The Cajun and Creole Music Collection consists of commercial recordings, selected unpublished or field recordings, and related materials of the music of the Cajuns and Creoles of Louisiana. The collection presents the history, influences, development and diversity of the indigenous music. The recordings, published since 1928, cover the changes and evolution in the musical cultures from artist to artist, performance to performance, and dominant instrument to dominant instrument. They also reveal the influences of the musical cultures on each other and influences from regional cultures and society at large.
Formats include both analog and digital media: 78rpm, 45rpm, and LP (33 1/3 rpm) records, 8-track tapes, audio-cassette tapes, compact discs, VHS tapes and DVDs. The expanding collection also contains books, periodicals, photographs, posters, artifacts and other archival materials and collections.
The collection is open to the public for listening, viewing and research. Audio-visual stations are available. The Library encourages the use of the collection and offers scheduled tours and instructional sessions. Although most materials in the CCMC do not circulate, some items such as books and DVDs are available for check-out.
In 2003, the Library received a Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, Traditional Enhancement Grant, and began building the foundation for a premier collection of the music of Cajun and Creole Louisiana. The Library was the recipient of a 2006 Grammy Foundation grant award that was used to continue extensive cataloging and to enhance access to the collection.
Efforts continue to collect, preserve and provide access to the music, its history and its future. The Library welcomes donations of recordings, music label/company materials, personal papers of artists, oral history recordings and memorabilia, or monetary donations to assist in supporting and preserving the local musical cultures.