Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana, Papers. 1,492 items. X:43-51, OS:D. Minutes of meetings, committee reports, memoranda, correspondence, resolutions, election returns, affidavits, and other documents pertaining to candidates, qualifying forms, proxies, and a small number of campaign items on the state and local level. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3760.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Detro, Randall A. (Randall Augustus). Collection, 1932-1988. 20 items [photocopies]. Location: MISC:D. Mostly circulars of Huey Long and the Long political organization concerning the programs of Long during Governor O. K. Allen's administration. Collection includes a handbill and publicity photograph from a 1988 production of the play 'The Kingfish.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4138.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Devol, Don, d. 1983, interviewee, Oral history interview. 2 sound cassettes (1.5 hours); transcript (36 p.). Huey Long's personal secretary. Interview includes Devol's personal and professional relationship with Long, and his views on Long's personality, political career, and assassination. Devol also discusses Long's radio addresses and relationship with the news media. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0009.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

DeVol, H. Donald. Collection on Huey P. Long, 1932-1936. 2 linear ft. Location: 1:35-36; OS:D; Vault:38. Personal secretary of Huey P. Long from 1932 until Long's death in 1935. The collection is comprised of printed items, notes, speeches, and photographs of Huey P. Long in addition to personal items of both Long and DeVol; of note is Huey Long's personal Bible. Mss. 3653.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Dietz, Walter F. Papers, 1901-1962. 470 items, 86 volumes. Socialist party member of the Lake Charles, Louisiana, local (1903-1934); state secretary (1909-1914); national committeeman and state secretary (1928-1931). Correspondence, broadsides, financial reports, pamphlets, writings, newspaper clippings, bound printed volumes, and manuscript volumes for the national Socialist Party, the state organization, and the Lake Charles local organization. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1894.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Acadiana, 20th Century Wars

Dixon, Margaret. Papers, 1922-1969. 0.5 linear ft. Location: S:22, OS:D. Journalist, editor, and of dean of the Louisiana Capitol Press Corps. Papers include letters, research notes and writings, materials relating to the National Democratic Convention in 1956, printed items and certificates, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a tape of a speech by Dixon at a Louisiana AFL-CIO convention. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2545.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, LSU

Dixon, Margaret. Scrapbook, 1935-1972. 1 volume. Location: M:21. Native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dixon was a journalist, editor, and dean of the Louisiana Capitol Press Corps. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and other items which document Dixon's career as a journalist and editor of the Baton Rouge paper, Morning Advocate. Included are obituaries of Dixon and other posthumously collected materials.  Mss. 3003.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Baton Rouge

Donato, Adolphe. Letter, 1883 December 16. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of Opelousas, Louisiana, and servant to U.S. Representative Edward Taylor Lewis. Letter written from Washington, D.C., describes his trip with Lewis from Louisiana to Washington, problems encountered by African Americans in travel and housing, the city of Washington, and his own social life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2946.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, African Americans

Donelson, A. J., Letter, 1845 Feb. 4. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Ward of President Andrew Jackson and charge d'affaires of the United States to the Republic of Texas. Letter from Donelson to Colonel James Taylor of Newport, Kentucky, referring to President Jackson's association with the Taylor Family. The letter is used by General James Taylor, cousin of President Zachary Taylor, to write to a relative. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1580.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Dore, J. Hugo (John Hugo), 1890-1953. Papers, 1935, 1938-1951, undated. 1900 items. Location: 77:12-20. Judge of the First District of the First Circuit Court of Appeal of Louisiana and a resident of Ville Platte, La. His judicial files consist of reviews, opinions, judgments, briefs, dockets of cases, and other related records pertaining to causes and actions appealed from the district courts. Personal papers include correspondence concerning personal business and some family matters, copies of minutes of the LSU Board of Supervisors, correspondence, and testimony primarily related to the “Louisiana Scandals,” 1938-1944. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1389.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU

Dougherty, John A., b. 1809. Papers, 1861-1890. 8 ms. vols. and 1 item (on 1 microfilm reel). Location: Mss.Mf:D. Native of New York, plantation owner, and prominent citizen of Baton Rouge. Dougherty served as a police juror and as president of the New Board of Control of the penitentiary. Six diaries of Dougherty and two receipt books, one of which belonged to A. T. Prescott. Diary entries report on family, neighbors, acquaintances, and associates; historical events and personages; social activities; and government, law, and health. Also included are entries reporting on the cotton and sugar plantation economy; climate; and dreams. Noteworthy are the entries pertaining to the Civil War and the daily notations on weather. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3528.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War, Baton Rouge

Douglas, Judith Hyams, 1875-1955. Papers, 1897-1955. 700 items, 3 vols. Location: E:56-57, Mss. Mf.:D, vault:5. New Orleans, Louisiana, lawyer and civic leader. Papers consist of letters from prominent Louisiana writers and political figures, speeches, photographs, business papers, and newspaper clippings documenting her work in organizations pertaining to child labor, woman suffrage, peace movements, Jewish refugees, the juvenile court, clubs for women, and the Mississippi River flood control programs. They also contain two copies of the charter and by-laws of Le Petit Salon (1925, 1927) A scrapbook relates to Belgian relief efforts and war service. Scrapbook available on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1392.

Dugas, Claiborne J., 1898-. Scrapbook, 1907-1980. 2 items; 1 vol. (1 reel microfilm). Location: Mss.Mf:D. Louisiana Democrat, educator, journalist, and publisher of Donaldsonville Chief. He served as Secretary of Louisiana Senate, member of the Board of Tax Appeals. Scrapbook contains letters, news clippings, memoirs documenting 'Bobby' Dugas' activities, service to education in Louisiana, and developments in Louisiana and national public affairs. Includes typescript copy of speech on higher education. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3571.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Dugas, Claiborne J., 1898-. Scrapbook. 2 items; 1 vol. (on microfilm). Location:Mss. Mf.:D. Louisiana Democrat, educator, journalist, and publisher of DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF. Scrapbook contains letters, news clippings, memoirs documenting 'Bobby' Dugas' activities, service to education in Louisiana, and developments in Louisiana and national public affairs. Includes typescript copy of speech on higher education. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3571.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Dumas, Woody, 1917-1993, interviewee, Radio interview. 1 sound cassette (1 hour); index (2 p.). Mayor-President of Baton Rouge (1964-1980). Interview discusses local economy, airports, and city planning. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0011.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867. Correspondence, 1817-1877. 158 items, 2 vols. Location: S:120. Planter and banker of Natchez, Mississippi. Correspondence includes letters from friends and family concerning social, political, and economic problems of Reconstruction. Papers include legal documents, bills, and receipts. A daybook includes lists of slaves present at Homochitto Plantation. Included is a diary of W. P. Duncan, son of Stephen Duncan, Jr., describing his travels in France and Italy. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 as the Stephen Duncan Family Papers, Mss. 1403, 1793: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 4, Reel 5. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1403, 1431, 1551, 1595, 1793.

Dupre, Gilbert Louis, 1858-1946. Scrapbook, 1924-1932. 1 vol. (on microfillm). Locations: Mss. Mf.:D. Lawyer and state representative from Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Scrapbook prepared by Dupre contains newspaper clippings of articles, editorials, obituaries, and letters; correspondence; broadsides; and other items pertaining to his career, social events, and Louisiana politics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3157.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Durnin, Henry. Mathematical notebook, 1837, 1840-1844. 1 bill, 1 volume, 1 microfilm reel. Location: MISC:D, MSS.MF:D. Resident of Ireland and later teacher in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Notebook illustrating use of mathematical principles in solving problems or puzzles; contains copies of two letters from Irish immigrants to America, articles relating to the trial of Irish politician Daniel O'Connell, and a list of Irish abbreviations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2077.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Earl K. Long program, 1963. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Lieutenant governor (1936-1939) and governor (1939-1940, 1948-1952, 1956-1960) of Louisiana . Program for the unveiling of a bronze statue at Winnfield, Louisiana. For further information, see oline cataog. Mss. 2525.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

