University Archives, 1896-
2000 ft. +
This is the initial and largest collection in the Archives. It contains the historical records of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from its inception. Collection 1 provides the fullest insights into the development of the University from its legislative founding in 1898 as Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to its present status as the second largest university in the state.
Voorhies Family. Papers, 1847-1976
1 foot, 3 inches
Papers of a southn LouPpPPPapers of a southern Louisiana family. Chiefly the 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 Grocer Company (Lafayette, Louisiana). Financial Records, 1903-1909, 1937
8 volumes, 2.5 inches
Account books and ledgers of the Lafayette wholesale grocery company. Ledgers cover 1903-1909, account books cover December 1937.
John Mills ( - ). Collection, 1772-1944
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 feet 1 inch
This collection reflects Paul Debaillon's interest in genealogy, especially the family of Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville, now Lafayette, Louisiana. 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 collateral 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 the 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 feet, 6 inches
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 Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), including 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.
Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr. (1897-1972). Papers, 1848, 1898-2000
11 feet, 5 inches, 17 volumes
Fletcher was an educator in Louisiana over 50 years. Most of that time he was at the Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) — 20 years as President. This collection includes material he collected on Louisiana history, education, agriculture and industrial development; family correspondence; and Fletcher's writings.
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
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 letters are dated from 1804-1827.
Lake B. Grow (1873-1944). Collection, 1904-1915
1 foot, 8 inches
A collection of photographs relating to the early 1900s 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 (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Personal records relating to Riehl's activities at the university including the Navy's V-12 program during WW II.
Iberville Bank and Trust Company, Plaquemine, Louisiana. Records, 1892-1919
1 foot, 3 inches
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 inches, 1 volume
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 foot, 3 inches, 4 volumes
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 foot, 8 inches
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 feet, 6 inches
This collection centers on the literary career of one of Louisiana's best known playwrights of the late 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
1 foot, 3 inches
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
Henri Louis Ducrocq was a physician who practiced in Lafayette, Louisiana. This collection includes biographical data and school notebooks which were written almost exclusively in French.
South Louisiana Camellia Society. Records, 1944-1965
2 feet, 1 inch
The South Louisiana Camellia Society existed from 1945 to 1965. Its major activity was an annual show usually held in conjunction with the Camellia Pageant held at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). 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 feet, 6 inches
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 feet, 6 inches
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 Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), 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 Governor 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 feet, 10 inches
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 government 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 feet, 6 inches
Horticulturist and long-time member of the Horticulture Department at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). 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 Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research, 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 feet, 6 inches
Personal papers of Dr. Harry Lewis Griffin (1883-1967), long-time Dean of Liberal Arts at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), 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 and 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 feet, 8 inches
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 feet, 5 inches
Wharton was an historian, sociologist, and administrator at Millsaps College, Texas Woman's University, and Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). 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 feet, 5 inches
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
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 feet, 8 inches
Papers of Charles Cain, Leo Hebert and Louis Coussan. Acadiana Neuf papers 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, Acadia, 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
Charles Joseph Debaillon, Sr. was born 19 April 1879 in Lafayette. In 1914, he married Mary "May" L. Bowden. They 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
Alexandre Mouton served as U. S. Senator, 1837-1842, and as Governor of Louisiana, 1842-1846. This collection contains his personal correspondence with 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, 1944, all contained in one volume.
Edith Garland Dupré (1881-1970). Papers, 1901-1970
Educator and member of the first faculty of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), who began first library on campus.
Edith Garland Dupré was born in Opelousas to 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 Southwestern Louisiana Institute) 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 chair of the library committee. 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 feet, 8 inches
Planter, businessman, politician, and Governor of Louisiana from 1920 to 1924. Includes photocopies of Theodore Roosevelt letters in the possession of the John M. Parker family; papers relating to the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana 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 feet, 6 inches, photographs, 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 feet, 2 inches, 20 volumes, 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.), mementos, and maps (mainly tidelands).
Pritchard Rice Mill. Records, 1940s-1960s
30 feet, 5 inches, 14 volumes
General business correspondence, letters of credit, bills of lading, production reports, minutes and bylaws of corporation.
T. A. LaBauve (1877-1972) and Joseph L. Pischoff (1874-1964) Families. Papers, 1918-1939
Correspondence and papers of the LaBauve and Pischoff families. Also includes business papers of Mr. T. A. LaBauve.
Zeke L. Loflin (1909-1982). Papers, 1940-1969
7 feet, 8 inches
Faculty member and chair of the Mathematics Department at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and one of the prime movers in establishing the Computer Science program. Collection contains personal correspondence, mathematics department materials, and correspondence and other papers referring to his association with national fraternities.
Owen Southwell (1892-1961). Papers, 1913-1950s
12 feet, 6 inches, blueprints, drawings
Collection of clippings articles, scrapbooks, etc., of this noted south Louisiana architect. Included is a collection of Southwell's designs for homes, churches and public buildings.
James M. Peek (1916-1970). Papers, 1950-1969
1 foot, 8 inches
Louisiana Turfgrass Conference. Professor Peek was a former member of the faculty and professor of Agronomy at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).
Thomas H. Harris (1869-1942). Papers, 1908-1940
2 feet, 6 inches
Superintendent of Public Schools in Louisiana. Includes correspondence, book reviews, and speeches.
National Interfraternity Conference. Records, 1929- 1973
15 feet, 10 inches
Papers of President Zeke L. Loflin. Also included are minutes of the meetings of the executive committee, scholarship reports, news and notes of the organization, committee reports, policy matters and correspondence.
Sugar Archives. Collection, 1856-1967
2 feet, 6 inches
Miscellaneous items on the sugar industry and incomplete volumes of Sugar Bulletin, official bulletin of the American Sugar Cane League of the USA.
Weeks Family. Collection, 1806-1971, n,d,
This collection consists of material on the Weeks family which resided in New Iberia, Louisiana.
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 feet, 10 inches
Survey of Older Citizens of Lafayette Parish conducted in 1967-1968; information to serve as a basis for local action programs. Donated by Mr. F. M. Carson.
Mouton-Debaillon Law Firm. Legal Papers, 1910s-1920s
39 feet, 2 inches
The files of Orther Charles Mouton and Conrad Debaillon, lawyers in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Louisiana Colonial Records. Collection, 1717-1811
1 foot, 8 inches
An open-end collection to receive colonial papers relating to Louisiana. Contains photocopies of legal papers, land and slave sales.
See also Colonial Louisiana Records, Collection 329, for larger collection of colonial records microfilmed from repositories in Europe and North America.
Acadian Bicentennial Celebration. Collection, 1955
1 foot, 8 inches
Mementos of the commemoration of the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia.
Fortenberry-Kirby. Papers, 1912-1941
Christian Science Sentinel Magazine, family photographs, and other material.
