George Washington Cable papers
Scope and Contents
Consists of letters, personal family items, letterbooks and diaries, manuscripts by author George Washington Cable and by others, notebooks, records of various organizations, business papers, photographs, printed material, and bound volumes. The material pertains to Cable's literary career and public works as well as to his family life.
- Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions. For access to the box of letters from Mark Twain, please ask a LaRC staff member for assistance.
Box 128 stored in protective storage.
Conditions Governing Use
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Biographical / Historical
Short story writer, novelist, essayist, journalist, and historian. Worked as customhouse clerk and grocery clerk-cashier, 1859-63; worked at various clerkships, 1863-65; state surveyor, 1865-66; secretary to the New Orleans Oil Works Company, beginning 1865; incapacitated by malaria, 1866-68; New Orleans Picayune, New Orleans, LA, columnist and reporter, 1870-71; William C. Black and Company (cotton factory), New Orleans, bookkeeper, 1871-81; full-time writer, 1881-1925; published the journals Letter, 1892- 96, and Symposium, 1896. Toured the United States reading his own works, 1884-1925. Organized the Home-Culture Club, Northampton, MA, 1886 (later renamed Northampton People's Institute, 1909).
65 Linear Feet (128 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged into 128 boxes and 7 volumes. It is 65 linear feet. Organized into fourteen series: (1) Papers to Cable, (2) Papers to others from Cable and others, (3) Family papers to Cable, (4) Family papers to other family members from Cable and others, (5) Family history and personal family items, (6) Letterbooks and diaries, (7) Manuscripts by Cable, (8) Notebooks, (9) Manuscripts by others, (10) Organizations, (11) Business papers, (12) Photographs, (13) Printed material, (14) Newspaper clippings and other items. The box of correspondence with Mark Twain is housed in protective storage.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mary Cable Dennis and other sources. Date acquired: 11/30/1943.
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Jazmin Smith, Remesia Shields, and Lauren Kwiatkowski
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 2013: Collection inventory revised and entered by Remesia Shields and Lauren Kwiatkowski in 2013.