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Percy-Romagosa Collection

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Percy-Romagosa Collection

J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans

2013



Profile Description

Creation: XML finding aid derived from Microsoft Word document.
Language: Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Repository: Loyola University (New Orleans, La.)
Monroe Library
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-864-7111
Email: archives@loyno.edu
Creator: Percy, Walker, 1916-1990.
Title: Percy-Romagosa Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1972-1993
Bulk Dates: 1982-1993
Extent: 0.20 linear ft.
Abstract: Letters and photographs document the relationship between the novelist Walker Percy and New Orleans priest Elmo L. Romagosa.
Collection No.16

System of Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection documents the relationship between novelist Walker Percy and priest Elmo L. Romagosa. It consists mainly of brief letters. Eighteen of these were from Percy to Romagosa--the first was written in 1972; the others were written between 1982 and 1989. The collection's remaining eighteen letters also derive from the Percy-Romagosa relationship. Correspondents include Robert Coles, the psychiatrist and writer; Shelby Foote, the historian and novelist who was Percy's lifelong friend; and Jay Tolson, a Percy biographer.


This collection concludes with two folders: one contains twenty-nine negatives and six prints of Percy, his friends, and his family taken by Romagosa, apparently in the late 1980s; the other contains miscellaneous items.


Administrative/Biographical History

This collection centers on the relationship between Walker Percy and Elmo L. Romagosa. Percy was a noted novelist and needs no introduction. Although Romagosa was himself a prominent priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, a brief biographical sketch may be useful.


Romagosa was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 1924. He attended St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Following ordination in 1947, he served in various archdiocesan parishes and offices in south Louisiana, mainly in the New Orleans area. In 1963 he helped found the new archdiocesan newspaper, The Clarion Herald, and served as its editor for twelve years. He subsequently held various positions, including Director of the Stella Maris Maritime Center, Chaplain of the Port of New Orleans, and National Secretary of the Catholic Broadcasters Association. In 1980 he was designated a monsignor. He was also an accomplished photographer, receiving several Catholic Press Awards for his photographs. He died in an automobile accident on August 1, 1999.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission must be obtained from Special Collections & Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Percy-Romagosa Collection, Collection 16, Special Collections & Archives, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University, New Orleans.


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