Guide to the

Emile Robichaud Papers

1.27 linear feet

Collection Number 206

Prepared by Kathie Bordelon

April 2006

CITATION:  Emile Robichaud Papers, Collection No. 206, 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

Not much is known about Emile Robichaud (Joseph Emile Clarice Robichaud). A trunk containing the items in this collection were found in a home on Bilbo Street in Lake Charles. Correspondence from his parents indicates that he was from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, as does a report card from Moncton School. He lived for a while in St. John, New Brunswick, in 1937-38 before moving to 825 Bilbo Street in Lake Charles sometime during 1938. The Lake Charles City Directory from 1939 indicates that he worked as a bookkeeper for the George F. Kelly Company in Lake Charles. Various items in the collection show that he played the clarinet for the Lake Charles Civic Symphony Orchestra and as part of the orchestra for the Lake Charles Little Theatre. He attended Vincent Business College and was news editor of their student newspaper. 

Robichaud was sponsored in the United States by his cousin’s (Marie Rainville Earp) husband, James W. Earp from Herington, Kansas in September 1937. Mr. Earp stated that Robichaud was a “fine, upright, honorable young man.” Earp worked for the Rock Island Railroad and was a prolific writer of short stories. His papers are in the Western History Manuscript Collection in Kansas City, MO. 

Robichaud was Catholic and a friend of a priest in Lake Charles at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The friend, Father Aurile, wrote to Robichaud while he lived in St. John, that Lake Charles in 1936 had 13,000 Catholic families living within the city limits and 600 Catholic families living in the mission territories outside the city limits. The priest also discussed the World Series between the Giants and the Yankees and ice hockey. He mentions Robichaud playing the clarinet. A letter from Robichaud’s father mentions Father Aurile and wonders when he and Robichaud will be returning to Canada. 

We don’t know where Robichaud went after leaving Lake Charles. Correspondence indicates that he was interested in finding work in Arizona and Colorado.

Scope and Content Note 

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous items from the Lake Charles Little Theatre, the Lake Charles Civic Symphony Orchestra, and Vincent Business College. 

Container List 

Box Folder  Description
1 1 Personal correspondence from Helen to “Sweetheart.” Helen lived in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dates 1937 to St. John. New Brunswick, 1938 to Lake Charles, LA.
2 Personal correspondence from friends and family to Emile.  Dated 1936 to St. John, N.B., 1939-40 to Lake Charles,  1941 unknown, some undated, some in French.
3 Miscellaneous correspondence primarily replies from companies Robichaud had contacted concerning employment. One letter is from James W. Earp, cousin by marriage to Robichaud, who writes to the American Consulate in Canada. He states that he will be responsible for Robichaud when he enters the U.S. Earp worked for the Rock Island Railroad and was also a prolific writer of short stories. He wrote for Stars and Stripes during World War I.
  4 Miscellaneous greeting cards, poems.
  5 Miscellaneous greeting cards, envelopes.
  6 Unidentified negatives.
  7 Unidentified photographs.
  8 Small personal notebooks.
9 Report card from Moncton Schools, Grade VII, progress card, registration certificate from Denver Public Schools.
10 Various items related to Vincent Business College in Lake Charles, including student newsletter showing Robichaud as news editor in vol. 5 #5.
11 Various items related to the Lake Charles Civic Symphony Orchestra and other miscellaneous music programs. Indications that Robichaud played the clarinet. Commencement program from St. Charles Academy from 1938.
  12 Various items related to the Lake Charles Little Theatre, programs from 1939 indicating Robichaud played the clarinet.

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