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Stella Queen Papers

Identifier: MS-00048

Scope and Contents

This collection spans 6 linear feet and includes material dating from 1896 to 1969. The materials are comprised of the papers of Stella Woods Queen of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and include personal papers, photographs, printed materials, and phonograph records relating to Queen's family and religious life. The collection is divided into four series: Papers, Photographs, Printed Materials, and Phonograph Records.

The Papers series includes correspondence, records, and ephemera relating to her family and religious life. The Photographs series primarily consists of portraits and snapshots of family members, predominantly of the Woods, Queen, Marts, and Lewis families. Printed Materials includes textbooks (inscribed with the names of various family members) as well as religious publications. Phonograph Recordings include gospel music and sermons.


  • 1896-1969

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Physical rights are retained by Nicholls State University. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Stella Woods Queen (1892-1982) was born on Acadia Plantation in Lafourche Parish. Her father, Harrison Woods, moved from Texas to Louisiana in the 1880s and served as head teamster until the 1930s. Her mother, Varinda Walker, was from Acadia. She was married to Joseph Woods until his death in 1911. In 1914 she married Tom Queen of Houma (Terrebonne Parish). Throughout her life, Queen worked on Acadia Plantation in either the sugar cane fields or boardinghouse.

Biographical information from oral history conducted by Lafourche Heritage '76 Project, reprinted in I Wish I Could Give My Son a Wild Raccoon.


6 Linear Feet (7 flat file boxes)

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Related Materials

LARBC Commission Files and Heritage '76 Oral History Project, Lafourche American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and Lafourche Heritage '76 Collection (MS.00029).

Raise chickens, sell eggs, raise hogs, sell that. (1976). In E. Wigginton (Ed.), I Wish I Could Give My Son A Wild Raccoon (pp. 105-120). Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday.

Sensitive Materials Statement

This collection may contain material(s) with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Ellender Memorial Library and Nicholls State University assume no responsibility.
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Repository Details

Part of the Nicholls State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ellender Memorial Library
Nicholls State University
906 E 1st St.
Thibodaux Louisiana 70310 USA