East Baton Rouge Parish (La.). Oaths of office, 1815.1 item [photocopy]. Location: Misc.:E. Three oaths of office (photocopy) signed by Philemon Thomas as parish sheriff on May 5, William Corner as justice of the peace on June 13, and Jacob Drake as justice of the peace (incomplete). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2703.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

East, Charles. Copy photograph collection, 1860, 1934. 5 copy prints. Location: 65:5. These are copy prints of J.O. Fernandez (1934), Jared Y. Sanders, Halbert Paine, Henry Watkins Allen, and a view of the Baton Rouge river front with the Old State Capitol in the background (circa 1860). Mss. 3307.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Edgerton, Claude Wilbur. Photograph collection, circa 1920-1965. 0.1 linear ft. Location: T:72. Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Collection is comprised of contact sheets created from 35mm nitrate film negatives. Contact sheets are arranged and labeled according their original roll numbers and contain images depicting the following: a parade celebrating Huey P. Long's election as governor of Louisiana (roll 5); Long visiting the LSU College of Agriculture and crops (rolls 6 , 10, and 101A); crops, U.S. service persons, and various buildings on LSU campus (rolls 101B, 101C, and 101D); Long's funeral services (rolls 102 and 103); and Long's inauguration ceremony as governor of Louisiana (roll 115). Additionally, there are photographic prints of select images from the rolls. Mss. 4033.

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

Edmands, John Wiley, 1809-1877. Letter, 1860 November 8. 1 item. Location: Misc.:E. U.S. representative from Massachusetts (1853-1855). Letter to William Kellogg (possibly Congressman Kellogg of Illinois) expressing the Northern Republican party position on slavery just after the election of Abraham Lincoln. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1754.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

Edwards, James Wiley, 1839-1934. Papers, 1870-1887. 39 items. Location: T:28. Native of Missouri, came to West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, where he married Sallie Thoms Harris, ca. 1867. Later moved to East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, then to Texas; died in Clinton. Papers consist of miscellaneous records: tax receipts, Police Jury and Parish Court records, voter registration, merchants' statements. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3552.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business

Elam, James Essex, 1829-1873. Papers, 1846-1853 (bulk 1846-1852). 3 items; 1 vol. Location: H:15, Misc:E, OS:E. Mostly letters to former Baton Rouge mayor and Judge James Essex Elam pertain primarily to family news, but some also relate to national political affairs, local events and conditions in Baton Rouge, the Mexican War, the California gold rush, and antebellum college life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 672, 2464.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Election tickets, 1859-1891. 15 items. Location: E:Imprints. Printed election tickets from Louisiana for national and local elections. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893, 1147, 1155, 1178, 1208, 2062, 3705.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Ellis, E. John, Thomas C. W. and family. Papers, 1829-1936 (bulk 1870-1920). 9.3 linear ft., 72 volumes, 30 microfilm reels. Location: G:5; MSS.MF:E; OS:E; U:52-65. Sons of Ezekiel Parke Ellis, a judge and state legislator from Amite, Louisiana. E. John and Thomas C. W. Ellis were practicing attorneys who were active in Louisiana politics. Both men served in the Confederate army during the Civil War. Papers consist of correspondence, legal documents, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and business papers of three generations of the Ellis family. Civil War correspondence includes letters by E. John Ellis from prison camp at Johnson's Island, Ohio. Politics occupies a large place in the correspondence and speeches of 1856-1861 and in the correspondence of the Reconstruction period. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 21-22. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 136.

Embree, Joseph. Family Papers, 1826-1884. .88 linear ft. (805 items, 1 vol.). Location: E:19-20. Cotton planter near Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, and soldier in the Confederate Army. Papers include letters, account statements of cotton brokers, land deeds, contracts, slave bills, receipts, and documents related to education in Wilkinson County. Includes a printed list of the 1879 Democratic state ticket. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reels 10-11. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 693.

Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887. Report, circa 1874-1875. 1 report. Location: Misc. William H. Emory was commander of the Department of the Gulf, which included the Federal troops in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi (1871-1875). A portion of a manuscript report (pp. 33-39) by William H. Emory recounts his actions during and after the Battle of Liberty Place between September 1874 and January 1875. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4375.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Everett, Alexander H. Letter, 1841. 1 item. Location: MISC:E. President of Jefferson College, St. James Parish, Louisiana. Draft of a letter of Alexander Everett to Daniel Webster, secretary of state, concerns published remarks by Mr. Trist, American consul at Havana, and the general conduct of affairs of a prior mission to Havana for a conference regarding the slave trade. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 140.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, African Americans

Everett, Edward. Letter, 1831 Sept. 9. 1 letter. Location: MISC:E. Edward Everett was a U.S. Representative for Massachusetts (1825-1835). Everett writes to General Thomas Sidney Jesup, U.S. Quartermaster General in Washington, introducing him to ornithologist and artist, John James Audubon. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4274.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Ewing Studio Inc. Photographs of Henry L. Fuqua's inauguration, 1924 May 24. 3 gelatin silver prints. Location: MISC:E. Prints are of Henry L. Fuqua's inauguration as governor of Louisiana. One photograph shows Fuqua giving his inaugural address in front of the Old State Capitol. Another photograph shows the Louisiana State University Marching Band performing during the inaugural parade, and another photograph shows the USS Richmond's Sailor's Band performing during the inaugural parade. Both band are marching past Hotel Alvis. Mss. 5322.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Baton Rouge

Facsimile Collection. 52 items, 1215-1865 (bulk 1832*1865). Location: OS:F. Facsimile copies of important documents from American history including the Declaration of Independence and other Revolutionary-era documents; the Louisiana Purchase treaty; mid-nineteenth century political posters for the Democratic, Republican, and Whig parties; and numerous political, military, and personal documents produced before and during the Civil War, especially the letters of Alexander Farnsley of Kentucky. A facsimile copy of the Magna Carta is also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893, 1327, 1680, 1687, 1878, 2003, 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Falk, Myron, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (.75 hours), transcript (24 p.). Location: L:4700.330. Former director of the United Way in Baton Rouge and a writer and advocate of social welfare who endowed a scholarship in the School of Journalism at LSU. The interview describes Falk's family history, his education at Tulane, his wife Roberta's family history, her education, her career in social work, and her job with the Louisiana Conference of Social Welfare. Also described are Falk's work for the Transients and Migrants program during the Depression, his writings, and his presentations before Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.330.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education

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

Farrar, Alexander K. Papers, 1804-1931 (bulk 1831-1870). 2.25 linear ft. Location: UU:229-231; OS:F. Planter and lawyer of Kingston, Adams County, Mississippi, and Mississippi state senator. Personal, professional, and plantation papers concerning Farrar's law practice, including settlement of several estates, and his plantation and business interests. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 532: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 3, Reels 6-10. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 782, 850, 1348.

Favret, Joseph, 1873-. Oral history interview, 1974. Index (2 pages), 3 sound cassettes (1.75 hours). Location: L:4700.0015. New Orleans native, centenarian, and a veteran of the Spanish American War. Favret discusses his experiences in Cuba during the Spanish American War and the sinking of the Maine. He also recalls the New Orleans race riot of 1900 and Robert Charles; and mentions New Orleans mayor Robert S. Maestri. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0015.

Ferguson, Percy. Papers, 1864, 1899-1916. 9 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: OS:F, O:16. Daughter of Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson. Scrapbook of manuscript poems by Percy Ferguson; a letter from her cousin, U.S. Senator LeRoy Percy of Mississippi, pertaining to national politics; and published music by Regina Morphy Voitier of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416.

Ferguson, Samuel Wragg, 1835-1917. Papers. 1857-1915, undated 61 items. Location: T:13. Confederate general and lawyer of Charleston, South Carolina, and Greenville, Mississippi. During the Civil War Ferguson served as aide to General P. G. T. Beauregard and was commander of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment in the Atlanta Campaign. Letters, memoirs, and writings describe student life at West Point; the settlement of Kansas; religious missions and the life of missionaries in the Oregon territory; and the hostility of Indians and the fate of settlers bound for California and Oregon. Civil War materials include records of Ferguson's Confederate military service, descriptions of participation in several battles, and a description of the collapse of the Confederate government. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Civil War, Education

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

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