Hilda Phelps Hammond papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence between Hilda Phelps Hammond, who was chairwoman of the Louisiana Women's Committee (established in 1933) and members of the United States Senate. She fought for years to force the Senate to investigate charges of corruption and election fraud against Senators Huey P. Long and John Overton. Letters from other members of the Committee are also included. There is a bound copy of the transcripts of the 1933 Overton hearings before a Special Senate Committee, and a fragment of a speech made by Hammond attacking Long. In addition, there are photographs, obituaries, typescripts of unpublished short stories by Hammond, and a newspaper clipping about the election of Hilda Phelps as president of the 1909 Newcomb College senior class.
- Creation: 1908-1951
- Hammond, Hilda Phelps. (Person)
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.
Biographical / Historical
Hilda Phelps Hammond (1890-1951) was an activist, author, and civic leader in New Orleans. Her father was Ashton Phelps, who was in the cotton business and president of the Times-Democrat, which later became the Times-Picayune. Hammond married Arthur Browne Hammond in New Orleans in 1917. They had four children, Arthur Hammond, Jr., Blanche Hammond (Mrs. Nauman Scott), Lillian Hammond (Mrs. J. Robert Waterhouse), and John Phelps Hammond. Hammond was chairwoman of the Louisiana Women's Committee (established in 1933). She fought for years to force the Senate to investigate charges of corruption and election fraud against Senators Huey P. Long and John Overton. She wrote Let Freedom Ring in 1936 and Pierre and Nanette in Old New Orleans in 1946, as well as other short stories. She was president of Newcomb's 1909 senior class and a friend of Martha Robinson and Natalie Scott.
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged as follows: correspondence, manuscripts, other papers, and transcripts of hearings and testimony about campaign corruption. The collection consists of two boxes.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Blanche Hammond Scott (daughter). Date acquired: 01/06/1984.
Accruals and Additions
Additional material added to the collection 1984 June 13.
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