Kenneth B. Hait (1900-1980). Collection, 1928-1965
22 feet, 1 inch
Papers of Kenneth B. Hait, Professor of Psychology at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Collection includes materials on testing of students, results of tests, conferences, and other materials on the work of the Psychology Department of the University.
Society for Louisiana Irises. Records, 1941- 1983
2 feet, 3 inches
The Mary Swords Debaillon Louisiana Iris Society was organized in 1941 under the leadership of W. B. MacMillan of Abbeville, Louisiana. 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 Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). 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 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 (Jennings, Louisiana). Records, 1926-1961
12 feet, 1 inch, 4 volumes
Business records of the Jennings Nursery of Jennings, Louisiana along with several ledgers.
Gebert-Ray-Lee Families. Papers, 1810-1962
The collection contains correspondence, legal and financial documents of the Gebert-Ray-Lee families both original and typescripts. The families resided in Kentucky before some moved to Louisiana in the 1820s where they resided in Opelousas and Grand Coteau..
Gulf States Conference. Records, 1948-1971, n.d.
5 feet, 5 inches
Records of athletic events and athletes of the Gulf States Conference.
Petroleum Archives. Collection, 1902-1970
2 feet, 10½ inches
This collection consists of numerous newspaper and magazine articles on the petroleum industry in Louisiana. Also included are reports, interviews, photographs, etc. on the petroleum industry in Louisiana from 1900's through 1970.
Thistlethwaite Lumber Company (Opelousas, La). Records, 1917-1930s
The company's business, financial records and correspondence, covering 1917 through the late 1930s.
American Association of University Women. Lafayette, La. Branch. Records, 1924-
Records of the Lafayette branch, Louisiana Division, Southeast Central Region of the national organization.
Fortnightly Club. New Iberia, La. Records, 1924-1974
5 in., 4 vol.
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, La. 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, La., 1963-1966.
Harley B. Ferguson (1875-1968). Papers
1 ft. 3 in.
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.
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Alfred Mouton [Lafayette Parish] Chapter. Collection, 1864-2012, n.d.
2 feet; 3 volumes; oversize
Materials related to the Lafayette chapter of the UDC, named for General Alfred Mouton. Includes correspondence, meeting materials, committee materials, programs from various UDC luncheons and events, year books, information on Confederate veterans, and photographs from the Alfred Mouton chapter. There is much material related to the construction of the General Alfred Mouton monument located on Jefferson Street and Lee Avenue in downtown Lafayette, and news clippings regarding removing the statue.
The collection was donated by Yvonne Carter.
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, 1764-1951
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.
Leonpacher, Luitpold “Louis” (1890-1960). Collection, 1908-1920
1 ft., 3 inches
This collection consists of journals that cover the years between 1908 and 1920, documenting his experiences in Europe, Canada, and the United States. These handwritten journals, mainly in German, are illustrated with photographs and drawings done by Leonpacher. They also contain some correspondence and other added items. Furthermore, the collection consists of digitized copies of these journals, as well as a DVD of Louisiana Air Tours. This collection was donated by Dr. Leonpacher’s widow Fanny (Mrs. John Doba), and son Robert J. Leonpacher. The diaries were digitized by Brian Butcher of Video 1 for Leslie Leonpacher, Louis’ granddaughter, who produced a documentary film on Dr. Leonpacher.
Carl R. Froitzheim (1921-1989). Collection, 1970s-1980s
Collection of photographs taken by A. L. Barnett, photographer of Crowley, La. 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, La. Collection, 1953-
4 ft. 2 in., 7 vol.
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
2 ft. 6 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 Tax Reform Commission.
Playwrights Collection, 1955 [1920-1984] - 1986, n.d.
Contains manuscripts, photographs, scrapbook and publicity connected with the Eavesdrop and Playwrights Theatres of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Edwin Lewis Stephens (1872-1938). Papers, 1883-1938
17 reels [Microform]
President of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute/Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now UL Lafayette). Correspondence, addresses and speeches, relating to Stephens' position as President.
Nineteenth Century Louisiana. Collection, 1801-1900
2 ½ in.
An open-end collection to receive miscellaneous materials dating from 19th-century Louisiana. Contains original documents and photocopies.
Henry Clay Warmoth (1842-1931). Papers, 1798-1934
22 reels [Microfilm]
microfilm copies of the Henry Clay Warmoth papers in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library.
France-Amérique de la Louisiane Acadienne. Records, 1951-1966; Photographs, 1980s
The Society France Amérique de la Louisiane Acadienne was formed in Lafayette on 26 Oct. 1951. It had a two-fold aim. First it sought to strengthen ties of friendship and kinship that united France and the United States, specifically French-Acadian Louisiana. Second it sought to encourage the maintenance of French as a living language among the people of Southwest Louisiana. This collection includes organization records, Acadian Committee records, and meeting photographs.
Winters, Mary Elizabeth (1890-1991). Papers, 1813-1937
This collection consists of correspondence and papers relating to the history of southwest Louisiana. These papers are mainly about the history of New Iberia and Iberia Parish. Also included is her master’s thesis submitted to Peabody College. There are other miscellaneous materials as well.
William Buchanan MacMillan (1883-1978). Papers, 1940-1972
2 ½ ft., 1 vol.
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
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 feet, 6 inches, 45,000 images
Eli Barnett and his son A.L. Barnett operated a photography studio in Crowley, Louisiana. This collection includes 18,000 glass plates and 40,000 film negatives, mostly portraits. Approximately a third of the glass plates have been identified.
Fred Gerwick (1903-1979). Photographs, 1910s-1970
Photographs of the oil industry and workers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and 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 Bentley (1850-1889). Papers, 1866-1900
Diaries and scrapbooks of a "carpetbagger," school teacher, newspaperman and politician who as a teenager moved to Louisiana 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 vol.
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.
Mary Alice Fontenot (1910-2003). Papers, 1880s-2005
9 ft. 8 in., 8 volumes
Additional, mostly later, material from author Mary Alice Fontenot.
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 siting 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 the University in 1931.
Sibille Store [Bristol, La]. Day Books 1881-1911
Records of a country store, cotton gin and plantation in Bristol, La.
Mary Adelaide McIntyre Blake (1919-2003). Collection, 1954-1995
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.
Bourgeois, Vesta (1903-2004). Papers, n.d.
2 ½ in.
Vesta Richard Bourgeois was born August 19, 1903 in Franklin, Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Richard and Kathryn Hansen Richard. She married James H. Bourgeois and had one son, James H., Jr. She received a two-year diploma in 1924 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1927, both from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In 1934 she received a Masters of Education degree from George Peabody College. She taught physical education at SLI/University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1939 to 1968, the last eight years as Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Vesta R. Bourgeois died October 31, 2004, at the age of 101. This collection consists of a few artifacts from her time at the university.
Quintilla Morgan Anders (1889-1980). Research Papers, 1824-1960
2 ½ in.
