CAROLYN BASON LONG PAPERS

(Mss. 4020)

Inventory

Compiled by

Bradley J. Wiles

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY ........................................................................................................................ 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE .......................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ....................................................................................... 4
LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES .................................................... 5
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS .................................................................................................. 6
INDEX TERMS .................................................................................................................. 9
CONTAINER LIST .......................................................................................................... 10

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SUMMARY

Size

6.5 linear ft.

Geographic Locations

Washington (D.C.), Louisiana, North Carolina

Inclusive Dates

1940-2006

Bulk Dates

1969-1986

Languages

English

Summary

The Carolyn Bason Long Papers consists of personal correspondence, photographs, invitations, schedules, printed items, memorabilia, and other records documenting the charitable and social activities of the wife of Louisiana Senator Russell B. Long, and, to a lesser extent, her family, personal, and professional life before her marriage to Long in 1969.

Access Restrictions

Photographic negatives are not available to patrons.

Reproduction Note

May be reproduced.

Copyright

For those materials not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.

Related Collections

Russell B. Long Papers, Mss. 3700

Citation

Carolyn Bason Long Collection, Mss. 4020, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Location(s)

Range 29

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Carolyn Elizabeth Bason was born December 1, 1922, in Caswell County, North Carolina to Samuel Murphy Bason and Martha Eliza (Marnie) Hatchett Bason. Her father was a former North Carolina state senator and the president of the Bank of Yanceyville (N.C.), and her mother was a homemaker. In addition to Carolyn, the Basons had two other children named William Hatchett and Dorothy Helen. In 1943, Carolyn completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Secretarial Administration from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Her first job after graduation was at Duke University, and in January 1945 she relocated to Washington D.C. to work as an office assistant for the North Carolina Senator Clyde R. Hoey. In 1951 she transferred from the Senate Civil Service to the U.S. Dept. of the Navy’s Eastern Atlantic Military Assistance Program Advisory Group and spent the next two years stationed in London and Frankfurt. She returned stateside in 1953 and resumed work in Senator Hoey’s office until his death in 1954. Hoey was succeeded by Samuel J. Ervin, and Carolyn remained on his staff as his personal secretary through the early 1970s.

On December 23, 1969, Carolyn Bason married Louisiana Senator Russell B. Long. During her tenure in Washington D.C., Mrs. Long devoted much of her time to charitable and cultural causes, particularly in promoting historic preservation and the performing arts. She was a member of the International Neighbors Club and the Red Cross unit of the Senate Wives. She served as an officer of the Ladies of the United State Senate and the Congressional Club, and held board positions on the Wolf Trap Foundation and the District of Columbia Multiple Sclerosis Society. Long was an advocate for improving the quality of living and healthcare for the elderly and received the Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 1983. She was also a booster for the state of Louisiana, frequently visiting to lend her support to educational and cultural enterprises. Senator Long retired in 1986 and died in 2003. Mrs. Long resides at their home in Washington D.C. and was in attendance at White House and Senate events as recently as 2006.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, invitations, schedules, printed items, memorabilia, and other records documenting Carolyn Long’s charitable activities, social engagements, and duties as a senator's wife. The bulk of the collection covers the years after her marriage to Russell Long in 1969 until his retirement in 1986. However there are several records series documenting her family and professional life prior to her marriage and in the years following her exit from the Washington D.C. political and social scene.

LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES

Series I. Personal Correspondence Files, 1952-2003

Subseries A. Background and Family, 1952-1987

Subseries B. Miscellaneous and Subject Correspondence, 1969-2002

Subseries C. Invitations and Schedules, 1969-2003

Series II. Duties, 1972-2004

Subseries A. Special Events, 1972-1985

Subseries B. Louisiana Visits, 1977-1985

Subseries C. Organizations and Memberships, 1972-2004

Sub-subseries 1. Ladies of the Senate, 1975-2004

Sub-subseries 2. Miscellaneous, 1972-1999

Series III. Philanthropy, 1977-1985

Subseries A. Benefits, 1981-1984

Subseries B. Special Interests, 1975-1985

Subseries C. Louisiana, 1977-1985

Series IV. Entertaining, 1978-1985

Series V. Programs, 1965-1984

Series VI. Press Files, ca. 1940-1994

Series VII. Speeches, 1980-1981

Series VIII. Photographs, ca. 1943-2006

Series IX. Scrapbooks, ca. 1969-1986

Series X. Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Personal Correspondence Files, 1952-2003

