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University Archives, 1896-
1500 ft. +
This is the initial and largest collection in the Archives. Contains historical records of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Collection 1 provides the fullest insights into the development of the University from its legislative founding in 1898 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to its present status as the second largest university in the state.
Voorhies Family. Papers, 1847-1976
1 ft. 5 in.
Papers of a southern Louisiana family. Chiefly papers of Albert Voorhies (1829-1913) who served as state Lieutenant-Governor (1865-1867) among other elected positions and long time member of the State Bar. The papers reflect his interest in state politics, his involvement in the court system especially of Orleans Parish, and his writings on legal theory and state legal practices. Also material on other members of the Voorhies family.
Donated by the George Voorhies Family, St. Martinville, Louisiana.
Watson Family. Papers, 1793-1930
Correspondence, financial and legal records of several families from the Port Gibson, Mississippi region. Among the themes reflected in the collection are the Presbyterian Church and its activities in Mississippi, economic pursuits especially plantation management, relations with blacks as both slaves and freedmen, and health concerns including recurring yellow fever epidemics. Also included are the papers of Major J. W. Watson, U. S. Army (ca. 1865-1920) who served in Indian Wars and as an Indian agent during the 1890s and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He wrote about the Cuban Revolution of 1917. He also wrote some virulently anti-German pieces during World War I.
The collection was donated by Dalton Watson of Waterproof, Louisiana.
Merchant's Grocery Company. Lafayette, Louisiana. Financial Records, 1903-1909, 1973
8 volumes, 2 ½ in.
Account books and ledgers of the Lafayette company. Covers 1903-1909.
John Mills ( - ). Collection, 1772-1944
2 ½ in.
This collection contains legal documents from the Attakapas Post at Opelousas, Louisiana (1772-1812) and clippings, broadsides and circulars on Louisiana politics, especially the 1932 election.
Donated by John Mills of Opelousas, Louisiana.
Paul Debaillon (1890-1948). Collection 1852-1957
2 ft. 1 in.
This collection reflects Paul Debaillon's interest in genealogy especially the family of Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville, now Lafayette. The collection contains extensive notes and charts compiled by the genealogist and much correspondence written in his attempt to gather information. There is also material on co-lateral families such as Debaillon, Dupré, etc.; papers of Mary Swords Debaillon who was actively engaged in gathering, cataloging, and preserving Louisiana flowering plants; and scattered correspondence, political, and judicial records of Charles Homere Mouton. There is even a very small collection of Paul Debaillon personal papers almost all of which date from 1930s. Debaillon wrote brief essays on several local history topics. The strong religious faith of Debaillon and his ancestors led to the collection of information on the Lafayette Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
Donated by Charles Debaillon and Mrs. C. E. Hamilton in 1956.
Givens-Hopkins Families. Papers. 1823-1962
4 ½ ft.
Mainly personal correspondence among members of the families of John S. Givens and Thomas B. Hopkins who lived in Louisiana and Texas. Included also are records concerning lands held by the Givens family in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Of special note in the correspondence are accounts of travel or work assignments abroad: Mattie Hopkins Williams in the Middle East (1910) and Japan (1920); Lyle Givens in Europe (1929); John S. Givens in Alaska (1935) and Czechoslovakia (1946); Lyle Givens Williams in Latin America (1943-1944); Agnes Givens Gercke in Japan (1946-1952); and Anna H. Givens in Japan (1950-1952). Other letters mention the Corpus Christi flood of 1919, the death of Will Rogers and Willey Post in 1935, and the controversy between the DAR and Marion Anderson in 1939.
For more on Lyle Givens Williams, including some material on the Givens Family, see Collection 27 - David R. Williams Papers
This collection was donated by Lyle Givens Williams.
Charles A. McGowan (1849-1921). Papers, 1856, 1868-1922, 1965
Mainly business papers of McGowan, a dentist, druggist, banker, merchant and civic leader in Jeanerette, Louisiana. Included are some articles on Jeanerette written by Florence Bussey McGowan; diaries kept by her relatives in Mississippi in 1876; a claim for property destroyed or confiscated by Union soldiers in Jackson, Mississippi in 1863; and a record book for the Sans Souci Club of Jeanerette, 1885-1887.
M. A. Broussard ( - ). Business Records, 1863, 1868-1889
Account books and volumes of bills for M.A. Broussard, merchant of Royville and Youngsville, Louisiana. One volume has instructions of how to make dyes.
Gift of Earl Vallor.
Woodrow Marshall ( - ). Collection, 1702-1897
Three separate series of documents collected by Marshall. First, several 19th century legal documents from Great Britain written on sheepskin. Second, miscellaneous financial reports of the Castillo Family of New Orleans and St. Martinville, 1837-1897. There are also several items of correspondence. Third, miscellaneous papers related to Alexander Thibodeaux of Breaux Bridge, 1873-1889, n.d.
Gift of Woodrow Marshall, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr. (1897-1972). Papers, 1862-1979
Fletcher was an educator in Louisiana over fifty years. Most of that time he was at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Southwestern Louisiana Institute) - twenty years as President. Includes Louisiana history material; items on Acadian vigilante committees; William Wyatt of Vernon, Louisiana business records; information on agriculture and industrial development. Also included are records of the College of Agriculture while Fletcher taught, especially during the 1930s; his correspondence as Dean; correspondence of other members of the department; the records of the Southwestern Agriculturist and the Mid-Winter Fair; etc.
This collection was donated by Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr.
Rees Family Papers, 1826-1901, 1974
This collection, containing personal and business correspondence of the Henry Rees family of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana reflects life from about mid-nineteenth century to the twentieth century. It deals with family life, illness (such as yellow fever), community life, agriculture, finances, taxes, legal matters and attitudes and opinions on contemporary events. Included also are the legal papers of Henry Rees generated while he served as Justice of the Peace in St. Martin Parish and Orderly Sergeant in the Militia.
This collection was donated by Henry Rees and George W. Marshall.
Rees Family Papers, 1804-1827
2 ½ inches
This collection consists of copies of transcripts of the letters of Mrs. Margaret Jones Rees Morgan from Morgantown, Berks County, PA to her son David Rees, in Louisiana (Usually via Benjamin Morgan or George Morgan of New Orleans). These transcripts are dated from 1804-1827.
Lake B. Grow (1873-1944). Collection, 1904-1915
1 ft. 8 in.
A collection of photographs relating to the early 1900's oil development in the Anse La Butte, Evangeline, and Gulf Coast areas.
Joseph A. Riehl (1906-1989). Papers 1921- 1988
Long-time faculty member and administrator at Southwestern Louisiana Institute and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Personal records relating to Riehl's activities at the university includng the Navy's V-12 program during WW II.
Iberville Bank and Trust Company, [Plaquemine, La.]. Records, 1892-1919
Correspondence and memoranda (1913-1919) of a bank in Plaquemine, Louisiana and five ledgers (1892-1894) of the Bank of Plaquemine.
Paul Butterfield Freeland (1904-1976). Collection, 1888-1957
10 in., 1 v.
Includes 159 photographs of rice activities primarily around Crowley, Louisiana, 1888-1950. Contains pamphlets, bulletins, cookbooks, and commemorative editions of the Crowley Signal.
William M. Reid (1890- ). Papers, 1911-1965
1 ft. 3 in., 4 v.
Rice miller, president, and executive vice president of the Rice Millers' Association. Reid's articles and addresses on agriculture, newsletters of the Rice Millers' Association and minutes of its advisory council, and minutes of the Central Committee of the Southern Rice Industry, New Orleans, Louisiana.
J. Emile Verret (1866-1965). Papers, 1933-1965
1 ft. 8 in.
Businessman, politician and Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana. Chiefly correspondence (1944-1948) relating to Verret's official business as Lieutenant Governor, and other papers.
Espy Williams (1852-1908). Collection, 1865-1908, 1969
2 ft. 6 in.
This collection centers around the literary career of one of Louisiana's best known playwrights of the later 19th and early 20th century, Espy Williams of New Orleans. It contains news clippings (primarily reviews), flyers and ads for Williams' works, a few photos, very little correspondence, two diaries, poetry, essays, librettos and plays by Williams.
Williams printed his first play, "Eugene Aram" - a tragedy, when he was 22 and was still writing when he died at the age of 56 in 1908. It would appear the last play he wrote was "Marlowe: The Buried Name," dated July 25, 1908.
Williams was the first New Orleanian to have a play produced in London when his tragedy, "Unorna," was produced in 1902. He was also the first New Orleanian to have a work put on by the Metropolitan Opera Company when they produced his comic opera "A Royal Joke" in 1901.
Donated by Eunice Simonds Osgood (Mrs. Phillips E.), Summit, New Jersey.
Henry Garland Dupré (1873-1920). Papers, 1919-1960
Lawyer, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and U. S. Representative from Louisiana. Family correspondence and correspondence between Edith Dupré and W. H. Fulham concerning a biography of Dupré entitled The Gentleman from Louisiana (1965).
Alexander Etienne DeClouet (1812-1890). Family Papers, 1811-1930
7 ½ in.
Planter, politician, delegate to the secession convention in Montgomery, Alabama, and member of the Confederate Congress, of St. Martinville, Louisiana. Chiefly correspondence (1850-1865) of DeClouet in the Civil War era. Includes correspondence with his son, Paul, a student at the University of Virginia and a Confederate officer.
Henri Louis Ducrocq (1871-1917). Papers, 1858-1940
Physician of Lafayette, Louisiana. Includes correspondence, biographical data, and school notebooks which were written almost exclusively in French.
South Louisiana Camellia Society. Records, 1944-1965
2 ft. 1 in.
The South Louisiana Camellia Society existed from 1945 to 1965. Its major activity was an annual show usually held in conjunction with SLI's (UL Lafayette's) Camellia Pageant. There are also documents from two Shreveport nurseries which were involved with importing camellias from abroad between 1935 and 1941.
The collection was donated by the South Louisiana Camellia Society.
John Murphy Caffery (1877-1958). Papers, 1817-1960
2 ft. 6 in.
Businessman, politician and state senator from Franklin, Louisiana. Business correspondence relating to petroleum production, correspondence and other papers of U. S. Senator Donelson Caffery (1825-1906), and Caffery family papers.
Lucile Meredith Mouton Griffin (1889-1983). Collection, 1798-1967
7 ft. 6 in.
This collection reflects both the work of Lucile Mouton Griffin and her husband, Harry L. Griffin, and her interest in Mouton family history. Contains scrapbooks kept by Mrs. Griffin before her marriage including her years as a student at S.L.I.I. and material from her graduate school work at the University of Chicago and Columbia University; photographs of Lafayette (many used to illustrate H. L.Griffin's Attakapas Country), with explanatory notes; and an extensive post card collection. The collection deals with the Mouton family, especially, Mrs. Griffin's father, Alexander Mouton (1853-1938), an engineer who worked in Latin America and owned a sugar refinery for a time. His collection includes an autobiography, correspondence, and large clipping and post card scrapbooks. This collection contains material on other members of the Mouton family dating back to Jean Mouton in 1798. Among these items are artifacts owned by Gov. Alexander Mouton (1804-1885), Mrs. Griffin's great-grandfather.
Donated by Lucile M. Griffin, Lafayette, Louisiana.
David Reichard Williams (1890-1962). Papers, 1847 (1915-1984) - 1986
27 ft. 10 in.
Williams was an architect, a government official, a city planner, a bon vivant, and a Texan. Interests in architecture and engineering honed through work in a railroad foundry and correspondence study were developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Williams toured Europe in the early 1920s where he furthered his education in architecture and acquired a notable rare book collection which specialized in Renaissance architecture. Williams returned from Europe and established an architectural practice in Dallas, Texas in 1924. During the next nine years he evolved a style which borrowed heavily from pioneer Texas buildings which he called the "indigenous architecture."
During World War II Williams worked with war housing where he made pioneering efforts in the field of prefabrication. From 1945 until his retirement in 1951 Williams worked for a number of governmental agencies planning hospitals, designing tropic and arctic housing, and developing special housing projects in Venezuela.
