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Louisiana Room
University Archives & Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
Rare Book Collection
Ernest J. Gaines Center
Cajun and Creole Music Collection
University Records Management Program
Microforms Room

 
Hours of Operation (Note that Microforms schedule is same as building.)
 
 
Staff
    Assistant Dean of Special Collections
    I. Bruce Turner
     
    Louisiana Room Librarian
    Jean S. Kiesel
     
    Ernest J. Gaines Center Assistant
    Rebecca Watson
     
    Archives Processing/Microfilm Specialist
    Jane Vidrine
     
    Archives Processing Specialist
    Casae Hobbs
     
    Louisiana Room Assistant
    Carole Massey
     
    Microforms Supervisor
    Alvin Y. Bethard (no e-mail)
 
 
 
Departments
    University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection - Room 314 -
      337.482.5702
     
    Louisiana Room - Room 314 - 337.482.6031
     
    Rare Book Collection - Room 314 - 337.482.5702
     
    Ernest J. Gaines Center - Room 380 - 337.482.1158
     
    Cajun and Creole Music Collection - Room 380 - 337.482.1174
     
    Microforms Room - Room 155 - 337.482.1191
     
 
 
Mission
 
The Special Collections Department of the Edith Garland Dupré Library encompasses the Louisiana Room, the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Ernest J. Gaines Center, the Cajun and Creole Music Collection, and the Microforms Room.
 
The Louisiana Room houses the Library's published materials pertaining to Louisiana, including books, periodicals, maps, state government documents, genealogical materials, rare books, newspapers, and vertical file materials. Topics covered include history, politics, Cajun and Creole culture, genealogy, law, agriculture, natural resources, business and industry, education, literature and the arts. Many of the more heavily used books are duplicated in the Library's circulating collection, but the Louisiana Room collection is the most complete source of information on Louisiana topics.
 
Most Louisiana newspapers are housed in the Louisiana Room. Current issues are displayed in the reading area, and backfiles on paper or microfilm are also available. The only exceptions are the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette), the Advocate (Baton Rouge) and the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), which are housed in the Microforms Room.
 
The University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection houses the archival records of the University starting in 1900. There are also over 300 collections of personal or family papers, business or organizational records, photograph collections, oral history and much more related to the Acadiana region.
 
The University Archives are especially strong in the records of the Office of the President. Other materials include records from the Student Government Association, the Registrar's Office and the Department of Speech. There is a large collection of photographs starting in the 1900s, and football game films from 1968 to 1985.
 
Most of the manuscript collections relate to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, but several have a much broader scope. Among the subjects covered in these collections are agriculture, the oil industry, architecture, education, literature, local and regional history, politics and women's history. The larger collections include the Rice Millers' Association Records, the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association Records, the Jefferson Caffery Papers, the Edwin M. Willis Papers, the David R. Williams Papers, the Ollie T. Osborne Papers, the Mary Alice Fontenot Papers, the [Freeland] Barnett Studio Photographic Collection, the Robert F. and Edwin S. Broussard Papers, and the Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records/Godchaux Family Papers. Recently the Archives added 2400 reels of microfilmed Louisiana colonial records copied from repositories in Europe and North America. These records formerly were housed in the Center for Louisiana Studies.
 
Access to archival materials is provided by the Library's online catalog, and by collection guides available in the Reading Room and on the Department's website.
 
Photographs of Southwestern Louisiana Institute from albums compiled by Presidents Edwin L. Stephens and Lethar E. Frazar between 1923 and 1840 are available online through the Louisiana Digital Library.
 
The Rare Book Collection contains items published before 1900, and items that have intrinsic value such as limited editions or copies inscribed by the author. Strengths include horticulture, architecture, and French literature and history.
 
The Ernest J. Gaines Center is an international center for scholarship on Ernest Gaines and his work. The center honors the work of UL Lafayette's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus and provides a space for scholars and students to work with the Gaines papers and manuscripts. Born in 1933 on a plantation near New Roads, Louisiana, Gaines based his award-winning novels on the African American experience in the rural South. His works include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and A Lesson Before Dying (1993), both later produced as award-winning films. Gaines's generous donation of his papers and manuscripts and some artifacts provide the foundation for the center's collection.
   
The Cajun and Creole Music Collection consists of commercial recordings produced since 1928 of the music of the Cajuns and Creoles of Louisiana. The recordings in the collection represent the history, influences and styles of indigenous music of the local cultures. Some of the musical styles or genres represented include traditional Creole and Cajun music, zydeco, swamp pop, and swamp blues. Media formats include both digital and analog recordings: 78s, 45s, LPs (33 rpm), cassette tapes, CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs. Video recordings include documentary, instructional and educational films, as well as motion pictures that include Louisiana music and musicians. The expanding collection also contains books, photographs, and artifacts.
   
The Microforms Room houses the Dupré Library's collection of materials on microform, including back issues of newspapers and periodicals and a variety of other materials. The department has machines for viewing all formats of microforms, and for scanning or printing from all formats. Current issues of major state, national and international newspapers are also available in the Microforms Room.
 
Materials in these collections are identified in the public catalog by "Louisiana Room", "Rare Book Room", "University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection", "Ernest Gaines Center", "Cajun and Creole Music Collection", or "Microforms." Materials in these collections must be used in their respective reading rooms, and do not circulate. The collections are closed to general browsing, and a valid ID is required to use these materials.
 
Resources
 
  Special Collections
(NOTE: The Caffery Competition, sponsored by Special Collections, annually selects an outstanding scholarly paper written by a student and utilizing primary source materials held in the special collections of Dupré Library.) Center for Louisiana Studies
an excellent source for research on the Acadiana region, as well as studies on Louisiana.

Louisiana Information
 
Contact:
  University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
    archives@louisiana.edu
  Louisiana Room larm@louisiana.edu
   
 
 
 

Document last revised Friday, March 14, 2014 11:20 AM

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