Natalie Scott papers, 1855-1967 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Jazmin Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Natalie Scott papers, 1855-1967

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 123

Primary Creator: Scott, Natalie,  1890-1957.

Extent: 10.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically by topic. The collection consists of 15 boxes and 3 oversize folders. It is 10 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 03/28/1958

Subjects: Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970., France -- History -- 20th century., Journalists -- United States -- History -- 20th century., Mexico -- History -- 20th century., New Orleans (La.) -- History -- 20th century., New Orleans (La.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century., Red Cross and Red Crescent -- History., Robinson, Martha Gilmore., Saxon, Lyle, 1891-1946., Scott, Natalie, 1890-1957., Scott family., Spratling, William, 1900-1967., Vieux Carré (New Orleans, La.) -- History -- 20th century., World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care.

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Military records., Pamphlets., Photographs., Poems.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and other papers pertaining to Natalie Vivian Scott, a New Orleans journalist, author, and activist. Included are letters written during her service in a field hospital in World War I; papers documenting the New Orleans literary community of the 1920s; letters written during Scott's service with the Red Cross in World War II, and documents pertaining to Taxco, Mexico. There are letters to Martha G. Robinson, and a letter from Ruth McEnery Stuart. The collection includes a condolence letter from Lyle Saxon to Scott on the death of her brother Nauman in 1926, and William Spratling's portrait of John Dos Passos, signed by artist and subject.

Biographical Note

Natalie Vivian Scott was born on July 18, 1890 in Bristol, Virginia, to Nathaniel Craves Scott and Martha Vivian Fauver. The family moved to New Orleans, where her father worked as a railroad contractor. Natalie Scott graduated from Newcomb College in 1909, and continued her studies there, earning a Master's degree in 1914, writing her thesis on Zuripidos, Seneca, and Corneille. During World War I, she served with the Red Cross in a field hospital in France, then returned to New Orleans with the intent of becoming a journalist. She wrote a society column for the New Orleans States, as well as news stories about such topics as the murder trial of Andrew J. Whitfield in 1920. She associated with the literary group that centered in the French Quarter. Its more notable members included William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, Lyle Saxon, and William Spratling. Through her collaboration with Spratling, Scott became interested in Mexico. She made her first trip there in the late 1920s and moved there in 1930. During World War II, Scott rejoined the Red Cross, seeing North Africa, Germany, and the Phillipines, returning later to Mexico and New Orleans. She created a day nursery in Taxco, Mexico; the building was named in her honor. She died November 18, 1957, and is buried in Taxco.

Subject/Index Terms

Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970.
France -- History -- 20th century.
Journalists -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Mexico -- History -- 20th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- History -- 20th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Red Cross and Red Crescent -- History.
Robinson, Martha Gilmore.
Saxon, Lyle, 1891-1946.
Scott, Natalie, 1890-1957.
Scott family.
Spratling, William, 1900-1967.
Vieux Carré (New Orleans, La.) -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 10 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Martha Gilmore Robinson and others.

Preferred Citation: Natalie Scott papers, Manuscripts Collection 123, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 10/17/11.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 402770848


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence],
[Box 2: Correspondence],
[Box 3: Correspondence],
[Box 4: Correspondence],
[Box 5: Correspondence],
[Box 6: School papers, Red Cross records, and other papers, 1897-1958],
[Box 7: Family papers, 1856-1960],
[Box 8: College papers, 1905-1950],
[Box 9: College papers, 1905-1950],
[Box 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1882-1957],
[Box 11: Address books and other materials, 1910-1957],
[Box 12: Photographs, circa 1890-1957],
[Box 13: Newspaper clippings, 1897-1967],
[Box 14: Printed materials, 1917-1958],
[Box 15: Printed materials, 1917-1958],
[Oversize folder 1: 1902-1951],
[Oversize folder 2: 1917-1926],
[Oversize folder 3: undated],
[All]

Box 12: Photographs, circa 1890-1957
Folder 1: Photos, 1892-1953
Folder 2: Photos, 1909
Folder 3: Photos, 1890s
Folder 4: Photos, 1954
Folder 5: Photos, 1950
Folder 6: Photos, 1953-1957
Folder 7: Photos, undated
Folder 8: Photos, undated
Folder 9: Photos, 1880
Folder 10: Photos, 1900-1910
Folder 11: Photos, 1906
Folder 12: Photos, 1900-1910
Folder 13: Photos, circa 1908
Folder 14: Photos, 1910-1920
Folder 15: Photos, circa 1930
Folder 16: Photos, circa 1930
Folder 17: Photos, circa 1947
Folder 18: Photos, 1944-1945
Folder 19: Photos, circa 1946
Folder 20: Photos, 1946-1947
Folder 21: Photos, 1951
Folder 22: Photos, 1953
Folder 23: Photos, undated
Folder 24: Photos, undated
Folder 25: Photos, undated
Folder 26: Photos, 1936-1940

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence],
[Box 2: Correspondence],
[Box 3: Correspondence],
[Box 4: Correspondence],
[Box 5: Correspondence],
[Box 6: School papers, Red Cross records, and other papers, 1897-1958],
[Box 7: Family papers, 1856-1960],
[Box 8: College papers, 1905-1950],
[Box 9: College papers, 1905-1950],
[Box 10: Scrapbooks, circa 1882-1957],
[Box 11: Address books and other materials, 1910-1957],
[Box 12: Photographs, circa 1890-1957],
[Box 13: Newspaper clippings, 1897-1967],
[Box 14: Printed materials, 1917-1958],
[Box 15: Printed materials, 1917-1958],
[Oversize folder 1: 1902-1951],
[Oversize folder 2: 1917-1926],
[Oversize folder 3: undated],
[All]


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