This collection reflects of the life and work of Williams, his wife, Lyle, his daughter, Davida. Williams was an avid amateur photographer so the collection contains an extensive subsection of photographs.
Walter James Burke (1886-1941). Papers, 1835-1941
Attorney, politician, Louisiana state legislator and educator. Papers relating to Burke's activities in the Louisiana State Senate and Board of Education. Includes records of the Burke family dating from the Civil War period and material (ca. 1835) relating to the Texas Revolution.
Ira Schreiber Nelson (1911-1965). Papers, 1929-1979
15 ½ ft..
Horticulturist and long-time member of the SLI and USL Horticulture Department. He was extremely active in various horticulture societies on the state and national level.
There is a large section of photographs featuring furniture and other objects made from cypress. Barbara Nelson, Ira's wife, was the long-time secretary of the LSHR, and some of her records in this office are in the collection.
This collection was donated by Barbara Nelson.
Harry Lewis Griffin (1883-1967). Papers, 1905-1964
2 ft. 6 in.
Personal papers of Dr. Harry Lewis Griffin (1883-1967), long-time Dean of Liberal Arts at SLI, and materials he collected which reflect his interest in south Louisiana history. Among the personal papers are writings, speeches, and correspondence which indicate his interest in history, political science, education, and civic affairs. The material collected on local history consists mainly of newspaper clippings.
Donated by H. L. Griffin and Lucile M. Griffin.
Ernest Jackson Whisler (1870-1958). Collection, 1901-1967
Contains literary material of Ernest Jackson Whisler, a turn-of-the-century writer who wrote plays and folk stories under the name of Jack Whisler. His career appears to span the first half of the 20th century. Born in Rochester, Pennsylvania in the 1870s, Whisler's family later settled in Tucson, Arizona because of his parents' health. In August 1958, Whisler died of a heart attack in his home in Burlingame, California. This collection consists of ads and flyers, plays, folk stories and news clippings.
Donated with the aid of Paul Nolan by Lois Whisler, Tucson, Arizona.
Marc Connelly (1890-1980). Collection
Includes photocopied articles, newspaper clippings on Connelly and his plays gathered by Dr. Paul T. Nolan in preparation for writing a biography; also the first draft of Nolan's book with notes by Connelly.
Rice Miller's Association. Records, 1906-1966
16 ft. 8 in.
Executive correspondence, presidential records, minutes (1929-1948), auditor's reports (1923-1930), rosters, bulletins, technical reports and photos of a national organization concerned with milling, marketing, and production of rice.
Vernon Lane Wharton (1907-1964). Papers, 1935-1964
5 ft. 5 in.
Wharton was an historian, sociologist, and administrator at Millsaps College, Texas Woman's University, and the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Included are personal and administrative correspondence; together with notes, articles, and lectures on the Negro, the South, Reconstruction, and American, European and Latin American history.
New Orleans Botanical Garden. Records, 1927-1937
Proposed constitution, minutes of the Arboretum Committee, and other material relating to plans for the organization of a botanical garden in New Orleans, Louisiana
Rice Miscellaneous. Collection, 1856-1968
1 ft. 5 in.
This is a general collection for rice miscellaneous given to the Archives as single items.
Rex L. Kimbriel (1907-1987). Papers [Mississippi Rice Growers' Association Records], 1945-1955
7 ½ in.
Correspondence of Rex L. Kimbriel as president and manager of the Mississippi Rice Growers' Association, Cleveland Mississippi, newsletters, pamphlets, and statistics relating to rice.
Acadiana Neuf. Records, 1965-1967 (Cain,Coussan and Hebert Papers)
2 ft., 8 in.
Papers of Charles Cain, Leo Hebert, and Louis Coussan. Acadiana Neuf papers which consists of correspondence, descriptions of meetings, job applications, charter requests, and newspaper articles on an organization which disbursed Economic Opportunity Act funds in the War on Poverty. It covers Lafayette, Acadiana, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parishes, Louisiana, with a main office in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Charles Joseph Debaillon, Sr. (1879-1968). Papers, 1929-1967
2 ½ inches
Charles Joseph Debaillon, Sr. was born 19 April 1879 in Lafayette. In 1914, he married Mary May L. Bowden. They later had two children. He worked in a printing office, General Merchandise store, lumber yard, Lafayette Building Association, and then became Director of the First National Bank.This collection consists of biographical information on Debaillon family, correspondence, clippings and many family photographs.
Alexandre Mouton (1804-1885). Papers, 1813-1885
U. S. Senator and Governor of Louisiana. Personal correspondence of Mouton to his wife and family.
Deep South Writers/Artists Conference. Records, 1961-1990s
Records of an organization which conducts annual conferences for the purpose of promoting Louisiana talent and encouraging writers from other sections to explore and use literary materials available to Louisiana.
Donated by the Deep South Writers and Artists Conference.
Planter's Hardware. Kaplan, Louisiana. Financial Records, 1944
Financial records dating from January 10 to December 23 all contained in one volume.
Edith Garland Dupré (1881-1970). Papers, 1901-1970
Educator and member of the first faculty of SLII, now Ul Lafayette, began first library on campus.
Edith Garland Dupré was born in Opelousas into a prominent family. After graduating from Newcomb College in New Orleans, she joined the faculty at the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute as one of its first members. She remained at SLII (later SLI) for her entire professional career, retiring in 1944. Miss Dupré is best known as an English professor, but she also served in many other capacities including registrar and librarian. After retirement she managed the San Souci Bookstore in Lafayette.
This collection reflects Miss Dupré's life and the high regard in which she was held by the community. It contains personal papers and material referring to the early years of the university, and letters from her brother, H. Garland Dupré, who was a U. S. Congressman.
Most of the material in this collection was donated by Miss Dupré.
John Milliken Parker (1863-1939). Papers, 1887-1928
16 ft. 8 in.
Planter, businessman, politician, and governor of Louisiana from 1920-1924. Includes photocopies of Theodore Roosevelt letters in the possession of John M. Parker family; papers relating to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920's, especially the Mer Rouge and the Dallas Calmes affairs; Huey Long; farming and conservation in Louisiana; and national and Louisiana politics.
Jefferson Caffery (1886-1974). Papers, 1902-1972
27 ft. 6 in., photographs and artifacts
Diplomat and Assistant Secretary of State. Correspondence, daybooks, newsletters, taped interviews, memoirs, clippings, photos, awards, and certificates, relating to Caffery's career from his college years through his foreign service. Includes information related to his service in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Germany, Sweden, France, Persia, and Egypt.
Donated by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery.
Edwin Edwards Willis (1904-1972). Papers, 1949-1969
149 ft. 2 in., 20 v., photographs
U. S. Representative from Louisiana, member of the House Judiciary Committee and chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. General, legislative, and committee correspondence, case work, scrapbooks, photos (Congressional figures, etc.), mementoes, and maps (mainly tidelands).
Pritchard Rice Mill. Records, 1940s-1960s
30 ft. 5 in., 14 v.
General business correspondence, letters of credit, bills of laden, production reports, minutes and bylaws of corporation.
T. A. LaBauve (1877-1972) & Joseph L. Pischoff (1874-1964) Families. Papers, 1918-1939
Correspondence and papers of the LaBauve-Pischoff families. Also includes business papers of Mr. T. A. LaBauve.
Zeke L. Loflin (1909-1982). Papers, 1940-1969
7 ft. 8 in.
Personal correspondence, math department materials and correspondence, and other papers referring to his association with national fraternities.
Owen Southwell (1892-1961). Papers, 1913-1950s
12 ft. 6 in., blueprints and drawings
Collection of clippings articles, scrapbooks, etc., of this noted south Louisiana architect. Included is a collection of Southwell's designs of homes, churches and public buildings.
James M. Peek ( - ). Papers, 1950-1969
1 ft. 8 in.
Louisiana Turfgrass Conference. Professor Peek was a former member of the faculty and professor of Agronomy.
Thomas H. Harris (1869-1942). Papers, 1908-1940
2 ft. 6 in.
Superintendent of public education in Louisiana. Includes correspondence, book reviews, and speeches.
National Interfraternity Conference. Records, 1929- 1973
15 ft. 10 in.
Papers of President Zeke L. Loflin. Also included are minutes of the meeting of the executive committee, scholarship reports, news and notes of the organization, committee reports, policy matters and correspondence.
Sugar Archives. Collection, 1856-1967
2 ft. 4 in.
Miscellaneous items on the sugar industry and incomplete volumes of Sugar Bulletin, official bulletin of the American Sugar Cane League of the U.S.A.
Weeks Family. Collection
History of New Iberia by William Burke, 1899, published in the New Iberia Enterprise, 1931; other histories of New Iberia; article, "The Home of Joseph Jefferson"; William F. Weeks, 1824-1895, obituary; wills of John Moore and William Weeks; marriage contract between Samuel Charles Meyer and Marie Thomas Boutee, 1806; biography of Alfred Duperier; copies of Confederate money; reminiscences of L. P. Bryant; article on Jean Francois Marie Mouchet; history of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia and St. Peter's Catholic Church; materials on Mississippi River floods; article, "Mount Carmel on the Teche."
Live Oak Society. Records, 1931-1968
Founded in 1935 by Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, scholar and educator, to promote the culture, distribution, and appreciation of the live oak tree. Membership in the Society was limited to individual live oaks known or suspected to be more than 100 years old. Live oaks under 100 years old were eligible for membership in the Junior League. Each member had an "attorney," usually its owner; the attorney paid the annual dues-25 acorns! The president oak tree was over 500 years old. This Society stopped functioning in 1938 after the death of Stephens. Meigo Frost publicized the Society's revival in a Times-Picayune Sunday magazine article on January 21, 1945. Stanley C. Arthur, director of the Louisiana State Museum, took over leadership of the Society. Collection contains books, clippings, letters, photographs, notes, articles, pamphlets, bulletins, maps, and organizational records.
Donated by Miss Willie Wynn White, daughter of the late H. H. White of Alexandria, Louisiana.
Lafayette Parish Council on Aging. Collection, 1967-1968
20 ft. 10 in.
Materials on this organization donated by Mr. F. M. Carson.
Mouton-Debaillon. Legal Papers, 1910s-1920s
39 ft. 2 in.
The files of Orther Charles Mouton and Conrad Debaillon, lawyers of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Louisiana Colonial Records. Collection, 1717-1811
1 ft. 8 in.
An open-end collection to receive colonial papers relating to Louisiana. Contains photocopies of legal papers, land and slave sales.
Acadiana Bicentennial Celebration. Collection, 1955
Mementos of the commemoration of the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia.
Fortenberry-Kirby. Papers, 1912-1941
Christian Science Sentinel Magazine and other material.
Kenneth B. Hait (1900-1980). Collection, 1928-1965
22 ft. 1 in.
Papers of Kenneth B. Hait, Professor of Psychology at UL Lafayette. Materials on testing of students, results of tests, conferences, and other materials on the work of the Psychology Department of the University.
Society of Louisiana Irises. Records, 1941- 1983
2 ft. 3 in.
The Mary Swords Debaillon Louisiana Iris Society was organized in 1941 under the leadership of W. B. MacMillan of Abbeville. In 1948 the group changed its name to the Society for Louisiana Irises.
This collection contains records for both organizations. Most of the correspondence comes from the Secretary's files. This position was usually held by someone connected with UL Lafayette (SLI). Much of the society's effort was expended on the annual show held in Lafayette usually during April. The correspondence and the financial records both relate heavily to this annual event.
Both societies published much information about the care and treatment of Louisiana iris either as part of the newsletter series or separately. The bulk of the material is dated on or before 1965. Only a few newsletters come after then.
This collection donated by The Society for Louisiana Irises which made the Archives the official repository for its records.
Jennings Nursery. Records, 1926-1961
12 ft. 1 in., 4 v.
Business records of the Jennings Nursery of Jennings, Louisiana along with several ledgers.