Lafayette, La., school teacher's writings on the history of the town's organization and early education.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
National Women’s Relief Corps, Jennings (La.) Corps #19. Records, 1915, -1958
Material from the Jennings, La., branch of the Women's Relief Corps, auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
F. W. Stempel, "Signor Faranta" (1846-1924). Papers, 1883-1932
Scrapbooks and clippings on F.W. Stempel (or Stemple) , circus artist and theater owner, whose Iron Theatre in New Orleans provided popular entertainment between 1883 and 1889. (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.
Lafayette, City of. Collection, 1884-
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.
Lafayette, City of. Photographs
This is an open-end collection of photographs of Lafayette and other locations in Lafayette Parish. Photographs are arranged in a classification scheme that orders the images by location, then by subject.
Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association. Records 1956-
The Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association (LISA), a private nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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 (1870-1935). 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
2 v., microform
Official volumes of cattle brands kept by register of brands.
Ernest J. Gaines (b.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.
TRANSFERRED TO GAINES CENTER
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
5 in. [Microform]
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, 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 in Madrid, Spain, 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
238 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 newspapers in 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., 10 volumes
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette was organized in 1945. The organization was officially chartered in January 1946, with 33 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 marshaled 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, Pa. 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 Civil War.
The donor also included a stereopticon viewer.
Donated by Don Robertson, Lafayette, La.
Marie del Norte Theriot (1902-1987). Collection, 1852-1973
1 ft. 8 in.
Marie del Norte Theriot was born Oct. 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 Les Danses 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, N. C.
Avoyelles Parish Colonial Records, 1786-1803
3 reels (35 mm, negative)
Colonial records of Avoyelles Parish filmed by Louisiana State Archives in 1970.
First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville, Louisiana. Records, 1944 1971 [Microform]
1 reel (35 mm, negative)
This collection contains records of the First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville. The film was made from material filed in loose leaf notebooks, which was not in chronological order. Probably filmed by Dennis Gibson from records retained by the church.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Civil Records, 1782-1810
Microfilm: 8 reels [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.
Foster, Jacob Thomas (1827 1906). Memoirs, 1900 [Microform]
1 reel (35 mm, negative)
Foster was a native of New York who spent most of his life in the Upper Midwest, 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 were 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 (c. 1903- ). 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 seven were microfilmed. Mrs. Birdhill was a resident of Houma, La.
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, La .,1821-1971 (Lafayette, La.: 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, La., 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. 6 in.
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. 6,000 images (mainly negatives)
William Grout grew up around Walker, La. 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 motorcycling.
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 near Loreauville, La. This collection was donated by Mrs. George and Dorville Broussard.
Tate, Albert, 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, Neb., contributed to archaeology in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the southeastern United States for 30 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 (1922-2013). Papers, 1944-1987, n.d.
3 ft., 36 vol.
Norman Heard was an author and a librarian at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. This collection consists of materials gathered for 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 Alleman Center, Acadian Village and Special Olympics organizations in Lafayette Parish.
KPEL Radio Station. Tapes, 1980, 1987-
Tapes of Lafayette: Someplace Special and Primetime programs.
German Prisoners of War. Collection, 1942-1989
This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, reports, publicity including news clippings, articles, etc. It also contains videotapes of a reunion held in May 1984 and video was taken by NBC News. This collection also consists of miscellaneous materials as well.
This collection was donated by Dr. Matt Schott.
German Prisoners of War Collection (Rosalind Foley Papers), 1943 - 2000
Rosalind Foley and Matthew Schott gathered material to document the history of German Prisoners of War held in Louisiana during World War II. This collection consists of Foley’s papers including correspondence, photographs, publicity and other various materials pertaining to her research.
German Prisoners of War Collection (Matthew Schott Papers)
2 ft., 9 ½ inches
Rosalind Foley and Matthew Schott gathered material to document the history of German Prisoners of War held in Louisiana during World War II. This collection consists of Schott’s papers which include correspondence, photographs, publicity, writings, reports and other various materials pertaining to his research.
St. Charles Parish. Court Records, 1740-1872
38 reels (microfilm)
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 (1929-2015). 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 administrative records of the committee.
Donated by Glenn R. Conrad, chair of the committee.
Godchaux Family Papers/Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records, 1911-
Frank Area Godchaux, Sr. was born in Abbeville, La. 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, heirs 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, 1902-1925, 1960s
The Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company was formed in 1903 to construct a lock or locks and a dam on the Mermentau River. This collection consists of correspondence, telegrams, financial records, documents and other miscellaneous material.
Carlton O. James (1911-1993). Oral History Collection, 1979
1 ft. 5.5 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 fliers advertising motion pictures which appeared in local movie theaters, especially the Bailey in Opelousas. The fliers are arranged alphabetically by title.
Donated by Yorick Chachere, 1989.
Francois Richard (1826-1998). 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 former slave owner and freedmen executed on Aug. 16, 1865.
Donated by Sandra Clayton Richard in 1989.
Theard, Marie ( - ). Manuscript, 1976
1 volume (2.5 in.)
An unpublished manuscript of "Old Songs of French and Creole Origin Collected in Louisiana," compiled by Marie Theard. Photocopy, 297 pp. Donated by Frances M. Crist, 1990
Edward Bennett Ogden, Jr. (1904-1983). Papers, 1944, 1961-1981, 1990
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 (1920-1999). Papers
Doris Broussard Bentley (1919-2015). 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.
Lafayette Rotary Club. Records, 1920-
18½ ft., 37 v.
The Lafayette Rotary Club was founded with twenty charter members in August, 1920. It was the first men's service club in the city. Through the years the club has been active in improving the local community with special concern for youth work. Rotarians have actively participated in the city recreation program for youth and have been leaders of the Boy Scout movement. One of the unique contributions of the club was the Rotary Boys' Band which existed from 1922 to 1939 under the direction of Frank A. Baranco. The club has also been involved with civic improvement projects such as the Lafayette Public Library and the Municipal Auditorium. The records reflect the civic involvement of the club as well as its organizational structure.
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. Dauterive, 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
A collection of approximately 175 photographs related to the Lake Peigneur disaster of 1980. Roy 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 brought to Fournet's Drug Store for copying and never retrieved by the customer. Many of these are of St. Martinville African-Americans.
Hamsa, Charles “Chuck” (1938-2016). Collection, 1915-1993
c. 13 ft.
This collection contains political memorabilia collected by Hamsa from local, state and national election campaigns, including buttons, bumper stickers and other materials. Hamsa was particularly interested in third-party and fringe group 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 19th-century illustrated magazines containing prints and photographs of South Louisiana scenes.
The collection was obtained in part with money donated by Mr. Alan Kiesel.
Cusimano, Thetis ( - ). Collection, 1953-1989
Microfilm: 2 reels [35 mm]; slides
Thetis Cusimano’s collection consists of scrapbooks and photograph albums from the Johnny Scott Center (1961/62 to 1964/65) and Northside Central Elementary School PTA (1953/54 to 1960/61) Special Education programs in Lafayette Parish Schools.
