Walter and Elizabeth Rogers Papers, 1939-1974

Scope and Content Note

The Walter and Elizabeth Rogers Papers are arranged in three series: correspondence, writings, and a subject file containing leaflets, clippings, government documents, and letters. The papers contain information on their social activist activities and their backgrounds, particularly Elizabeth's.

The CORRESPONDENCE is divided in two parts. Chronological General Correspondence includes letters to the editor and correspondence with Elizabeth's sister and friends in New England, with old classmates from Smith College, Elizabeth's alma mater (class of 1913), with acquaintances in the Soviet Union, with publishers, and with other activists in New Orleans and elsewhere. Notable correspondents include Barbara Dane and Carl Haessler. Extensive Correspondence with All Points of View, a mail order book and subscription service run by John Stanfield in San Antonio, Texas, forms the second part of the series.

WRITINGS includes typescripts, published copies, and advertising leaflets for the Rogers' more substantive works, plus one folder of miscellaneous speeches and writings.

The SUBJECT FILE consists primarily of leaflets and includes many on the Vietnam War, the Betsy Flood Victims, and urban renewal. Materials from the 1940s and 1950s concern aid to French orphans and the sale of Tourlaque, a home owned by Elizabeth in southern France. One folder has information on a 1975 physical attack on Walter Rogers by security guards at the New Orleans Post Office.