Southern Writers collection, 1826-1972 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Southern Writers collection, 1826-1972

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 535

Extent: 2.0 Boxes


This artificial collection, created by Tulane University, contains single items and small groups of documents from a variety of sources pertaining to a subject or interest.

The collection consists of one box.

Subjects: Authors, American -- 19th century., Authors, American -- 20th century., Authors, American -- Southern States., Women authors, American -- 19th century., Women authors, American -- 20th century., Women novelists.

Forms of Material: Articles., Correspondence., Plays (document genre), Poems., Typescripts.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is made up of poems, letters, notebooks, notes, plays, articles, programs, short stories, and essays.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American -- 19th century.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Authors, American -- Southern States.
Women authors, American -- 19th century.
Women authors, American -- 20th century.
Women novelists.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

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.

Preferred Citation: Southern Writers collection, Manuscripts Collection 535, 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.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Southern Writers collection
Folder 1: Tale of the Nightingales, descriptive piece, undated
Descriptive piece evidently copied from Times Democrat in 1880s. Translation from the French.
Folder 2: Claude Florence poems, 1876-1877
Three poems by Claude Florence, probably published in local newspaper and copied by someone.
Folder 3: Cecilia Viets Jamison letters, 1893-1903
Cecilia Jamison (1837-1909) was an artist and author. Her husband, Samuel Jamison, a prominent New Orleans. Lived at Live Oak Plantation near Thibodeaux, Louisiana, and New Orleans. Her portrait of Longfellow was presented to Tulane University and her novels are in the stacks. Letters to Madame Girard, a former teacher.
Folder 4: Amy Frost notebook, 1874
Copybook containing mostly parts for characters of a one act comedy called The Young Volunteer. On the cover is written "Miss Amy Frost."
Folder 5: Basil Hall letters, 1826, 1835
One letter written to Baron Falkenstein, of Dresden, Germany, concerning the gift of Hall's books to the German Royal Library. Other letter to his publishers in London. Hall was a captain in the British navy and an author of various travel books, including his impressions of North America.
Folder 6: Mississippi memorial poems, 1841, 1843
Two poems, one written on the death of the Reverend S.G. Winchester, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Natchez, and one on the death of Hugh Watt of Vicksburg.
Folder 7: Rose Knox notebook, 1940
Notebook containing clippings, source notes, et cetera, used by Knox in writing book, Cousins Luck, published in 1940 October.
Folder 8: Mary Stuart poem, 1855
A poem written by Mary Stuart of Mobile to a Mrs. M. Dewey, dated 1855 October 12.
Folder 9: Louisiana writers of the eighteenth century, notes, undated
Miscellaneous notes and critical bibliography on Louisiana writers and historical figures of the eighteenth century. Also six calling cards with responses to dinner invitation by the Louisiana Historical Society.
Folder 10: Alfred Coppens play, 1860
Manuscript of a play, Marguerite, by Alfred Coppens of New Orleans.
Folder 11: Paul Trevigne letter, 1902
Letter written to Librarian of Fisk Library, the old public library in New Orleans by Paul Trevigne, an African-American Creole editor of L'Union and La Tribune newspapers giving information concerning French literature in Louisiana with references to certain Louisiana authors and their works.
Folder 12: Winnie Smith Evans, "An Intimate Study of Addie McGrath Lee's Life and Writings" typescript

Study of Addie McGrath Lee, 1866-1899, a Louisiana writer of poetry and articles for newspapers, Truth and New Orleans Picayune. Author of Playing 'Possum and Other Pine Woods Stories (copy in Louisiana Collection). Her nom de plume was "Vivian." Thesis for Master's degree at Peabody College by Winnie Smith Evans. Contains bibliography. One bound typescript (carbon copy).

Addie McGrath Lee was the daughter of John McGrath, journalist at the Baton Rouge Gazette and Confederate general, and Lavinia Smith, daughter of a Louisiana planter.

Folder 13: "Swan of Avon" program, 1872
1872 April 23. Program of George Ryer's "Swan of Avon" performed by the Shakespeare Club of New Orleans.
Folder 14: Carolyn George North poem, 1957

Poem written and presented by Mrs. North.

Poem, "The Remaining Few," written by Carolyn George North, Poet-Laureate, Camp Moore Chapter number 562, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Tangipahoa, Louisiana, dedicated to Confederate Veterans, with a letters presenting the poem to the library.

Folder 15: French verse, undated

1. "Au Drapeau americain" bearing the following information: It was composed by Dr. C. Delery, Louisiana Creole and read at the theatre de l'opera, New Orleans, 1801 February 22, to celebrate Washington's birthday.

2. "L'Amandier"-no author.

