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Collection Number: 03889

Collection Title: Francois Mignon Papers, 1853-1980 1939-1980

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Size 15.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8400 items)
Abstract Francois Mignon (given name Frank VerNooy Mineah) was born in 1899 in Cortland, N.Y. He was a journalist and curator of buildings, furnishings, and gardens at Melrose Plantation, Natchitoches, La. Melrose was a working cotton and pecan plantation, but it was best known in the period between the two World Wars as a writers' and artists' colony. Cammie Henry, who bought the plantation in 1899, restored its unique collection of African-inspired buildings. These structures sheltered such authors as Lyle Saxon, James Register, Harnett Kane, Alexander Woollcott, and Rachel Field. Mignon began writing his own weekly column for the Natchitoches Enterprise in the 1950s. In addition to his writing, Mignon designed the gardens at Melrose and promoted the African American folk artist Clementine Hunter. The collection includes Mignon's journal and correspondence from about 1939 to 1980. Also included are photographs, printed materials, newspapers clippings, writings and other materials collected by, written by, or relating to Mignon and his diverse interests. Mignon's journal began with his arrival at Melrose Plantation in 1939 and continued until February 1970, when the plantation was sold. Many of the ideas Mignon first expressed in his journal later appeared in his newspaper column, which dealt chiefly with Natchitoches, La., history and traditions. Persons significant in the collection include James Register; the Louisiana naturalist Caroline Dorman; the Louisiana filmmaker Caroline Ramsey; an African American soldier named King Solomon, who grew up at Melrose; Eleanor Roosevelt (2 items); Rachel Field; Harnett Thomas Kane; Lyle Saxon; and Alexander Woollcott. After 1970, the correspondence is chiefly from readers of Mignon's weekly newspaper column and his responses. In addition to these materials, the collection contains the original manuscript of B.L.C. Wailes's "Report on the Agriculture and Geology of Mississippi" (1854) and letters from Wailes's granddaughter to Mignon. Also included are 19th-century documents and genealogical information relating to the Metoyer family, which originally built the plantation later called Melrose.
Creator Mignon, Francois.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Francois Mignon Papers #3889, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Some items available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Received in 1969 and 1989.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Francois Mignon (given name Frank VerNooy Mineah) was born 9 May 1899 in Cortland, N.Y., to Walter Fish Mineah and Mary Ella Mineah. He later moved to New York City. He first visited Melrose in the late 1930s, planning to stay in Louisiana for six weeks, but his growing blindness and an invitation from Cammie Henry, who owned Melrose, convinced him to stay for what turned out to be more than 30 years. At Melrose, he worked as curator of buildings, furnishings, and gardens.

Melrose was a working cotton and pecan plantation, but it was best known in the period between the two World Wars as a writers and artists colony. Cammie Henry, who bought the plantation in 1899, restored its unique collection of African-inspired buildings she called the Yucca, Ghana, and Africa houses. These structures sheltered such authors as Lyle Saxon, James Register, Harnett Kane, Alexander Woollcott, and Rachel Field. Francois Mignon began writing his own weekly column for the Natchitoches Enterprise in the 1950s. His "Plantation Memo" was named best in state by the Louisiana Press Association from 1961 to 1963. Mignon wrote on a wide range of topics that reflected his interest in everything from Louisiana flora and fauna to ancient Greece. By 1971, when he was named Louisiana Writer of the Year by the Department of English at Louisiana Tech University, Mignon had renamed his column "Cane River Memo." He received a special award from the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce for his promotion of the Natchitoches area and was awarded the Lesche Creative Works Award by the Lesche Club of Natchitoches in 1980.

In addition to his writing, Mignon designed the gardens at Melrose and promoted the folk artist Clementine Hunter, who became the first African American woman to have a one-person show at New Orleans's Delgado Museum. Mignon himself created a series of commemorative plates depicting Natchitoches history and legend. Mignon devoted much of his professional and personal life to promoting and preserving the history of the Natchitoches area, including its unique plant life and architectural heritage.

