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Maurice W. duQuesnay Collection

Collection 435

duQuesnay, Maurice W. (1936-2021). Collection, 1919-2019, n.d.

4½ feet, Oversize

Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay was born in New Orleans in 1936. He earned his Bachelors in English and Philosophy at Marquette University and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in 1978. He was an English professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, specializing in psychoanalytic criticism and American literature.

Dr. duQuesnay was also the director of the Flora Plonsky Levy Lecture Series. Flora Levy (1904-1981) was the daughter of Mose and Gussie Plonsky Levy, who ran a general merchandise store in Lafayette at the turn of the last century and owned property downtown. Flora Levy worked as the auditor for the First National Bank of Lafayette. She left her estate to the University to fund the lecture series, an annual event that invites distinguished intellectuals in the arts and humanities to give a lecture to the University and community. Past lecturers include writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, psychiatrist Ian Stephenson, and Sophie Freud, granddaughter of Sigmund Freud. The Flora Levy Lecture Series began in 1980. Also funded by the Flora Levy Foundation is the journal Explorations, an interdisciplinary journal of essays on the arts and sciences. Dr. duQuesnay is the general editor of this journal. The journal occasionally publishes lectures from the Flora Levy and George Rodrigue series.

This collection contains materials related to the Flora Levy Lecture Series, including photographs, correspondence, articles, advertisements, and posters. Miscellaneous materials include photographs from the Levy and duQuesnay families, negatives, cassette tapes, DVDs, and books.

The bulk of the materials in this collection were donated by Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay on February 19, 1999, with additional materials added later on.

NOTE: Folder 4-07 contains photographs with graphic, racist, and disturbing imagery. To preserve historical integrity, these photographs are retained in this collection.

Series:

A. Flora Levy Lecture Series 1-01 through 2-20
B. George Rodrigue Lecture Series 2-21 through 2-22
C. Personal 2-23 through 2-33
D. Miscellaneous 2-34 through 2-49
E. Photographs 3-01 through 4-07
F. Audiovisual Materials Box 5 through Box 6
G. Oversize Box 7, Map Case 38-08 through 38-11

Inventory:

Box 1

 

A. Flora Levy Lecture Series

 

 

1-01

Correspondence, 1988-2003

 

 

1-02

Publicity, 1984-1993, 2015, 2017

 

 

1-03

Clippings, 1981-1998

 

 

1-04

Daniel Pearl Foundation, 2008

 

 

1-05

Photographs: Levy Lectures and Receptions, 1980-1982

 

 

1-06

Photographs: Levy Lectures and Receptions, 1983-1989

 

 

1-07

Photographs: Levy Lectures and Receptions, 1990-1996, undated

 

 

1-08

Levy/duQuesnay Fund, 1948, 1952, 1978, 1983-1987, 1992, n.d.

 

 

1-09

Finances, 1973-1995

 

 

1-10

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1984-1986

 

 

1-11

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1987-1989

 

 

1-12

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1990-1991

 

 

1-13

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1992-1993

 

 

1-14

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1994-1995

 

 

1-15

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1996-1997

 

 

1-16

Finances: Flora Levy Account, 1998-1999

 

 

1-17

Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1963-1983, 1997, n.d.

 

 

1-18

Acadiana Arts Council Info, March-April 1983. Review of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “My Personal Conception of Religion”, p.7

 

 

1-19

Sophie and Anna Freud, 1971-1983

 

 

1-20

Ian Stephenson and William Sorum, 1988-1989, n.d.

 

 

1-21

Sally Robbins, 1998

 

 

1-22

Robert Coles, 1981, 1983

 

 

1-23

Funding for Joseph Riehl Research, by Mrs. Ruth Miller and Judge Minos D. Miller, Jr., 1984-1988

 

 

1-24

Flora Levy Memoriams, 1981-1983

 

 

1-25

Correspondence and Minutes, 1980, 1984, 1991, n.d.

 

 

1-26

House Fund, 1984-1986

 

 

1-27

Jimmy Feibleman Information, 1994

 

 

1-28

Father Dulles, n.d.

 

 

1-29

Avery Dulles, 1989-1996

 

 

1-30

“John Foster Dulles: His Religious and Political Heritage”, by Avery Dulles, S.J., 1994

 

 

1-31

Copy of Avery Dulles Lecture, 1994

 

 

1-32

Bruno Bettelheim, 1980-1985, n.d.

 

 

1-33

Cleanth Brooks, 1987-1990

 

 

1-34

Transcriptions of Cleanth Brooks Interview, n.d.

 

 

1-35

David Allen Brown on Leonardo da Vinci, n.d.

 

 

1-36

Peter Gay, 1986-1994

 

 

1-37

Jason Berry, 1986-1990, n.d.

 

 

1-38

Garic Kenneth Barranger, 1974, n.d.