The Personal Correspondence Files are divided into three subseries: Background and Family, Miscellaneous and Subject Correspondence, and Invitations. The Background and Family materials include Bason family correspondence, notes and cards from Russell Long, and several biographical narratives and documents about Carolyn Long. Of note in this subseries are the records from the Department of the Navy which detail the administrative aspects of her civilian military service in Europe. The Miscellaneous and Subject Correspondence files include assorted letters and memoranda from personal and professional associates in Washington, D.C. and Louisiana, mostly dating from after her marriage to Senator Long in 1969. The Invitations subseries mostly consists of printed announcements and schedules for various social activities, state dinners, and diplomatic events. Of note are the numerous invitations from the White House, including a dinner honoring the president of the French Republic in 1976.

Series II. Duties, 1972-2004

The Duties series is divided into three subseries: Special Events, Louisiana Visits, and Organizations and Memberships. The Special Events and Louisiana Visits subseries mostly contain correspondence, schedules, and printed items pertaining to specific events that Long attended to support her husband’s political career or to promote her own various charitable causes. Of note in this subseries are the individual parish files documenting her extensive involvement in constituency outreach at the state level. The Organizations and Memberships subseries includes invitations, correspondence, and other materials related to Long’s participation in social and charity events with the Ladies of the Senate, the Congressional Club, the Capital Speakers Club, and the International Neighbors Club.

Series III. Philanthropy, 1977-1985

The Philanthropy series is divided into three subseries: Benefits, Special Interests, and Louisiana. The Benefits subseries contains files with materials from specific fundraising events including the Art Center for Southwestern Louisiana Designer Fair in 1982 and the Washington D.C. Children’s Hospital in 1984. The Special Interests subseries contains subject files related to Long’s involvement in raising public awareness on health and quality of life issues for the elderly, including her work as an advisor to the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. It also contains materials documenting her work promoting her alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. The Louisiana subseries contains an alphabetical grouping of files by parish pertaining to her philanthropic and cultural interests in Louisiana, including booklets, pamphlets, maps, and other printed items relating to tourism, outdoor recreation, museums, plantations, and elder care, among others.

Series IV. Entertaining, 1978-1985

The Entertaining series contains correspondence, invitations, schedules, guest lists, and other materials for dinners, luncheons, and parties which Long had a hand in helping to

organize. Several of these events honored statesmen or their spouses, as well celebrities such as Claudette Colbert and Angela Lansbury.

Series V. Programs, 1965-1985

The Programs series consists of programs, schedules, and announcements for a number of events, dinners, and other gatherings in Louisiana and Washington D.C. Of note are the materials related to the Louisiana State Museum Sun King Exhibition in 1984, where Long was an honored guest.

Series VI. Press Files, ca. 1940-1994

The Press Files consist of newspaper clippings from various publications in Washington D.C. and Louisiana, and feature articles on Long from The County Magazine (Caswell County, N.C.) and Louisiana Healthcare.

Series VII. Speeches, 1980-1981

This series contains speech drafts and notes from the early 1980s, including two stump speeches given in Louisiana discussing her husband’s work and life in Washington D.C., and another for the Wolf Trap Foundation that mentions some of that organizations accomplishments and upcoming activities.

Series VIII. Photographs, ca. 1943-2006

This series consists primarily of groupings of photographs featuring Long in her various capacities as a senatorial consort, philanthropist, and volunteer within the Washington D.C. political and social community. It includes wallet-sized images, snapshots, portraits, and official professional prints of Long at White House dinners, state events, and other social gatherings related to her husband’s senior senator position or as part of her duties with organizations like the Ladies of the Senate and the Red Cross. The photographs also document Long’s family relationships, constituent service, and worldwide travel. Of note in this series are the photographs of Long with important statesmen and women from after 1970, including Presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan, and First Ladies Rosalind Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush, among others. Many of these photographs were forwarded via official channels (White House Photo Office, for example) and include autographs. Also of note are the early prints from Long’s work in the offices of North Carolina Senators Hoey and Ervin, and the photographs from her time working and traveling in Europe with the Military Assistance Program Advisory Group in the early 1950s.

