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Violet Brown Shay papers

Identifier: LaRC-582

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers of Violet Brown Shay of New Orleans, La. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, greeting cards, research notes, American patriotic World War II stickers featuring anti-German and anti-Japanese sayings and pictures, pages of journals, essays, leaflets, newsletters, newspaper clippings and other printed items. The collection is predominantly about Mrs. Shay's work to promote written and performed poetry, but also includes papers on an assortment of other topics such as politics of the Baltic countries, anti-Communist patriotism, Louisiana cookery, Louisiana history, and the Dionne Quintuplets. Correspondents included the Louisiana State Poetry Society, the New Orleans Branch of the National Writers Club, National Poetry Day Committee, Amy Boudreau, and Emma Wilson Emery.


  • 1949-1960


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

Violet Brown Shay (1911-1980) of New Orleans was the founder of Poetry Day in Louisiana, and served as state chairperson of the National Poetry Day Committee. In the mid-twentieth century, Poetry Day in most states was established as the Sunday nearest to October 15th. Mrs. Shay was a writer and researcher herself. She was acquainted with Amy Boudreau and Emma Wilson Emery, who received acclaim for their poetry, and others in local literary circles who were also interested in promoting and publicizing outdoor poetry exhibits or shows.


0.5 Linear Feet

1 Boxes

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Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 1962. Gift of Violet B. Shay (Mrs. John H. Shay) of New Orleans, LA.

Processing Information

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

Violet Brown Shay papers, LaRC.Manuscripts Collection.582
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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