Lady Marilyn “Cissie” McLeod Papers


1.27 linear feet

 Collection Number 182

 Prepared by Patricia A. Threatt
June 2004

CITATION: The Lady Marilyn “Cissie” McLeod Papers, Collection No. 182, Box number, Folder number, Archives and Special Collections Department, Frazar Memorial Library, McNeese State University.

 Archives and Special Collections Department
Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University

Biographical Sketch

Lady Marilyn “Cissie” Qualls McLeod was born in 1937 to Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Carroll Allen. Her grandfather was Austin A. Nelson, the first Director of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. In 1962, Cissie McLeod married William Lasater “Bill” McLeod, Jr. who was a State Legislator and District Judge. The McLeods have three daughters, Sara, Ruth and Martha.

See also The William L. “Bill” McLeod, Jr. Papers, Collection number 159.

Scope and Content Note

The Papers consist of notes, clippings, photographs, correspondence, ephemera, yearbooks, and certificates concerning Cissie McLeod’s personal life; her family; the First Presbyterian Church; and the Allen, Qualls, and Nelson families.

Container List






Postcards and advertising bookmarks. [1908-1910, 1950, n.d.].  Postcards are addressed to Lena Davis, Mrs. Ell Ray Henry, Lillie Jinks, Norman Jinks, and Austin Nelson.



Austin A. Nelson documents: photograph of Nelson and others at the completion of the new ship channel [1926], photocopy of a letter from Nelson to his wife and children [1935], and a clipping of Nelson’s 1941 resignation as director of the port.



2 Photographs: David Levine [1945] and an unidentified woman [n.d.]



Kently Nelson Qualls documents [1947-1948, 1953, n.d.]. Clippings and photographs.



Kently Nelson Qualls’ yearbooks:  The Allenian of Allen Military Academy [1951-1954] and The Bluebonnet of Texas Military Institute [1949, 1951]



Floy Nelson and Raleigh Carroll Allen documents: Invitation to 1953 Presidential inauguration, DAR membership certificate [1969], Letter from Claudius Mayo [1984], Genealogy data sheet for Major John Nelson [n.d.]



Floy Nelson and Raleigh Carroll Allen documents (cont.):  Certificate naming Floy a member of the La. Bicentennial Comm. [1974], Certificate naming Raleigh an Aide-de-Camp of Gov. Edwards’ staff [1973], and a certificate naming Floy an Aide-de-Camp of Gov. Treen’s staff [1981].



Clippings [Ca. 1947- 2000]



Receipts for china [1962, n.d.]



Family photographs [Ca. 1975, 1990-1993, ca. 2000]



Politicians’ wives [1975-1984].  Includes notes from a speech Cissie McLeod gave regarding her life as Bill McLeod’s wife and a 1975 membership booklet of the Louisiana Legislative Wives’ Auxiliary.



Events [1976-1991].  Invitations and guest lists for various parties.



Correspondence [ca. 1977-2000, n.d.].



Paul Hart Miller’s campaign for city council [1981].  Includes materials relating to Cissie McLeod’s activities with the campaign.



First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles [1988-2000]. Includes a 1993 membership directory and bible study materials.



Krewe of Contraband Court [1990].  Ruth McLeod was the Queen of the court in 1990. 



Moss Bluff Elementary School list of students [n.d.]



Cissie McLeod’s Gumbo yearbook [LSU, 1956]

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