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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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