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Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Collection 63

Scope and Contents

The Samway 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. 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.


  • Created: 1970-2005
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1985-2005
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/11/1995


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use except the contents of Box 26 and Folders 1-3 of Box 27. These items are restricted until 2024.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. Copyright Laws.

Biographical or Historical Information

Patrick Samway, S.J. is an ordained Jesuit priest, teacher and author. His teaching career began at LeMoyne College, where he was Chair of the English Department. At the time this collection was processed, Samway was teaching at St. Joseph’s University. Samway has also been a visiting professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, the Bannan Scholar-in-Residence at University of Santa Clara, and a Fulbright Lecturer in France. 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).

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Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order.

Source of Acquisition

Samway, Patrick

Method of Acquisition

Gift, 1994.02

Accruals and Additions

As the collection continues to grow, an additional subset of the collection is being gathered and stored in the unprocessed storage area on the 5th floor. See accession record in Archon for subsequent donation dates.

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Repository Details

Part of the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Special Collections & Archives Repository

6363 St Charles Ave
New Orleans 70118 US