Literature

The Louisiana Research Collection makes a special effort to preserve the literary heritage of our region. Among our voluminous holdings of the papers of writers and the records of literary organizations are the following:

  • Augustin, Wogan, Labranche Family Papers, 1803-1969 (bulk 1842-1936), 1 lin. ft., Manuscripts Collection 223. A collection of family papers, primarily of the Augustin family in Santiago, Cuba 1803-1809 and in New Orleans 1842-1923, with notes and papers of the Wogan family. A section is devoted to the writings of Louisiana author Jeanne Wogan Arguedas, who wrote Creole poems, stories and songs under the pen name, Anne Labranche.
  • Bengston, Jeanne des Dunes 1909-1992, Papers 1954-1992, 1.5 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 144. Correspondence, articles, and poetry of a New Orlean's native and Newcomb College graduate who wrote largely for the Christian Science Publishing Society and the United Methodist Publishers.
  • Bieber, Margarete (1879-1976) Papers (1907-1974), ca. 26 linear feet. Manuscripts Collection 410. Classicist, historian, author. Personal and professional correspondence, research notes, photographs, galley proofs, reviews, student records.
  • Blanc, Marie Thérèse (deSolms). Les Americaines chez elles, par Th. Bentzon ... New Orleans section,typescript, 28 pp. 1939, M 1059. Translation of portion of Les Americaines chez elles by Marie Thérèse (deSolms) Blanc, 1840-1907, pseud. Thomas Bentzon, troisieme edition, Paris, Ancienne Maison Michel Levy Freres, 1896, by Mrs. F. Peterson. Part of Writers Project, WPA. Library has French volume: 9l7.3 B591a, in the Louisiana Collection.
  • Bradford, Roark 1896-1948, Papers 1930-1949, 4.5 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 20. Letters, papers, clippings and notes of New Orleans author specializing in African-American folk dialect.
  • Burman, Ben Lucien 1896-1984, and Burman, Alice Caddy 1896-1977, Papers, ca. 1927-1984, 40 linear feet. Correspondence, articles, book drafts, scrapbooks, photographs, sketches, and other papers documenting this Southern husband and wife, novelist/artist team. They were most famous for their "Catfish Bend" satires. Ben Lucien Burman also achieved fame as a North African-based journalist during World War II, where his exposes of the Vichy regime earned him the Legion of Honor.
  • Cable, George Washington, 1871-1947, LA and MA author, 22,290 items, including 7 volumes, Manuscripts Collection 2. Letters, letterbooks, diaries, manuscripts, notebooks, organizational records, business papers, photographs, clippings and other printed materials pertaining to Cable's career, public works, and personal life. See inventory for more information.
  • Claudel Family Papers, 1817-1988, 14 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 862. Papers of New Orleans born Alice Moser Clauder (1914-1982), poet and teacher; her husband, Clavin Andre Claude (1910-1988), folklorist and teacher; her grandfather, Thomas Hayes, and her son, William Rivera.
  • Deutsch, Hermann Bacher 1889-1970, Papers 1827-1970 (bulk 1920-1970), 22 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 130. New Orleans author and journalist. Includes articles written for New Orleans Item and New Orleans States, research materials for his books The Incredible Yankee and the Huey Long Murder Case, and biographical material. See finding aid for further information. 
  • Faulkner, William, MS author, 20 items (1926-1951)
  • Friend, Julius, AL author and editor, 685 items (1915-1961)
  • Gayarre, Charles Etienne Arthur 1805-1895, Collection 1848-1895, 25 items and 6 volumes, Manuscripts Collection 426. Louisiana historian. Includes personal correspondence, manuscripts, a biography of Gayarre, genealogical material, and notes on his publications and personal finances. See finding aid for further information.
  • Harrison, James Albert, 1848-1911, Binford, Elizabeth Harrison Papers, [1917-1918], 6 typescript items. Writings of Elizabeth Binford, journalist and writer of children's stories. Two of the stories were published in book form: A Peddler of Dreams about Edgar Allan Poe and The Little Boy of Good Children Street about New Orleans. See listing. M 1029.
  • Hearn Lafcadio,, LA and Japan author, 50 items, including 1 manuscript (1886-1901)
  • Hutson, Ethel, LA artist, journalist and suffragist, 3,714 items (1908-1922). Pertains primarily to her career as a journalist and her interest in women's suffrage.
  • Kane, Harnett, LA author, 3 manuscripts (1946-1957)
  • Keyes, Frances Parkinson 1885-1970, Papers 1940-1970, 201 pieces, Manuscripts Collection 872. Correspondence between Keyes and Eugene Pendleton Hogan and the Keyes Foundation and Mr. Hogan, a board member.
  • Keyes, Frances Parkinson 1885-1970, Papers 1898-1970, 36 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 842. Biographical information, family and business correspondence, galley proofs, manuscripts, and articles (mainly after 1958) of the New Hampshire-born author who became a New Orleans resident. See inventory for more information.
