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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Louisiana photograph collection, 1921-1937, undated 19 items. Location: E:. Collection Includes images of Thibodaux, La., Crowley, La., the aftermath of a 1933 tornado in Minden, La., the 1921 Louisiana Constitutional Convention, a Farmer's Dairy Tour with Huey Long, and a ribbon cutting for the Long/Allen Bridge in Shreveport, 1933, and a photo of a Caroline Durieux drawing of a woman's head (1937). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3354.

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

Madden, Roberta M. Papers, 1968-2010. 11 linear ft. Location: 91:7-12. Baton Rouge-based businesswoman and activist. Papers include correspondence, subject files, publications, and other records related to her professional career and tenure as a leading local, state, and national advocate for women's rights and other progressive social and political causes. Mss. 5022.

Magruder, Benjamin Scott Collection, Hilda Moss Papers, 1921-1972 (1926-1940). 2.5 linear ft. Location: 109:24, OS:M. Baton Rouge, La., social worker. Papers relate to the administration of public relief aid in Louisiana under the direction of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration during the 1930s. Printed material and scrapbooks also report on WPA work programs, World War II, and the LSU Board; and they reflect the Louisiana political environment, particularly during the Huey P. Long era. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4425.

Makar, John. Papers, 1938-1968, undated 32 items. Location: UU:85. Attorney of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Correspondence with Hubert H. Humphrey, Russell B. Long, and others concerns Makar's friendship with Humphrey, and contemporary national and state politics. Newspaper clippings refer to Humphrey's experience as a student at LSU and his political career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2505.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Morgan, Ottis Pat. Papers, 1940-1962 (bulk 1947-1948). 1.5 linear ft. Location: 79:62-63, OS:M. Research materials for M.A. thesis in Speech, 'A rhetorical study of the radio speaking of Sam Houston Jones in the 1948 Gubernatorial campaign.' Includes a scrapbook compiled by Dr. Waldo W. Braden, Louisiana State University Department of Speech, about the 1948 Gubernatorial campaign and candidates Sam H. Jones, Earl K. Long, Robert Kennon, and Jimmy Morrison. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2136.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, Long Family

Morris, James K. Papers, 1936-1981. 0.2 linear ft. Location: D:90. Compiled research materials on the Llano Colony, a cooperative society organized in California (1914). Part of the colony migrated to Newllano, Louisiana (1918). Letters, printed items, research materials and photographs relate to the Newllano Colony. Printed items include 'Huey P. Long Speaks to You from His Grave through His Disciples,' an open letter by the Board of Directors of Llano Colony (1966). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3441, 3640.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

National Student League letter, 1935 March. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Letter condemns Huey Long's political machine and urges the organization of a National Student League chapter on the LSU campus. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2140.

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

Oge, John M. Papers, 1838-1939 (bulk 1915-1932). 0.5 linear ft. Location: W:53-54, OS:O. Resident, politician, and planter of Grand Coteau, Louisiana. His political offices included mayor of Grand Coteau, deputy sheriff of St. Landry Parish, and representative in the Louisiana State Legislature. Financial papers relate to the production of agricultural products. Early business correspondence discusses cotton and a property dispute. Personal correspondence from Oge's sons discusses employment, the military, and WWI. Political correspondence reflects the political atmosphere in Louisiana during the early 20th century with letters from the Louisiana governor's office, Huey P. Long, and political allies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4207.

