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Ben Earl Looney Papers
Collection 99
Looney, Ben Earl (1904-1982). Papers, 1934-1979
5 inches
Looney, Ben Earl, artist, writer. Born, Yellow Pine, Louisiana, June 2, 1904; son of Julian A. Looney and Mollie McKinney. Education: Louisiana State University School of Journalism; Centenary College; Corcoran Art School, Washington, D.C.; Eastport, Maine, Summer School of Art; Arts Students’ League, New York; studied watercolor under George Ennis. First head of art department of LSU; taught art, Sarasota, Florida, New York City, Weston Massachusetts, Bremerton, Washington, Greensboro, North Carolina. His subject matter was provided by 35 of the e 50 states, Canada and Mexico; 45 of his paintings and articles were published in Ford Times; one is in the Smithsonian Institution magazine. In later life made home in Lafayette, Louisiana. Never married. Published works include Beau Sejour, watercolors of Louisiana plantation houses; Water Colors of Dixie; Cajun Country, pen and ink sketches of the Acadian country; Drawings of the Vieux Carre, captions written in both English and French; Cajun Vignettes, short stories and poems; Looney Plants Grow Wild, drawings, paintings, whimsical horticultural definitions. Died, Lafayette, May 25, 1981; willed his body to Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

This collection consists of prints, correspondence, short stories, clippings, promotional material, photographs and other miscellaneous materials.

This collection was donated by Perry Guidry.

[Narrative taken from The Dictionary of Louisiana Biography]
A. Prints
B. Correspondence
C. Short Stories
1-3 thru 1-4
D. Clippings
1-5 thru 1-6
E. Publications
  1. Magazines
  2. Articles
F. Promotional Material
G. Photographs
H. Miscellaneous
Box 1
1-1 Prints: drawings by Looney, Ben Earl, n.d.
1-2 Correspondence: 1950-1977
1-3 Short Stories: A - K
1-4 Same: L - Z
1-5 Clippings: miscellaneous dates
1-6 Same:
1-7 Publications: magazines:
    Acadiana Profile, v.5, #4, August/September 1976
The Register, 18 November 1972
The Register, 22 September 1973
1-8 Same: articles:
    "Ad-Libbing", n.d.
Louisiana Library Association, 50th Annual Conference, 31 March - 2 April 1976
"Works of Ben Earl Looney Are in Spotlight During December: Beau Sejour is Appealing", The Register, 2 December 1972.
1-9 Promotional Material: miscellaneous dates
1-10 Photographs: unidentified, n.d.
1-11 Miscellaneous: Christmas Card [1 item]

Document last revised Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:36 AM

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