Gebert-Ray-Lee Families. Papers, 1810-1962
Family correspondence of the Gebert-Ray-Lee families.
Gulf State Conference. Records, 1948-1971, n.d.
5 ft. 5 in.
Records of athletic events and athletes of the Gulf States Conference.
Petroleum Archives. Collection, 1902-
3 ft. 2 in.
This collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles of the petroleum industry in Louisiana. Also included are numerous oil related magazine and journals as well as reports, interviews, photographs, etc. of the petroleum industry in Louisiana from 1900s-1970.
Thistlethwaite Lumber Company [Opelousas, La]. Records, 1917-1930s
The company's business, financial records and correspondence, covering the time 1917 through the late 1930s.
American Association of University Women. Lafayette, Louisiana Branch. Records, 1924-
Records of the Lafayette branch, Louisiana Division, Southeast Central Region of the national organization.
Fortnightly Club. New Iberia, Louisiana. Records, 1924-1974
5 in., 4 v.
Collection includes materials covering club activities 1924-1974; clippings; scrapbooks (1924, 1963-1968); Episcopal Cook Book compiled by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Matthews Cathedral, Laramie, Wyoming; the History of the Fortnightly Club; and yearbooks of the Fortnightly Club Jr. and Fortnightly Club III.
First Lutheran Church of Crowley, Louisiana and St. John Lutheran Church of Iota, Louisiana. Records, 1894-1987
2 ft. 1 in, 87 fiche
Records of the First Lutheran Church of Crowley, Louisiana, and St. John Lutheran Church of Iota, Louisiana. Includes the original constitution of the Crowley church (in German), pastoral letters, financial reports, business correspondence, parish reports and bulletins, minutes of the Ladies Aide Society, financial statements and treasurer's reports from 1927 to 1954. Also contains bulletins from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod-Mission of Opelousas, Louisiana, 1963-1966.
Harley B. Ferguson (1875-1968). Papers
Numerous pictures, official reports and clippings of the raising of the battleship Maine in the harbor of Havana, Cuba; Morganza Floodway studies, Part A, April 9, 1938; flood photographs, 1937; Mississippi River flood photographs, 1937; pictures of General Ferguson; obituary.
Katie O'Bryan Conrad (1882-1973). Papers, 1906-1966
Contains O'Bryan-Perry genealogy, newspaper clippings on members of the O'Bryan and Perry families, correspondence, legal documents, World War II ration stamps and a map of Governor Long's plan for paved highways and free bridges.
Michael D. Wynne ( - ). Collection, 1754-1951
Collection contains newspapers of various dates from 1856-1945; memorabilia of Huey P. Long; invitations, tax receipts, letters, signatures of Louisiana governors and two Presidents of the United States, program of events of a Patti concert and the dedication of the Washington Artillery Monument in Metairie Cemetery. Miscellaneous other items.
Louis Leonpacher (1890-1960). Journals, 1908-1920
Journals written by Dr. Leonpacher during his travels as a young man. Covers periods between 1908 and 1920 in Europe, Canada and the United States. Handwritten in German. Illustrated with photographs taken by Dr. Leonpacher.
Carl R. Froitzheim (1921-1989). Collection, 1970s-1980s
Collection of photographs taken by A. L. Barnett, photographer of Crowley, Louisiana. Includes pages from a photograph album showing pictures of rice and oil fields; unidentified people; picture of a minister and a group of young people in caps and gowns; certificate of membership in the Live Oak Society of the Lutheran Live Oak, Crowley.
Benjamin Kaplan (1906-1972). Papers, 1941-1972
Professor of Sociology, UL Lafayette. Collection contains speeches; lectures; manuscripts of Dr. Kaplan's book The Land in Between; report of the second conference of the Louisiana State Advisory Commission on Aging; surveys of Lafayette, Duson, Breaux Bridge and teenage marriages in Lafayette Parish; pamphlets and magazines on religion, race, education and related sociological subjects; handwritten notes (unsorted) for speeches, lectures, books. Also includes correspondence, pictures, newspaper clippings re: Dr. Kaplan. Vitae. Copy of M.A. thesis, "A Study of Newsboys in New Orleans," Tulane University, 1929.
Woman's Club of Lafayette. Records, 1897-1976, 1997, n.d.
3 ft., 4 in.
The club constitution, history, original minute book and yearbooks, 1901-1976 (1908, 1910, 1930, and 1931 missing) comprise this collection. The club started in 1897 and has been active since then.
Mardi Gras. Lafayette, Louisiana. Collection, 1953-
4 ft. 2 in.
Open end collection contains scrapbooks, notebooks, scripts, publicity, pictures, programs, and history of The Lafayette Town House-Order of the Troubadours; also contains programs and mementos of the Krewe of Gabriel, Brigands de Lafitte, and Krewe of Attakapas.
Heywood Oil Company. Collection, 1889-1966
3 ft. 4 in.
Contains newspapers, some dating from early 1900s through 1960s relating to the oil industry and the Heywood family; picture of first oil well in Louisiana; poem about Scott Heywood, his obituary; pictures of people and oilfields; old map of Jennings Oil Field in 1920; memo book, circa 1888; correspondence dating 1905-1938; programs, certificates and reports of the Louisiana State Commissions.
Playwrights Collection, 1955 [1920-1984] - 1986, n.d.
Contains manuscripts, photographs, scrapbook and publicity connected with the Eavesdrop and Playwrights Theatres.
Edwin Lewis Stephens (1872-1938). Papers, 1883-1938
17 reels [Microform]
President of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (UL Lafayette). Correspondence, addresses and speeches, relating to Stephens' position as university president.
Nineteenth Century Louisiana. Collection, 1801-1900
2 ½ in.
An open-end collection to receive miscellaneous materials dating from nineteenth century Louisiana. Contains original documents and photocopies.
Henry Clay Warmoth (1842-1931). Papers, 1798-1934
22 reels [Microfilm]
The Henry Clay Warmoth papers in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library.
Collection number to be reassigned.
Mary Elizabeth Winters ( - ). Papers, 1847-1937
Collection contains correspondence; Winters' thesis, "Social Studies Materials in Iberia Parish, Louisiana"; general notes from American State Papers; an account of the Civil War; a copy of the will of Louis Charles DeBlanc; information on William L. Brent; and other papers relating to the history of Southwest Louisiana.
William Buchanan MacMillan (1883-1978). Papers, 1940-1972
2 ½ ft., 1 v.
Correspondence, papers, etc. of MacMillan, a resident of Abbeville, Louisiana since July, 1928. He served as a sales promotion and public relations manager of the Louisiana State Rice Company of Abbeville. He was well known and highly praised for his work in flower hybridization. He also was a distinguished person in the fields of education and business. The papers were mainly concerned with work in horticulture.
Donated by Sarah Daniel, Abbeville, Louisiana, 1978.
La Fayette Bicentennial Celebration. Collection, 1757-1957
7 ½ in.
Bicentenary of the birth of the Marquis de La Fayette, 1757-1957. Contains biographical information, newspaper clippings, correspondence, pictures, programs, menus, invitations, several French magazines and other miscellaneous materials.
Barnett Studio. Photographs, 1910-1972 [Freeland Collection]
2 ft. 6 in., 45,000 images
Portraits and scenic photographs taken at the Barnett Studio in Crowley, Louisiana. A notable record of the black and white citizenry of a rural Louisiana community.
Fred Gerwick (1903-1979). Photographs, 1910s-1970
Photographs of the oil industry and workers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, includes family scenes.
Barbara Hansen (1922-2011). Legal Papers, 1971-1980
Correspondence and documents relating to an income tax court fight which helped to overturn Louisiana's Head and Master Clause, Barbara Hansen v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (c.a. 5-no. 77-2974).
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Ollie Tucker Osborne (1911-1993). Papers, 1927-1985
Osborne's papers detail the activities of one of Louisiana's leading advocates of women's rights during the 1970s. Ollie was extremely active in the League of Women Voters and the Evangeline ERA coalition.
Osborne was an official League of Women Voters' observer of the 1973 Constitutional Convention. She worked for or supported women's conferences and organizations which shared or explicated her goals such as National Organization of Women; Women's Political Caucus; Louisiana Women's Conference; Conference of Louisiana Women and others.
The papers reflect Osborne's activities in the Women's movement and her career in advertising. There are several scrapbooks concerning her years in New York. The largest series contains League of Women Voters records of the local and state levels. The collection includes memos, correspondence, publicity materials, and photographs. Her photographs at the 1973 Constitutional Convention are probably one of the better visual sources on its delegates.
The papers were donated by Ollie Osborne as part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
Emerson Bently (1850-1889). Papers, 1866-1900
Diaries and scrapbooks of a "carpetbagger," school teacher, newspaperman and politician who moved to Louisiana as a teenager from Ohio after the Civil War. Includes notable material on the St. Landry riots at Opelousas and the Republican party in the state.
Elaine Edwards (1929- ). Papers, 1970-
A growing collection of papers of a former interim U. S. Senator and wife of one of Louisiana's most influential politicians--Governor Edwin Edwards. Clippings and sample correspondence (photocopies) from persons seeking assistance and in regard to such subjects as her Senate term, the New Orleans Children's Hospital, and the International Year of the Child.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Clyde L. Rougeou (1915-1980). Papers, 1944-1979
1 ft. 3 in., 8 v.
Awards and papers of a former president of UL Lafayette, including correspondence with the American Jersey Cattle Club and Rougeou family genealogy authored by Pearl Mary Segura.
Mary Alice Fontenot (1910-2003). Papers, 1946-
5 ft. 2 in.
Mary Alice Fontenot Riehl was a journalist and author. As an author, Mrs. Riehl is best known for her series of children's books on Clovis Crawfish. She has also written other books for children as well as cookbooks and works on local and state history. As a journalist she worked for many newspapers in the region including the Lafayette Advertiser, the Opelousas Daily World, and the Crowley Post-Signal.
This collection focuses on Mary Alice Fontenot's journalistic and literary career. Included are research notes and photographs for some of her newspaper articles; original drawings by Eric Vincent and Keith Graves and original music by Mary Alice and Jeanne and Robert Gilmore for the Clovis Crawfish series; and text for some of her history books and children's works. She also worked as a researcher for Frances Parkinson Keyes. There are some letters from Mrs. Keyes in the collection.
This collection contains scrapbooks containing clippings, reviews, photographs, correspondence, drawings, promotional material and writings. There are also letters from school children thanking Mary Alice for visiting their classroom and some artwork and artifacts inspired by Clovis Crawfish stories.
The papers were donated by Mary Alice Fontenot as part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
F. E. Zimmer and Company. Louisiana Department of Conservation. Hearing Records, 1940-1967
For many years F. E. Zimmer and Company served as official reporters for the Louisiana Department of Conservation. The company maintained transcripts of public hearings for the citing of oil and gas drilling locations. These transcripts include testimony taken at the hearing, exhibits presented by the petitioning company, and frequently, maps of the site.
The provenance of the collection is unclear, but is was probably donated by F. E. Zimmer. Duplicates of these records are said to exist in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.
Ben Earl Looney (1904-1982). Papers, 1934-1979
A selection of the legal and business papers, but especially articles by and about this noted Louisiana artist.
"Dutch" Reinhardt (1907-1989). Collection, 1931-1981
10 ft., 8 in., 12 vol.
Photographs, awards and memorabilia from a UL Lafayette coach and athletic trainer, who began his career at UL Lafayette in 1931.
Sibille Store [Bristol, La]. Day Books 1881-1911
Records of a country store, cotton gin and plantation in Bristol, Louisiana.
Mary Adelaide McIntyre Blake (1919-2003). Collection, 1970s-
5 in., paintings
A selection of 14 watercolors, stained glass sketches and a wood block painting from a noted Louisiana artist.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Acadian Sierra Club. Records, 1970-1983
Scrapbooks, photographs, newsletters and internal correspondence from a local environmental group.
