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Elaine S. Edwards Collection

Collection 95

Edwards, Elaine S. (1929–2018). Collection, 1971–1979, n.d.

5 inches

Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards was born in 1929 in Marksville, Louisiana, the only daughter of Myrle Dupuy and Errol Schwartzenburg. She was a graduate of Marksville High School and later married Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards.

In August 1972, after the death of Senator Allen J. Ellender, Edwards was appointed by her husband to complete the Senator’s term. As a United States Senator, she served on the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and the Senate Committee on Public Works. She took personal interest in the problems of all her constituents and provided constructive assistance whenever possible.

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, speeches, and other miscellaneous materials. These materials include such subjects as her Senate term, the New Orleans Children's Hospital, and the International Year of the Child.


A. Biography 1-01
B. Press Release 1-02
C. Clippings 1-03 through 1-04
D. Correspondence 1-05 through 1-08
E. Speeches 1-09
F. Awards and Commendations 1-10


1-01 Biography: Elaine Schwartzenburg Edwards
1-02 Press Release: Elaine S. Edwards (Senatorial), 1972-1974
1-03 Newspaper Clippings: Elaine S. Edwards, 1971-1973
1-04 Newspaper Clippings: Elaine S. Edwards, 1974-1977
1-05 Correspondence: New Orleans Hospital, 1973-1978
1-06 Correspondence: Assistance Request, 1973-1979
1-07 Correspondence: Personal with notables, 1976, n.d.
1-08 Correspondence: Senatorial, 1972-1973
1-09 Speeches: Appointed U.S. Senate, 1972; Elaine Edwards Testimonial Dinner, 23 September 1971; Flood Control, Rivers and Harbor, 13 September 1972
1-10 Awards and Commendations: Elaine S. Edwards as Senator of Louisiana, 1 August 1972; [Proclamation] Crippled Children’s Hospital Fund Campaign, 1974; [Proclamation] Hurricane Fifi Relief Weekend in Louisiana, 1974; A concurrent resolution - to commend Mrs. Elaine Edwards, first lady of LA, for her heroic fund-raiser efforts on behalf of the Crippled children’s Hospital of New Orleans, 1974