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Le Bayou Records

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Administration

Le Quartier Latin

Correspondence

Submissions

Subscriptions

Le Petite Théâtre Français

Livre d’Or

Journals

Artistic Stamps

Ledgers

Photographic Material



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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of Le Bayou and includes subscription information, correspondence, and the submissions of both published and unpublished authors.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],
[All]

Series 8: Journals, 1933-1963
This series consists of 2 subseries that consist of Éditions du Bayou and Journals Received.  Each subseries is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Sub-Series 1: Éditions du Bayou, 1933-1961
This subseries consists of 16 folders that consist of Éditions de Bayou, a publication series that published small books of poetry, and smaller notebook versions of Le Bayou.  This series is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 12
Folder 9: Ballades Louisianes -  Bourgeois, André, 1938
Folder 10: Ballades du Texas - Sulver, Jean, 1937
Folder 11: Ballades de Mon Bayou - Sulver, Jean, 1944
Folder 12: En Marge des Saisons: Poèmes - Robert, Michel, 1941
Folder 13: Pastels et Sanguines - Chantal, René, 1947
Folder 14: Swing: Poèmes de Jean Sulver, 1938
Folder 15: Swing: Poèmes de Jean Sulver, 1948
Folder 16: Vers Casses - Sulver, Jean, 1949
Folder 17: Epreuves du Bayou, undated
Folder 18: Le Bayou, 1933
Folder 19: Le Bayou - Cahier dix-neuf (19), 1943
Folder 20: Le Bayou - Cahier dix-neuf (19), 1943
Folder 21: Le Bayou - Cahier vingt-et-un (21), 1943
Folder 22: Le Bayou - Cahier vingt-deux (22), 1944
Folder 23: Le Bayou no.87, Automne 1961
Folder 24: Le Bayou no.64, Hiver 1955
Folder 25: Le Bayou - Tables of Contents nos.40-80, 1945-1951
Sub-Series 2: Journals Received, 1940-1963
This subseries consists of 11 folders containing journals that Le Bayou either received in exchange from other publications, or were sent in hopes of such an exchange.  This series is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 12
Folder 26: Common Ground - New York, 1940, 1942, 1946-1947
Folder 27: Ecrits de Paris: Revue des Questions Actuelles, 1964 Mai, 1964 Juillet-Aout
Folder 28: Entretiens Avec Mon Dentiste; Édition de l’Occident; Oppitz, René; Belgique, 1963
Folder 29: La Lyre de David - Club des Jeunes Talents, 1963
Folder 30: Le Chemin des Hommes - Bancal, Jean - Apollinaire/Éditions André Silvaire, 1962
Folder 31: Les Oiseaux Foudroyés - Kerchore, Arnold de, 1961-1962
Folder 32: Liturgies Flamandes - Looten, Emmanuel, 1962
Folder 33: Poème de la Patience de l’Univers - Linze, Georges - Liège, Belgique, undated
Folder 34: Nouvelles Éditions Debresse - Paris, France - Au Jour le Jour; Perez, Diego; Préface de Tristan Maya, 1962
Folder 35: Nouvelles Éditions Debresse - Paris, France; A Ta Louange; de Albergaria, Jacinto Soares, 1962
Folder 36: Nouvelles Éditions Debresse - Paris, France; Éclos la Nuit; Comiti, Jean-Baptiste, 1963
Folder 37: Nouvelles Éditions Debresse - Paris, France; Ciel et Fumée; Cluchier, Alice, 1963

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],
[All]

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