Series IX. Scrapbooks, ca. 1969-1986

The Scrapbooks series consists of two reels of a microfilmed scrapbook created by Carolyn Long. The scrapbook is mostly comprised of newspaper from the late 1960s to the early 1980s and documents her charitable activities and social engagements in Washington, D.C., Louisiana, and North Carolina.

Series X. Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986

The Memorabilia consists of the following items: twelve purple ribbons with donkey and text, “The Winner… Russell Long”; Four thread donkey appliques; two red, white, and

blue emery boards with text, “A Small Additional Service From Your United States Senator Russell B. Long”; two pins with French and American flags accompanied by note of appreciation from the French Embassy for the Mari Gras ball; one recording disc for the Louisiana state song, “Give Me Louisiana,” by Doralice Fontane; sheet music for “Give Me Louisiana” by Doralice Fontane and issued by James H. Brown, Secretary of State (John W. Schaum Publications, Inc., 1971); one wood doubloon on a key chain with outline of the state of Louisiana and text “Long 1980.”; one strand of green Mardi Gras beads with medallion and text reading “Kolp 79”; one bronze medallion in leather case engraved in French honoring the American bicentennial and marking the official visit of the French president Vallery Giscard D’Estaing in May 1976; one framed print with letter from Elizabeth B. Moynihan; four Military Payment Certificate notes worth five and ten cents; one note card to CBL from Frank Yablans of Paramount Pictures; and one two dollar note from the State of North Carolina issued in 1861.

INDEX TERMS

Materials relating to these people, places, and things can be found in the series indicated, as represented by their numbers.

Bason family.

I, VIII

Bason, Martha Eliza Hatchett.

I, VII

Bason, Samuel Murphy.

I

Charities--Louisiana.

II-IX

Charities--Washington (D.C.)

II-IX

Constituency service--Louisiana.

I-X

Correspondence.

I-IV

Invitations.

I-V

Ladies of the Senate.

I-II, VII-XI

Legislators' spouses--United States.

I-X

Long, Carolyn Bason.

I-X

Long family.

VIII

Long, Russell B.

I-X

Louisiana--Politics and government--1951-

I-X

Louisiana--Social life and customs--20th century.

II, III, VIII

Older people--Medical care--United States .

III

Philanthropy--Louisiana

I-X

Philanthropy--Washington (D.C.)

I-X

Photographic prints.

VII

Scrapbooks.

IX

United States. Dept. of the Navy. Eastern Atlantic Military Assistance Program Advisory Group.

I

Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century.

I-X

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Series I. Personal Correspondence Files, 1952-2003

