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David R. McGuire memorial collection

Identifier: LaRC-271

Scope and Contents

David R. McGuire (1910-1960) was secretary to Representative Hale Boggs and Director of Public Relations to New Orleans Mayor deLesseps S. Morrison. His son, Jack B. McGuire, was an aide to New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro and three years later became his public relations director from 1967 to 1970. In addition, Jack McGuire is an avid collector of Louisiana political materials. The collection consists of the personal papers of David and Jack McGuire, including correspondence, pamphlets, New Orleans annual reports and budgets, election returns, photographs, video tapes and audio recordings, scrapbooks, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and plaques. In addition, Jack McGuire's collection of Louisiana political materials, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, particularly those on Huey Long, Earl Long, and Jimmie Davis, as well as manuscript materials of Pierre Soulé and Bouligny-Baldwin, are also included. The final series, the Jack B. McGuire collection of Huey P. Long papers, consists of speech drafts; Long’s agreements with the Old Regulars political organization and Standard Oil; papers on his Share Our Wealth program; dossiers on his enemies; original illustrations for his autobiography with captions in his handwriting; documents showing that he always intended to name the Huey P. Long bridge after himself; documents relating to the Win or Lose Oil Company; campaign files; photographs of his last known public appearance, and more.


  • 1745-2005
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1932-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1961



The collection is stored offsite. Researchers must contact at least two business days (48 business hours) in advance for access to these materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Series 1-3 of this collection is stored offsite, please contact LaRC staff at least two business days in advance to determine availability of the collection. Series 4 is located onsite, please ask a LaRC staff member in order to arrange access.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Jack B. McGuire, son of David R. McGuire, was an aide to New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro and three years later became his public relations director from 1967 to 1970. He was a paid staff member of the Goldwater campaign organization in 1964 and in 1971 was a member of the Jimmie Davis gubernatorial campaign staff in the New Orleans headquarters. He is author of Uncle Earl Deserved Better: Critical Analyses of Blaze, a Film Written and Directed by Ron Shelton, and Earl K. Long--The Saga of Uncle Earl and Louisiana Politics, by Michael L. Kurtz and Morgan Peoples, with Further Commentary on The Last of the Red-Hot Papas and co-author of the book, Louisiana Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers.


98.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into four series: the David R. McGuire papers, the Jack B. McGuire papers, and the Jack B. McGuire collection, and the Jack B. McGuire collection of Huey P. Long papers. The David R. McGuire papers are arranged by topic, then chronologically, as follows: correspondence 1932-1960, pamphlets and political material, New Orleans annual reports and budgets 1949-1969, photographs, clippings, and writings. The Jack B. McGuire papers are arranged by topic, as follows: correspondence 1961-2004, Louisiana politics, clippings 1961-1982, writings, video and sound recordings, and plaques. The Jack B. McGuire collection is arranged by topic and is arranged as follows: Huey P. Long materials, Earl K. Long materials, Jimmie Davis materials, Pierre Soulé papers 1822-1865, Bouligny-Baldwin papers 1749-1919, miscellaneous papers 1817-1940, Edwin Edwards correspondence and court documents, Higgins materials, Richard Leche materials, Victor Schiro materials, miscellaneous political figures and articles, Edwin Edwards clippings, Mike Foster clippings, gambling clippings, Louisiana politics clippings, riverboat gambling clippings, Buddy Roemer clippings, video and audio cassette recordings, photographs, scrapbooks and a typescript. The fourth series, the Jack B. McGuire collection of Huey P. Long papers, consists of donations of materials made between 2011-2012. The collection consists of 98 boxes and 11 volumes.

Source of Acquisition

Jack. B. McGuire.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Collection originally processed in January-February 1992 by HB.

David R. McGuire memorial collection
LAC Group, Lauren Kwiatkowski, Eira Tansey
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US