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Ruth McEnery Stuart papers

Identifier: LaRC-139

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of Ruth McEnery's Stuart's letters to Drs. C. Augusta and Emily F. Pope of Boston, Massachusetts (1897-1912), George W. Cable (1895-1896), and to family and friends (1894-1914).  Also included are notes and memoranda, programs of readings from her works, press notices, and clippings. Literary works by Ruth McEnery Stuart in this collection include: a manuscript of "To Her Crazy Quilt.  A Study of Values"; a typescript of "The Final Triumph of Jeremiah Prophet Elijah"; corrected typescripts of "Sonny's Diploma", "The Luck of Batture Baptiste"; typescripts of "An Old Time Christmas Gift" and "Chosen Few";  as well as some manuscript and typewritten poetry.


  • 1893-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Ruth McEnery was born in Marksville, La. In 1879 she married Alfred Stuart, a cotton planter. She was educated in New Orleans and started writing in 1888. She resided in New York City for many years where she died on May 6, 1917. Ruth McEnery Stuart is noted for her writings about the South and, in particular, for her use of African-American dialect. She is the author of "To Her Crazy Quilt. A Study of Values", "The Final Triumph of Jeremiah Prophet Elijah", "Sonny's Diploma", "The Luck of Batture Baptiste", "An Old Time Christmas Gift", and "Chosen Few". There is a women's literary and social club named after her, called the Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan, established in New Orleans in 1915 for women who enjoyed literary discussion.


2.00 Boxes

3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by record type: bound volumes within boxes followed by folders of letters and manuscripts. The collection consists of 2 boxes and 2 bound volumes. It is 3 linear feet.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1980.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US