Lyle Saxon papers Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 4


  • 1879-1949 (Creation)
  • 1929-1945 (Other)
  • Date acquired: 08/03/1948 (Other)


  • 12 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    Correspondence, research notes, manuscripts and other personal papers of journalist and author Lyle Saxon. He published four books between 1927 and 1930: Father Mississippi, Fabulous New Orleans, Lafitte the Pirate, and Old Louisiana. In 1935, Saxon became director of the Works Progress Administration's Louisiana Writers Project, publishing the New Orleans City Guide, the Louisiana Guide, and Gumbo Ya-ya. His book, Children of Strangers was published in 1937.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Lyle Saxon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 4, 1891. He was associated with the literary circle in the French Quarter of New Orleans during much of the first half of the twentieth century; he was widely known as a journalist and author of fiction and nonfiction relating primarily to historical Louisiana and New Orleans. His writings often feature racial and ethnic cultural subjects. He worked for newspapers in Chicago and New Orleans, including the Times-Picayune (1918-1926). He was given the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1926 for the short story, "Crane River." He served as the Director of the Federal Writers' Project in Louisiana in the 1930s. Lyle Saxon died on April 9, 1946, in New Orleans.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically. The collection consists of 20 boxes, 10 volumes, and 4 oversize folders. Several of the volumes are housed in Box 17. The collection is 12 linear feet.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • Source of Acquisition

    Maude and Elizabeth Chambers.

  • OCLC/WorldCat

    OCLC Number: 587703831

  • Preferred Citation

    Lyle Saxon papers, Manuscripts Collection 4, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.