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The collection includes Francois Mignon's journal and correspondence from about 1939 to 1980. Also included are photographs, printed materials, newspapers clippings, writings and other materials collected by, written by, or relating to Mignon and his diverse interests. Mignon's journal began with his arrival at Melrose Plantation in 1939 and continued until February 1970, when the plantation was sold. Many of the ideas Mignon first expressed in his journal later appeared in his newspaper column, which dealt chiefly with Natchitoches, La., history and traditions. Persons significant in the collection include James Register; the Louisiana naturalist Caroline Dorman; the Louisiana filmmaker Caroline Ramsey; an African American soldier named King Solomon, who grew up at Melrose; Eleanor Roosevelt (2 items); Rachel Field; Harnett Thomas Kane; Lyle Saxon; and Alexander Woollcott. After 1970, the correspondence is chiefly from readers of Mignon's weekly newspaper column and his responses. In addition to these materials, the collection contains the original manuscript of B.L.C. Wailes's "Report on the Agriculture and Geology of Mississippi" (1854) and letters from Wailes's granddaughter to Mignon. Also included are 19th-century documents and genealogical information relating to the Metoyer family, which originally built the plantation later called Melrose.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1944-1980.

About 7,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains some copies of letters written by Mignon, but chiefly consists of letters to Mignon from friends who were his life-long correspondents. Many of these letters were separated from his journal, but retain a chronological organization to facilitate documentation of Mignon's journalistic meditations. Mignon's correspondents include the writer James Register, the Louisiana naturalist Caroline Dorman, the Louisiana filmmaker Caroline Ramsey, an African American soldier named King Solomon who grew up at Melrose, and others. Among the letters are two from Eleanor Roosevelt. Mignon's correspondence generated many of the ideas he used in his weekly newspaper column, and he frequently commented about these letters in his daily journal. After 1970, the correspondence is chiefly from readers of the "Cane River Memo," including Mignon's responses.

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1944-1945 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 1-4

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1946 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 5-10

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1947 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 11-16

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1948 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 17-23

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1949 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 24-31

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1950 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 32-39

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1951 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 40-51

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1952 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 52-61

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1953 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 62-69

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1954 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 70-81

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1955 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 82-93

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1956 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 94-105

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1957 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 106-117

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1958 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 118-129

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1959 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 130-141

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1960 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 142-153

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1961 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 154-165

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1962 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 166-177

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1963 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 178-189

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1964 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 190-201

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1965 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 202-212

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1966 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 213-221

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1967 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 222-230

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1968 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 231-242

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1969 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 243-253

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1970 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 254

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1973-1976 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 255

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1977 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 256

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1978 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 257

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1979 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 258

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1980 #03889, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1944-1980." Folder 259

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About 9,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Mignon's journal began with his arrival at Melrose, and he continued to keep it every day except Saturdays for the next 30 years. The journal is the heart of this collection, for in it Mignon refers at one time or another to the materials contained in the other series. Many of the ideas Mignon first expressed in his journal appeared later in his "Cane River Memo." The journal ends in February 1970 following a series of events, including the death of J. H. Henry and subsequent sale of Melrose. Prior to these events, Mignon had suffered a stroke that temporarily paralyzed his left side. He never fully regained the use of his left hand, which made it difficult to continue using the typewriter. After his stroke, Mignon had secretarial help who enabled him to continue writing the "Cane River Memo."

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1939 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 260

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1940 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 261-271

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1941 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 272

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1944 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 273

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1945 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 274-278

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1946 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 279-284

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1947 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 285-290

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1948 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 291-296

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1949 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 297-302

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1950 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 303-308

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1951 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 309-314

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1952 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 315-325

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1953 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 326-337

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1954 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 338-349

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1955 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 350-361

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1956 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 362-373

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1957 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 374-385

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1958 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 386-397

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1959 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 398-409

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1960 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 410-421

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1961 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 422-433

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1962 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 434-445

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1963 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 446-457

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1964 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 458-469

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1965 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 470-481

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1966 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 482-493

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1967 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 494-505

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1968 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 506-517

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169 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 518-528

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1970 #03889, Series: "2. Journal, 1939-1970." Folder 529

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About 700 items.

