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Ernest Gueymard Papers

Identifier: brfa017

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily reflects the research Mr. Gueymard conducted in the course of writing his historical columns. There are also personal letters written in both French and English. Also included in these files are some records from Hard Times Plantation in Iberville Parish, Mr. Gueymard’s family home (checks, sugar books, correspondence). The collection includes photographs, newspaper clippings, menus and recipes, and plantation records. Mr. Gueymard gave many speeches to community organizations and there are a large number of speeches in the collection. There is a master set of his columns, and finally there is a selection of books collected by Mr. Gueymard over the years.


  • 1886-1992

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library adheres to Copyright laws as set forth by Title 17 of the United States Code. Please refer to the Copyright Statement in the appendix portion of the Baton Rouge Room Collection Development Policy.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest Gueymard was born in Carville (Island) in Iberville Parish, Louisiana on October 8, 1908 to Marie Gueymard (nee Larré) and Adolph Gueymard, a planter (Hard Times Plantation), parish juror and State Representative. Ernest Gueymard graduated from Louisiana State University in 1929 with a degree in journalism. He began to work at the Morning Advocate in 1929 and soon moved to the State Times eventually becoming managing editor. He worked for the Capitol City press for 44 years until his retirement in 1973. He was twice married, first to fellow journalist Clair Lunsford with whom he had two children, Anne (m. Shirley) and Davis. He then married Margaret McDearmon Reed Gueymard (former head librarian of the East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries) in 1946.

Ernest was an avid gourmand, opera lover and world traveler. After his retirement from the managing editor position, he wrote a column called “The Gueymard Notebook” which focused on the historical and anecdotal aspects of Baton Rouge. He was active in many community organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, and the Gridiron Club. Gueymard was also an avid researcher of his family’s genealogy and information on the Gueymard, Babin, Roussel, and Larré families are contained in this collection.

He died in Baton Rouge, La. on November 23, 1992 after a long battle with liver cancer.


10 box

3 see container summary (binders)


The arrangement follows what is assumed to be the original alphabetical order as closely as possible. Gueymard’s file name conventions have been adhered to. A selection of these materials can be found in the Baton Rouge Room Digital Archive at:

Physical Location

BRS R9 8.1-8.4, 8.7

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Anne Gueymard Shirley July, 2010. These papers were held in Mrs. Shirley’s home from the time of Mr. Gueymard’s death and the original order may have been disrupted. It is possible there are more Gueymard papers, and these will be sought out by Mrs. Shirley and if found, added to the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melissa Eastin in August and September of 2010.
Ernest Gueymard Papers
Emily Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA