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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of Le Bayou and includes subscription information, correspondence, and the submissions of both published and unpublished authors.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 2: Le Quartier Latin, 1937-1963
This series consists of 44 folders of materials that relate to Le Quartier Latin, the French club of the University of Houston.  It includes general club administrative information, correspondence (organized by date), La Feuille de Chou, its literary newsletter, fundraising events, and relating to exchanges with other magazines.  This series is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Sub-Series 1: Administration, 1937-1963
This subseries consists of 18 folders of materials that document the general organization of Le Quartier Latin, such as officer positions and the accompanying duties, membership lists, and financial information.  This subseries is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 2
Folder 1: Class Enrollment Records, 1963
Folder 2: La Classe: La Révolution Littérature et Politique du XIX, undated
Folder 3: Club Organization and Members, undated
Folder 4: Constitution, 1945
Folder 5: Les Mousquetaires, 1937-1938
Folder 6: Les Mousquetaires, 1939
Folder 7: Membership Lists, 1946
Folder 8: Minutes, 1944-1948
Folder 9: Scrapbook, undated
Folder 10: Student’s Activities; Printing Fund, 1945-1953
Folder 11: Treasurer’s Notebook, 1948-1950
Folder 12: Treasurer’s Reports, 1943-1944
Folder 13: Treasurer’s Reports, 1944-1945
Folder 14: Treasurer’s Reports, 1946-1947
Folder 15: Treasurer’s Reports, 1946-1948
Folder 16: Treasurer’s Reports, 1946-1947
Folder 17: Treasurer’s Report, 1948
Folder 18: Treasurer’s Report, 1948-1949
Sub-Series 2: Correspondence, 1943-1953
This subseries consists of 8 correspondence folders organized by date.  It contains correspondence from individuals, other journals, and organizations.  This subseries is organized by date.
Box 2
Folder 19: 1943-1944
Folder 20: 1944-1945
Folder 21: 1945-1946
Folder 22: 1946-1947
Folder 23: 1947-1948
Folder 24: 1948-1949
Folder 25: 1949-1950
Folder 26: 1953
Sub-Series 3: La Feuille de Chou, 1938-1954
This subseries consists of copies of La Feuille de Chou, the newsletter of Le Quartier Latin.  It consists of 8 folders organized by date.
Box 2
Folder 27: Scrapbook, 1938-1944
Folder 28: Stationary, undated
Folder 29: Volumes 1-3, 1938-1939
Folder 30: Volume 4, 1943-1944
Folder 31: Volume 5, 1944-1945
Folder 32: Volume 6, 1945-1946
Folder 33: Volume 7, 1946-1947
Folder 34: Volume 8, 1947-1948
Folder 35: Volumes 9-10, 1948-1949
Folder 36: Volumes 11-14, 1952-1954
Sub-Series 4: Fundraising, 1944-1945
This subseries consists of 7 folders of material that relates to several events that were held as fundraisers for the club, in its early years.  It is organized alphabetically, and then by date.
Box 2
Folder 37: Cabarets, 1944-1945
Folder 38: Christmas Program, undated
Folder 39: Banquet/Initiation, 1952
Folder 40: Banquet, 1955
Folder 41: Building Fund, 1945
Folder 42: Soirée, 1944
Folder 43: Soirée II, 1944
Sub-Series 5: Service d’Echange, 1948
This subseries consists of one folder that contains documents relating to the exchange of La Feuille de Chou with other journals and magazines.
Box 2
Folder 44: Le Quartier Latin; Service d’Echange, 1948

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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