Here are some subject headings that will bring together books relevant to your topics. Note: always click on the last element in the heading.
American literature--Louisiana--New Orleans--History and criticism.
New Orleans (La.)--Intellectual life.
New Orleans (La.)--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Louisiana--New Orleans.
New Orleans (La.)--Drama.
New Orleans (La.)--Description and travel.
New Orleans (La.)--In literature.
Southern States--In literature--Encyclopedias.
American literature--Southern States--History and criticism.
American literature--Southern States--History and criticism--Theory, etc.
To search for books in Boatwright, use the Library Catalog. Start with a keyword search and when you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subjects headings to help guide further searching, or use terms from the table of subject headings to the left.
If you are looking for information on a person, you should first use that person's name in a keyword search. You can find primary sources by adding a descriptive term such as "letters" or "correspondence" to your search.
However, many books will have information on persons that is not evident from the information in the catalog. To find these books, you should browse in the areas of the stacks identified by using the subject headings on the left and scan the tables of contents and indexes of books in the appropriate call number area.