflects the social activities, family life, travel and the genealogy of the Grisham-Kellogg-Faust family of Louisiana and Bolivar, Tenn. Included in the correspondence are World War I letters discussing logging in France, letters of college students, and picture postcards of plantations in Natchez, Miss. and Louisiana. Photographs include African American household employees, 1927 Mississippi River Flood, and portraits of Gov. Sam Jones, Gov. John McKeithen and Senator Russell Long. Mss. 5048.

Huey P. Long scrapbooks, 1921-1939. 57 ms. vols. [principally photocopies]. Location: 132:. Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and other printed items such as handbills, speeches, circulars, cartoons, posters, and letters, relating to the political career of Huey Long. Information about national, state, and local politics is also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1666.

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Huey P. Long photograph album, 1928-1935. 1 album (30 photographs). Location: V:67. Winnfield, Louisiana, attorney, Louisiana Public Service Commission member, Louisiana governor, and U.S. senator. Photographs depict Long as governor and senator, Long's associates, family, LSU and Tulane events, the Overton trial, and Hattie Caraway's Arkansas campaign. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4495.

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

Huey P. Long newspaper clipping scrapbook, 1929 January 28-March 29. 1 vol. Location: F:3. Louisiana governor (1928-1932), U.S. Senator (1932-1935). Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings relating to Huey Long and the attempt to impeach him. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

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Huey P. Long photograph, circa 1932-1935. 1 item. Location: E:. Louisiana governor (1928-1932), U.S. Senator (1932-1935). Photograph showing Huey Long delivering a speech at Shreveport, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3346.

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Huey P. Long published materials, 1932-1936, undated 23 items, 5 printed vols. Location: B:12, OS:L. Broadsides, articles, and published volumes chiefly in defamation of Long's political career. Collection includes 3 letters to Edward L. Tinker and his wife referring to Long and Dr. Weiss. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2363.

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Huey P. Long collection, 1934-1935. 3 items. Location: Misc:H. Louisiana governor (1928-1932), U.S. Senator (1932-1935). Collection includes a photograph of Long and friends, a pamphlet concerning Long and the Senate, and published sheet music. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4264.

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Huey P. Long broadside, 1934. 1 printed item. Location: E:Imprints. 'The Ring Thugs at Work,' printed statement concerning campaign issues. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

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Huey P. Long painting, ca. 1935.1 item. Location: OS:L. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), and U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1932-1935). He was assassinated Sept. 8, 1935. Photographic reproduction of a painting by New Orleans artist John McCrady titled "The Shooting of Huey Long." It was commissioned by LIFE and reproduced in the magazine's June 26, 1939 issue. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2525.

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

Huey P. Long newspaper clippings, 1935 September-October. 3,204 items. Location: Z:26. Louisiana governor (1928-1932), U.S. Senator (1932-1935). Clippings including news stories and editorials from national newspapers covering the assassination of Huey Long (Sept-Oct 1935), received by Dr. James Monroe Smith, president of Louisiana State University, from Luce's Press Clipping Bureau of New York City. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2031.

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Huey P. Long broadsides, 1935, undated 3 items. Location: OS:L. Louisiana governor (1928-1932), U.S. Senator (1932-1935). Broadside outlines the educational program of the Share Our Wealth Society (1935), undated broadside details the principles and platform of the Society, and undated form letter was designed to accompany information distributed on the formation of local societies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2748.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, Long Family

Huey P. Long assassination painting, 1976. 1 item [photographic reproduction]. Location: E:.65. Winnfield, Louisiana, attorney, Louisiana governor, and U.S. senator. Huey P. Long assassination painting. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3232.

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Huey P. Long in Pennsylvania photographs, 1935. 7 items. Location: E:66, Box 10. Seven black and white photographs of then Louisiana Senator Huey P. Long addressing an audience in Pennsylvania in 1935. The photographic prints were created by Harpel Studios of Lebanon, Pa. Mss. 5047.

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Huey P. Long photograph, circa 1930. 1 item Location: E:67. Louisiana governor, and U.S. senator. Photograph shows Long leading the LSU band. Photograph. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2906

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Hummel, Richard J., Sr. Papers, 1861, 1875, 1894-1896, 1929. 250 items. Location: UU:63, OS:H. Baton Rouge postmaster. Papers of Richard J. Hummel Sr., Baton Rouge, La., postmaster, include an acknowledgment from Governor Huey P. Long of a letter from Hummel concerning a proposed plan for additional financial aid from the state for public schools (1929), a Louisiana state bond (1875), 246 hand-stamped mail covers (1894-1896), and a Louisiana militia commission (1861). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2044.