Irene Whitfield Holmes (1900-1993). Papers, 1919-1978
Articles and awards from a leading educator and authority on Acadian folk music, includes information on life in the early 20th century in Lafayette and Acadiana.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Vesta Bourgeois (1903-2004). Papers, 1927-1980
2 ½ in.
Awards and certificates from the career of a distinguished woman physical education instructor and former SLI and UL Lafayette department head. Includes World War II literature from her husband.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Quintilla Morgan Anders (1889-1980). Research Papers, 1824-1960
2 ½ in.
Lafayette, Louisiana school teacher's writings on the history of the town's organization and early education.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Jennings Women's Relief Corps. Records, 1915-1958
Material from the Jennings, Louisiana branch of the Women's Relief Corps, auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
F. W. Stemple, "Signor Faranta" (1846-1924). Papers, 1883-1932
Clippings and account scrapbook from a Louisiana-centered circus troop. (On loan)
Pearl Mary Segura (1909-1993). Papers, 1949-1959, n.d.
Notebooks relating to the genealogical investigations of former University Louisiana Room Librarian Pearl Mary Segura.
Attakapas Historical Association. Records, 1871-1883, 1956-1976
2 ft. 1 in.
Records of a local historical society in Southwestern Louisiana, includes information on membership, meetings, conferences, finances and publications.
City of Lafayette. Collection
10 in., 10 videotapes
Ordinances, promotions and photographs relating to the development of this south-central Louisiana community. Videotapes of reminiscence sessions during 1984 Centennial.
Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association. Records 1956-
The Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association (LISA), a private non-profit organization, was created in 1958 to manage and develop Louisiana's coastal water resources. It was considered a public relations arm of the Louisiana Coastal Commission (LCC), a state-regulated agency created in 1964. The original intent was to have a private non-profit agency and a governmental agency work toward the development of the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Program. LISA performed promotional and publicity functions, such as lobbying, which the LCC was restricted from doing. LCC had the authority to coordinate planning efforts in the areas of water quality, flood control, navigation, conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and environmental enhancement.
This collection contains records of LISA and LCC. Material from LISA includes correspondence; Board of Directors meetings minutes; annual meeting material such as clippings and press releases; speeches, scrapbooks, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items. Material from LCC include correspondence; commission meeting minutes and minute books; committees' reports; publicity and publications; legal material; and miscellaneous information.
This collection is arranged chronologically. The records are donated by LISA. The Archives is the designated repository for the LISA records.
Louis Hanneman ( - ). Photograph collection, 1895-1910
Photographs of New Orleans area at the turn-of-the-century taken by a Tulane University medical student. These are photographs of unidentified people, houses, street scenes, etc. There are also pictures of a military camp at the Fairgrounds during the Spanish-American war.
Donated by Louis Hanneman in 1981.
Opelousas and Attakapas District. Brand Books, 1739-1944
Official volumes of cattle brands kept by register of brands.
Ernest J. Gaines (1933- ). Papers, 1955-
12 ft. 6 in.
Ernest J. Gaines was born near New Roads, Louisiana, in 1933. Although Gaines moved to California with his family after World War II, he based much of his fiction upon his observations of life in Louisiana.
The collection consists mainly of various drafts of Mr. Gaines' published works from handwritten originals to galley proofs. It also contains unpublished stories and novels starting with those written during his college days. The unpublished materials may be consulted only with permission of Mr. Gaines. Several scrapbooks centered on published works include reviews and correspondence. Other types of this material are unbound. There are an especially large number of reviews of the television production of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.
Fred Packard ( - ). Films, 1970s-1980s
Packard was a faculty member from the Art and Architecture department at University of Southwestern Louisiana. This collection consists of taped interviews on CODOFIL.
Felix Voorhies (1839-1919). Papers, 1869-1919, 1974-1976
1 ft., 3 inches
This collection reflects the career, from 1870 on, of attorney, judge and author, Felix Voorhies. It contains fee books and case books generated as part of his legal practice; however, the majority of the collection consists of manuscripts, plays, short-stories, and some published Voorhies writings. There is also correspondence from the early 20th century including one letter in which the Judge writes about the Evangeline legend and the true story of Emmeline Labiche which he published as part of Acadian Reminiscences. A manuscript copy of an unpublished play and a photograph of the Judge were added to the collection by Joe Voorhies, Felix Voorhies' son, at his 100th birthday party in 1983.
This collection was donated by the Voorhies family.
Lauren Chester Post (1899-1976). Papers, 1919-1977
Correspondence, papers, and manuscripts of Dr. Lauren C. Post (born, 6 Sept. 1899; died, 21 Jan. 1976), a native of Acadia Parish, author, and professor of Geography for many years at San Diego State University. His papers include a diary, correspondence, and papers on a wide range of subjects including: Attakapas Indians, brand records from St. Martinville, Acadian music, Huey Long, the 1915 hurricane, and weaving and clothing.
Post's Cajun Sketches won the Louisiana Library Association's literary award in 1962. He also authored articles on South Louisiana in various journals.
Copied through the generosity of Lyle Johnson, Director of the Acadia Parish Library System.
Spain. Archivo Historico Nacional. Records, 1737-1819
33 reels [Microform]
Microfilm records in the Archivo Historico Nacional, Madrid from the Papules Relativo a las Negociaciones Diplomaticas de Espana con los Estados Unidos de Norteamerica Series, 1737-1819. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Record Series.
Mexico. Archivo General de la Nacion. Records, 1500-1812
268 reels [Microform]
Microfilm records in the Archivo General de la Nacion, Mexico City, from the Correspondencia de los Virreyes, the Historias, and the Provincias Internas Serias. These are mainly administrative records from provincial governors to the Viceroy of New Spain, 1500-1812. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Series.
Spain. Archivo General de Indias. Records, 1540-1810
8 reels [Microform]
Microfilm of records in the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain, from the Audiencia de Mexico Series, 1540-1810. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Series.
American Rice and Mill Company, Inc. Records, 1900-1961
73 volumes, 1 ft.
This collection contains the important reports, records, speeches and documents from the American Rice and Mill Company. The American Rice and Mill Company was formed in the 1900s and ended in 1961. Officers of this company from 1900 to 1940 were J. W. Rooler, President; C. J. Freeland, Vice President; R. A. Nocton, Secretary/Treasurer.
Donated by Freeland Family.
Dagmar Francez (1912-1988). Scrapbooks, 1939-1946
This collection, compiled by a Carencro High School student, contains clippings dealing with overseas military events of World War II. Most of the articles were taken from the New Orleans and other local newspapers.
This collection was transferred to the Archives from the History Department.
League of Women Voters [Lafayette, La]. Records, 1945-1992
3 ft. 9 in., 3 volumes
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette was organized in 1945. The organization was officially chartered in January 1946, with thirty-three members.
The main objective of the League of Women Voters of Lafayette is to work for better city and parish government, better schools, and the participation of all citizens in the democratic system. These and other endeavors undertaken by the Lafayette League compliment and parallel the aims and programs of the state and national leagues.
This collection contains incomplete internal records of the Lafayette League from its founding. There are also items which show the connectional relationship among local, state and national leagues. The subject series reflects the range of issues addressed by the League and shows the sort of information marshalled to study these concerns.
This collection was donated by Kay Bates, a charter member of the Lafayette League.
Alexander Sas-Jaworsky (1916-1989). Papers, 1939-1984
3 ft. 4 in.
Dr. Alexander Sas-Jaworsky was born on June 11, 1916 in the Ukraine. He attended the Academy of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Lwiw (Lemburg). In June, 1939 he began his veterinary practice. During World War II he lived under first Soviet and then Nazi control. The end of the war found Sas in Austria. He met his wife, Natalie Kulchycky, in a Bavarian displaced persons camp. On September 19, 1949, Dr. Sas and his wife immigrated to the United States. By 1951 they had settled in Abbeville, where they established a veterinary practice, and raised their five children. Dr. Sas is best known for his outspoken political views as a staunch anti-communist. He has made a career of spreading that viewpoint in frequent speeches, numerous published opinion-editorial essays, a newspaper column, and in two books. He died on the morning of April 7, 1989.
This collection reflects Dr. Sas' political activism and his dedication to his chosen cause. It also indicates his continuing and underlying concern in Ukrainian nationalism.
The collection was donated by Dr. Sas-Jaworsky and his family.
Keystone View Company. Slides, [1910s-1920s]
ca. 700 items
This collection contains stereopticon slides and glass plates produced by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania. These views are of scenes from all over the world. They were produced for educational purposes and discovered in a Gretna, Louisiana elementary school. There is one study booklet on Mexico which accompanies a section of the slides. One contains scenes from stories of Peter Rabbit, and the second contains miscellaneous items including several images related to the War Between the States.
The donor also included a stereopticon viewer. The collection is housed adjacent to the Freeland Collection in the Special Collections area.
Donated by Don Robertson, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Marie del Norte Theriot (1902-1987). Collection, 1852-1973
1 ft. 8 in.
Marie del Norte Theriot was born October 14, 1902. Marie was interested in history, politics, and the history of Louisiana (Acadiana). In addition, Marie was interested in music and dancing; therefore, she produced a children's song and dance book entitled Le Dances Rondes. Marie's collection contains information concerning people, places, and events during and before her life, information on different sections of Louisiana and information on historical events, post cards, notes, memos, awards presented to her, songs, biographical information on people of the U. S., and her personal souvenirs.
Donated by Marie del Norte Theriot. This collection is part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
Lafayette (LA) First Presbyterian Church. Records, 1875-1975
1 reel (35 mm, positive and negative)
Membership rolls, minutes of the congregation meetings, board of trustees (1877-1946), and session (1875-1975) of this church. The church evolved from the Vermilionville Presbyterian Church to the Lafayette Presbyterian Church and finally to the Lafayette First Presbyterian Church.
After being microfilmed by Dennis Gibson in 1975 the original records were sent to the Historical Foundation of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, Montreat, North Carolina.
Avoylles Parish Colonial Records, 1786-1803
3 reels (35 mm, negative)
Colonial records of Avoyelles Parish filmed by Louisiana State Archives in 1970.
Abbeville (LA) First Presbyterian Church. Records, 1944-1971
1 reel microfilm (35 mm, negative)
Records of the First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville. Film made from material filed in loose-leaf notebooks. Material not in chronological order.
Probably filmed by Dennis Gibson from records retained by the church.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Civil Records, 1782-1810
8 reels microfilm (16 mm, negative and positive)
Civil record books of East Baton Rouge Parish during Spanish and Early National Periods. Filming was probably done by the Center for Louisiana Studies. All reels are negative except Reel 3.
St. Peter Claver Mission of Iowa, Louisiana and St. Joseph's Church of Welsh, Louisiana. Records, 1970-1978
1 reel microfilm (35 mm, negative)
Records of the St. Peter Claver Mission (1970-1978) and St. Joseph's Church (1971-1978). Material loaned to Dennis Gibson for microfilming.
United States. Adjutant General's Office. Amnesty Papers, 1865-1867
3 reels microfilm (35 mm, positive)
Case files of applications from former Confederates for presidential pardons. Records of applications from Louisiana residents arranged alphabetically.
NARS microfilm from RG-94. Microcopy 1003, Reels 27-29.
Frank Charles Triay (1866-1947). Scrapbook, 1877-1946 [1900-1932]
Frank Charles Triay was a resident of Lafayette who was an active worker in the Socialist Party (US) and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. The scrapbook reflects those interests. It contains newspaper clippings on socialism; politics; political cartoons; and scattered topics including the Triay family, the labor union, parapsychology, and World War II. Triay collected political campaign items for the Socialist Party (US) and the LaFollett Progressive Party (1924). Clippings about Eugene V. Debs and letters from Debs and his brother, Theodore, are in the scrapbook. There are photographs, certificates, tickets, and the charter for the Socialist Party Club of Lafayette, Louisiana (1904). There are poems, prayers, and radio dialogue which are either humorous or satirical.
The scrapbook is donated by Mr. & Mrs. E. B. McDaniel through Coleen McDaniel.