J. Rayburn Bertrand (1918-2005). Scrapbooks, 1959-1972
6 volumes; 3 reels [35 mm microfilm]
J. Rayburn Bertrand, the 15th mayor of Lafayette, was born in Kinder, La., 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
8 ft.; 40 reels (microfilm)
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, 1830-1995
Microfiche: 1219 sheets
Miscellaneous Louisiana newspapers from 1830-1977 that have been microfiched. The originals are housed in Drawers 12, 32 and 33 of the map cases in the Archives, and Collection 7, the Paul Debaillon Collection, folders 3-02, 3-03, 3-23, 3-28 and 3-29.
Armand J. Brinkhaus (1935 - ). Legislative Records, 1967-1995.
This collection contains the working files of Armand J. Brinkhaus, a member of the Louisiana state legislature between 1967 and 1995.
Idonian Club. Records, 1948-1983, n.d.
5 in., 18 vols.
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., 7 vols.
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 vols.
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 (1896-1977). Collection, 1939-1999, n.d.
W.D. Smith was an educator in Lafayette Parish schools for nearly thirty years. He was a teacher at and later principal of Paul Breaux School, for many years the only school for African Americans in Lafayette.
This collection consists of teaching material, correspondence, photographs, notes on education and race, a yearbook of Paul Breaux School, and other miscellaneous material.
Scott Business Ledger, 1886-1887
Photocopies. There are several references to Ozeme LeBlanc in the ledger. The collection also includes biographical information on LeBlanc.
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, La., 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 (1935-2014). Papers, 1977-1983, n.d.
Ora-Westley Schwemmer Cady was a native of Pennsylvania and 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's organizations and also 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 the work was done for oil companies.
Richard Putnam (1913-2002). Federal Case Records, 1960s-70s
As federal judge Richard Putnam handled many desegregation cases involving school systems in Louisiana and elsewhere. He also played a significant role in the development of maritime law as it applies to the offshore oil and gas industry.
This collection consists of federal cases from Louisiana and other southern states, many of the cases dealing with school desegregation. Also included are correspondence, reports, publications, clippings, court orders, etc.
Marie J. "Mario" Mamalakis (1913 - 2003). Writings, 1940s through 1990s
14.5 feet, 3 volumes
Copies of articles written by Mario Mamalakis, a prolific newspaper feature writer. This collection consists of her working files and personal files. Included are her writings on real estate, Mardi Gras, Lafayette, Louisiana material, etc.
Jean T. Kreamer (1944- ). Papers, 1978-1999
Jean T. Kreamer was the director of the University Media Center and Print Shop at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was also the President of the Chamber of Commerce for 1999/2000. She served on other committees as well. This collection consists material from the Lafayette Parish City Government, Chamber of Commerce, University material, etc.
Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). 1966 - 2001.
18 ft., 20 volumes
On July 20, 1968, Gov. 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 Synagogues [Lafayette, LA]. Records, 1949-1993, 2001-2011, n.d.
2 ft., 10 in.
Records of the Jewish congregations in this area, primarily Congregation Rodeph Sholom and Temple Shalom of Lafayette, LA.
Part of this collection was donated by Peter Louviere of New Iberia and the other part by Alan Kiesel of Lafayette. This is an open-ended collection.
McCollum Exploration Company. Records, 1926-1943, n.d.
This collection consists of seismographic surveys conducted by McCollum 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 Levasseur (1922-1986). Papers, 1944-1981
2 ft., 8 ½ in.
Yvonne Lavasseur attended the Southwestern Louisiana Institute and was awarded a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1963. She was a registered nurse and a successful writer in French, publishing two novels and over 200 short stories.
This collection includes notes from her classes at SLI and American High School, a draft of her thesis, correspondence, newspaper clippings and some of her writings.
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 106. Records, 1946-1983
This collection contains records mainly from the Plumber and Steamfitters Local #106 Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Trust Fund.
Bode, Jane ( 1951-1987). Legal Records, 1978-1985, n.d.
3 ½ ft.
Jane Bode was an attorney from Crowley, LA. This collection consists of her working files.
Pierre Belliveau (1901-1990). Papers, 1902-1962, n.d.
2 ft., 6 in.
This collection consists of papers written by Pierre Belliveau on Acadian exiles in New England. There are also genealogy material on the Faucault, Toups, and Foco Families.
Thomas Arceneaux (1908-1989). Papers, 1908-1979
Thomas J. Arceneaux was born June 13, 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 Coast Oil Expedition (LAGCOE). Collection, 1954-1990
2 ft., 6 in., 13 vols.
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. Frances Love donated this collection.
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 vols.
Roland Chiasson 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. Chiasson.
Amanda S. Hanks (1913-2003). Collection, 1977-1988, n.d.
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, La. 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, La. 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 an 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 in.
During the 1950s the City of New Iberia initiated a major project to pave city streets. This collection consists mainly of photographs taken during this project. The photographs show buildings, parks, and vehicles as well as the streets. There are also general records, financial records, correspondence, and maps of New Iberia and some subdivisions.
Louis F. Babin (1912-1996). Collection, 1898-1993
Louis F. Babin was born on a farm between Port Allen and Brusly, La. 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.
W. Roy Hebert (1925-2014). Collection, 1950s
1 ft., 3.5 in.
W. Roy Hebert was from Sulphur, Louisiana. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. Hebert, a reporter with a combination news-sports background, is well known throughout southwestern Louisiana 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, La. 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., 5.5 in.
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, 1966-1972, n.d.
Raymond S. Rodgers taught political science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1966 to 1968. He was deeply involved in the movement to save the Cajun French dialect and was a member of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).
This collection consists of material dealing with CODOFIL and French in Louisiana.
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 files 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
7 ft., 4 vols.
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 in.; Microfilm: 1 reel
J. Maxime Roy was born in Broussard, La., but lived most of his life in Lafayette. he served as mayor of Lafayette from 1936 to mayor of Lafayette until 1944. In 1948, he was elected to the State Senate, where he served until 1952. In addition to his public service, he was in the real estate and insurance business.
This collection consists of three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1948-1956.
Vermilion Parish. Office of Civil Defense. Records, 1942-1992, n.d.
5 feet, 10 inches, 16 volumes
5 feet, 10 inches, 16 volumesThe Vermilion Parish Office of Civil Defense was responsible for preparing for natural disasters or attack, and for cleaning up after such events. This collection includes correspondence and operational records, as well as records, photographs and newspaper clippings on natural disasters including Hurricane Audrey (1957) and Hurricane Andrew (1992).
Frank Chowning (1894-1981). Papers, 1950s - 1980s, n.d.
In 1930, Frank E. Chowning began collecting the native irises of Arkansas and Louisiana and continued for many years hybridizing and growing them, writing about them and promoting them through the American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Irises. This collection contains correspondence, his writings, certificates and awards, organization publications, photographs, etc.
