Popular Non-Fiction


Revised Black and White Magic: Marie Laveau; Burning of Candles, Use of Roots and Oils, Powders and Incenses; Significance of Cards, Horoscope with Lucky Days and Lucky Numbers; Guide to Spiritualists, Mediums, and Readers. [S.l.: s.n., 197-?]. Accession 75-280-RL.


Cajun, Andre [Andrew Jackson Navard]. Louisiana Voodoo. 2nd ed. New Orleans: Harmanson, 1946. Accession 84-890-RL.

———. "Ol' Evil Eye" Making Voodoo. New Orleans: Cajun, 1946. Accession 85-345-RL.

Canizares, Raul. The Life and Works of Marie Laveau: Gris-Gris, Cleansings, Charms, Hexes. 1st ed. Plainview, NY: Original Publications, 2001. Accession 2002-252-RL.1.

Glassman, Sallie Ann. Vodou Visions: An Encounter with Divine Mystery. New York: Villard, 2000. Accession 2000-165-RL.2.

Haskins, James. Voodoo & Hoodoo: Their Tradition and Craft as Revealed by Actual Practitioners. Chelsea, MI: Scarborough House, 1990. Accession 94-694-RL.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Mules and Men. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1935. Accession 92-48-L.62.264. Part of MSS 525, William Russell Book Collection.

Martinez, Raymond J. Mysterious Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen; and, Folk Tales along the Mississippi. New Orleans: Harmanson, 1956. Accession 88-231-RL.

Morrison, Betty L. A Guide to Voodoo in New Orleans, 1820–1940. Gretna, LA: Her Pub., 1977. Accession 82-316-RL.

Owen, Mary Alicia. Voodoo Tales as Told among the Negroes of the Southwest. New York: Putnam, 1893. Accession 76-1808-RL.

Puckett, Newbell Niles. Folk Beliefs of the Southern Negro. New York: Dover, [1969]. Accession 71-44-L.1.

Reed, Ishmael. Shrovetide in Old New Orleans. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1978. Accession 78-509-RL.

Serpas, Paul F. Lost Land of the Voodoos. [New Orleans: Paul Serpas, n.d.]. Accession 92-48-L.62.61. Part of MSS 525, William Russell Book Collection.

Tallant, Robert. Voodoo in New Orleans. New York: MacMillan, 1946. Accession 68-29-L.3.

Le Voodoo à la Nouvelle Orléans: A Strolling Tour of Voodoo in the Vieux Carré. New Orleans: Voodoo Museum, 1975. Accession 2012.0092.6.


Scholarly Books and Essays

Bodin, Ron. Voodoo Past and Present. Lafayette: Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1990. Pam BL 2490.B6 1990. Accession 99-16-RL.

Davis, Rod. American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1998. Accession 99-16-RL.

Duggal, Barbara Rosendale. "Marie Laveau: The Voodoo Queen Repossessed." In Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color, edited by Sybil Kein. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000. Accession 2000-182-RL.2.

Long, Carolyn Morrow. A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006. Accession 2006.0354.7.

———. Spiritual Merchants: Religion, Magic, and Commerce. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2001. Accession 2001-170-RL.

Mulira, Jessie Gaston. "The Case of Voodoo in New Orleans" in Africanisms in American culture / Joseph E. Holloway (ed.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991. Accession 93-376-RL.

Webb, Julie Yvonne. Superstitious Influence—Voodoo in Particular—Affecting Health Practices in a Selected Population in Southern Louisiana. New Orleans: Julie Yvonne Webb, 1971. Accession 71-39-L.10.

Turner, Richard Brent. Jazz Religion, The Second Line, and Black New Orleans. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2009. Accession 2009.0239.

Theses and Dissertations

Berube, Cameron. “Female Leadership in New Orleans Voodoo.” Master’s thesis, Tulane University, 1998. Not at WRC.

Duplantier, Jean-Marc Allard. “‘Nos frères d'outre-golfe”: Spiritualism, Voudou and the Mimetic Literatures of Haiti and Louisiana.” PhD diss., Louisiana State University, 2006. Accession 2008.0202.8.

