Looney, Ben Earl (1904-1982). Papers, 1934-1979
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.
|C.||Short Stories||1-03 through 1-04|
|D.||Clippings||1-05 through 1-06|
|1-01||Prints: Drawings by Ben Earl Looney, n.d.|
|1-03||Short stories, A-K|
|1-04||Short stories, L-Z|
|1-05||Clippings: miscellaneous dates|
|1-06||Clippings: miscellaneous dates|
|Acadiana Profile, v.5, #4, August/September 1976|
|The Register, 18 November 1972|
|The Register, 22 September 1973|
|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]|