Maurer (David W.) archive, 1931-1981
- Maurer (David W.) archive, 1931-1981
- Maurer, David W.
- ca. 1,000 items
- Popular Culture
- University of Louisville
- Scope and Content
- Donated by Maurer just before his death in 1981, this collection contains books, galleys, notes, tapes, scrapbooks, and related materials from a lifetime of research in sociolinguistics and the argots of the criminal underworld of dealers in narcotics, forgers, confidence men, pickpockets, prostitutes, and moonshiners. Among the unique materials are issues of Johnson Family Blute, a periodical developed as a communication tool between members of a gang scattered between various prisons. The gang members wrote articles, letters and cartoons, pasting their contributions into copies of the Congressional Record and mailing them to each other using the congressional franking privilege.