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Le Bayou Records, 1934-1964 | University of Houston Libraries

By Dick Dickerson, Meghan McCain

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Collection Overview

Title: Le Bayou Records, 1934-1964

ID: 09/1998-004

Primary Creator: Le Bayou

Extent: 18.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1998

Subjects: University of Houston, University of Houston - Faculty, University of Houston. Department of French., University of Houston. Quartier Latin, Vern, Jules

Forms of Material: Articles, Correspondence, Essays, Novels, Poems, Short stories

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Le Bayou collection consists of 20 boxes and is organized into 11 series: Administration, Le Quartier Latin, Correspondence, Submissions, Subscriptions, Le Petit Théâtre Français, Livre d’Or, and Journals, Artistic Stamps, Ledgers, and Photographic Materials. This collection contains papers related to the publication of Le Bayou and includes subscription information, correspondence, and the submissions of both published and unpublished authors. It also includes the papers of Le Quartier Latin, the French Club of the University of Houston, and its publication Le Feuille de Chou. Materials in the Collection date from 1934-1964, and much of it is in the French language.

For preservation and access reasons the collection has been re-boxed and re-foldered. New folder titles conform, as closely as possible, to original folder titles, except when the original was obviously incomplete, incorrect, or confusing. Original folder and item order has been maintained whenever possible. Exceptions were made when folders were obviously misfiled or when no order was apparent.

Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries has in its collection the original Le Bayou, under the call number AP21. B25.  The bound volumes begin in 1936, with volume 1, and end with volume 95, in 1963.

Biographical Note

Born at Le Havre in Normandy, in 1892, Jules Vern came to this country in 1930.  Jules Vern was called in 1934 to the University of Houston to occupy a chair of professor of French; he organized the study of French so it would be a pleasure for his students to learn this language.  When the Cullen Building was opened, he decorated his vast classroom with oil paintings, glass closets containing collections of rare objects, and shelves holding documentary books and foreign magazines.  Soon his department was outstanding.  He created a club, Le Quartier Latin, and a newspaper that he humorously called Le Feuille de Chou, written and published by his students. 

With great success, he had previously founded Le Petit Théâtre Français de Houston, where many of the plays were his own and where French speaking Houstonians, professors of French, including the founder, and students performed.  The French Government recognized his efforts in awarding him the decoration Officier d’Académie.

But the great achievement of his life has been the creations of Le Bayou.  Jules Vern had the ambitious idea to publish a French magazine in Houston, a magazine in which would be found novels, short stories, essays, critiques, folklore, legends, and poetry concerning France and the South of the United States.  In spite of financial difficulties, his tremendous will and perseverance brought success, and Le Bayou was born.  In the following years, Le Bayou became known the world over, and was praised by the most prominent writers, not only of France, but of all the French-speaking countries.  In 1946, the Academie Française granted to this magazine Le Prix de la Langue Française and a medal engraved with its name.  Later, Jules A. Vern received coveted decoration of Officier de l’Instruction Publique as a reward for his literary achievements.

Subject/Index Terms

University of Houston
University of Houston - Faculty
University of Houston. Department of French.
University of Houston. Quartier Latin
Vern, Jules

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Source: French Department, University of Houston

Preferred Citation: Le Bayou Records. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administration, 1935-1963],
[Series 2: Le Quartier Latin, 1937-1963],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1937-1964],
[Series 4: Submissions, 1937-1963],
[Series 5: Subscriptions, 1934-1963],
[Series 6: Le Petite Théâtre Français, 1934-1938],
[Series 7: Livre d’Or, 1950-1959],
[Series 8: Journals, 1933-1963],
[Series 9: Artistic Stamps],
[Series 10: Ledgers, 1940-1953],
[Series 11: Photographic Material, 1935],