  • King, Grace Elizabeth, LA author, 71 items (1910-1931)
  • King, R. Richardson, "The Life and Times of Grace King," 1965, 1 typescript (23 pages). M 1012. Paper presented to Le Petit Salon February 21, 1985 by R. Richardson King, grandnephew of Grace King (1852-1932), the New Orleans author and found of Le Petit Salon, a literary and social women's club of New Orleans.
  • Kirk, Richard Ray (d. 1951) Papers, 1924-1951 (bulk 1925-1926) .5 lin. ft. Manuscripts Collection 882. Mostly poems of author and poet Richard R. Kirk, Tulane professor from 1921 to 1937 and 1946-1947.
  • Lanier, Sidney, GA poet, 75 items (1875-1886)
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882, letter, M1108, January 6, 1881, 1 leaf. Letter from Longfellow to Mrs. Childs thanking her for a Christmas present and extending New Year’s wishes. Removed from The Song of Hiawatha in the Frank M. Besthoff Collection
  • Martinez, Raymond J., Papers 1928-1958, 1,069 pieces, Manuscripts Collection 103. Martinez served as business manager for Arts and Antiques and Arts, Industries and Southern Opinion magazines.
  • Rolfe, W.J. Correspondence 1880-1893, 1935; 31 pieces. Manuscripts Collection 490. Letters to Rolfe from outstanding literary figures, including F.J. Furnivall, J.L. Halliwell-Phillipps, H.H. Furness, and Mary Cowden-Clarke about their own and Rolfe's literary work. The majority of the items fall between 1884 and 1893 and are letters Rolfe wrote to Miss Eleanore R. Larrison, discussing her work and the progress of his own. One describes the Martha's Vineyards Summer Institute.
  • Adrien Emmanuel Rouquette Papers, Manuscripts Collections 267, Rouquette, Adrien Emmanuel 1813-1887, papers 1842-1942 (bulk 1850s-1880s), .5 linear feet (one manuscripts box). Letters poems, articles, clippings and other documents pertaining to Adrien Rouquette, New Orleans-born priest, poet, and missionary who worked among the Choctaw Indians. The Choctaws gave him the name "Chahta-Ima." Also includes papers of his biographer, Dagmar R. Lebreton. Correspondents include Orestes Brownson, Abbé Perché, Monseigneur Blanc, John Dimitry, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Mainly typed transcripts and translations. French and English.
  • Rouqhette, Francois Dominique, LA poet, 16 items, including 4 volumes (1850, n.d.)
  • Saxon, Lyle, LA author, 3,389 items, including 10 volumes (1879-1946)
  • Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832, letter, M 1107. August 26, 1825, 1 leaf. Letter from Scott to “My Dear Hamilton.” Also includes newspaper clipping about the collector’s value of Scott books in 1930. Removed from Chronicles of the Canongate, Frank M. Besthoff Collection.
  • Robert Southey letters, 1833-1929. 8 items on ten leaves, M 1104. Five letters and one autograph manuscript of Robert Southey (1774-1843), poet laureate of Great Britain. Correspondence includes letters to a brother, his printer, and one about a personal dispute. In addition to the above, this collection includes two letters removed from the Southey book collection: Christina G. Rossetti, 17 April 1893, and William Ellery Leonard, 17 January 1929.
  • Robert Southey to Robert Lovell, April 5, 1794; 1 leaf, M 1105. Drafts of five unpublished poems; two may have been early versions of poems published later.
  • Stuart, Ruth McEnery 1856-1917, Papers 1893-1917. 140 pieces, Manuscripts Collection 139. Letters to Drs. C. Augusta and Emily F. Pope of Boston, Mass., George W. Cable, and to family and friends. Also includes notes and memoranda, programs of readings from her works, press notices, and clippings. Literary works by Stuart in this collection include "To her Crazy Quilt. A Study of Values," a typescript/manuscript of "The Final Triumph of Jeremiah Prophet Elijah," corrected typescripts of "Sonny's Diploma," "The Luck of Batture Baptiste," typescripts of "An Old Time Christmas Gift," "Chosen Few" and some manuscripts and typewritten poetry.
  • Stuart, Ruth McEnery, 1856-1917. 1913, 6 items, M1106. Six ink and watercolor sketches by George Henry Clements, c. 1913, created to illustrate Daddy Do-Funny’s Wisdom Jingles by Ruth McEnery Stuart, 1913.
  • Toole, John Kennedy 1937-1969, Collection 1930-1989, 10 linear feet, Manuscripts Collection 740. Correspondence, literary manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and family papers pertaining to New Orleans author John Kennedy Toole. Toole was posthumously award the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981 for A Confederacy of Dunces. His mother, Thelma Ducoing Toole, and Walker Percy were instrumental in having his book published by LSU Press twelve years after his death. Toole's other book, The Neon Bible, was published in 1989.
  • Woods, William Sledge 1910-1980, Papers 1955-1961, 43 pieces. Manuscripts Collection 778. Correspondence of a Tulane University professor of French, three drafts of his translation of Boccaccio's Teseida, and morpheme cards of the Italian text.
  • Townsend, Mary Ashley, LA author, 909 items, including 1 manuscript (1850-1911)
  • The Beyle Family Papers, 373 items (1618-1913), contains information regarding Stendhal.