Fandrich, Ina Johanna. “The Mysterious Voodoo Queen Marie Laveaux: A Study of Power and Female Leadership in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans.” PhD diss., Temple University, 1994. Accession 99-217-RL.35.

Neeley, Bobby Joe. “Contemporary Afro-American Voodooism (Black Religion): The Retention and Adaption of the Ancient African-Egyptian Mystery System.” PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley, 1988. Accession 91-639-RL.

Ott, Bryan M. “Voodoo in New Orleans 1990: Contemporary Beliefs and Ritual Practices.” Master’s thesis, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1991. Not at WRC.

Senter, Caroline. “Beware of Premature Autopsies: Hoodoo in New Orleans Literature.” Master’s thesis, University of California, San Diego, 1991. Accession 92-310-RL.

Sussman, Rachelle. “Conjuring Marie Laveau: The Syncretic Life of a Nineteenth-Century Voodoo Priestess In America.” Thesis (M.A.)--Sarah Lawrence College, 1998. Not at WRC.


Journal Articles

Anderson, John Q. "The New Orleans  Voodoo Ritual Dance and Its Twentieth-Century Survivals." Southern Folklore Quarterly 24 (June 1960).

Baer, Hans A. "Toward a Systematic Typology of Black Folk Healers." Phylon 43, no. 4 (4th Qtr., 1982): 327–43.

Fandrich, Ina J. "The Birth of New Orleans' Voodoo Queen: A Long-Held Mystery Resolved." Louisiana History 46, no. 3 (Summer 2005): 293–309.

———. "Yorùbá Influences on Haitian Vodou and New Orleans Voodoo." Journal of Black Studies 37, no. 5 (May 2007): 775–91 .

Jacobs, Claude F. "Folk for Whom? Tourist Guidebooks, Local Color, and the Spiritual Churches of New Orleans." The Journal of American Folklore 114, no. 453 (Summer 2001): 309–30.

Long, Carolyn Morrow. "Marie Laveau: A Nineteenth-Century Voudou Priestess." Louisiana History 46, no. 3 (Summer 2005): 262–92.

———. "Perceptions of New Orleans Voodoo: Sin, Fraud, Entertainment, and Religion." Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 6, no. 1 (October 2002): 86–101.

Newell, W. W. "Reports of Voodoo Worship in Hayti and Louisiana." The Journal of American Folklore 2, no. 4 (January–March 1889): 41–47.

Roberts, Hilda. "Louisiana Superstitions." The Journal of American Folklore 40, no. 156 (April–June 1927): 144–208.

Sexton, Rocky. "Cajun and Creole Treaters: Magico-Religious Folk Healing in French Louisiana." Western Folklore 51,  no. 3/4 (July–October 1992): 237–48.

Snow, Loudell F. "Mail Order Magic: The Commercial Exploitation of Folk Belief." Journal of the Folklore Institute 16,  no. 1/2 (January–August 1979): 44–74.

Touchstone, Blake. "Voodoo in New Orleans." Louisiana History 13,  no. 4 (Autumn 1972): 371–86.

Wehmeyer, Stephen C. "Indian Altars of the Spiritual Church: Kongo Echoes in New Orleans." African Arts 33,  no. 4 (Winter 2000): 62–69, 95–96.

Popular Fiction

Amoss, Berthe. The Chalk Cross. New York: Seabury, 1976. Accession 78-462-RL.

———. The Witch Cat. New Orleans: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 1977. Accession 78-427-RL.

Arnold, Margot. Marie. New York: Pocket Books, 1979. Accession 80-015-RL.

Bulot, Blaise. Dark Waters. Boston: Croker Sack Books, 1993. Accession 99-65-RL.

Nune, Nemours Henry. Chien Negre: A Tale of the Vaudoux. Aurora, MO: Burney Brothers, [1938]. Accession 91-299-RL.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau. New York: St. Martin's, 1993. Accession 93-526-RL.


Compiled by Jason Wiese, Assistant Director, Williams Research Center

Last updated 1/14/2013