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Cornelia Dean Genella Sansum papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: LaRC-586

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of handwritten correspondence, birthday greetings, a business card, a calling card, advertisements, a marriage announcement, an invitation, Samuel Sansum's 1918 certificate of naturalization, and Cornelia Sansum's small prebound datebook into which she wrote birth, death, and marriage dates of her relatives. Names represented include members of the Sansum, Genella, and Kennedy families of Louisiana and Mississippi.


  • 1881-1918


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Cornelia Dean Genella Sansum (1868-1960) and her her husband, Samuel Sansum (1858-1945), a lawyer, lived at 1636 Constantinople St. in New Orleans during the twentieth century. Mrs. Sansum's mother was Mary Louise Kennedy (1836-1899). Cornelia and Samuel Sansum were married in 1902. In the late 1940s, when Mrs. Sansum was elderly, she held her own birthday parties at her home. John Kennedy Toole biographer, Cory MacLauchlin, relates that as an adolescent, Toole attended Mrs. Sansum's birthday parties, at which he was required to recite poems. John Kennedy Toole may have been related to Cornelia Sansum, as they shared the ancestral name of Kennedy, which is the maiden name of the author's mother's grandmother. Constantinople St. in New Orleans figures prominently in Toole's A Confederacy of dunces.


0.5 Linear Feet

1 Boxes

1 Volumes

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically. The datebook is housed within the box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired 1950-1951 from Mrs. Sansum of New Orleans, La.

Processing Information

Processed by Susanna Powers. Edited for ArchivesSpace by Althea Topek.

Cornelia Dean Genella Sansum papers LaRC.Manuscripts Collection.586
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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