Jacob Thomas Foster (1827-1906). Memoirs, 1900
1 reel microfilm (35 mm, negative)
Foster was a native of New York who spent most of his life in the upper mid-west, specifically Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. His memoirs discuss his work as a railroad surveyor and in other occupations but focus mainly on his service in Wisconsin regiments during the Civil War. Some of that service was in Louisiana. Foster's memoirs was dedicated to his son, Clark Harold Foster, in 1900. There are 79 typed pages.
Mrs. Arthur V. D. Clarkson loaned the memoirs to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for microfilming. The UL Lafayette copy was made by Dennis Gibson for the Microfilm Division, University Libraries, 197-.
Audrey Chandler Birdhill ( - ). Scrapbooks, 1939-1942
2 reels microfilm (35 mm, negative and positive)
Newspaper clippings, mainly from New Orleans papers concerning Louisiana and New Orleans politics. The compiler, who emphasized corruption, entitled her scrapbooks, "Louisiana Political Corruption." There were originally 13 volumes in the series of which only 7 were microfilmed. Mrs. Birdhill was a resident of Houma, Louisiana.
Microfilmed by UL Lafayette University Libraries Microfilm Department in 1974.
Academy of the Sacred Heart (Grand Coteau, Louisiana). Student Registers, 1825-1955
2 reels microfilm (35 mm, negative)
These are lists of students who attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1825-1955 and the College of the Sacred Heart, 1917-1943. These registers were used by Anna Jane Marks to prepare Register of Students of the Academy of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau, Louisiana 1821-1971 (Lafayette, Louisiana: The Acadiana Press, 1981). The registers contain more information on each student than does the Marks book.
The original registers were retained by the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Abbeville (LA) Methodist Church. Records, 1889-1958
1 reel microfilm (35 mm, positive)
Membership records of several churches in the Vermilion Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Perry's Bridge (1899-1954); Prairie Greig Church, Henry, Louisiana (1899-1916); and Abbeville Methodist Church 1901-1947). There are quarterly records of the Vermilion Circuit (1910-1913) and collected information on ministers who served the circuit. There are also two brief histories of the Abbeville Methodist Church and correspondence related to gathering information for another publication.
Microfilmed by Dennis Gibson from originals still held by the church.
United States. Army. Department of the Gulf. Miscellaneous Records, 1863-1865
2 reels microfilm (35 mm, negative and positive)
Microfilm from National Archives and Records Administration Record Group 393: Records of the United States Army filmed in 1977. The New Iberia headquarters orders were filmed in 1980.
Mary Wilson (1846-1867). Collection, 1864-1890, 1955
1 reel microfilm
Material gathered about the visitation of Blessed John Berchmans to Mary Wilson at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana in 1866. The collection contains printed material including biographies of St. John Berchmans when he was canonized, the catechism used by Novitiate Mary Wilson, and pamphlets. There are also handwritten transcripts (in both English and French) of diary entries, depositions, testimonials, and letters. There are also some original letters.
This material was microfilmed by Dennis Gibson for UL Lafayette in 1974. The originals are owned by the Academy of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau.
Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana). Photographs, 1976-
16 ft. +
Print file of many photographs which appeared in Daily Advertiser dealing with local subjects. This collection is strong in photographs but does not include sports or society subjects. It contains many supplied photos including some from the University News Service.
It has been donated by the Daily Advertiser through the efforts of Chuck Hamsa.
George Arceneaux, Sr. (1895-1986). Papers, 1847 (1970)-1986
12 ft. 6in.
George Arceneaux, Sr. was a well-known expert in sugar cane technology. For many years he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1974 he published Youth in Acadie: Reflections on Acadian Life and Culture in Southwest Louisiana.
The collection reflects Arceneaux's involvement with sugarcane, especially as a consultant for the Gulf and Western operation at Central Romania, Dominican Republic. Much of the correspondence and research material is connected with the breeding and selection work carried on there. There is also some material showing Arceneaux's continuing interest in his Acadian heritage.
The collection was donated by Mrs. George Arceneaux, Sr. and Judge and Mrs. George Arceneaux, Jr.
William M. "Billy" Grout (1921-1996). Photographs, ca. 1970-1978
ca. 6000 images (mainly negatives)
William Grout grew up around Walker, Louisiana. From his days in the Army Air Corps during World War II he has been an avid photographer. Although he has done commercial work in portraiture and weddings, this collection reflects his interest in scenic photography. Most of the images, which were taken mainly between 1974 and 1978, are of Louisiana, especially in the Florida parishes. They also indicate Mr. Grout's interest in motor-cycling.
It was donated to the University by the photographer in 1978.
Robert Foligny Broussard (1864-1918) and Edwin Sidney Broussard (1874-1934). Papers, 1895-1935
75 ft., 143 reels microfilm
Robert F. Broussard and Edwin S. Broussard were brothers from rural Iberia parish who served in the U. S. Senate, 1915-1918 and 1921-1933 respectively. Robert also served in the U. S. House of Representatives, 1897-1915. The family lived on a plantation (farm) near Loreauville, Louisiana.
Donated by Mrs. George and Dorville Broussard
Albert Tate, Jr. (1920-1986). Genealogical Papers
Albert Tate, Jr. was a federal and state judge and served as a member of numerous judiciary committees and councils. He was a member of the United State Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Tate was born in Ville Platte on 23 September 1920 and died in New Orleans on 27 March 1986. Tate had an interest in genealogy. He was particularly interested in the early settlers of Southwest Louisiana. These files contain clippings, articles, correspondence, notes, copies of documents and records, maps, etc. in reference to the research he was doing.
Louisiana Photographs. Collection
Open-end collection of photographs of Louisiana, arranged geographically.
Robert Stuart Neitzel (1911-1980). Collection, 1954-1983
2 ½ ft.
Robert Stuart Neitzel, born in Falls City, Nebraska, contributed to archaeology in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the southeastern United States for thirty productive years. He made major contributions to archaeological work in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is best known for his work with Indian sites, especially those connected with Marksville culture, and the Tunica and Natchez tribes.
The collection dates almost entirely from the 1970s. One major exception is a series of photocopied correspondence from the 1950s involving the Prehistoric Indian Museum Neitzel founded and directed in Marksville. The collection contains maps, notes, correspondence, work papers, and newsletters; publications and writings, both draft and published material.
This collection was donated by Mrs. Robert S. Neitzel and the children, Sarah and Stuart.
Patout Family. Collection, 1931-1975
Microfiche, 15 sheets
This collection contains material brought to a Patout family reunion in 1975. Included are legal papers; land records, especially in St. Mary Parish; correspondence, including a letter from San Francisco in 1849; photographs; articles; and publications.
J. Norman Heard (1922- ). Papers, 1944-1987, n.d.
3 ft., 36 v.
Norman Heard is an author and a retired librarian from UL Lafayette. This collection consists of materials gathered from his book Handbook of the American Frontier, which include handwritten notes for his published book, as well as other books he authored. He was also heavily involved in the Allaman Center, Acadian Village, and Special Olympics which are organizations in Lafayette Parish.
KPEL Radio Station. Tapes, 1980, 1987-
Tapes of Lafayette: Someplace Special and Primetime programs.
German Prisoner of War. Collection, 1942-1989
1 ft., videotapes
Research material gathered by Dr. Matthew Schott.
St. Charles Parish. Court Records, 1740-1872
Billeaud Sugar Mill. Records, 1940s-1984
Northern and Southern Oil Company. Financial Records, 1902-1905
1 ft. 3 in.
Records of an early oil company in the Jennings - Evangeline area.
Jefferson T. Hennessy ( - ). Papers, 1958-1985
Jeff Hennessy served as member of UL Lafayette's Health and Physical Education Department from 1959 until 1985. During that time he coached the UL Lafayette gymnastic and trampoline teams. Hennessy was active in national and international trampoline organizations as an official and as a coach of U.S. national teams.
The Collection reflects Hennessy's coaching career and his efforts to promote the sport of trampoline. It contains information on his UL Lafayette squads and his involvement in international organizations.
This collection was donated by Jeff Hennessy.
Louisiana Historical Preservation and Culture Committee. Records, 1970s-
7 ft. 6 in.
Mainly nomination forms for designation as historic sites, arranged alphabetically. Some records of the committee.
Donated by Glenn R. Conrad, chairman of the committee.
Godchaux Family Papers/Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records, 1911-
Frank Area Godchaux, Sr. was born in Abbeville, Louisiana. Mr. Godchaux was a builder in industry and well as a leader in civic affairs. By 1911 he was managing two rice mills.
This collection consists of person and business papers. Including in this collection are correspondence, financial records, minutes of meetings, etc.
Broussard, Louisiana. General Merchandise Stores. Ledgers, 1901-1913
Ledgers of two Broussard, Louisiana stores. Volume 1 is from Jonin General Merchandise Store while volumes 2 through 6 are from Comeaux and St. Julien General Merchandise Store. These are unbound photocopies of the original ledgers.
Donated by the T. L. Ducrest family, heir of Gustave St. Julien. Made available by Maxine D. Duhon.
Harland K. Riley (1905-1972). Collection, 1929-1969
Harland K. Riley was a native of Gueydan, LA. In 1931, he joined the USL faculty as an assistant professor of agriculture. This collection consists of his thesis, correspondence, photographs, speeches, awards, certificates, diplomas and other miscellaneous materials.
Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company. Records,
This collection consists of records from the Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association and the Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company.
Carlton O. James ( -1993). Oral History Collection, 1979
1 ft. 3 in.
This collection is the result of a project sponsored by UL Lafayette and funded by The Louisiana Council in Human Relations and the Acadiana Committee for the Humanities. The project directors were Dr. Patricia Rickels and Matthew Schott with assistance from Barry Ancelet, Elemore Morgan, Jr., and Doris White. The collection contains taped interviews with several participants in Louisiana's civil rights movement. The final product of the project, a slide-tape presentation, "No Gains Without Pains: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana," is also included. Carlton James, a long-time Lafayette educator and civil rights leader, is one of the people interviewed.
The collection was donated to UL Lafayette by the Project Directors in 1984. Tapes are recorded on one side only.
Hannie Family. Collection, 1902-1985
2 ½ in.
These are materials collected by Evelyn Theresa Hannie in the preparation of her book, The Hannie-Saloom-Reslan Family Book (Lafayette, n.d.). The collection contains some family documents and photographs.
Donated by Evelyn Theresa Hannie in 1986.
Yorick Chachere (1910-1993). Collection, ca 1927-1940
A collection of movie flyers advertising motion-pictures which appear in local movie theatres, especially the Bailey in Opelousas. The flyers are arranged alphabetically by title.
Donated by Yorick Chachere, 1989.
Francois Richard (1826-1989). Papers, 1832-1899
2 ½ in.
Mainly documents related to law practice of Francois Richard, fils, in St. Landry Parish and to legal matters involving the Richard family. Of special interest is a contract between an ex-slave owner and freedmen executed on 16 August 1865.
Donated by Sandra Clayton Richard in 1989.
Mary Theard. Manuscript, 1976
An unpublished collection of Louisiana folk music.
Edward Bennett Ogden, Jr. (1904-1983). Papers,
Mainly the business records of Ogden who was active in the rice brokerage field. He worked in Cuba for many years until forced out by the revolution in 1961. He had a close connection with the Godchaux Family and Louisiana State Rice Milling Company.
Donated by Mrs. Edward B. Ogden, Jr.
Ain Cadjein [Anonymous]. Literary Manuscripts, 1983-
Material on literature presented in Cajun French prepared by anonymous individual and delivered to KVPI radio station in Ville Platte. Includes translations of literary excerpts, poems, etc. into Cajun French and a grammar of Cajun French.
Photocopy. Original in possession of KVPI. Secured by Mario Mamalakis for UL Lafayette to copy.
Bernice Webb ( -1999). Papers
Doris Broussard Bentley (1919- ). Papers, 1970-1971
Material related to preparing dissertation on Edith Garland Dupré. Includes interview notes, research notes, bibliography notes, etc. There are also excerpts from material in the Edith Garland Dupré Papers, Collection 43. This collection also includes Bentley's correspondence related to the project.
