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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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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

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