Jastremski, Leon, 1843-1907. Family Papers, 1836-1947. 336 items, 3 ms. vols. Location: W:23, M:21, OS:J, 98:J, Mss.Mf:J. Polish-born Louisiana politician, journalist, and newspaper publisher who served as mayor of Baton Rouge (1876-1882) and United States consul in Callao, Peru (1893-1897). Correspondence pertains to Jastremski's military service in the Civil War, his political career in Baton Rouge, and his term as U.S. Consul in Peru. The collection also contains copies of speeches made by Jastremski, photographs, and prints. Included are three scrapbooks containing clippings and articles about Jastremski's political career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2951.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Baton Rouge, Long Family

Johnston, J. Bennett, 1932-. Papers, 196?-1996. Ca. 500 linear ft., Location: IMJBJ, OS, Range 59-60, Vault. A Shreveport attorney and state legislator, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1973 and retired in 1996. In addition to energy and defense, Senator Johnston focused on navigation, flood control, hurricane protection, and other natural resources programs. Primarily records of his Senate career, including correspondence, trip files, records of his administrative and legislative assistants, legislative files, papers related to Louisiana grants and projects, speeches, news releases and photographs, and committee files. Also found are papers related to his campaigns and the Democratic Party as well as the annual Washington Mardi Gras ball and the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians. Mss. 4473.

Jones, Sam Houston, 1897-1978, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1977. 1 sound cassette, Transcript (28 pages). Location: L:4700.0030. Governor of Louisiana (1940-1944). Jones discusses his political campaign of 1940; changes he made while in office; Huey Long's political following; views on social welfare; government corruption; his executive secretary, Cocheran; his wife's role in his career; and his family background. Jones also discusses state senator W. D. Cotton's role in the bridge over Calcasieu River; and development of schools and buildings during his administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0030.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Long Family

Kemp, Bolivar E. (Bolivar Edwards), 1871-1933. Papers, 1913-1965. .5 linear feet. Location: 46. Amite, Louisiana, attorney, LSU Board of Supervisors member, U.S. congressman, and son-in-law of Harry D. Wilson, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Immigration. Papers include correspondence, printed items, photographs, and news clippings documenting the professional careers and social activities of Kemp, Wilson, and other family members. Broadsides relate to Huey Long's and Richard Leche's campaigns. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3567.

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Kennon, Robert Floyd. Papers, 1904-1972 (bulk 1948-1956). 11.5 linear ft., 8 volumes. Location: 6:9-15, OS:K. Minden, Louisiana, attorney, judge, Louisiana Supreme Court justice, and Louisiana governor. Papers include office files, personal correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, political campaign materials, and newspaper clippings. The collection pertains to politics, the Democratic Party and Robert Kennon's political career, particularly his term as governor (1952-1956). Some material reflects his military service during World War II and his position on segregation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2719.

Kernion, George C. H. Family papers, 1544-1942 (1832-1942). 174 items, 3 pamphlets. New Orleans public accountant and tax specialist. Papers include documents related to Kernion's career as an accountant and copies of genealogies and documents containing vital statistics for the Kernion, Campbell, Huchet, and Quimper families. Included in the collection are Civil War Confederate letters and political speeches and broadsides of Huey P. Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1629.

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Knott (R. B.) Papers, 1929-1973 (bulk:1929-1945). 0.25 linear feet. Location: X:15. A state senator from Ruston, La. (1928-1932) affiliated with the Long family. Contains two volumes on Governor Huey P. Long, including the Rules of Procedure for his impeachment trial in the state senate signed by Long, his aides, state legislators and senate staff. Also includes materials from Knott’s failed state senate campaign in 1940 and the will of Clara Long Knott, the older sister of Governors Huey and Earl Long and the sister-in-law of Knott. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 5002.

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Leche, Richard W. Papers, 1804, 1889-2008, undated. Approximately 100 linear ft., 155 volumes. Location: 80:-81:, 85:, 98:L, MAP CAGE, OS:L, VAULT:1, VAULT:21, VAULT MRDF 15. Orleans Parish native and 44th governor of Louisiana from 1936-1939. Collection is comprised of Leche's gubernatorial papers, which include chiefly office files of correspondence and a variety of printed materials; pre-gubernatorial and gubernatorial campaign papers; post-gubernatorial papers; and a variety of other materials, in large part photographic items and scrapbooks, spanning the three aforementioned eras. Collection also includes papers of Elton Reynolds Leche and Richard W. Leche, Jr. Mss. 2060.

Long, Carolyn Bason. Papers, 1940-2006 (bulk 1969-1986). 6.5 linear ft. Location: 29:, MSS.MF:L. Volunteer activist, wife of Senator Russell B. Long. Papers include personal correspondence, photographs, and materials documenting charitable activities, social engagements, and duties as a senator's wife. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4020.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Long Family

Long, Catherine Small. Papers, 1985-1986. 15 linear ft. Location: 4:28-34, 34:73. Vault: 54. U.S. congresswoman from Louisiana. Congressional office files of Long representing the Eighth Congressional District. The collection includes correspondence, printed material, photographs, a videotape, and campaign memorabilia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4051.