Overton, John H. (John Holmes). Papers, 1896-1984 (bulk 1916-1940). 4 linear ft. Location: 106:22-23, OS:O. Graduate of Louisiana State University, attorney, United States Senator for Louisiana, and political ally of Huey P. Long. Papers include political, financial, and personal papers. Political papers include materials related to Overton's senatorial campaigns and the campaigns of some of his political allies (Winston Overton, John B. Fournet, and Earl K. Long). Also included are files related to a U.S. Senate-led investigation into corruption related to Overton's 1932 senatorial nomination. Mss. 4371.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Overton, John Holmes. Scrapbook, 1932-1959, undated 1 vol., 5 items. Location: F:23, MISC:O. U.S. senator from Louisiana. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings pertain to Overton's political career. Items include a copy of Overton's memorial address on Huey Long (1936), a news release concerning a bill to reorganize the federal judiciary (1937), and commemorative programs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Persac, Linnie B. Scrapbook, 1935 September 10-21, 1936. 10 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: F:4. Scrapbook contains news stories and articles covering the assassination of Huey Long; loose items (1936) pertain to the political activities of Mrs. Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2129.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Pierson, Robert Hunter. Letter, 1961 April 21. 1 item [photocopy]. Location: Misc. Letter written by Julius T. Long, brother of Huey Long, to Pierson, relating details on the Pipes house and farm in Winn Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2278.

Referenced in Guides: Long Family

Political Campaigns Collection, 1952-1991 (bulk 1964-1979). 3 linear ft. Location: OS:P, X:36-38. The Political Campaigns Collection consists of campaign literature, brochures, handbills, buttons, bumper stickers, pamphlets, cards, posters, signs, and other paraphernalia for campaigns for U.S. president (1960-1984), Louisiana governor (1952-1991), Louisiana lieutenant governor (1971-1979), Louisiana attorney general (1971-1972), and various other offices in Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1719, 2020, 2190, 2191, 2350, 2652, 3053, 3097, 3440.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Richardson, Roger. Oral history interview, 1983. Transcript (22, 25 pages), 2 sound cassettes (1 hour). Location: L:4700.52. Roger and his wife, Carrie Johnston, were LSU students. Carrie's father, Hamilton Johnston, and Roger Richardson were professors in the College of Engineering. Interview deals with Roger and Carrie Richardson's experiences as students at the old and new campuses of LSU in the 1920s. It mentions attending football games with Huey Long, Hamilton Johnston's involvement with the construction of John M. Parker Auditorium, and Roger Richardson's LSU career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.52.

Referenced in Guides: Long Family

Richardson, Roger, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1983. Transcript (22, 25 pages), 2 sound cassettes (1 hour). Location: L:4700.0052. Roger and his wife, Carrie Johnston, were LSU students. Carrie's father, Hamilton Johnston, and Roger Richardson were professors in the College of Engineering. Interview deals with Roger and Carrie Richardson's experiences as students at the old and new campuses of LSU in the 1920s. It mentions attending football games with Huey Long, Hamilton Johnston's involvement with the construction of John M. Parker Auditorium, and Roger Richardson's LSU career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0052.

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

Robinson, Joseph Taylor, 1872-1937, Letter, 1935. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. U.S. senator from Arkansas. Letter of acknowledgement to Ashley Cole for expressing approval of Robinson's speech in answer to Senator Huey Long's attacks on the Roosevelt administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2193.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Russell B. Long photograph, circa 1950s. 1 item. Location: E:67. Signed formal portrait of Russell Billiu Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3029.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Sanders, Jared Young and family. Papers, 1816-1950 (bulk 1860-1930). 4 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: C:32-33, 98:S, P:5, Z:7, MSS.MF:S. Sugar planter, Confederate officer, governor of Louisiana. Speeches by Jared Y. Sanders III constitute the bulk of this collection. Financial papers (1843-1861) reflect family life and business concerns. Correspondence pertains to family matters, business, the war, and the career of Sanders III. Civil War diaries recount the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., troop movements, camp life, and conditions in St. Mary Parish. Also included are legal documents concerning the impressment of a slave by Confederate Army. Papers from the Reconstruction period are chiefly concerned with the restoration and management of family property in St. Mary Parish. Scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, broadsides and correspondence document the political career Jared Y. Sanders III, including his opposition to Huey P. Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1081, 1105, 1126, 1757, 2405, 2490.