Donated by Doris Broussard Bentley, 1990.
Rotary Club (Lafayette, LA). Records, 1920-
17 ft., 37 v., +
Records of the oldest Rotary Club in Lafayette.
James Prejean ( - ). Collection
c. 8 ft.
Iberia Parish Tuberculosis Association. Records, 1946-1973
Some administrative records but mainly clippings related to the activities of this organization.
Donated by Henry J. Dautrieve, Jr.
Robert S. Osborne (1908-1991). Papers, 1947-1954, n.d.
Mainly literary manuscripts of Dr. Osborne who was long-time member of the UL Lafayette English Department.
Donated by Ollie Tucker Osborne
Anne K. Simpson (1924-2005). Collection, 1957-1991
Materials collected by Simpson in preparation of her biography of Ernest J. Gaines.
Donated by Anne K. Simpson
ERA United. (Louisiana). Clippings. 1974-1978
Microfilm 1 reel [35 mm]
Clippings on ERA issue from Louisiana newspapers provided to ERA United by the Metropolitan Clipping Bureau.
Lafayette (LA) City Council Records, 1836 -
Microfiche [2601 fiche]
Mainly records of the Lafayette City Council including minutes of meetings and ordinances. Also records of ad-hoc auxiliary bodies.
New Iberia, Louisiana. City Records, 1868-
Fines [double entry ledgers]; City Ordinances; City Assessment Rolls; and Minute Books
Harmon F. Roy. Collection, 1980
c. 175 photographs
A collection of photographs related to the Lake Peigneur disaster of 1980. Harmon served as one of the lawyers involved in litigation over the case.
Fred Fournet (1904-1987). Photographs, [1950s - 1960s]
Photographs either taken by Fred Fournet of St. Martinville or which had been taken to Fournet's Drug Store for copying and never retrieved by the customer. Many of these are of St. Martinville African-Americans.
Charles Hamsa. Collection, 1912-
c. 13 ft.
This collection contains political campaign memorabilia at Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, and national levels. It emphasizes third party and minor candidates.
Shane Bernard. Collection, 1979-1998, n.d.
1 ft., 10 ½ inches
Material on "Swamp Pop" music gathered initially for research for M.A. thesis. Collection contains mainly articles, clippings, catalogs, etc.
This collection contains mainly oversize prints, sketches, printed photographs, and commercial product labels. Many items are pages from late nineteenth century illustrated magazines containing prints and photographs of South Louisiana scenes.
The collection was obtained in part with money donated by Mr. Alan Kiesel.
Thetis Cusimano. Collection, 1953-1990
Microfilm: 2 reels [35 mm]; slides
Scrapbooks, photo albums and yearbooks related to the Special Education Program in Lafayette Parish Schools.
J. Rayburn Bertrand (1918-2005). Scrapbooks, 1959-1972
Microfilm: 3 reels [35 mm]
J. Rayburn Bertrand, the fifteenth mayor of Lafayette, was born in Kinder, Louisiana in 1918. He attended Lafayette High School and UL Lafayette. This collection consists of scrapbooks kept while Bertrand was Lafayette mayor. 5 volumes.
Henry C. Dethloff. Collection, 1960 -
Collection related especially to the rice industry including materials collected by Professor Dethloff and manuscripts of his publications.
Sylvia Roberts. Collection, 1960-1980
Working files of clippings, articles, reports, etc. related to women's issues.
Mary E. Dichmann (1913-1995). Papers, 1935-1995
Personal and professional papers of long-time UL Lafayette faculty member and administrator. Also some records of organizations in which she was active, especially AAUW and Phi Beta Kappa.
Les Vingt Quatre Club. Collection, 1932-1938, 1990-1992, n.d.
Les Vingt Quatre Club was founded in April, 1932 and chartered and named May, 1932. The Club was formed to study history and current events. This collection contains correspondence, histories, a few photographs, and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, etc. The material in this collection has been photocopied and microfiched. The originals were loaned to the Archives by Virginia Yongue.
Town of Breaux Bridge. City Council Records, 1894-1909, 1913-1938
Microfilm: 1 Reel [35mm]
Mainly records of the Breaux Bridge City Council which include minutes of meetings and ordinances. The material in this collection has been microfilmed. The originals were loaned to the Archives by the Town of Breaux Bridge.
Miscellaneous Louisiana Newspapers, 1830-1977
Microfiche: 1089 sheets
Miscellaneous Louisiana Newspapers from 1830-1977 that have been microfiched. The originals are housed in Drawer #12 of the map case in the Archives.
Armand J. Brinkhaus. Papers, 1960-1965, n.d.
Legislative Records dated from 1960-1995. Materials of legislative sessions, newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.
Idonian Club. Records, 1948-1983, n.d.
5 in., 18 v.
The Idonian Club was formed to study the Bible and for the promotion of growth in Christian Character. This collection contains yearbooks and miscellaneous materials dealing with the Idonian Club.
Altrusa Club. Records, 1956-1996, n.d.
12 in., 7v.
This collection contains correspondence, photographs, programs, conference information, etc. dealing with the local and international Altrusa Club.
Lafayette Garden Club, 1954-1984
10 in., 7 v.
The Lafayette Garden Club was first organized in 1930 and became a member of the national federation of garden clubs in 1940. This collection consists of scrapbooks, minutes of the Garden Club, projects, award booklets, and other miscellaneous materials.
W.D. Smith. Papers
Scott Business Ledger
Jules O. Daigle (1900-1998). Papers, 1981-1994, n.d.
1 ft., 8 in.; Microfilm: 1 reel [35mm]
Jules O. Daigle was born in Lafayette. He made his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, St. Mary’s in Baltimore, Maryland, and the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1925. After retirement, he launched a writing career and wrote several books on the Cajun heritage, receiving international recognition for his work. This collection contains correspondence.
Wes S. Cady (1935- ). Papers, 1977-1983, n.d.
Ora-Westley Schwemmer Cady is a native of Pennsylvania and Retired History Professor at UL Lafayette. She received her doctorate degree in Latin American History from Tulane University. She taught history at UL Lafayette for more than 30 years. She is a member of several university women organizations and also has served on some of the boards of directors. This collection consists of by-laws, minutes, correspondence, membership records, publications, conference materials and other miscellaneous materials dealing with AAUW and IFUW.
Charles F. Reynolds. (1924-1997). Papers
Mainly unpublished musical compositions written by Reynolds who was long-time member of UL Lafayette’s School of Music faculty. Some personal material including a scrapbook.
Abrom Kaplan (1872-1944). Papers, 1905-1960
Personal and business records of a pioneer of the South Louisiana rice industry.
Family and Friends for the Mentally Ill [Lafayette, LA].
Records, 1977 - 1998
Family and Friends for the Mentally Ill was founded in March 1981 by Maizie Thibodeaux. It was one of the first mental health support groups in Louisiana. Their main goal was to involve the patients’ family in recovery, providing understanding, and support to families. This collection consists of FFAMI’s working files. It was donated by Maizie Thibodeaux.
John C. Fontenot (1914-1996). Land Abstracts and Office Records, 1950s-80s.
Land abstracts done by John C. Fontenot Land Abstract Company of Evangeline Parish. Much of work done for oil companies.
Richard Putnam (1913-2002). Federal Case Records, 1960s-70s
Mainly judicial records of integration cases in Lafayette, Acadia, St. Landry, and St. Martin Parishes.
Marie J. [Mario] Mamalakis (1913 - 2003). Writings
Copies of articles written by Mario Mamalakis, a prolific newspaper feature writer. This collection consists of her working files and also her personal files. Included are her writings on real estate, Mardi Gras, etc.
Jean T. Kreamer (1944- ). Papers, 1978-1999
Jean T. Kreamer is the director of the University Media Center and Print Shop at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is also the President of the Chamber of Commerce for 1999/2000. She has served on other committees as well.This collection consists material from the Lafayette Parish City Government, Chamber of Commerce, University material, etc.
See donor form for restrictions.
Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). 1966 - 2001.
18 ft., 20 volumes
On 20 July 1968 Governor John J. McKeithen signed into law Act No. 409 authorizing the establishment of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). It was developed to do any and all things necessary to accomplish the development, utilization and preservation of the French language as found in the state of Louisiana, for the cultural, economic and tourist benefit of the state. This collection consists of mostly CODOFIL Office Records which includes correspondence, meeting agendas, photographs, press releases, new clippings, reports, etc. Also are scrapbooks which contain photographs and newspaper clippings from 1966 through 2001. There are also photographs of the 25th anniversary of CODOFIL
Jewish Collection. Records, 1949-1993, n.d.
2 ft., 3 ½ in.
Jewish Church records of the congregation in this area.
Part of this collection was donated by Peter Louviere of New Iberia and the other part from Alan Kiesel of Lafayette. This is an open end collection.
McCullon Exploration Company. Records, 1926-1943, n.d.
This collection consists of seismograph surveys conducted by McCullon Exploration Company.
Vincent Riehl (1911-1995). Papers, 1890s-1900
This collection consists of mainly photographs from Acadia Parish from the 1890s thru the early 1900s. The photographs are scenes from Crowley, Rayne, Esterwood, and other parts of the parish. Also included are photographs of families.
Yvonne Lavasseur ( - ). Papers, 1944-1981
2 ft., 8 ½ in.
Yvonne Lavasseur’s papers consists of class notes while attending the University of Southwestern Louisiana where she received her masters degree. Also included is a draft of her thesis. There are also correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc.
Plumber and Pipe Fitting Industry. Records, 1946-1983
The Plumber and Pipe Fitting Industry collection contains records mainly from the Plumber and Steamfitters Local #106 Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Trust Fund.
Jane Bode ( - ). Collection, 1978-1985, n.d.
3 ½ ft.
Jane Bode was an attorney from Crowley, Louisiana. This collection consists of her working files.
Pierre Bellevieu ( - ). Papers, 1902-1962, n.d.
2 ft., 6 in.
This collection consists of papers written by Pierre Bellevieu. Thre are also genealogy material on the Faucault, Toups and Foco Families.
Thomas Arceneaux (1908- ). Papers, 1908-1979
Thomas J. Arceneaux was born 13 June 1908. He was the son of Emilien Arceneaux and Aline Martin Arceneaux. In 1936, he married Carita Anne Melchior. Dr. Arceneaux was a professor of Agriculture. This collection consists of his working files [genealogy], personal papers, class notes, correspondence, photographs, clippings, Acadian history information, etc.
Louisiana Gulf Coastal Oil Expedition (LAGCOE). Collection, 1953-1990
2 ft., 6 in., 13 v.
LAGCOE was organized in 1955. This corporation was formed to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the part played by the oil industry in our society. This event is located in Lafayette, which is the heart of Louisiana’s land and offshore oil activity. This collection consists of exhibit material, correspondence, by-laws and resolutions, history, scrapbooks, etc.
Vermilion Parish Drainage District, Ward 5. Records, 1927-1945
The Vermilion Parish Drainage District records consists of financial records, correspondence, clippings, drainage bonds and other miscellaneous materials.
Iwo Jima Collection, 5th Marine Division, 1945. Collection, 1945-1995
5 ft., 10 in., 10 v.
Roland Chaisson and other veterans fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The Battle of Iwo Jima, 19 February - 25 March 1945 was one of the bloodiest engagements during World War II. This collection consists of books, videos, articles, newspapers, slides, from the veterans’ war service.
This collection was donated by Roland M. Chaisson.
Amanda S. Hanks (1913-2003). Collection, 1977-1988, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Amanda Hanks was a dedicated teacher and librarian in Vermilion Parish for 43 years. This collection consists of writings, clippings, photographs, biographical information, etc.
Dudley J. LeBlanc (1894-1971). Collection, 1900-1995, n.d.
Dudley LeBlanc was a businessman and politician. He served as Louisiana Representative in 1924, Public Service Commissioner in 1926, Louisiana Senator in 1948-52, 1964, 1968. He owned many businesses. He invented and promoted the famous HADACOL, which was a vitamin/mineral supplement. He claimed it cured many illnesses. This collection consists of genealogy material, photographs, correspondence, business records, etc.
Lawless J. “Butterbean” Reaux, Jr. (1928- ). Collection, 1944-1979
Lawless J. “Butterbean” Reaux, Jr. was a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He was a member of the Boys Scouts of America and was also in the military. This collection consists of personal information, photographs, military records, correspondence, publications, etc.
Alcee Henry (1869-1950). Collection, 1900s-1960s, n.d.
Alcee Henry was a farmer from Morse, Louisiana. This collection consists of mostly family photographs. Also included are correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc.
Frank C. Flowers (1908-1995). Collection, 1949-1980
Frank C. Flowers attended Louisiana College and received a A.B. in 1930. He then attended Stanford University and received an A.B. in 1932. In 1939, he received his M.A. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in 1941. Dr. Flowers was a member of the UL Lafayette faculty here in the English department from 1946-1986.
Mildred Ruth Brown (1919-1991) and George Boylston Brown (1910-1996). Music Collection, 1931, n.d.
This collection contains unpublished music. Most of the compositions and arrangements by Mildred Ruth Brown are based on French folk songs. There are arrangements for piano, voice, and string orchestra and quartet. Many of the arrangements by George B. Brown are hymn tunes for organ or keyboard. There is also some vocal material.
New Iberia Road Paving Project. Collection, 1950s
1 ft., 3 inches
The New Iberia Road Paving Project is a project done by the City of New Iberia in the 1950s. This collection consists of mainly photographs during this project.
Louis F. Babin (1912-1996). Collection, 1898-1993
Louis F. Babin was born on a farm between Port Allen and Brusly, Louisiana. He dedicated his life to firefighting. He worked for the Lafayette Parish Fire department and retired in 1972 with 42 years of service. This collection consists of biographical information. Also included are lists of members of the fire department, financial records, correspondence, history, photographs, and other miscellaneous materials as well.
W. Roy Hebert ( - ). Collection, 1950s
1 ft., 3 ½ inches
W. Roy Hebert was from Sulphur, Louisiana. He attended SLI in Lafayette. Hebert, a reporter with a combination news-sports background, is well known throughout the Southwestern for his play-by-play coverage of the conference football, basketball, and track events. This collection consists of copybook of Hebert and tapes from programs that he did. This collection was donated by W. Roy Hebert.
Roy Raoul Theriot (1914-1973). Collection, 1743-1992, n.d.
Roy R. Theriot was an attorney and politician. He was born in Erath, Louisiana. He attended SLI and Tulane. He began law practice in 1939 and was also mayor of Abbeville from 1954-1960. He was also involved with different organizations. This collection consists of mostly certificates and awards.
Mario Fratti (1927- ). Collection,
2 ft., 5 ½ inches
Mario Fratti was born on 5 July 1927 in L'Aquila, a small town in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. Fratti was an Italian and American playwright. He has written numerous plays. This collection consists of biographical information, plays, newspaper clippings, and other published writings.
Raymond S. Rodgers (1935-2007). Collection,
Writings dealing with French Louisiana by UL Lafayette Political Science professor. Includes: "The Survival of French in Louisiana," 10/1966, handwritten, later used in newspaper articles; "Political Economy Aspects of the Survival of French in Louisiana," Spring, 1967, paper given to Louisiana Academy of Sciences; Remarks at the First French-Acadian Conference of the Louisiana Department of Education, January, 1968; Rosner, Jeffrey R., "'Francophone' as a Pan-Movement: The Politics of Cultural Affinity," dissertation prospectus, Johns Hopkins University, Ferbruary 1968. Also includes other materials as well.
Donated by Raymond S. Rodgers.
John Stephan (1919-1998). Photograph Collection 1951-1990
This collection consists of negatives and photographs from a well known photographer from this area. There are photos of UL Lafayette, Lafayette's Mardi Gras, Lafayette Lanes, LAGCOE, etc.
Joseph K. Mertzweiller (1920-1997). Papers, 1950s-1997
Mertzweiller was born in 1920 in New Orleans, LA. He received an engineering degree from Loyola University in 1941 and a master's degree from the University of Detroit in 1943. He was interested in Louisiana Iris. He conducted his own hybridizing experiments. He was also active in a number of organizations devoted to the Louisiana Iris. This collection contains materials related to this topic.
Ruth Robertson Fontenot (1914-1995). Collection, 1801-1994, n.d.
16 ft., 4 in.
Ruth R. Fontenot's collection contains an extensive working file on local history. She conducted a survey for the Louisiana State Division of Historic Preservation of all structures over fifty years old in Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. She was very interested in the preservation of historic structures. She also has information on Acadian history.
Richard Baudouin, Jr. (1953-2000). Collection
Baudouin was a journalist who was editor of the Times of Acadiana for many years. He was also a keen observer of Louisiana politics and social conditions.
J. Maxime Roy (1893-1968). Scrapbooks, 1948-1956
1 ft., 9 inches; Microfilm: 1
J. Maxime Roy was from Broussard, Louisiana. In 1936, he was elected mayor of Lafayette until 1944. In 1948, he was elected to the State Senate, where he served until 1952. Prior to that he was in the real estate and insurance business.
Vermilion Parish. Office of Civil Defense. Records.
This collection consists of documents relating to dealing with hurricanes and floods in Vermilion Parish, including Hurricane Audrey in 1957.
Frank Chowing (1894-1981). Papers, 1950s -
This collection consists of correspondence, writings, publications, catalogs and personal files pertaining to the Iris Society. Mr. Chowing was a member of the Society for Louisiana Irises for many years. He was also a member of the American Iris Society.
John J. Burdin, Jr. (1913-1990). Collection, 1954-1990
7 ft.. 7 ½ inches, 6 volumes
John J. Burdin was from St. Martinville. He was a physician and practiced in Lafayette, LA for 54 years. He was a charter member and chairman of American Bank and Trust Company. He was also a charter member and officer at Lafayette General Hospital. This collection consists of his working files which include general and financial records, insurance and hospital records, etc. Also included are personal files which contain general and financial records, insurance records, certificates, etc.
Dailey Berard ( - ). Letters 1992-2001
5 inches; 16 volumes
Dailey J. Berard founded Universal Fabricators, Inc. in 1980 based on his own inventions. UNIFAB is an industry leader in the custom fabrication of topside facilities, decks, jackets, equipment modules and other structures used in the development and production of oil and gas reserves. This collection consists of mainly correspondence. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazines articles about Berard and UNIFAB and other miscellaneous materials as well.
This collection was donated by Frances Love.
Lorrain Family Papers,
This collection consists of correspondence, diaries, financial records, and other miscellaneous related to the Lorrain family. A large portion of the handwritten letters are written in French.
Bob Henderson (1930-1996). Collection, 1913-1986.
10 ft., 32 v.
Bob Henderson joined the USL Athletic department as the first Sports Information director. This collection consists of material dealing with the USL athletic Department and also horse racing material pertaining to Evangeline Downs. Bob was the PR-Publicity Director for nine years. In this collections are photographs, magazines newspaper clippings, plaques he ws awarded, correspondence, tournament statistics, and pamphlets from all sports.
Cahanin Store Ledger, 1838-1840
1 v., 480 pp.
This collection consists of a ledger from the Cahanin Store, in Opelousas dated 1838-1840. This bound volume contans 480 pages. Donated by Linnie C. Herpin.
Ory J. Miguez (1922-2005). Photographs, 1951-1991
Ory J. Miguez is a photographer from Franklin, LA. This collection consists of negatives and proofs of family photos, photographs of offshore rigs, sugarcane, etc. from 1951 to 1991.
This collection was donated by Ory. J. Miguez
Lafayette Civic Cup Award Collection
Kenneth “Kenny” Bowen (1926-2002). Collection, 1958, 1971-1996, n.d.
Kenneth “Kenny” Bowen was a native of New Orleans and a lifelong resident of Lafayette. Bowen was elected mayor of Lafayette in 1972 and served two consecutive terms. He then served a third term in 1992. He began a progressive administration that returned Lafayette to a Mayor-City Council form of government under a new city charter that renamed the form of local government under consolidation with Lafayette Parish. This collection consists of mostly oversize photographs and certificates. Also included are correspondence, reports, general records, etc. while in office.
This collection was donated by Kenny Bowen.
Beryl Shipley (1926-2011). Collection, 1957-2002
1 ½ ft.
Beryl Shipley joined the University of Southwestern Louisiana as basketball coach in 1957. This collection consists of scorebooks, programs, publicity, photographs, athletic association material and also Shipley’s reunion material.
Jim Bradshaw (1944- ). Papers, 1901-2002
3 ft., 2 inches; 72 volumes
Jim Bradshaw is a journalist. He is a writer for the Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. He has won journalism awards for spot news reporting, feature writing, and investigative reporting. This collection consists of his writings such as Barbs and Gems, The Reasoner Report and the popular History of Acadiana, supplement to the Daily Advertiser. Also included are newspaper clippings, publications, articles, photographs, etc.
This collection was donated by Jim Bradshaw.
United Givers Fund. Collection, 1972-1990
2 ft., 9 in.
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, news releases, etc. associated with the United Givers Fund.
This collection was donated by Jim Bradshaw.
Edmond A. Dugas ( - ). Papers, 1970s-2002
Dr. Dugas works at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was very active with the governor’s council on Physical Fitness and the American Heart Association. This collection consists of personal files dating from the mid 1970s to 2002. The majority of this collection deals with Health and Physical Education locally and nationally and with the College of Education alumni chapter. Included are correspondence, conference programs and meeting agendas for various committees.
Clay Reichert Collection (1907-1994). Collection,
This collection consists of material dealing with the oil and gas industry. Donated by Clay Reichert’s daughter Renee Colvin.
M.E. Saucier (1882-1930). Papers, 1908-09, 1926,1930, 1973-1991
Dr. Merrick Edmond Saucier was a prominent local physician and surgeon, and a member of the State Board of Education. This collection consists of photographs, clippings, account ledger and speeches of Doctor Saucier. Donated by his daughter Mildred S. Gladney.
Couret Farm Account Books, 1887-1996.
This collection consists of ten account books documenting economic conditions on the Couret Farm from 1887 to 1966. This includes accounts with tenants. Donated by Mary Agnes Callawsy.
Claude Landry (1912-1998). Papers, 1940s, 1998, n.d.
Mr. Claude Landry served in the U.S. Army for five years during World War II with the 390th Anti aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, 3rd U.S. Army. This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, WW II National Memorial Registration, letter from D-Day Museum, certificates, dog tag, and other military material while serving in the Army.
This collection was donated by Mrs. Claude (Marian Yancey) Landry.
Margaret T. Lane (1919-2009). Scrapbooks 1948-1975
Microfilm: 2 reels
Margaret T. Lane was the first Louisiana Recorder of Documents.
This collection includes scrapbooks of her works as the Recorder of Documents.
Vita Reaux (1907-2008). Genealogical Records,
This collection consists of genealogical records on Bonin, Broussard, LeBlanc and Martin/Mouton families. Material in this collection include group sheets, photocopies and index cards on information gathered from church and courthouse records.
Donated By Vita Reaux.
Joseph E. Riehl ( - ). Collection,
Crowley Women’s Club Records, 1901-1990s.
15 inches, 28 volumes
The Crowley’s Women’s Club records include scrapbooks, minute books, treasurer books, yearbooks, etc. of the association.
Donated by members of the Crowley Woman’s Club: Helen Aaron, Margie McCuller and Florence S. Jones.
Seola-Arnaud Edwards Collection
This collection consists of material related to the book, St. Francis Regis Catholic Church. This includes photographs, negatives, and proofs.
This collection was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards.
Rachael Lemoine ( - ). Collection,
This collection consists of correspondence, research notes, articles, etc. on Orphan Trains.
