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Collection Title: Cumbus (Frederick P.) Scrapbook

Collection Number: M411

Dates: ca. 1918-1978

Volume: .25 cu. ft.

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by Mrs. Kirby Lodriques in 1995.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Frederick P. Cumbus was born in Alabama in 1895. He attended public school in Birmingham, and in 1917 he began working for the Birmingham Age-Herald. The same year he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Europe during World War I.

After returning to the United States, Cumbus moved to New Orleans in 1921 and began working for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was a reporter for the civil courts, United States offices, and city hall. He was also automobile editor, acting city editor for a short time, and amusements editor. He followed these jobs with an eight-year stint as state editor from 1941 to 1949, when he became copy editor. He also served briefly in the Louisiana State Guard doing public relations work and editing a monthly publication, The Pelican State Guard. Cumbus retired from the Times-Picayune on July 1, 1964 after 43 years.

During World War I, Cumbus met Theresa Grettan while in Southampton, England. They met in December 1918, and they were engaged by February 1919. They married after Grettan moved to the United States, and they had one daughter, Mary Theresa Cumbus Lodrigues. At the time of his death on March 23, 1978, Cumbus had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



Case File
Contents of the collection

Scope and Content:

Due to its deteriorating condition, it was necessary to disassemble the Frederick P. Cumbus Scrapbook. The original scrapbook was comprised primarily of photographs, with loose items interspersed throughout. Photocopies of the photographs, as they appeared in the scrapbook, were made prior to their removal.

Materials in this collection relate to Fred Cumbus’ tour of duty in World War I and his career at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The collection contains photographs documenting his World War I experiences, newspaper articles written by Cumbus, and other records and photographs that document his journalistic career.

Other Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List
Photograph Log

Related Collections:

AM 2000-110 Ainsworth (Wiley) World War I Letters
AM 97-65 Little (Pvt. James H.) World War I Memory Book
AM 96-27 Smith (Rufus M. and Carolyn M.) World War I Collection




Cumbus (Frederick P.) Scrapbook
Box and Folder List

Box 1    
  Folder 1 Certificates (1944)
  Folder 2 Proclamation (September 14, 1944)
  Folder 3 Letter from Picayune Convalescent Home (March 25, 1978)
  Folder 4 Letter to the Soldiers from General Pershing at the Close of World War I (February 28, 1919)
  Folder 5 Menu for Times-Picayune Employee Dinner (February 3, 1952)
  Folder 6 Brass Plate from Plaque Honoring Fred Cumbus’ Contributions to
Journalism (from the Press Club of New Orleans, undated)
  Folder 7 Passport Belonging to Theresa G. Cumbus (June 29, 1931)
  Folder 8 Photographs: Fred Cumbus-Related
  Folder 9 Photographs: Sites
  Folder 10 Photographs: Troops
  Folder 11 Photographs: Cemeteries/Graves
  Folder 12 Photographs: War-Related
  Folder 13 Photographs: Miscellaneous
  Folder 14 Photocopies of Photographs that were in Fred Cumbus’ Scrapbook
  Folder 15 Military Pass Issued to Pvt. F. P. Cumbus (June 21, 1919)
Oversize Materials in Mapcase    
  Item 1 Photograph of World War I soldiers in formation, taken somewhere in
  Item 2 One issue of The Pelican State Guard (March 1, 1945)
  Item 3 Two copies of a reproduction of the first issue of The Picayune (January 25, 1837)
  Item 4 Newspaper articles by or about Fred Cumbus (ca. 1922 - 1978)


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