Schwartz, Kurt S. Papers, 1932-1967, undated (bulk 1932-1935). 18 items. Location: C:96 OS:S. Schwartz was a member of the Louisiana State University Cadet Band during the 1930's. Papers consist of student paraphernalia including an LSU Library card, Athletic Association student tickets, commencement program, concert programs for the LSU Cadet Band, a University Directory, a freshman beanie, and a LSU license plate. Also included are a letter from Huey P. Long stating that Long had no influence in securing scholarships and a copy of the musical score for EVERY MAN A KING for solo clarinet. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3740.

Scott, Emily T. (Emily Turpin). Papers, 1850-1935 (bulk 1882-1935). 326 items; 1 vol. Location: A:25. Emily Turpin Scott, resident of Sicily Island, Louisiana. Correspondence from her children and other family members pertains chiefly to family matters; some correspondence is concerned with land holdings of Scott's son-in-law, R. H. Harris. Also includes an 1865 amnesty oath signed by Israel Scott. Other letters discuss the cattle, lumber, and oil industries, and the death of Huey Long. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 27. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 386.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War, Medicine, Long Family

Scouten, Arthur Hawley. Papers, 1934-1992. 0.2 linear ft. 18:4. Arthur Hawley Scouten, a writer and scholar, attended Louisiana State University, where he received his B.A. (1935), M.A. (1938), and Ph.D. (1942) in English. During the 1930's, he worked as an assistant in the LSU Athletic Department, managing Tiger Stadium during home football games. Scouten went on to teach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1947-1980. His research interests included Shakespeare, American literature, and 18th-century British satire. Papers consist of correspondence, printed items, and photographs documenting Scouten's career. Correspondence relates primarily to his work in the academic profession. There are also several letters from Russell Long. Later letters to his son, Lee, recount his memories of Robert Penn Warren, Cleanth Brooks, and James Monroe Smith at LSU; and managing Tiger Stadium. Printed items consist of programs for professional conferences, news clippings, a 1935 voter's registration card, and several LSU football field passes from the 1930's. Photographs include a signed photo of Russell Long as a student, construction of a building at LSU in 1936, and several images of Scouten. Mss. 5049.

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

Shilg, Merritt M., 1908-1978. Memorial collection, 1720-1956. 24 illustrations. Location: OS:S. Merritt Shilg was an antiquarian, appraiser, and collector of Baton Rouge, La. Facsimiles of historical illustrations of Louisiana and Mississippi privately printed by Merritt Shilg. Mss. 1733, 2048, 2294.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Long Family

Smith, Gerald L. K. Circular, circa 1936. 1 item. Location: OS:S. Protestant minister and organizer of Huey Long's Share Our Wealth Society. Printed copy of speeches by Senator Huey 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. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Long Family

Stumberg, Jo, 1902-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1978. Transcript (109 pages); 2 sound cassettes (1 hour, 50 minutes). Location: L:4700.0061. Baton Rouge educator. Interview discusses campus life, Strumberg's first Master's thesis on women's occupations in Baton Rouge, and her career as elementary school teacher and LSU teacher. She mentions being fired by Huey Long, the expansion of LSU, and the status of women in 1920-1930s. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0061.

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

Sylvest, Murphy John, 1893-1980. Papers, 1929-1972, undated. 23 items. Location: T:88. Educator, helped introduce articles of impeachment against Huey P. Long. Collection includes biographical and genealogical information on the Sylvest family, recollections of events, individuals, family reunions, and references to Sylvest's career as an educator and his relationship with Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3727.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, Long Family

Tanner, J. Thomas (James Thomas), 1885-1980. Papers, 1869-1980. 9 linear ft. (1,275 items and 56 m.s. volumes). Location: R:19-22, 77:86-87, OS:T. Attorney, banker, state legislator representing Caddo Parish (1920-1924), and Shreveport public servant (1930-1966). Collection consists primarily of diaries kept by Tanner (1929-1980), which include news clippings, political cartoons, and some photographs. Diary entries pertain to Tanner's career, social life, and politics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3527.

