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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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.