Subseries A. CBL Background and Family, 1952-1987

Range 29

8

1

Biographical file, ca. 1965-1987

2

Civilian military service records, 1951-1953

3

Bason family correspondence, 1952-1964

4

CBL and RBL wedding announcement, 1969

5

Notes and cards from RBL to CBL, ca. 1969-1987

6

CBL and RBL Christmas cards, 1971-1986

7

Senate spouse documents, 1985, undated

8

Johnston coffee in honor of CBL, 1986

Subseries B. Miscellaneous and Subject Correspondence, 1969-2002

1

1-10

Assorted chronological correspondence, 1969-2002, undated

11

CBL and RBL parties, 1978-1980

12

Christmas cards from White House and others, ca. 1980-1986

13

Kim Zabbia posters, 1980

14

Jonesboro (La.) tulip presentation, 1982

15

Invitations declined, 1985

16

Thank-you letters, 1986

17

Campaign contributor address lists, undated

Subseries C. Invitations, 1969-2003

18

Invitations accepted, 1973-1986

19

Invitations accepted/regretted, 1980

20-22

White House invitations, 1969-2003

23

Dinner with French President, 1976

24

White House dinner for Chinese vice-premier, 1979

25

Shell Oil Dinner, 1985

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

26

National Trust for Historic Preservation gala, 1988

27-40

Invitations and Schedules, 1972-1979

2

1-26

Invitations and Schedules, 1980-1984

Series II. Duties, 1972-2004

Subseries A. Special Events, 1972-1985

27

S. S. Tillie Lykes christening (Quincy, Mass.), 1972

28

Red River Revel (Shreveport, La.), 1977-1979

29

U.S.O. show and luncheon honoring Nancy Reagan, 1982

30

Louisiana World’s Fair (New Orleans), 1984

31

Presidential Inaugurations, 1984-1985

Subseries B. Louisiana Visits, 1977-1985

3

1-31

By Parish (alphabetical), 1977-1985

32-33

North Louisiana, 1982

34-38

Miscellaneous, 1980-1982

Subseries C. Organizations and Memberships, 1972-2004

Sub-subseries 1. Ladies of the Senate, 1975-2004

39-44

First Ladies luncheon planning, 1975-1984

45-47

First Ladies luncheon invitations, 1975-2004

48-49

White House luncheon invitations,1981-2002

50

New Senate Wives luncheon correspondence, 1978-1979

51

Photography committee correspondence, 1984-1986

Sub-subseries 2. Miscellaneous, 1972-1999

52-53

Congressional Club annual luncheon invitations, 1976-1999

54

Congressional Club correspondence, 1975-1983

55-56

Capital Speakers Club, 1972-1983

57-59

International Neighbors Club, 1972-1983

4

1-13

Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts, 1978-1985

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Series III. Philanthropy, 1977-1985

Subseries A. Benefits, 1981-1984

14

Odyssey House (Shreveport, La.), 1981

15

Art Center for Southwestern Louisiana “Designer Fair” (Lafayette, La.), 1982

16-17

The Washington Home, 1982

18

Art Center for Southwestern Louisiana “La Couleur de Mardi Gras Acadien” (Washington D.C.), 1982-1983

19

Children’s Hospital (Washington D.C.), 1984

Subseries B. Special Interests, 1975-1985

20

Artists, 1982-1985

21-23

Care of the Aging, 1971-1982

24

Community Improvement Programs, 1976-1978

25-27

Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 1981-1983

28

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1975

29

Ombudsman Program, 1984

30

Strand Theater Restoration (Shreveport, La.), 1978

31-34

University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1981-1983

Subseries C. Louisiana, 1977-1985

5

1-16

By Parish (alphabetical), ca. 1980-1985

17-18

Miscellaneous, 1977-1981

19

Plantations, undated

Series IV. Entertaining, 1978-1985

20

Luncheons hosted by CBL, 1978-1984

21

Long/Strauss Birthday Party, 1978

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

22

Maud Gatewood Wine and Cheese Party, 1979

23

Finance Committee Party, 1979

24

Louisiana Lawn Party, 1979

25

Long Bandwagon Party, 1980

26

Luncheon for Leesville/De Ridder group, 1980

27

Luncheon for Angela Lansbury, 1980

28

Miscellaneous, 1980

29

RBL Luncheon for G. E. Company, 1981

30

Evita Luncheon honoring Valerie Perri, 1981

31

Luncheon honoring Bonnie Livingston, 1981

32

Luncheon at Commnader’s Palace, 1982

33

Luncheon honoring Joyce Bonin, 1982

34

Louisiana Statehood Day, 1982

35

Wolf Trap Gala and Box Supper, 1982

36

Mostly/Gilmore Rehearsal Dinner, 1982

37

Luncheon for Helen Burns, 1982

38

Luncheon honoring Mrs. Everett Jordan, Mrs. Alton Lennon, and Mrs. Charles Jones, 1982

39

Dinner for Senator and Mrs. Harry Byrd, 1982

40

Staff office picnic, 1983

41

Party for Helen Jackson, 1984

42

Harvest Luncheon, 1984

43

RBL office party, 1984

44

Christmas parties, 1984

45

Luncheon for Pat Shore, 1984

46

Inaugural Day luncheon, 1985

47

Luncheon for David McCullough and James H. Billington, 1985

48

Luncheon for Claudette Colbert, 1985

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Series V. Programs, 1965-1985

