An exhibition featuring items in the recently opened Harvey G. Fields Papers is now on display in the Reading Room at Hill Memorial Library. Fields was a colleague and avid supporter of Huey Long.
Harvey Goodwyn Fields was born in Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, in 1883. A graduate of Tulane Law School, he served in the Louisiana Senate from 1916-1920, as District Attorney for Union Parish (1922-1925), Chairman of the Louisiana State Democratic Central Committee (1926-1929), a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (1928-1936), and United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana (1937-1941). He was also a law partner of Long for a short time in Shreveport, Louisiana.
His papers consist of correspondence addressing political issues in Louisiana, the State Democratic Central Committee, Franklin Roosevelt and some New Deal programs, and Huey Long. Political files consist of speeches, minutes of Democratic Executive Committee meetings, a number of political circular letters, and notes dealing with local election returns. Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and printed volumes are included which deal with Louisiana politics and political figures, and a number of political fliers concern Louisiana politicians, including Huey Long. For additional information, see the collection finding aid.
Mr. Fields’ grandson, Thomas L. Fields of Farmerville, La., donated the papers last year. He has written a book based on the collection, I Called Him Grand Dad: The Lost Political Papers of Harvey G. Fields.
-Submitted by Caroline Richard and Tara Laver.