John J. Burdin, Jr. (1913-1990). Collection, 1954-1990
7 ft.. 7.5 in., 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 J. Berard (1929-2001). Letters 1992-2001
5 in.; 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 vols.
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, where Bob was the PR-Publicity Director for nine years. In this collection are photographs, magazines, newspaper clippings, plaques he was awarded, correspondence, tournament statistics and pamphlets from all sports.
Cahanin Store Ledgers, 1838-1840 and 1847-1850
This collection consists of two ledgers from the Cahanin Store in Opelousas. Volume 1, dated 1838-1840, contains 480 pages. The second ledger volume is dated December 1847 to 1850, and contains 549 pages. This manuscript kept the sales record of a general store, with many thousands of named accounts and what they bought. There are over 10,000 entries for such products as whiskey, tobacco, quinine, wines, clothing, fabrics, and much more.
Volume 1 was donated by Linnie C. Herpin. Volume 2 was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts & Archives.
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
5 inches, 3 volumes
The Lafayette Civic Cup award was started in 1933 by the Young Men's Business Club. For the past 84 years, the award has been given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the community.
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 remained 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, n.d.
1 ft. 8 in.
Beryl Shipley was head basketball coach at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana between 1957 and 1973, compiling a 296-129 win-loss record. This collection consists of scorebooks, programs, publicity, photographs, athletic association material, and material on a reunion held in 2001.
James H. 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 (1907-1994). Collection
This collection consists of material dealing with the oil and gas industry. Donated by Clay Reichert’s daughter Renee Colvin.
Saucier, M.E. (1882-1930). Papers, 1908, 1930, 1984, 1991-1992, n.d.
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 10 account books documenting economic conditions on the Couret Farm from 1887 to 1966. This includes accounts with tenants. Donated by Mary Agnes Callawsy.
Claude J. Landry (1912-1998). Papers, 19441-2003, n.d.
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 1948-2003
Microfilm: 2 reels
Margaret T. Lane was the first Louisiana Recorder of Documents.
This collection includes scrapbooks, interviews with Lane, and copies of her writings, mostly dealing with her work as 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 Woman’s Club Records, 1901-1990s.
15 in., 28 volumes
The Crowley’s Woman’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
1½ feet; 11 volumes
This collection consists of material related to the book St. Francis Regis Catholic Church. This includes photographs, negatives, and proofs.
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards.
Rachael Lemoine ( - ). Collection, 1910-1995, n.d.
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 visited Nova Scotia in 1930 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. A second scrapbook documents the Evangeline legend in St. Martinville and the filming of the silent film "Evangeline".
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.
Glenn R. Conrad (1932-2003). Personal Papers, 1950-2005
Ticket stubs, IDs and library cards, conference and symposium packets, invitations, announcements, programs, and flyers from events Conrad attended. During the years he was in school, notes from classes, drafts of papers, and course syllabi are also included. Personal ephemera.
C.H. Mouton (1823-1912). Copybook, 1859-1880
Charles Alexandre Homer Mouton was an attorney and district judge. This collection consists of a copybook of his correspondence from 1859 to 1880. Also included is a ledger from 1870s.
This collection was donated by Mrs. Charles (Helen Hamilton) Bailey, great-granddaughter of C.H. 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 a teacher, principal and administrator in the Lafayette Parish School system for nearly half a century. He was the Parish Superintendent of Education from 1946 to 1948. After retiring from education, he became associated with James Alpha in publishing The Lafayette Progress, and later worked for the Daily Advertiser. This collection consists of teacher’s notes, certificates, correspondence, and scrapbooks of mainly news clippings.
Stewart Hoch (1933-1993). 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, La. The funeral home opened in 1941 in Erath.
Robert W. Cline. Papers
6 ft. 5 in.
Mary Elizabeth Sanders (1923 - 2006). Collection, n.d.
This collection consists of toys that belonged to Jared Young and Elizabeth Alzira Wofford Sanders’ daughters. Included is a photograph of Jared Young Sanders. Jared Young Sanders was Governor of Louisiana from 1908-1912. Their daughters were Mary Diana, Sallie Pugh, and Bessie Wofford Sanders. The Sanders family were born on plantations in St. Mary Parish near what is now Morgan City. The Sanders Plantation was called “Inglewood” and the members of the family are buried in the Sanders plot of the Franklin City Cemetery.
This collection was donated in 1974 by Mary Elizabeth Sanders, granddaughter of Jared Young and Elizabeth Alzira Woodord Sanders.
Joseph C. Dorsey. Photographs, 1860-1898, n.d.
This collection consists of family photographs from the Joseph Chappell Dorsey family. Most of these photographs are identified, and many do not have dates. A large amount of these were taken in Montgomery, Alabama. Others were taken in New York.
Bayou Vermilion District. Records, 1984-1990
The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District was organized to beautify, manange and preserve the Vermilion Ricer in Lafayette Parish. This collection consists of minutes of the Board of Commissioners, and documents and reports dealing with the development of Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park.
Jacqueline Olivier Vidrine ( - ). Papers, 1792-1986
10 in.; Mapcase
Jacqueline O. Vidrine resides in Ville Platte, La. 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, as well as correspondence and documents from the 1790s. This collection was donated by Jacqueline O. Vidrine.
Note: for more information about the Albert Tate Family, see Collection 145.
Elizabeth E. Brandon. Papers
Frances Love (1926-2010). Collection
Ron Gomez (b. 1934). Papers, 1971-1993, n.d.
This collection reflects the career of Ron Gomez, Legislator, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Lafayette. 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 while running against Kenny Bowen for mayor of Lafayette.
Betty Mier (1932-2003). Collection, 1776-1995, n.d.
2 feet, 2 inches
This collection contains Betty Mier's working files on family histories from the Acadiana area.
A. Otis Hebert, Jr. (1930-1976). Collection, 1960-1976, n.d.
A. Otis Hebert, Jr. 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 the University of Southwestern Louisiana 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, n.d.
This collection consists of note cards with bibliographic information. Handwritten in French.
Perkins and Branch Oil Museum Collection, 1951-1991
5 in., 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.
This collection was donated by David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch.
Acadia Parish Arts Council. Collection. 1979-1987
This collection contains financial records, correspondence, programs, pamphlets, news clippings, by-laws, tickets to performances, invitations, and artifacts from the Acadia Parish Arts Council. Donated by Alan Kiesel.
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 Assessor 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.
Pitre, Glen (b.1955). Collection, 1981-1986, n.d.
1 foot, 2½ inches, Original Film: 3 reels; Oversize
Glen Pitre is a motion picture producer and director whose works often feature life in the Louisiana wetlands.
This collection consist of material pertaining to Glen Pitre’s movie Belizaire the Cajun. It also includes the original 35mm film.
This collection was donated by Glen Pitre.