Series 1: Administration, 1935-1963
This series consists of one box of Le Bayou’s administrative files, and includes documents that reflect the business aspect of an active international literary journal.
Sub-Series 1: General, 1935-1963
This subseries consists of 32 folders of general business concerns, such as advertising, financial documents, correspondence models, copyright, printing, and publicity.  This subseries is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 1
Folder 1: Advertisements, undated
Folder 2: Advertisements; correspondence, 1939-1960
Folder 3: Bills paid, 1936, 1941-1942, 1945-1952, 1954
Folder 4: Copyright certificates, 1940-1964
Folder 5: Copyright regulations and blanks, 1935, 1941, 1943-1945, 1948-1949, 1951
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1956
Folder 7: Echange de Réclames, undated
Folder 8: Editors: Associate and Contributing, undated
Folder 9: Income Le Bayou, 1953-1957
Folder 10: Internal Memos; University of Houston, 1950-1953, 1957, 1959
Folder 11: Lettres Circulaires aux Redacteurs, 1946-1963
Folder 12: Modèles; for correspondence, undated
Folder 13: Newspaper clippings, 1947, 1952
Folder 14: Panneaux de Réclame; Matérial, 1954
Folder 15: Pamphlet sur Bayou, undated
Folder 16: Photographs, undated
Folder 17: Post Office Declarations and Applications, 1950-1954
Folder 18: Postal Life and Casualty Insurance; Kansas, 1955
Folder 19: Printing Plans, 1940-1948
Folder 20: Publicity Copy, undated
Folder 21: Publicity, 1944-1945
Folder 22: Reports, 1941-1942
Folder 23: Requisitions; University of Houston, 1943-1954
Folder 24: Rubriques du Bayou, undated
Folder 25: Scardino Publications; Houston, 1941-1953
Folder 26: Second National Bank, 1947-1951
Folder 27: Southwestern Paper Company; Houston, 1939-1949
Folder 28: State Sales Tax Report, 1962-1963
Folder 29: Stationary, undated
Folder 30: Special Recognition Award; Alumni Association, 1955
Folder 31: Jules A. Vern Memorial Award, 1958-1963
Folder 32: Whitehead Sales and Supply Company; Houston, 1941-1948
Sub-Series 2: Friends of Le Bayou, 1942-1963
This subseries consists of 25 folders, mainly correspondence, that pertains to the organization Friends of Le Bayou.  This organization was created to ensure that funds could be donated by interested persons and organizations for the continued financial support of this literary magazine.  This subseries is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 1
Folder 33: Anderson, Mrs. Frank E.;  Houston, 1950-1958
Folder 34: Anderson, Mr. Leland; Houston, 1950-1963
Folder 35: Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac; Houston, 1951-1953
Folder 36: Brandon, Dr. Sylvan; Houston, 1950-1952
Folder 37: Daily, Dr. Ray K.; Houston, 1950-1958
Folder 38: de Menil; Mr. and Mrs. Jean; Houston, 1951-1954
Folder 39: Feld, Mr. M. M.; Houston, 1950-1951
Folder 40: French Embassy, Cultural Division; New York, 1959
Folder 41: Friends of Le Bayou; Financial Information, 1950-1953
Folder 42: Hogg, Miss Ima; Houston, 1950-1956
Folder 43: Hyde, James Hazeh; New York, 1949-1953
Folder 44: Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott A.; Houston, 1950-1954
Folder 45: Larkin, A. W.; Houston, 1952
Folder 46: Lemieux, Archibald; Massachusetts, 1952
Folder 47: Leonardon, Mr. E. G.; Houston, 1942-1962
Folder 48: McCarthy, Glenn; Houston, 1950-1951
Folder 49: Moya, Thérèse; Washington, 1952-1953
Folder 50: Nelms, Anèse Carter; Houston, 1950-1956
Folder 51: Palen, Pierre; Consul à Houston, Texas, 1953-1955
Folder 52: Pan-Geo Atlas Corporation; Houston, 1953-1963
Folder 53: Phenix, Joseph; New Hampshire, 1952
Folder 54: Scandinavian American Paper Company; Houston, 1952-1962
Folder 55: Schlumberger Well Surveying Corporation; Houston, 1950, 1952-1963
Folder 56: Seligman, Roger; Houston, 1953-1955
Folder 57: Smith, Mrs. Thad; Texas, 1957-1961
Folder 58: Turk-Rogé, Henric; Houston, 1960-1963
Sub-Series 3: Fundraising, 1945-1953
This subseries consists of 7 folders of materials that relate to Le Bayou’s Campagne de Fonds, a yearly fundraising gathering that took place from 1945 to 1953.  This subseries is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 1
Folder 59: Campagne de Fonds; correspondence, 1952-1953
Folder 60: Campagne Fonds d’Impression; Lettre, 1945
Folder 61: Campagne Fonds d’Impression; Prospects, 1945
Folder 62: Campagne Fonds d’Impression Réponses, 1945
Folder 63: Campagne Fonds d’Impression, 1948
Folder 64: Campagne Fonds d’Impression; Dick Golding, 1949
Folder 65: Campagne Fonds pour Impression, 1950-1951

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administration, 1935-1963],
[Series 2: Le Quartier Latin, 1937-1963],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1937-1964],
[Series 4: Submissions, 1937-1963],
[Series 5: Subscriptions, 1934-1963],
[Series 6: Le Petite Théâtre Français, 1934-1938],
[Series 7: Livre d’Or, 1950-1959],
[Series 8: Journals, 1933-1963],
[Series 9: Artistic Stamps],
[Series 10: Ledgers, 1940-1953],
[Series 11: Photographic Material, 1935],

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