EDWIN L. STEPHENS MEMORABILIA

Mss. 965

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 6

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SUMMARY

Size.

5 volumes

Geographic locations.

Lafayette, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, La.; New Orleans, La.

Inclusive dates.

1893-1937

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

Memorabilia collected by Edwin L. Stephens, particularly his addresses, papers, and letters to editors and others, largely concerning educational topics and associations.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Edwin L. Stephens Correspondence, Mss. 965

Edwin Lewis Stephens Grade Reports, Mss. 2315

Edwin Lewis Stephens Papers, Mss. 403, 893

Edwin Lewis Stephens Papers, #83, Special Collections, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Edwin Lewis Stephens Memorabilia, Mss. 965, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Stack locations.

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BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Edwin Lewis Stephens was a Louisiana educator and university administrator. He held teaching positions at Northwestern State College of Louisiana in Natchitoches, La., and at other Louisiana institutions before becoming the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in Lafayette, La.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Bound in five volumes, memorabilia of Edwin Lewis Stephens consist primarily of typescripts of addresses and speeches; articles on various educational topics, both in typescript and in published form; and written accounts of the proceedings of meetings of Louisiana educational associations and conventions. Included among the speeches are graduation addresses at various local high schools and Louisiana universities, patriotic lectures concerning World War I and the United States' role in the conflict, and addresses on educational subjects before meetings of the Lafayette Rotary Club, the Louisiana Teachers' Association, and other groups. The articles include a large group of informal columns on educational subjects titled "Snap-shots and time exposures." Some copies of Louisiana school work, the journal in which the columns appeared, are included. Other articles concern live oaks, the history of Southwestern Industrial Institute, the history of Natchitoches, and Acadian education.

INDEX TERMS

Articles.

Baccalaureate addresses.

Cajuns--Education.

College presidents--Louisiana--Lafayette.

Education, Higher--Louisiana.

Education--Louisiana.

Education--Louisiana--Societies, etc.

Live oak--Louisiana.

Natchitoches (La.)--History.

Proceedings.

Southern school work.

Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute--History.

Speeches.

Stephens, Edwin Lewis, 1872-1938.

Universities and colleges--Louisiana.

World War, 1914-1918--Louisiana.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Contents

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Vol. 1, 1894-1910

Additional topics mentioned in this volume are a chess puzzle; sketches or histories of Natchitoches, Lafayette, New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Alexandria, Louisiana, and Arden, North Carolina; newspaper clipping of memorial written by Stephens on occasion of the death of Jabez L. M. Curry; data on the history of education in Louisiana; comments on Albert B. Dinwiddie and Robert Sharp, presidents of Tulane University; and paper on Mrs. Mattie H. Williams of Shreveport and her work for the Chautauqua in Ruston, La.

Vol. 2, 1911-1918

Additional topics mentioned or articles in this volume are data on the history of education in Louisiana; teaching in the French-English parishes; Robert Browning celebration in Lafayette; autobiographic sketch of a vacation of Stephens before he entered LSU (written in August 1912); war and comments on World War I in 1914; chess tournament in Lafayette; legislation on bill affecting Southwestern Louisiana Institute; history of Lafayette by Jerome Mouton; welcome to Dr. David Starr Jordan, President of Stanford University; letter soliciting funds for a bas-relief medallion portrait of Col. John Dymond, Sr., on the occasion of his eightieth birthday (Apr. 15, 1916).

Vol. 3, 1918-1932

Talks for liberty loans; addresses on Robert E. Lee; address to the Committee on Public Education of the Constitutional Convention of 1921; memorial address on Woodrow Wilson; biographical and critical sketch on Ruth McEnery Stuart for the Library of Southern Literature; letters concerning Kappa Sigma Fraternity; early history of the establishment of Southwestern Louisiana Institute; poems on heroes of LSU (William T. Sherman, David F. Boyd, James W. Nicholson, Henry P. McCain, Thomas D. Boyd, and John M. Parker) written in honor of the dedication of the new site; history of the live oak trees on Southwestern Louisiana Institute campus; article on Baton Rouge as a university city; chronology of Edwin Lewis Stephens to 1929 and educational background for his profession; article on age of live oak trees; talk on the World Court; news letter to The (Natchitoches) Enterprise calling attention to a doctoral dissertation by Daniel S. Rankin on Kate Chopin and her Creole Stories;

Vol. 4, 1933-1936

Reprint of article by Stephens on “Education in Louisiana in the Closing Decades of the Nineteenth Century” from the Louisiana Historical Quarterly; miscellaneous notes on the history of Abbeville, Vermillion Parish; memorandum on growth of live oak trees on SLI campus, 1928-1935; paper written by John McCaleb Martin on the history of the Mississippi State College for Women, then known as the Industrial Institute and College located at Columbus; typewritten copy of “The Story of Acadian Education in Louisiana,”

an address to the Louisiana Historical Society, Nov. 28, 1933 (ribbon copy);

Vol. 5, 1937

Additional topics include a speech by Stephens in honor of Dr. Washington Strother Dearmont, professor of Psychology and Philosophy and dean of t he College of Education at SLI.