 

 

 

 

Box 2

 

 

 

2-01

Lewis Simpson, 1986, 1989-1996

 

 

2-02

Louisiana Libraries and Animals, 1987

 

 

2-03

Allen B. Wheelis, M.D., 1990-1996, 2004

 

 

2-04

Walter Wangerin, 1992

 

 

2-05

Diana Trilling, 1972, 1985-1996

 

 

2-06

“Dombey and Son: Into the Maw of the Monster”, by Barbara Stuart, n.d.

 

 

2-07

Antoine Vergote, 1991

 

 

2-08

Materials for “Explorations”, 1997-1998

 

 

2-09

Miscellaneous Materials Related to “Explorations” and Other Journals, 1997

 

 

2-10

Louis L. Martz (1 of 2), 1985-1986, n.d.

 

 

2-11

Louis L. Martz (2 of 2), 1985-1986, n.d.

 

 

2-12

José Arguelles, 1986

 

 

2-13

Stephen E. Ambrose, 1991

 

 

2-14

John Edward Hardy, 1988-1989

 

 

2-15

Harold Bloom, 1999-2000

 

 

2-16

Walker Percy, n.d.

 

 

2-17

Shirley Ann Grau (1 of 2), 1983-1991

 

 

2-18

Shirley Ann Grau (2 of 2), 1983-1991

 

 

2-19

Andrew Delbanco, 2018-2019

 

 

2-20

Lists of Friends, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

B. George Rodrigue Lecture Series

 

 

2-21

Poster, 2016; Booklet, 2000

 

 

2-22

008 Magazine, Nov. 2017. Photo spread from Rodrigue Lecture featuring Kathleen Blanco, p.100

 

 

 

 

 

C. Personal

 

 

2-23

Flora Levy: Newcomb College Transcript, 1928

 

 

2-24

Flora Levy: Last Will and Testament, 8 June 1981

 

 

2-25

Gussie P. Levy: Last Will and Testament, 11 June 1956

 

 

2-26

Order form for Civil War service records of Lazarus Levy, 1981

 

 

2-27

duQuesnay family, 1852, 1940-1963, n.d.

 

 

2-28

Virgin’s Garden, New Orleans, 1938-1994, n.d.

 

 

 

 

Marie Philomene “Mémé” Abadie and Pauline “Popo” Abadie

 

 

2-29

Virgin’s Garden, New Orleans: Photographs, n.d.

 

 

2-30

T. H. White Writings, miscellaneous dates

 

 

2-31

duQuesenay Family History, n.d.

 

 

2-32

Louis Auchinloss, 1990

 

 

2-33

“The Headless King”, by Donald Demarest, 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Miscellaneous

 

 

2-34

Address books, n.d.

 

 

2-35

Eugen Adler: Compensation for property in Germany, 1947-1957

 

 

2-36

Michael Blanchad, Naming the Silence: New and Selected Poems. 2017

 

 

2-37

Bookcrafters, 1977

 

 

2-38

Maurice duQuesnay, 1991-2004, n.d.

 

 

2-39

Educational booklets, 1962, n.d.

 

 

2-40

Jews, 1979, n.d.

 

 

2-41

Louisiana Composers, 1972

 

 

2-42

LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction, 1995

 

 

2-43

National Council of College Publications Advisors: Who’s Who, 1967

 

 

2-44

Temple Rodeph Sholom/Temple Sholom, Lafayette, 1976, n.d.

 

 

2-45

SLI Commencement Exercise Booklet [features Julian Levy], 1928

 

 

2-46

Notes on Envelopes, n.d.

 

 

2-47

Writings by Unknown Authors, n.d.

 

 

2-48

Bound Publications, 1972, 2005, 2019, n.d.

 

 

2-49

Newspaper Articles, 1994, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

E. Photographs

 

 

3-01

Women on steps of U.S. Capitol, n.d.

 

 

 

 

Flora Levy at far right

 

 

3-02

Portraits

 

 

 

 

Howell Cobb, C.S.A.

 

 

 

 

Ernest LeMercier duQuesnay

 

 

 

 

Herve

 

 

 

 

Alfred

 

 

 

 

Emma “Mae Mae” “Mamere”

 

 

 

 

Emma

 

 

 

 

Ernest duQuesnay

 

 

 

 

Marie Andry

 

 

 

 

Mary Cobbe

 

 

 

 

Aunt Olga LeBreton as a little girl

 

 

 

 

Flora Levy

 

 

 

 

Julian Levy

 

 

 

 

Essie Castetters, 9/25/39, 1 yr. old

 

 

 

 

9 unidentified

 

 

3-03

Personal, identified and/or dated

 

 

3-04

Personal, unidentified, n.d.

 

 

3-05

Personal, unidentified, n.d.

