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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.

[Narrative taken from "The Dictionary of Louisiana Biography"]

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

This collection was donated by Perry Guidry.


A. Prints 1-01
B. Correspondence 1-02
C. Short Stories 1-03 through 1-04
D. Clippings 1-05 through 1-06
E. Publications  
  1. Magazines 1-07
  2. Articles 1-08
F. Promotional Material 1-09
G. Photographs 1-10
H. Miscellaneous 1-11


1-01 Prints: Drawings by Ben Earl Looney, n.d.
1-02 Correspondence, 1950-1977
1-03 Short stories, A-K
1-04 Short stories, L-Z
1-05 Clippings: miscellaneous dates
1-06 Clippings: miscellaneous dates
1-07 Publications: Magazines
    Acadiana Profile, v.5, #4, August/September 1976
    The Register, 18 November 1972
    The Register, 22 September 1973
1-08 Publications: 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.
1-09 Promotional Material: miscellaneous dates
1-10 Photographs: unidentified, n.d.
1-11 Miscellaneous: Christmas Card [1 item]