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

Uhler, John Earle. Papers, 1921-1960 (bulk 1931-1959). 13.4 linear ft. Location: 79:22-32, OS:U, 99:U. John Earle Uhler was an English professor at Louisiana State University from 1928-1961. His teaching and research interests included Shakespeare, 18th century English drama, English Renaissance literature, and linguistics. A public controversy over Uhler's novel Cane Juice, published in 1931, led to his removal from the faculty, and reinstatement six months later.  Papers include personal and professional correspondence; published and unpublished literary and academic manuscripts; and printed material, including newspaper clippings, newspapers, and periodicals related to Uhler's writing and interest in political events. There are also teaching materials from Uhler's tenure at LSU, and a small number of photographs and pencil drawings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1902.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, LSU, Long Family

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Huey P. Long files, 1932-1969 (bulk 1934-1939). 0.5 linear ft. [photocopies]. Location: 80:36. Records mainly consist of copies of telegrams and memoranda from office files of the FBI special agents in the Bureau's New Orleans office concerning activities of Senator Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3865.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Violette, Eugene M. Collection, 1785-1945. 4.3 linear feet. Z:3-4; OS:V; 99:V. Correspondence, printed material, writings, and LSU memorabilia comprise the Eugene M. Violette papers. Correspondence is of a professional nature reflecting Violette's association with the University, professional organizations, publishers, and colleagues. Printed items include newspapers and clippings related to Louisiana, football, World Wars I and II, and Huey Long's assassination. Imprints and publications pertain to a variety of topics including, early LSU history. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 615, 893.

Warren, Robert Penn. Letter, 1962 Nov. 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.: W, Vault:1. College professor and writer who served on the faculty of Louisiana State University, Dept. of English, from 1933-1942. In a typed letter to a Mr. Stahley, Robert Penn Warren discusses the administration at Louisiana State University during Huey P. Long's term as governor. He also comments on Professor William A. Read of the English Dept. and the SOUTHERN REVIEW. Original housed in Vault is restricted. Use photocopy. Mss. 5072

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

Weiss, Seymour. Papers, 1927-1972 (bulk 1930-1960). 11.25 linear ft. Location: 30:38-42, OS:W, Vault:36. Manager and owner of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Weiss was a confidant of Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, who made the hotel his headquarters. The bulk of the collection consists of circulars announcing speeches and the political positions of Long and other Louisiana politicians. Also present are political cartoons by 'Trist' [Trist Wood] and various campaign items. The collection includes letters of Huey P. Long related to issues of concern to Louisiana citizens and sheet music for 'Every Man a King,' 'Follow Long,' and several other songs, with words by Long. Mss. 4165.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Wilkerson, Helen C. Papers, 1920-1958. 706 items. Location: X:92-93, OS:W. Assistant dean of women at LSU. Papers contain professional papers and correspondence related to Wilkerson's tenure as dean. Material also reflects her involvement in Baton Rouge women's organizations, balls, and festivals. Also included is a program for 75th annual commencement of the Natchez Institute in Natchez, Mississippi (1920); addresses delivered by Charles W. Pipkin (1931-1936); and an address entitled "The strange case of Louisiana and Huey P. Long," presented by Harry Gamble of New Orleans to the Louisiana Legislature. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1606.

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, 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, Riley J. (Riley Joseph), 1871-1946. Papers, 1924-1947. 95 items. Location: Mss.Mf:W, Misc:W. Judge in Ruston, Louisiana, and U.S. representative from Louisiana (1914-1936), active in flood control and the anti-Long movements. Papers consist of news clippings dealing with Wilson's political career, particularly his gubernatorial campaign (1927); campaign literature; and photographs of Wilson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3463.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Witten, Morris Lewis. Oral history interview, 1966. 1 item (5 leaves). Location: Misc. Shreveport, Louisiana, supporter of Huey Long early in Long's political career. Reminiscence comments on the political style and influence of Huey Long. Topics include Franklin Roosevelt and the Share the Wealth policy, the Win or Lose Oil Company, U.S. Senate filibusters, and Senator Hattie Caraway's career. Mss. 4058.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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