 

 

3-06

Color, unidentified

 

 

3-07

Artwork

 

 

3-08

Negatives

 

 

 

 

 

Box 4

 

 

4-01

Levy Lecture – Shirley Ann Grau

 

 

4-02

Levy Lecture – Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

 

4-03

Flora Levy Lecture Series

 

 

4-04

Great Mississippi Flood, 1927

 

 

4-05

St. Mary’s Orphanage (Lafayette, LA)

 

 

4-06

Taken By and Featuring Flora Levy

 

 

4-07

Preparations for a Hanging Outside Courthouse (possibly Lafayette Parish) *These images contain graphic, racist, and disturbing imagery

 

 

 

Card of Hanging of Burned Corpse *These images contain graphic, racist, and disturbing imagery

 

 

 

 

Box 5

 

F. Audiovisual Materials

 

 

5-01

DVD: Spring 2017 Flora Levy Lecture in the Humanities. "Transcendence in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens" by George Lensing, Jr. (UNC-Chapel Hill), March 16, 2017

 

 

5-02

DVD: Thelma Toole talking about her son, John Kennedy Toole, Sept. 1981

 

 

5-03

Swamp 1

 

 

5-04

Swamp 2

 

 

5-05

Swamp 3

 

 

5-06

Swamp 4

 

 

5-07

Swamp and Camp Pictures, 2008

 

 

5-08

Don Q. Picture 1

 

 

5-09

Don Q. Picture 2

 

 

5-10

Levy Lecture, Part I, 2019

 

 

5-11

Levy Lecture, Part II, 2019

 

 

5-12

Unlabeled

 

 

5-13

Unlabeled

 

 

5-14

DVD: Craig Girouard, 3 assignments on 17th century, 18th century, Henry Thoreau & Emerson. n.d. (2 copies)

 

 

 

 

Box 6

 

 

6-01

Floppy Disk: German Translator #2: Rodden – Schindler’s List; Orwell & Trilling

 

 

6-02

Cassette Tape: Trilling, Wordsworth and the Rabbi

 

 

6-03

Cassette Tape: Cassette 7, n.d.

 

 

6-04

Cassette Tape: New York Times Book Review, 7 Apr 2002

 

 

6-05

Cassette Tape: New York Times Book Review, 26 May 2002

 

 

6-06

Cassette Tape: New York Times Book Review, 7 Sept. 2003

 

 

6-07

Cassette Tape: N.Y. Review of Books, n.d.

 

 

6-08

Interview with Diana Trilling, by Stephen L. Tanner, NYC, 13 June 1985

 

 

 

 

 

Box 7

 

G. Oversize

 

 

7-01

Funeral Book for Aby Plonsky (24 January 1892 – 24 August 1967), Delhomme Funeral Home, 1967

 

 

7-02

Master of Arts Degree for Maurice William duQuesnay, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 28 May 1966

 

 

7-03

Framed Black and White Photograph, People Unidentified, n.d.

 

 

7-04

Life Master Certificate for Flora Levy, The American Contract Bridge League [framed], 1978

 

 

 

 

Map Case

 

 

38-08

Julian Levy (brother of Flora Levy). Certificates (4), 1919-1928

 

 

 

Photograph: Flora Levy

 

 

 

Photograph: Southwestern group panorama, n.d.

 

 

 

 

Front row, 16th from left: Young woman in dark dress with medallion might be Flora Levy

 

 

 

Certificate of Confirmation for Flora Levy, 1918

 

 

38-09

Newspaper: The Times of Acadiana, Vol. 18, No. 35, May 20, 1998

 

 

 

Newspaper: Acadiana Arts Council & Info, Vol. 4, No. 6, March – April 1983

 

 

38-10

Posters for Flora Levy Lectures

 

 

 

 

Sophie Freud Loewenstein, 1984

 

 

 

 

Ian Stevenson, 1989

 

 

 

 

Moshe Halbertal, 2010

 

 

 

Cover art for Explorations: The Twentieth Century, Vol. VIII, 1998

 

 

38-11

Posters for Flora Levy Lectures

 

 

 

 

Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1980

 

 

 

 

Robert Coles, 1981

 

 

 

 

Walker Percy, 1982 (2c.)

 

 

 

 

Shirley Ann Grau, 1983 (2c.)

 

 

 

 

Sophie Freud Loewenstein, 1984

 

 

 

 

Lewis Simpson, 1986

 

 

 

 

Cleanth Brooks, 1988

 

 

 

Poster of Diana Trilling, n.d.

 

 

 

Poster for Deep South Writers Conference, 1981 (2c.)

 

 

 

Genealogy chart for descendants of Jean Hanus

 

 

 

Genealogy chart: “Parenté avec la famille de Thuy” and “Paranté avec les familles duBreuil, Siller, Lefevre, Perier, Braconnot, Schirmer, d’Osmond, Jeanpierre, de Bourques”

 

 

 

Inscription on upper tablet, Famille du Quesnay tomb, St. Louis Cemetery No.1, New Orleans