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Ben Lucien and Alice Caddy Burman papers

Identifier: LaRC-529

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, articles, book drafts, scrapbooks, photographs, and sketches documenting the lives and work of this Southern husband and wife, who collaborated as novelist and artist. There are also awards, notes, biographical material, photographs, contracts, and audio recordings.


  • 1927-1984


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

Noted for his depictions of life on the Mississippi River, Ben Lucien Burman (1896-1984) achieved early fame with Steamboat round the bend (1933) and Blow for a landing (1938). He then embarked upon his "Catfish Bend" series of satiric Southern fables. They were an international success and were translated into many languages, including Burmese, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. During World War II, Burman turned to non-fiction and became a noted journalist. From his base in North Africa, he achieved fame for his exposé of the Petain regime. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal. He drew upon his experiences as a wartime journalist for his book, Generals wear cork hats. His wife, Alice Caddy Burman (1896-1977), illustrated her husband's novels, depicting rural scenes from the 1930s.


45.00 Boxes

41 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into three series: 1. Ben Lucien Burman papers (Boxes 1-3); 2. Alice Caddy Burman papers (Boxes 4-5); and 3. Published and unpublished works by or about Ben Lucien Burman (Boxes 6-45). The collection consists of 45 boxes, 1 oversize volume, 1 oversize folder and 1 oversize item. It is 41 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Ben Lucien Burman on November 30, 1973.

Accruals and Additions

Additional material added to the collection in 1977 and 1984.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1994 by Helen Burkes. Archon collection record created in December 2009. Revised by LAC Group 9/20/11.

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