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.
This collection consists of the organization’s working files such as correspondence, minutes of meetings, materials on tours and trips, etc.
W.W. Duson (1853-1929). W.W. Duson Company Records, 1884-1945
Dur, Philip F. (1914-2005). Papers, 1914-2002
10 ft. 8 in.
While at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Dur extensively researched and wrote about the life of Ambassador Jefferson Caffery (1886-1975). Much of this collection stems from the research conducted by Dur in preparation for his publications and includes both originals and copies of material, primarily correspondence and photographs, created throughout Ambassador Caffery’s career. For more information about Ambassador Jefferson Caffery, see the Jefferson Caffery Papers (Coll. 45) and the Caffery Photograph Albums (Coll. 45A). In addition to material related to Ambassador Caffery, this collection contains research materials related to journal articles and other publications written throughout Dur’s career, covering a wide variety of topics including American education, Louisiana history, and French history. Collection donated by Philip Dur Jr. and his siblings, and Christopher Gilcrease.
Margaret McMillan ( - ). Papers
Schoonover, Thomas D. (1936- ). Papers, 1800s– 2009, n.d.
13 feet; 18 volumes
Thomas d. Schoonover taught American and Latin American history. He has worked at the University Bielefield (Germany), University of Wisconsin (LaCrosse), University Maryland, Cornell University (visiting professor) and University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains his working files of his research, correspondence, lecture notes, research notes, personal papers, etc. To see his curriculum vitae, see a staff member. This collection was donated by Thomas D. Schoonover.
Robert (1909-1995) and Jeanne (1911-2006) Gilmore. Papers
John Breaux (1946- ). Memorabilia
Lessley Gardiner (1901-1976). Papers, 1936 [1960-1973] - 1984
Lessley P. Gardiner was a lawyer and judge. He served as Louisiana Attorney General, 1939-1940, and as Judge on the 27th Judicial Court, 1948-1972. He was also active in civic affairs in St. Landry Parish.
The collection reflects Gardiner's judicial and civic activities, especially after 1949.
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 the handwritten minutes of meetings from 1955-1957.
Riverside Irrigation Company. Records, 1896-1991.
The Riverside Irrigation Company was founded on 22 March 1895, in Jennings, La., 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.
1 ft. 8 in.
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 (1913-2010). Papers, 1935-1982, n.d.
Barbara Furnas Nelson, wife of Ira S. Nelson, worked for the Horticulture Department at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana as a librarian and instructor. She was a member of the Society for Louisiana Irises, Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research and other horticultural societies.
This collection consists of information on nurseries and assorted flowers, fruits and vegetables, plants, etc. Also included is material on organizations of which she was a member.
Louisiana Recovery Authority Records, 2005-2007
Includes minutes, articles, documents. Donated by John T. Landry.
Kiesel Electric Company Records, 1980-1988
The 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 discs.
Ray P. Authement (b.1928). Clipping Files, 1956-2007
Ray P. Authement began teaching mathematics at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1957, and went on to serve as Academic Vice President (1966-1970), Vice President (1970-1973), and President (1973-2008).
This collection contains newspaper clippings from his working files.
Vaughn Baker. Collection
Lafayette (LA) Bicentennial Commission. Records, 1971-1976
7.5 in., 2 vols.
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.
Michot, Louis J. (1922-2012). Collection, 1939-2012, n.d.
6 ½ feet; oversize
Michot was a businessman, philanthropist, and a politician from Lafayette, Louisiana. His business enterprises included the Burger Chef restaurant chain, as well as transportation, oil drilling, insurance, banking and international trade. He served as a Democrat in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1960 to 1964 and was elected to the Louisiana State Board of Education from 1968-1972. He was then elected State Superintendent of Education and served from 1972-1976. During his term he championed vocational-technical education and brought educational television to the state. This collection consists of his working files, personal files, photographs and several oversize certificates, photographs, etc.
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, 1950-2007
Milton and Pat Rickels taught English at UL Lafayette from the 1950s until retirement. They were active scholars and published numerous books and articles. The couple received the Louisiana Humanist of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1990. They were also active in the civil rights movement. This collection consists of their personal and professional files, including correspondence, diaries, photographs, certificates, research files and other papers.
Donated by James Wilson, Jr.
Clement Bourgeois, Jr. (1913-2006). Collection
This collection contains the genealogical research of amateur genealogist Clement Bourgeois, Jr. a native of Erath, Vermilion Parish. Bourgeois was a veteran of World War II, the postmaster of Erath (1953-1977), a photographer, and an amateur radio operator under the call sign N5ADK. Bourgeois’ primary focus in his research, was tracing his Bourgeois ancestors’ lineage back to France. However, he also aided family members and friends in their genealogical research.
Sylvia S. Bienvenu. Papers
E. Glynn Abel (1913-2008). Papers, 1943-1987
Abel attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute. 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.
Zachary Richard (1950- ). Papers, 1996-2006
1 foot, 7½ inches
Material on documentary Against the Tide which includes production and research materials. Also includes other production materials. Donated by Zachary Richard.
Ruth Jones Rabel (1908-2002). Papers
Jane Ellen Carstens (1922 - 2011). Papers
Johnnie Allan (1938- ). Papers
Correspondence and clippings regarding legendary swamp pop musician, educator and author Johnnie Allan.
Raphael, Morris (1917 - 2011). Papers, 1800-2011
20 feet; Map Case
This collection contains Morris Raphael’s correspondence, research materials, and writings, as well as personal material and photographs. The collection was donated by Helen Raphael.
James E. Fontenot (1944-2004). Legislative Papers, 1971-2003
James E. Fontenot 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.
Richard Cusimano ( - ). Illustrations
Joseph Francis Brennan (1931- ). Papers, 1964-2012
Fr. Joseph F. Brennan has served the Diocese of Lafayette for more than fifty years. This collection contains material on Charlene Richard, Mother Teresa, Church Parish material, biographical information and video tapes. This collection was donated by Father Joseph Brennan.
Dossmann, Rene Laurent ( - ). Notary Book, 28 June 1920 - 30 Jan. 1924
Notary record book of Rene L. Dossmann, Notary Public in Evangeline Parish. 55 pp. Donated by Drouet and Jacqueline Vidrine.
Willis F. Ducrest (1910-2004). Scrapbooks
This collection consists of scrapbooks which were created by Mr. Ducrest, former Director of the School of Music at the UL Lafayette. They reflect his career in music and his great interest in family genealogy.
Paul T. Nolan (1919-1995). Papers
Paul Thomas Nolan taught English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1955 to 1988. He was also prolific author and playwright, and founded local theater groups including the Eavesdrop Theatre and the Louisiana Playwrights' Theatre. This collection contains plays, articles, and books authored by Nolan. There is also some personal material including correspondence, playbills, etc.
Elvina Montegut (Mrs. Charles Fernand Montegut) (1863[?]-1956). Papers, 1888-[1905-1915, 1928] 1930
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.
