Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - The Kingfish is coming home to Tulane University.
Papers from legendary Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long are part of a sizable donation of archival materials made to the school’s Louisiana Research Collection, the university announced Wednesday.
The papers from Long’s personal office and files are among the highlights of the Jack B. McGuire Collection of Huey P. Long Papers, recently donated to the university.
Long, who was assassinated in 1935, attended Tulane’s Law School for only one year, in 1914. In 1915 after only a year at Tulane, he convinced a board to let him take the state bar exam. He passed and began private practice in his hometown of Winnfield.
The collection of archival material includes speech drafts; Long’s agreement with the Old Regulars political organization and Standard Oil; papers on his Share Our Wealth program; dossiers on his enemies; original illustrations for his autobiography with captions in his handwriting; documents showing that he always intended to name the Huey P. Long bridge after himself; documents relating to the Win or Lose Oil Company; campaign files and more.
The donor, attorney and banker Jack McGuire, is the former public relations director for the city of New Orleans. He was an aide to Mayor Victor Schiro and served on the Mandeville City Council.
McGuire collaborated with historian and journalist Walter Cowan in 2008 to chronicle Long and other Louisiana governors in a book, entitled "Louisiana's Governors: Rulers, Rascals, and Reformers.” In their book, the authors call Long "the first virtual dictator of an American state.”
“With the donation, Tulane now holds one of the most important collections of papers related to the famous Louisiana governor and senator to come to light in the last 30 years,” said the university in a statement.
"The documents in this donation were hidden from history for more than 75 years, and to have the privilege of making them available to the international research community is tremendously exciting," said Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, based in Tulane’s Jones Hall.