This series chiefly contains clippings of Mignon's "Cane River Memo," 1970-1980, that were organized by his secretary. Also included are some magazine articles and typescripts of speeches and notes written by Mignon.

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

In the 1950s, Mignon agreed to write a column for Kenneth J. Walker, the publisher of the Natchitoches Enterprise. A New York liberal and outsider, Walker was competing with an established conservative weekly published by a well-known local family. Mignon's column helped to broaden Walker's base of support in the community. This series contains clippings of the "Cane River Memo" in its final ten years of publication. See also series 5.1.

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1970 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 530-531

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1971 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 532-533

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1972 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 534-535

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1973 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 536-537

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1974 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 538-539

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1975 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 540-541

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1976 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 542-543

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1977 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 544-545

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1978 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 546-547

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1979 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 548-549

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1980 #03889, Subseries: "3.1. Cane River Memo, 1970-1980." Folder 550

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

In addition to his weekly newspaper column, Mignon also published magazine articles, delivered speeches at local community functions, and made notes on a variety of subjects. This series documents the diverse writing activities of Francois Mignon.

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Other writings #03889, Subseries: "3.2. Other Writings, 1945-1970." Folder 551-552

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About 1,600 items.

This series contains a variety of clippings, brochures, magazine articles, notes, correspondence, and other materials on topics of interest to Mignon.

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Bayou Folk Museum, 1970-1976: chiefly clippings from the Natchitoches Times. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 553-554

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Brandon, Nellie Wailes, 1946-1959: granddaughter of B. L. C. Wailes, whose geographic survey of Mississippi is contained in Series 5. These folders contain letters from Nellie Brandon to Francois Mignon. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 555-564

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Briarwood, 1950-1979: chiefly clippings about the home of naturalist Caroline Dorman. Also contains horticultural writings by Dorman. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 565-566

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Fort St. John Baptiste, 1957-1970: clippings about the history of this Natchitoches fort. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 567

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Gaines, E. J., 1974-1979: clippings about and correspondence from the author of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 568

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Henry, Cammie, 1920-1978: chiefly correspondence between "Miss Cammie" and J. A. Baumgartner about the genealogy of the Metoyer family of Isle Brevelle. Also included are clippings and letters to Francois Mignon upon the death of "Miss Cammie." #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 569-573

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Historic plates, 1952-1972: clippings and correspondence about the series of plates Mignon designed depicting landmarks of the Natchez region. (See also series 6.) #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 574

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Hodges Gardens, 1960-1966: clippings, brochures, and magazine articles about this Louisiana wildlife refuge. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 575

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Hunter, Clementine, 1953-1979: clippings, brochures, correspondence, exhibit catalogs, and magazine articles about this African American folk artist and Mignon's role in promoting her work. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 576-577

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Lape, Esther Everette, 1947-1981: chiefly correspondence and clippings including Mignon's idea to ask the Canadian government to give Campobello, the Roosevelt summer home, international status. Lape was a good friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 578

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Little Eva Plantation, 1955-1960: clippings about the location of the Louisiana plantation Harriet Beecher Stowe described in Uncle Tom's Cabin . #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 579

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Louisiana maps. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 580

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Melrose Plantation, 1921-1977: clippings, brochures, and magazine articles about the history and restoration of Melrose. Also included is a typed transcription of the guestbook, 192-1946, and documentation of the Melrose library donated to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 581-587

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Metoyer family, 1853-1950: chiefly genealogical information collected by Cammie Henry. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 588

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Mignon, Francois, 1955-1980: clippings, brochures, and magazine articles about Mignon. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 589-592

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Natchitoches, 1950-1980: clippings, brochures, and magazine articles about the historic homes of the Natchitoches area. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 593-596

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Northwestern State University, 1951-1979: newspaper clippings about this local Natchitoches institution. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 597

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Old plantation scrapbook, 1950-1951: Mignon's typescript of the folklore of Melrose, including his research notes. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 598-599

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Perry, Regina, 1970-1980: correspondence, clippings, exhibit catalogs, and brochures documenting Mignon's collaboration with the curator and collector of African American folk art. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 600