Jean Gentil (1829-1911). Papers, 1856-1976
Jean Gentil was born in France which he left in 1851 as a political exile. He arrived in St. James Parish, Louisiana in 1853. He taught foreign languages at Jefferson College in Convent, LA. In 1865 he and A.V. Roman started the newspaper La Louisianais. He edited the paper 1865-1873, 1874-1881. Almost everything in the collection is a photocopy of either publications or documents from the Kurtz Collection at the Louisiana Research Library, Tulane University. There is also a framed portrait of M. Gentil.
Material gathered by Mrs. William Butcher of Lafayette who donated it to UAAMC.
Sidney Mouton (1836-1884). Papers, 1801-1883
This collection consists of correspondence, financial information, and documents. This collection was donated by Andre Mouton.
Gary, Fils (1891-1961) General Store. Collection, 1920s-1930s.
Ledgers and day books, 1918-1937, from a country store north of Erath in Vermilion Parish, LA.
William J. Thibodeaux (1948- ). Collection
Lafayette Jewish Cemetery Association. Records, 1890-1997
5 in., 3 vols.
The Lafayette Jewish Cemetery Association Records chartered under the name The Menachim Avelim (comforting the mourners) in Lafayette Parish in 1890. The purpose and object of the society was to maintain and support a certain burial ground situated in the Town of Lafayette, La. This collection consists of documents, membership information, lots of financial records, minutes of meetings, etc. The minutes are handwritten in ledger books and also typed.
Dennis K. Ehrhart (1941-2001). Papers, 1972-2011
4 feet, 11 volumes, 25 maps
Dennis K. Ehrhardt was a professor and department head of Geography at the University of Southwestern Louisiana/University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 38 years. This collection includes departmental administrative records, as well as records of his teaching and professional activities.
Colonial Louisiana Records
Microfilm: 1292 reels
Microfilmed colonial records copied from repositories in Europe and North America. Drawn from French and Spanish colonial archives, and the British Museum and Public Records Office, the collection focuses on the history of European settlement in the Mississippi Valley, New France, Acadia, Ile Royale, and the French Antilles.
Routh Trowbridge Wilby (1922-2006)/Murphy J. Foster Family Collection (1839-2002)
8 feet 10 inches
This collection is divided into two series; the Murphy J. Foster Family Collection and the Routh T. Wilby Research Materials. The Foster Family Collection contains correspondence, bills, photographs, ephemera, publications, and artifacts from the Murphy J. Foster (January 12, 1849- June 12, 1921) and Rose Ker Foster (November 17, 1861- February 14, 1959) family of Franklin, Louisiana. The second half of the collection, the Routh Trowbridge Wilby Research Materials, contains Wilby’s research, correspondence, newsclippings, drafts of her articles and books, photographs, and publications.
Renaissance Cadienne. Collection, 1991-2007
Renaissance Cadienne was a performance group established in 1990 for the purpose of preserving the unique culture of the Cajuns of the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana. The group used authentic Cajun/French folk songs and dances in its performances. The collection documents the activities of the group.
Edmond G. Landry (1891-1932) and Norbert T. Landry (1895-1924). Papers, 1907-1932
Edmond and Norbert Landry were 2 of the 5 children of Terville and Lucie Landry. The family lived in Segura and then New Iberia, LA. After military service in WW I both brothers developed leprosy [Hansen’s disease]. Norbert moved to the Louisiana Leper Home in Carville, LA in 1919 where he died in 1924. Edmond went to Carville in 1924 surviving until 1932.
The collection mainly contains letters written by Edmond and Norbert.
I.T. Hart (1904-1981). Photographs of 1927 Flood
Photographs of 1927 flood in Acadiana area, especially Arnaudville and Breaux Bridge. Hart was an insurance agent in Lafayette at the time. Later he moved to Lake Charles.
The photographs were donated by Adley Cormier on behalf of Paul Hart Miller.
Cade Family. Records
1 vol., 3 folders
The ledger contains accounts for Bellevue Plantation, c. 1860 – 1895. The plantation was located in Youngsville area of Lafayette Parish. Martha Morse Cade was the widow of Robert Cade. There is also a contract between Mrs. Cade and freedmen (1870); a 1930 land sale by William Cade, and a scan of a photo of Bellevue Plantation.
Robert Martin (1853-1932). Collection
Robert Martin was an attorney, politician and businessman. As State Senator in 1898 he authored legislation establishing Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection contains notary volumes for Simeon Valery Martin, Louis E. Labaire, Robert Martin, and James J. Martin, all from St. Martin Parish. There are also copy books of business letters written by Robert Martin as both a lawyer and as a businessman.
LaBauve, Jack (1916-2000). Collection, 1976-2000
Concert scores arranged by Jack LaBauve, who taught brass, percussion and musical arranging at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1948 to 1977.
A.J. LeBlanc (1929- ). Collection
10 ft., 27 volumes
A.J. LeBlanc was dedicated to promoting tourism in Acadiana through his involvement in many Louisiana tourism organizations. This collection contains his personal and professional papers, photographs, news clippings, audio/audiovisual music collection, correspondence, scrapbooks and artifacts.
Junior League of Lafayette. Collection, 1957 – 2015, n.d.
37 feet; 152 volumes; oversize
Junior League of Lafayette is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
This collection contains presidential papers, organizational documents, financial documents, PEP material, community service projects, membership material, photographs, plaques, etc.
Warren A. Perrin (1947- ). Collection, 1993-2014, n.d.
Research material regarding the Acadian Deportation.
William G. Richards, Jr. ( - ). Collection
2.5 inches; oversize
Documents relating to George S.Kausler of New Orleans; photographs of New Orleans and plantation homes; and historical newspapers.
Donated by William G. Richards, Jr. of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Winford W. Hawkins (1890-1987). Papers
Andrew Garber (1974- ). Collection, 1952-1999
Research material gathered in preparing his master's thesis, The Miracle Mile: the Heymann Oil Center and the Oil Economy of Lafayette, Louisiana, 1953-1998 (Appalachian State University, 1998).
Sigma Alpha Iota, Lafayette, LA Chapter. Records, 1993-2007
Records of the Lafayette, Louisiana, chapter of an international fraternity of music students and musicians.
Mathé Allain ( - ). Papers
Muller, Anthony. Camp #8, United Spanish War Volunteers
2 ft. 7.5 in.
Organizational papers of Anthony Muller Camp #8, United Spanish War Volunteers; also proceedings and programs from annual meetings of the Department of Louisiana, USWV association; proceedings, minutes, reports, and programs from the national meetings and conventions of the USWV; publications about the USWV, its ceremonies, procedures, rituals, and history; and artifacts from Anthony Muller Camp #8.
