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l’Athénée Louisianais records

 Collection
Identifier: LaRC-108

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the early papers of the l’Athénée Louisianais, an organization established in New Orleans in 1876 devoted to perpetuating the French language and scholarly French literature in Louisiana. The society held meetings several times a month, the minutes of which were published in the Comptes-Rendus de l’Athénée Louisianais, its journal, usually in addition to transcriptions of the notable lectures given at the meetings. It sponsored a yearly literary contest; the winning essay was published in the journal. The society also encouraged the support of foreign members, many of whose letters and essays appeared in the journal and were read at meetings. All of these categories of papers are represented in the present collection, both published and unpublished essays, stories, and poems. There are also some pieces dealing with internal matters, such as the series of letters, in 1880-81 dealing with the resignation of the president, Armand Mercier, over a dispute with the editorial committee concerning the publication of one of his speeches.

Dates

  • 1834-1987
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1870-1885

Creator

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

The Athénée Louisianais was an organization established in New Orleans in 1876, devoted to perpetuating the French language and scholarly French literature in Louisiana. It had the following goals: 1) To perpetuate the French language in Louisiana; 2) To concern itself with literary, artistic and scientific works, and to protect them; and 3) to organize itself as an Association of Mutual Assistance. Among the founding members were the first president, Dr. Armand Mercier, Dr. Alfred Mercier, Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, Dr. Charles Turpin, Olivier Carrière, Léon Queyrouse, Dr. Just Touatre, Judge Arthur Saucier, Dr. J. G. Hava, August Jas, and Paul Fourchy. The organization held meetings several times a month, the minutes of which were published in the journal, Comptes-rendus de l'Athénée louisianais, usually in addition to transcriptions of the notable lectures given at the meetings. It sponsored a yearly literary contest; the winning essay was published in the journal. The society also encouraged the support of foreign members, many of whose letters and essays appeared in the journal and were read at meetings.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: early organizational history, correspondence, manuscripts, literary contests, and manuscripts and printed material. The collection consists of 3 boxes. It is 1.5 linear feet.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed in 1978. First created in Archon on 5/3/2010. Updated with creator and subject headings on 7/27/2010.

Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Author
Jazmin Smith
Date
05/02/2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US