Box 2: Southern Writers collection
Folder 16: Beatrix M. Riedel short story, undated
Short story by Beatrix M. Riedel entitled "Twink". Typescript.
Folder 17: James R. Randall poem, undated
Poem written by James R. Randall for Mrs. Howard Milspaugh.
Folder 18: C. Porter Brobinski photostat, 1968
Xeroxed copy of booklet, Leaves in the Storm by C. Porter Brobinski and C. Mildred Smith, co-illustrator. Copyright, 1968.
Folder 19: Alice Moser Claudel poetry, 1968-1972

Correspondence of Alice Claudel to the Humanities Division Librarian regarding her book of poems Southern Season 1972 June 10. Enclosures: flyer from Appalachian Studies Center, publisher of book and xeroxed copy of poem "The Old Library" about New Orleans Public Library which was designated the poem of the week by the Epoch Pratt Free Library.

Alice Claudel to Margery B. Wylie, head of Humanities Division dated 1972 July 1 stating she will be in New Orleans soon and of her latest endeavors.

Claudel received her BA and MA degrees at Tulane University.

Journals containing poetry of Alice Claudel:

"Nimrod", University of Tulsa Literary Magazine. 1968 Winter, volume 12 number 2. Contains "Old New Orleans Pharmacy."

"The Laurel Review" West Virginia Wesleyan College. 1969 Fall, volume 9 number 2. Claudel was poetry editor.

"Nimrod", 1970 Winter, volume 14 number 2. Contains poem entitled "Jesting Pilate."

"South and West" An international Literary Quarterly. 1971 Spring, volume 9 number 4. Contains poem entitled "In Another State."

"Poem" number 11-12 1971 July. Contains poem entitled "At the Delacroix Island School."

"Tidewater Times" volume 1 number 1 1972 April. Contains article entitled "Poetry by the Sea."

Folder 20: Molly Moore Davis poem, 1888, 1894, undated
Three pieces by or relating to Molly Evelyn Moore Davis. 1) Poem entitled "Hal Ripley at Colita" with footnote. He was a soldier who was wounded at the Battle of Colita during the Texan War of Independence in 1836, undated. 2) Letter from Molly Moore Davis to Ella Farman Pratt, about public acceptance of her "Rose Blanche" stories and ideas for new stories and poems ca. 1888 March 4. 3) Printed booklet of poems, one by Eugene Field dedicated to Molly Moore; one by Molly Moore. 1894. See also Molly Moore letters to William Beer in Collection 18.
Folder 21: Julian Genella poem, 1961
Typed copy of a poem "Song of a Rebel Cavalryman" by Julian Genella.
Folder 22: Black Eyes and Blue (Contrasted), 1864
Poem by H.M. dated 1964 January 6, Pearlington. Found attached to a news article entitled "La Bataille des Mouchoirs," 1863 February 20.
Folder 23: Robert Gathome Hardy letter, 1927
Letter found in Robert Gathome Hardy's The Old Companion. Letter written by Robert Gathome Hardy to accompany a copy of The Old Companion.
Folder 24: William Alexander Percy poem, undated

"A Page's Road-Song" Sixteen lines typed poem, signed by Percy.

William Alexander Percy, uncle of Walker Percy, manuscript author of Laterns of the Levee. He is listed in American Literary Manuscripts, 2nd edition, but the poem is not.

Folder 25: Robert Penn Warren poem, undated
Typed poem signed by Robert Penn Warren. Three stanzas. Lullaby: Moonlight Lingers. Listed American Literary Manuscripts.
Folder 26: John Dickson Bruns essay on Henry Timrod, undated
Thirty-one page essay entitled "The Life and Genius of Henry Timrod," considered the laureate of the Confederacy, by John Dickson Bruns (1836-1883). Typewritten copy of manuscript, undated.
Folder 27: M.E. Henry Ruffin regarding Abram Ryan essay, undated

Five page essay entitled "The Poet-Priest of the South" by M.E. Henry Ruffin, about Father Abram Joseph Ryan, poet and Confederate chaplain.

Abram Joseph Ryan (1838-1886) Roman Catholic clergyman, Confederate chaplain, poet of the Confederacy. Father Ryan's collected poems, including "The Conquered Banner" and "The Sword of Robert E. Lee" were published in book form, 1879.

Folder 28: Barbara May Huey, Biography of Marianne Marbury Slaughter, 1930

Biography of Marianne Marbury Slaughter, 1838-1928, newspaper writer in North Louisiana from 1873 to 1927, who wrote under the name of "Pleasant Riderhood." Born in Jackson, Louisiana, she married Henry H. Slaughter of Mobile, Alabama. She lived in Ruston and other North Louisiana cities. She was a member of the Louisiana Folklore Society. Contains bibliography. See biography in the Louisiana Collection.

Copy of M.A. thesis submitted to Peabody College in 1930. "Pleasant Riderhood" came from a minor character in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, a nickname given her by her father. Slaughter wrote for Detroit Free Press (she was Household editor), Ruston Leader and its predecessor the Caligraph, Danbury News and the New Orleans Picayune.

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