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George Washington Cable papers

Identifier: LaRC-2

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.


  • 1810-1987


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.

Protective Storage

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


Arrangement Note

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
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2013: Collection inventory revised and entered by Remesia Shields and Lauren Kwiatkowski in 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US