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Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960. Papers, 1937-1977. 511 items, 12 vols., 2 reels of film, 2 videocassettes. Location: 1:43-44, 20:10-, OS:L, 99:, L:30. Papers include scrapbooks of mainly newspaper clippings spanning Long's political and social career, photographs, miscellaneous manuscript and printed items, and 2 films covering early Louisiana history and Long's inauguration (May 1956). Films have been converted to video and are available on videocassette only. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3126.

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Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960. Letter, 1956 Sept. 24. 2 items. Location: Misc.:L. Governor of Louisiana, 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960. Letter responds to request for an autographed photograph and expresses hope for Democratic victory in coming presidential election. Includes an autographed photograph of Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2816.

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Long, Earl Kemp, 1895-1960. Recording, 1961. 1 sound disc. Location: LP 11075, vault:12. Governor of Louisiana, 1939-1940, 1948-1952, and 1956-1960. 'The Last of the Red Hot Papas' as recorded by Earl Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2624.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Long, Gillis William. Papers, 1923-1985 (bulk 1951-1985). 323 linear ft. Location: 34:74-79, 2-4, vault, OS:L. Member of the U.S. House of Representative from the Louisiana 8th Congressional District. Correspondence, office files, printed material, photographs, electronic media, and memorabilia. Office files include personal files, staff files, legislative files, federal department and independent agency files, grant and project files, press files, committee files, and campaign files reflecting Long's political career. Mss. 4050.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, Autograph, 1931 Sept. 14. 1 item. Location: MISC:L. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Letter to an autograph collector signed by Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2732.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935. Collection, circa 1930-1935. 3 items. Location: MISC:L. This collection consists of a Louisiana Capitol Building Bond for $1,000 payable in 1938 and signed by Huey P. Long (1931), a photograph of Long (circa 1930-35), and a bronze-colored plaster bust of Long by an unknown artist. Mss. 4076.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935. Letter, 1928 Oct. 12. 1 item. Location: MISC:L. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Letter from Long to Dan Moody, Texas governor, inviting him or someone appointed by him to attend the Conference of the Board of Governors of the United States, to be held in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3309.

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

Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, Papers, 1915-1936. 49 linear ft. Location: 30:2-26, OS:L, VAULT:13. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Collection includes general, family, congressional, and legal correspondence, impeachment documents, radio speeches, book and senatorial campaign accounts, Public Service Commission records, printed items, and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2005.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, Papers, 1927-1935. 9 items. Location: MISC.:L. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Papers include letters (some photocopies) and bills pertaining to Louisiana legislature, broadside, cartoon, and sheet music of 'Every Man a King.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 557, 1240, 1350, 1956.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, Tape recording, ca. 1928-1935. 1 audio tape reel. Location: W:15. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Radio broadcast from the files of station WWL, New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3037.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, Tape recording, ca. 1934-1938. Location: W:15. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Radio statement on the 'Share the Wealth' program from the files of radio station KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3038.

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935, U.S. Selective Service registration card, 1917. 1 item [photocopy]. MISC:L. Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932), U.S. senator (1932-1935). Huey P. Long's selective service registration card completed during World War I. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3409.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family, 20th Century Wars

Long, Huey. Impeachment scrapbook, 1929-1933. 1 item. Location: S:123. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings from THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans), Feb. 7, 1933 to May 2, 1933, reporting the hearings and continued political controversy over the hearings and the allegations. Alternate title is John Overton-Edwin Broussard Senate primary hearings scrapbook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

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Long, Russell B. Papers, 1774-2004 (bulk 1938-1986). 772 linear ft., 9 microfilm reels. Location: 21:-27:, MAP CAGE, MSS.MF:L, VAULT:47, AA:. Shreveport, Louisiana attorney and U.S. senator. Papers include correspondence; legislative, committee, federal agency, special project, and political campaign files; press releases; speeches; audio tapes; motion picture film; videotapes; and photographs, relating chiefly to Long's senatorial career. Topics include tax reform, petroleum issues, and employee stock options. Materials on the personal and political activities of other Long family members, among them Huey Long, are included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3700.

Long, Russell B. Papers, Huey Pierce Long phonodisc. 1 audio cassette, 1 phonodisc. Location: 27:61, 29:28. Winnfield, Louisiana, attorney, Louisiana Public Service Commission member, Louisiana governor, and U.S. senator. Transcription (33 1/3 RPM phonograph record and cassette tape copy) of a speech, 'Our Plundering Government,' delivered by Long over the Columbia Broadcasting Company radio network, February 20, 1935 (length 26 minutes). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3700.

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