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Ramsey, Caroline, 1950-1960: brochures, magazine articles, and clippings documenting the work of this Louisiana filmmaker and life-long friend of Mignon. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 601

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Roque House, 1965-1978: clippings, correspondence, and notes about this historic Natchitoches house and the family who built it. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 602

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Saxon, Lyle, 1940-1980: correspondence, clippings, magazine articles, and notes, written by or about this Louisiana writer, who spent much of his time at Melrose. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 603-604

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Shadows on the Teche, 1950-1965, clippings, brochures and magazine articles about this historic Louisiana plantation. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 605

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Travel Writers' Tour in Louisiana, 1959: report of this group sponsored by the Louisiana Tourist Commission and the Department of Commerce and Industry, including their visit to Melrose. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 606

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"Two Centuries Along the River," 1975-1978: clippings of a series of newspaper articles about the Cane River region written by Gary Mills and Elizabeth Mills. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 607

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Wailes, B. L. C., 1812-1978: chiefly notes of Mignon about Wailes including typed transcriptions of 19th-century documents. Also includes an original 1812 letter from Wailes, along with Mignon's typed transcription, in which he refers to the War of 1812. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 608

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Other papers, 1940-1960: miscellaneous clippings, notes, and magazine articles including writings by various friends and correspondents of Mignon. #03889, Series: "4. Subject Files, 1853-1980." Folder 609

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Included in this series is a manuscript version and a published copy of geologist B. L. C. Wailes's book Report on the Agriculture and Geology of Mississippi. Wailes (1797-1862) was a planter and surveyor in Washington, Miss., during the first half of the 19th century. He was known for his interest in natural phenomena in Mississippi, including soil, rocks, fossils, shells, plants, and animal life, and collected specimens for himself and for nearby universities. In 1852, he was appointed assistant professor of agriculture and geological sciences in the University of Mississippi and, in this capacity, performed the field work for a projected survey of the state. He was eventually asked to write this report which he completed in 1854.

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Volume 3889/3: Report on the Agriculture and Geology of Mississippi: Embracing a Sketch of the Social and Natural History of the State by B. L. C. Wailes, geologist of Mississippi (Lippincott, Grambo, & Co., 1854). #03889, Subseries: "5.2. Volumes of B. L. C. Wailes, 1826-1854." V-3889/3

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Volume 3889/4: Wailes Report: Agriculture and Geology , 1826-1853, manuscript notes. #03889, Subseries: "5.2. Volumes of B. L. C. Wailes, 1826-1854." V-3889/4

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Francois Mignon with Charles Pratt (enclosure with "Cane River Memo," 24 January 1958. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/1

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"Visit to Melrose Plantation, Louisiana Press Women's Association, Spring 1958," (enclosure with letter dated 18 March 1958. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/2

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"Interior of Ghana [House], F[rancois] and Mrs. Winslow (wife of Carwell's nephew), Rev. Jesse Shore. On table, Big Bad Wolf dishrag doll," (enclosure with "Cane River Memo," 5 January 1961. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/3

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Mignon with N.E.A. plaque, which he received for the best newspaper column in Louisiana, 9 May 1965. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/4-8

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Mignon standing beside father and son portrait painted by Jules Lion, an African American artist. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/9

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Melrose: African House. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/10-11

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Melrose: Ghana House. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/12-16

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Melrose: Yucca House. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/17-18

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Melrose: Photograph album containing interior and exterior views of buildings and descriptions of pictures written by Mignon. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." PA-3889/1

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Metoyer family: Tombstone of Augustin Metoyer. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/19

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Metoyer family: Portrait of Augustin Metoyer, "who gave first church on Isle Breville," painted 1836. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/20-21

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Metoyer family: Family members and Isle Breville home, circa 1925. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/22-36

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Friends: Pictures sent to Mignon by various correspondents. #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/37-66

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Historic plates: Pictures of commemorative plates depicting historic scenes of the Cane River area that were designed by Mignon (negatives included). #03889, Series: "6. Pictures, 1925-1965 and undated." P-3889/67-82

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Processing Information

Processed by: Lisa Tolbert, June 1989

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 2001

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