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Widely acclaimed as poet laureate of the New Orleans African American community, Christian composed some two thousand poems over the course of his life. His first book of poetry was published in 1922, and he contributed poetic, literary, and historical works to the . There is also correspondence received from persons other than Christian. From 1926 until 1935, Christian owned and operated a dry-cleaning business. There is also a notation written in Christian’s hand. Nineteenth-century clippings include articles about the slave trade, sugar and cotton manufacturing, and disease, and illustrations of New Orleans architecture. In 1936 he joined the Federal Writers’ Project and was assigned to the “Colored Project” at Dillard University, eventually becoming its director and holding that post until the project’s demise in 1943. The materials were published in various American and British serials. An active historian, Christian did extensive research on Louisiana and assisted in the writing of “A Black History of Louisiana,” an unpublished manuscript produced by the Federal Writers’ Project. His published works include Chiefly consisting of light classical music; one audiotape contains Marcus Christian’s reminiscences about his past, as well as lecturing to a poetry class.

Box 2 Notes by Marcus Christian and others, [n.d.], 1943-1969. These papers of Marcus Bruce Christian (1900-1976), a businessman, a writer and poet, teacher, and head of the “Colored Project” of the Louisiana Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), include personal papers, historical and literary writings, and data compiled by the FWP pertaining to the black experience in America. Marcus Bruce Christian, the son of Emanual Banks Christian and Rebecca Harris, was born on March 8, 1900, in Mechanicsville (now incorporated into Houma), Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Also in 1943, he received a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship to pursue historical research on African Americans in Louisiana. Certain clippings from 1937 through 1968 were annotated by Marcus Christian. A year later, he was appointed assistant librarian at Dillard. Clippings are to be found also under “Marcus Christian Manuscripts,” “Household Records”, “Southern Printing Publishing Company,” and “WPA Transcriptions from New Orleans Newspapers.” Box 1 [n.d.].

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