Frellsen Fletcher Smith Collection Homepage 


British Author Pages


William Harrison Ainsworth


Sir Max Beerbohm


William Camden


Charles Dickens


Leigh Hunt


Charles Lamb


Somerset Maugham


John Ruskin


Robert Southey


Alfred, Lord Tennyson


William Makepeace Thackeray


H.G. Wells


William Wordsworth


Documents by the 19th-Century British Poet Laureates


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American Authors and Statesmen


Bronson Alcott


Louisa May Alcott


William Cullen Bryant


James Fenimore Cooper


Richard henry Dana


Ralph Waldo Emerson


Zane Grey


Horace Greeley


Bret Harte


William Dean Howells


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Washington Irving


James Madison


Edwin Markham


Carl Sandburg


John Steinbeck


Henry David Thoreau


Mark Twain


Frellsen Fletcher Smith taught technical writing at Louisiana Tech University from 1938 to 1972, and through the generosity of his daughter Lorna and her husband Jon Kardatzke, Louisiana Tech now has one of the finest collections of literary letters in the South. The Kardatzkes have collected letters, documents, and signed first editions written by a variety of literary greats, including Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth, Carl Sandburg, Mark Twain, and many others. These documents are currently housed on the fourth floor of the Prescott Memorial Library. They are available for viewing and research through special collections.

The author links on the sidebars to the right and left contain more details about individual authors and the documents in our collection. These links will be updated as the documents are examined and cataloged and the research is completed.


At the presentation of the Frellsen Fletcher Smith Collection documents: (Left to Right) Dean of Liberal Arts Ed Jacobs, Louisiana Tech Director of Special Collections Peggy Carter, donors Lorna and Jon Kardatzke.