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J. Norman Heard Papers
Collection 149
J. Norman Heard (1922- ). Papers, 1944-1987, n.d.
3 ft., 36 v.
J. Norman Heard is a native of Austin, Texas. He has been a residence of Lafayette since 1969. He is married to Joyce Boudreaux and they have three children. Dr. J. Norman Heard is a retired USL librarian. He has done historical research and writing for 35 years. He has authored several books including Handbook of the American Frontier, Bookman’s Guide to Americana, White Into Red, The Black Frontiersman, and Hope Through Doing. He has also written many historical articles. Heard retired from teaching at USL in 1981 to concentrate on civic work and writings.

He is actively involved in the Alleman Center, Vision Lafayette, and Acadian Village. He founded Acadian Village and Gardens. He has devoted his time to Civitan International more than 15 years, by chartering four local Civitan Clubs, including the University and Acadian Clubs. He has been active in the Special Olympics. He served on the Civitan International Special Olympics Committee. He also chaired the Acadian Village Fair to raise funds for furnishings these buildings. His primary interest and the focus of his efforts is in helping the mentally retarded. He is very involved in this because his three grown children are all mentally retarded.

In 1976, he received the President’s Cup for Distinguished Service from the Louisiana Association for Retarded Citizens for his outstanding service and in 1977 he represented the state at the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals in Washington.

This collection consists of material gathered for his book Handbook of the American Frontier, which include handwritten notes for his published book, as well as other books he authored, copies of his books, information on the programs on which he has volunteered his time for.

This collection was donated by Dr. Norman Heard.
A. Manuscripts
1-01 thru 1-07
B. Photograph
C. Programs
1-09 thru 1-35
D. Documents
1-36 thru 1-45
1. Manuscript Cover
Box 2
2. Photocopied maps
Box 2
1. handwritten notes on writings
Volumes 1-36
Box 1
1-01 Manuscript: Bookman’s Guide to Americana, pp. 1-100
1-02 Same: Bookman’s Guide to Americana, pp. 101-200
1-03 Same: Bookman’s Guide to Americana, pp. 201-end
1-04 Same: White Into Red, pp. ii-50
1-05 Same: White Into Red, pp. 51-100
1-06 Same: White Into Red, pp. 101-150
1-07 Same: White Into Red, pp. 151-end
1-08 Photograph: Alleman Center
1-09 Programs: Acadian Village, agreements, resolutions, etc., n.d.
1-10 Same: Acadian Village, correspondence, 1972-1979
1-11 Same: Acadian Village, clippings, miscellaneous dates
1-12 Same: Acadian Village, serials: Knights of Columbus News, 8 October 1976; Southern Living, April 1979
1-13 Same: Acadian Village, pamphlets, articles: Acadian Village; Cajun Country’s Bayous provide fascinating mix, 19 march 1980
1-14 Same: Acadian Village, projects, “Around the World Tropical Gardens
1-15 Same: Same: Acadian Village, projects, miscellaneous
1-16 Same: Alleman Center, general records, board of directors, 1983-1984, standing committee, 1984/1985
1-17 Same: Alleman Center, financial records, statements, FY1984
1-18 Same: Alleman Center, contracts, agreements, n.d.
1-19 Same: Alleman Center, correspondence, 1977-1985
1-20 Same: Alleman Center, clippings, miscellaneous dates
1-21 Same: Alleman Center, services, miscellaneous, 1980s
1-22 Same: Alleman Center, schedule of events, n.d.
1-23 Same: Alleman Center, articles: Ribbon Cutting Held for Lafayette Group by Larry R. Delapp; Hiring Mentally Handicapped Helpful to Mall and Community, n.d.
1-24 Same: Alleman Center, pamphlets: New Hope Work Activity Center; Alleman Center
1-25 Same: Alleman Center, serials: Lafayette ARC News
    1981: March; 1982: September, December; 1983: December
1-26 Same: Alleman Center, reports: Residential Services report, 25 September 1984; Executive Director Report, n.d.; Presentation by Dr. Norman Heard - Behalf of Alleman Center, n.d.
1-27 Same: Vision Lafayette, general records, directory, sub committee material, n.d.
1-28 Same: Vision Lafayette, resolution, n.d.
1-29 Same: Vision Lafayette, articles, pamphlets: The Southwest Louisiana rehabilitative Center [2 copies]; Handicapped American Report, v.9, #22, 23 October 1986, Forum, v.4, #1, Fall 1986
1-30 Same: Vision Lafayette, correspondence, 1986
1-31 Same: Vision Lafayette, services, n.d.
1-32 Same: Vision Lafayette, Human Services Task Force, general information, n.d.
1-33 Same: Vision Lafayette, Human Services Task Force, minutes, 1986/1987
1-34 Same: Vision Lafayette, Human Services Task Force, notice of meetings, 1986/1987
1-35 Same: Vision Lafayette, Human Services Task Force, goals, n.d.
1-36 Document: Army Service Forces (Prisoner of War), 1945
1-37 Same:
1-38 Same:
1-39 Same:
1-40 Same:
1-41 Same:
1-42 Same:
1-43 Same:
1-44 Same:
1-45 Same:
Box 2
1. Manuscript cover - Hope Through Doing
2. Newspaper - The Camp Claiborne News, 20 April 1944, v.11, #42, Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
3. Maps: Camp Claiborne [photocopied: 4 maps]
1 to 36 Original handwritten notes on “A Handbook of the American Frontier”

Document last revised Friday, March 15, 2013 9:44 AM

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