New Manuscript Collection

Walker Percy and Patrick Samway, S.J., at the Percy home in Covington, LA. Taken during their first meeting in 1978.

Special Collections & Archives is very pleased to announce the availability of a new manuscript collection. Patrick Samway, S.J. is an ordained Jesuit priest, teacher and author. Samway’s scholarly and academic interests include Darfur, Sudan, Chad, genocide, Haiti, and literature of the American South. He is the author of Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit’s Efforts in Chad (2007) and Walker Percy: A Life (1997).

The Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers include a range of material related to Samways’ interest in and research on Southern literature with an acute focus on his biography of Walker Percy published in 1997. Other writers represented in the collection include William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Andre Dubus. Material regarding Samway’s humanitarian work in Haiti and Africa can also be found. The types of material in this collection include correspondence, monographs, essays, speeches, ephemera, photographic prints, negatives and audiocassettes. Samway corresponded with a number of writers, scholars, and members of the Percy family.

This collection is complemented by the Samway book collection which includes rare, out of print, and international editions of books primarily by Southern writers and donated by Fr. Samway, and by several other manuscript collections containing materials about Walker Percy.

The finding aid for this collection is online, and the collection may be viewed Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm in Special Collections & Archives.

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