Donated by Rachel Lemoine.
Mildred L. Dessens. Scrapbooks, 1930
Microfilm: 1 reel [35mm]
A scrapbook entitled “My Trip to Novia Scotia”. Mrs. Dessens was part of a group from Acadiana who left on August 13, 1930 to visit Novia Scotia. She was going to attend the “Celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Acadians Exile.” This collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and handwritten notes from her trip. They returned back to Acadiana on August 29, 1930.
Glenn R. Conrad (1932 - 2003). Papers, 1767-2003
Glenn Conrad was born September 3, 1932 in New Iberia, La. He received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1953), and a Master of Arts in History (1959). During his career, he served first as an editor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He later taught history at Southern State College in Magnolia, AR and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) (1958-1991). From 1973-1993, Conrad served as the director of the Center of Louisiana Studies at USL.
This collection spans from 1767 to 2003, with the bulk of the material between 1970 and 2000. The collection includes Conrad’s professional correspondence (1971-1993), travel vouchers, awards, essays, research notes, manuscripts, biographical sketches, student evaluations, conference material, and collection of books, journal articles, and newspapers.
C.M. Mouton. Copybook
C.M. Mouton was an attorney. This collection consists of a copybook of his correspondence from 1850s to 1880s. Also included is a record book of financial records which contain a copy of a ledger from 1870s.
This collection was donated by Mrs. Charles (Helen Hamilton) Bailey, granddaughter of C.M. Mouton.
Paul Breau ( - ). Ledgers, 1869-1921
This collection consists of ledgers ranging from 1869 to 1921 belonging to Paul Breau.
Marguerite Lyle (1929-1994). Papers,
Louise Nixon. Photographs
1 oversize box
A.A. McBride (1878 - 1971). Papers, 1867 - 1971, n.d.
Andrew Arthur McBride was born April 18, 1878 in Lafayette. He is the son of Aureliss McBride and Sophie Whttington. He attended public schools in Lafayette. There after, he attended Louisiana State University where he graduated in 1901. He married Laura Melancon and they had no children. He later received his master degree from LSU in 1927.
This collection consists of teacher’s notes, certificates, correspondence, and scrapbooks of mainly news clippings.
Stewart Hoch ( -1993). Papers,
Broussard Funeral Home Records, 1941-1997
This collection consists of the Broussard Funeral Home Records. The Broussard Funeral Home was in the City of Erath, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The funeral home opened in 1941 in Erath.
Robert W. Cline. Papers
6 ½ feet
Mary Elizabeth Sanders. Papers
Joseph C. Dorsey. Photographs,
2 ½ inches
Bayou Vermilion District. Records,
3 ½ feet
Jacqueline Olivier Vidrine ( - ). Papers, 1792-1986
Jacqueline O. Vidrine resides in Ville Platte, Louisiana. She married Drouet Vidrine and they have several children. Jacqueline who is known as “Jacky” is an avid genealogist. She has researched several families including the Vidrine family and Tate Family among others.
This collection consists of family papers of Albert Tate and Tony Dardeaux and also consists of correspondence and documents from 1790s.
This collection was donated by Jaqueline O. Vidrine.
Elizabeth E. Brandon. Papers,
Frances Love. Collection,
Ron Gomez ( - ). Papers, 1971-1993, n.d.
3 ½ feet
This collection reflects the career of Ron Gomez. It contains political documents, newspaper clippings, and typed and recorded interviews that reflect his leadership throughout his career. It also contains banners, posters, and stickers for voting purposes while running against Kenny Bowen for mayor of Lafayette.
Betty Mier (1932-2003). Collection, 1776-1995, n.d.
This collection contains her working files on family histories from the Acadiana area.
Otis Hebert (1930 - ). Collection, 1960-1976, n.d.
He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and received a B.A. in Social Science Education in 1952. In July 1952, he entered the U.S. Army and served for two years. In 1958 he received a M.Ed. from LSU in Baton Rouge. Then in 1958, he received a M.A. in History at LSU as well. He wrote a thesis entitled: “History of Education in Colonial Louisiana”.
Hebert was a director of the Acadian Folklore Center at USL in Lafayette. He also worked as a director of the archives and records service for the State of Louisiana. He also was a professor at Nicholls State University and also LSU in Baton Rouge.
This collection consists of folklore materials, correspondence, photographs, etc. pertaining to folklore in Louisiana.
Joseph Carriere. Collection,
Perkins and Branch Oil Museum Collection, 1951-1991
5 inches, oversize
David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch were architects from Lafayette who worked on a project to have Louisiana’s first Petroleum Museum. This project was a group effort to establish a “Louisiana Gulf Coast Petroleum Energy Museum” in Lafayette. This collection consists of drawings, floor plans, correspondence, financial reports, planning reports, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings and writings from people in the oil related fields.
Acadia Parish Arts Council. Records,
Hamilton and Associates. Collection,
Edwin Bernard. Papers,
Lafayette Parish Office of the Assessor. Records, 1941-1967
This collection consists of financial records of the Office of the Accessor for Lafayette Parish with dates ranging from 1941-1967. Included are correspondence, receipts, deposit slips, and disbursement records. These volumes also include financial records from the Lafayette Police Jury and School Board.
Belizaire the Cajun Motion Picture. Film
A. Hays Town (1903-2005). Photograph Albums.
Friends of Humanities. Records, 1989-2008
The Friends of the Humanities was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the role of the interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and in Acadiana. This organization also generously provides various means of support to the College of Liberal Arts and strengthens the resources of the University’s Humanities program.
The Friends of the Humanities believes learning, like friendship, is a life-long experience which goes beyond the classroom. The group meets the needs of individuals throughout the region by fostering interest in cultural issues and learning in Acadiana. This collection consists of the organization’s working files such as correspondence, minutes of meetings, materials on tours and trips, etc.
W.W. Duson Company Records
Philip F. Dur (1914-2006). Papers
Margaret McMillan ( - ). Papers
Thomas D. Schoonover ( - ). Papers.
Robert (1909-1995) and Jeanne (1911-2006) Gilmore. Papers
John Breaux (1946- ). Memorabilia
Lessley Gardiner (1901-1976). Papers, - 1972.
John R. Nuber. Papers.
L'Heure de Musique. Records, 1940-1995.
The L’Heure de Musique Records Club of Lafayette was organized in 1949. This club is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. The scope of this organization is the furtherance of musical interests in Lafayette and the earnest study of music in all its phases, for the mutual benefit of its members.
This collection consists of scrapbooks ranging from 1949 to 1995 which include clippings, correspondence, photographs, certificates, flyers, annual programs, etc. There is also a minute book which contains of the minutes of meetings from 1955-1957 which is handwritten.
Riverside Irrigation Company. Records, 1896-1991.
The Riverside Irrigation Company was founded on 22 March 1895 in Jennings, Louisiana by Edward F. Rowson, Orin S. Dolby, and S. J. Johnson. Dolby soon sold out to C. A. McCoy who served as the company’s president for many years. The company purchased land along Bayou Nepique containing a sawmill, and quickly added a rice mill and warehouse. Canals were soon dug. Fourteen land owners signed on with the company in 1895. Lowell Stagg, a SLI graduate, served as Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager from 1945 to 1978. In the 1990s it stopped operating the canals and turned into a land management operation.
This collection contains business records from 1895 to 1991. Many administrative records including minute books and correspondence are in the McNeese State University Archives Collection 33.
This collection was donated by Joseph W. Freeland.
Margaret Stephens Jochem (1912-2007). Papers, 1903-1960, n.d.
Margaret Stephens Jochem was born to Edwin Lewis and Beverly Randolph Stephens on August 26, 1912 in Lafayette, LA. Her father served as the first President of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The Margaret Stephens Jochem Papers reflect the life of the first President’s daughter in its central theme tying her to the university. This is evidenced in the collection of photos, newspaper articles, and works of the Stephens’ including numerous writings of Edwin Lewis Stephens as well as Margaret’s thesis on SLI and her “Life Story of Edwin Lewis Stephens.” The collection also includes Edwin Lewis Stephens’ alphabetized personal correspondence during his last year in office (1937-1938). Finally, the collection also documents her father’s, and her own, interest in the Live Oak Society through newspaper articles and Live Oak Society papers.
The collection is organized into series pertaining to key subjects: Margaret Stephens Jochem, Edwin Lewis Stephens, Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana, and the Live Oak Society.
Barbara Nelson ( - ). Papers,
Louisiana Recovery Authority Records, 2005-2007.
Includes minutes, articles, documents. Donated by John T. Landry.
Kiesel Electric Company Records, 1980-1988.
Offshore Oil and Gas History Project, 2001-2006
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior, sponsored a study to examine the historical evolution of the offshore oil and gas industry and its effects on Louisiana’s coastal culture, economy, landscape, and society.
Between 2001 and 2006, over 450 interviews were recorded for the project. Each interview provides a unique look at the offshore oil and gas industry and its impacts on workers, their families, and their communities. The interviews are on compact disks.
Ray P. Authement ( - ). Clipping Files, 1956-2007
Vaughn Baker. Collection
Lafayette (LA) Bicentennial Commission. Records, 1971-1976
7½ in., 2 v.
Mayor Kenny Bowen appointed the Lafayette Bicentennial Commission in 1973. John and Frances Love served as co-chairmen of the commission. This collection contains organizational records, correspondence, and material on projects supported by the commission. There are also two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.
Louis J. Michot ( - ). Papers,
Frances Martina Hadnott. (1930 - ). Collection.
1 microfilm; oral history tapes
This collection has been digitized and also microfilmed.
Drs. Milton (1920-1997) and Patricia (1927-2009) Rickels. Papers.
Clement Bourgeois, Jr. (1913-2006). Collection.
Sylvia S. Bienvenu. Papers.
E. Glynn Abel (1913-2008). Papers, 1943-1987.
Abel attended SLI. In college he lettered in track, football, and baseball. He later became Assistant Dean of Men at USL. This collection consists of correspondence, certificates, clippings, Dean of Men material, and other miscellaneous materials.
Richard, Zachary (1950- ). Papers, 1996-2006
Material on documentary “Against the Tide” which includes production and research. Also includes other production materials. Donated by Zachary Richard.
Rabel, Ruth Jones ( -2002). Papers,
Carstens, Jane Ellen (1922 - 2011). Papers
Allen, Johnnie ( - ). Papers,
Raphael, Morris (1917 -2011). Papers,
Mainly research files which contain some correspondence and other materials.
Fontenot, James E. (1919 -2004). Legislative Papers,
He was an attorney and a former member of the Louisiana Senate. This collection consists of his working files while in office as a Louisiana Senator. It is arranged alphabetically.
Cusimano, Richard ( - ). Illustrations,
Brennan, Joseph Frances (1931- ). Papers, 1964-2012
Dossmann, Rene Laurant ( - ). Notary Book. 28 June 1920 – 30 January 1924)
Notary record book of Rene L. Dossmann, Notary Public in Evangeline Parish. 55 pp.
Ducrest, Willis F (1910-2004). Scrapbooks.
This collection consists of scrapbooks which were created by Mr. Ducrest. They reflect his career in music and his great interest in family genealogy.
Nolan, Paul T. (1919-1995). Papers
Montegut, Elvina (Mrs. Charles Fernand Montegut) ( - ). Papers, 1888-[1905-1915, 1928] 1930
2 ½ inches
This collection contains mainly letters in French to Elvina Montegut of LaPlace, Louisiana. They date especially in 1911, 1915, and 1938. There are also many unidentified family photographs. This collection was donated to John Robert Moore of the History Department by Rita Davis. Dr. Moore sent the materials to UAAMC.
Gentil, Jean (1829-1911). Papers, 1856-1976
2 ½ inches
Mouton, Sydney ( - ). Papers,
This collection was donated by Andre Mouton. This collection consists of correspondence, financial information, and documents.
Fils Gary General Store. Collection, 1920s-1930s.
Ledgers and Day books
revised: 17 July 2012
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