49

The Gridiron Club Annual Dinner, 1965, 1967

50

Louisiana State Museum Sun King Exhibition state dinner, 1984

51

Miscellaneous, 1978-1985

Series VI. Press Files, ca. 1940-1994

52

Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1994

53

Article from Louisiana Healthcare, 1976

54

Article from The County Magazine, 1982

Series VII. Speeches, 1980-1981

55

Morgan City Petroleum Club, 1980

56

Wolf Trap, 1981

57

At Lafayette (La.), 1981

6

Series VIII. Photographs, ca. 1943-2006

1

CBL Europe photos, ca. 1951-1953

2

Pheasant hunt photos, 1969

3

RBL and CBL post-wedding snapshots, 1970

4

CBL and Richard M. Nixon, 1970

5

Allen J. Ellender birthday party, 1970

6-8

Christening of “Tillie Lykes” ship, 1972

9

Miscellaneous CBL individual and group photos, ca. 1972-1992

10

Outdoor picnic snapshots, 1974

11

Louisiana picnic, 1974

12

Ladies of the Senate luncheon, 1975

13

CBL and Lindy Boggs with letter, 1976

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

14

Alexandria Town Talk photos and article, 1976

15

Saints or Sinners photograph from G. W. Flinn with letter, 1976

16

Sullivan retirement dinner with letter, 1976

17

Visit to Universal Pictures Gray Lady Down set, 1976

18

International Neighbors Club meeting, 1976

19

Miscellaneous Washington D.C. luncheons, ca. 1976-1984

20

CBL with assorted politicos, 1976-1989

21

CBL with Jimmy and Rosalind Carter, 1977-1980

22

CBL with wife of Canadian ambassador, 1977

23

Senate wives’ luncheon, 1977

24

CBL, RBL, and V. Bussie at AFL-CIO meeting, 1977

25

CBL and RBL miscellaneous photos, ca. 1977-1992

26

Miscellaneous family and friends, ca. 1978-1988

27

Christening ceremony for Bell-Halter 110 SES, 1979

28

RBL, CBL and Gretchen Riddell with letter, 1980

29

CBL visit to North Louisiana, ca. 1980

30

CBL official photographs, ca. 1980

31

Senate Wives Red Cross Unit, ca. 1980-1983

32

Sugar Bowl Party in New Orleans, 1981

33

Art Center of Southwest Louisiana, 1981

34

Long and Jessup visit to mountaintop home, 1981

35

White House tour with Martine, 1982

36

Visit to Mansfield, La., 1982

37

Palm Springs visit with letter, 1982

38

CBL and Ronald and Nancy Reagan with letters, 1983-1988

39

Trip to Bruges, Belgium, with letter, 1983

40

Washingtonian magazine prints, 1983

41

RBL Navy prints with letters, 1983

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

42

CBL Better Life Award presentation, 1983

43

Trip to Soviet Union (Georgia), 1983

44

Mardi Gras party, 1984

45

Trip to Israel, 1984

46

Snapshots of CBL from Peggy LeBaron with letter, 1984

47

Mountaintop home snapshots from Joan Smith, 1984

48

CBL and Jack Britain at Louisiana’s World Fair, 1984

49

Democratic Senators meeting, 1985

50

CBL and Jerald F. terHorst with letter, 1985

51

Kyoto, Japan photos and letter from Kensuke Ueda, 1985

52

RBL office staff Potomac cruise, 1985

53

CBL and friends in Tokyo, 1985

54

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, 1985

55

Bason family snapshots, 1985

56

Pentagon luncheon with letter, 1985

57

Louisiana Folklife Festival, 1985

58

Mountaintop home, 1985

59

Broyhill Inc., reception with letter, 1985

60

Bason nieces and nephews with letter, 1986

61

RBL birthday resolution package from Lynn Roundtree, 1986

62

Evangeline Downs Russell Long Purse photo, 1986

63

Donald Rogers birthday party, 1986

64

Island vacation photos, 1986

65

Miscellaneous Marnie Bason, 1986-1989

66

Marnie Bason’s 91st birthday party, 1987

67

North Carolina visit with letter, 1988

68

Fall foliage snapshots, 1988

69

Calgary, Canada Stampede, 1989

Stack

Location

Box

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70

CBL and Barbara Bush with letters, 1990

71

Ribicoff birthday party, 1990

72

CBL and Hillary Clinton, ca. 1994

73

CBL at ESOP Association meeting, 1995

74

CBL and Laura Bush, 2002-2004

75

First Ladies Luncheon, 2006

76

CBL at unidentified party, undated

77

Dinner honoring RBL, undated

78

Hoey/Ervin senate staff prints, undated

79

RBL and CBL at Hideaway, undated

80

Christmas party snapshots, undated

81

Ocean side snapshots, undated

82

Ocean Ray snapshots, undated

83

House construction snapshots, undated

84

CBL in pool, undated

85

Negatives [RESTRICTED]

8

9

RBL and CBL portrait, undated

9

Clyde R. Hoey portrait, undated

10

Sam Ervin portraits, undated

Series IX. Scrapbooks, ca. 1969-1986

7

Two reels of microfilm (see Series Description)

Series X. Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986

Ten folders with assorted items (see Series Description)