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Le Bayou Records

Overview

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of Le Bayou and includes subscription information, correspondence, and the submissions of both published and unpublished authors.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 11: Photographic Material, 1935
This series contains photographs of members of the Le Bayou staff and includes formal portraits of its founder, Jules Verne.  It also contains two photo albums and one scrapbook with photographs of the Le Bayou staff at work and at play.  This series is organized by date.
Box 15
Folder 1: Photographs; Portraits, undated
Item 1: Photo Albums; 15a, undated
Item 2: Photo Albums; 15b, undated
Item 3: Scrapbooks, 1935

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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