Rose-Hayes Genealogical Collection, 1777-2011
1 feet, 5 inches
This collection consists of the Rose-Hayes families of Petite Anse Island and allied families research papers. Elizabeth Hayes settled on Avery Island in the early 1790s. She is believed to be the first of the Hayes family to migrate there. Edmond Rose was from North Carolina. He arrived at Weeks Island, January 7th, 1815. This collection was donated by Judy Henry.
Ory G. Poret (1919-2014). Scrapbook, 1942-1945
1 volume, 1 CD
Ory G. Poret was a native of Mansura, Louisiana, a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and the long-time Director of the State Land Office. This collection consists of a scrapbook of photographs from his service in the United States Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Noel Family Papers, 1879-1967
Letters written between Mr. and Mrs. L.H. (Louis Henry) Noel of Abbeville, La., and their children, family and friends. Most of the letters were written during World War II.
Kathleen Stagg Genealogical Collection
Working files on the Stagg family from St. Landry Parish/Evangeline Parish.
First United Methodist Church. Records, 1885-1953
1 digitized copy
This collection of the First United Methodist Church, South records consists of a list of pastors, records of marriage and baptisms, and lists of church members. Scanned and donated by Henry L. Broussard of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Ascension Parish Records, 1770-1930
Microfilm: 6 reels
Civil records mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, marriage records, and miscellaneous records.
Assumption Parish Records, 1788-1943
Microfilm: 41 reels
Civil records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, Conveyances, Marriages, Mortgages, Sheriff's Sales, and miscellaneous records.
Iberia Parish Records, 1868-1971
Microfilm: 44 reels
Civil Records beginning in 1868 when the parish was founded. Series include Conveyances, marriages, probates and successions, and miscellaneous.
Iberville Parish Records, 1770-1964
Microfilm: 48 reels
Civil records, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Series include original acts, conveyances, marriages, successions, donations and wills.
Orleans Parish Notarial records, 1739-1928
Microfilm: 382 reels
Records from selected Orleans parish notaries, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pointe Coupee Parish Records, 1771-1859
Microfilm: 65 reels
Original acts, 1771-1836, indexes to conveyances, 1765-1967, and conveyances, 1810-1859.
St. James Parish Records
Microfilm: 5 reels
Original Acts, 1782-1787 and 1808; Conveyances, 1809-1819; and some Successions.
St. Martin Parish Records
Microfilm: 179 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries. Series include Original Acts, 1760-1815; Conveyances, 1816-1886; Estates and Successions, 1805-1888; Marriages; and Sheriff's Books, 1817-1878.
St. Mary Parish Records
Microfilm: 158 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Conveyances, 1811-1911; Estates, Successions and Probates, 1811-1885; Court records; and Marriages, 1807-1869.
St. John the Baptist Parish Records
Microfilm: 84 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, 1753-1866; Successions and Probates; Marriages, 1826-1899; an 1868 Oath Book; and Sheriff's records.
Lafayette Parish Police Jury Records, 1823-1833
Microfilm: 1 reel
This collection contains the minutes of the Lafayette Parish Police Jury from 1823 to 1833.
D.P. & C. Fire Company No.1. Minute Book, 1914-1916
The D.P. & C. Fire Company No. 1, known as Delhomme Patin and Chaisson, was organized on July 9, 1914. The Citizens of the Village of Scott met on that day at the Felix Foreman Hall to organize a Fire company. They held meetings to form the company, appointed officers and created the Constitution and Bylaws of the D.P. & C. Fire Company No.1. This collection consists of minutes of meetings from July 9, 1914 – July 27, 1916. Hope Jefcoat and Annadine Credeur, both of Scott, LA., digitized this minute book. They donated a digital copy to the Archives.
Bayou Teche Project. Collection, 1870-1985, n.d.
The Bayou Teche Project was done by the Department of Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) during the Fall 1985 semester. The group studied the soil, vegetation, fish and wildlife, climate, and history of the bayou. They also looked at its historical role as a transportation route.
Gloria Stark Cline ( - ). Papers
Catholic Church. Colonial Records, 1576-1806
Microfilm: 14 reels
Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803), Immaculate Conception Church of Natchitoches records (1734-1795), and St. Landry dos Opelousas funeral and baptismal registers (1776?-1806).
St. Landry Parish Colonial Documents
Microfilm: 7 reels
Copies of St. Landry Parish colonial documents, arranged chronologically.
St. Landry Parish Civil Records, 1805-1971
Microfilm: 517 reels
Civil parish records from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Conveyances; Divorces, Emancipations and Interdictions; Charter Books; Donations; Estates, Probates and Successions; Marriages; Police Jury Minutes; Notarial Records; Sheriff's Sales and Deed Books; School Board Records; and District Court Suits.
Lindig, Carmen (1924-2004). Research Collection, 1870-1980
Carmen Lindig was an educator and author who wrote The Path from the Parlor: Louisiana Women 1879-1920. This collection consists of research done by Dr. Lindig on notable Louisiana women, women’s rights and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Jefferson, Joseph (1829-1905). Collection, 1874-1922, n.d.
Joseph Jefferson, also known as Joe Jefferson, was a popular 19th century American actor. His most famous role was Rip Van Winkle, which he debuted in 1859 and continued to play for forty years. After the Civil War he bought Orange Island near New Iberia, La., which he renamed Jefferson Island and where he built his home.
This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, clippings and programs.
West Feliciana Parish. Civil Records, 1811-1855
Microfilm: 4 reels
Civil parish records, 1811-1855, including successions, notarial records, partitions, marriage licenses, Police Jury minutes, poll tax records, and a book of oaths.
Caillet, Marie (1915-2010). Papers, 1940-2007, n.d.
Marie Caillet taught Home Economics at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) until her retirement in 1972. She was one of the founding members of the Society for Louisiana Irises. This collection consists of personal information, correspondence, photographs, and material on the Society for Louisiana Irises.
Alfred, Wayne. Photographs
Photographs of the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, 1959.
Tate, Edmond (1917-1990) & Savoie, Vernice (1919-1991). Collection, 1917-1990, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Edmond J. Tate was born on April 25, 1917 to Pierre Tate and Elia Foret Tate. Marie Vernice Savoie was born on July 21, 1919 to Alexandre Savoie and Angele Lavergne Savoie. They were married on July 8, 1941 in St. Landry Parish. Mr. Edmond J. Tate was a retired State employee, a veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. They resided in Evangeline Parish in the community of St. Landry. Edmond J. Tate passed away on February 6, 1990. Vernice Savoie Tate passed away on February 21, 1991. They are both buried in the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Cemetery in the community of St. Landry. This collection consists of certificates of baptism and marriage license, records of the War department, receipts, photographs, and other materials. This collection was donated by Amanda Granger of Mamou, Louisiana.
Comeaux, Elodie (1909-1996). Collection, 1940s
Elodie Comeaux was a teacher at Judice High School. This collection includes correspondence, writing assignments from her sixth grade students, and a copy of the Judice High School Scribbler.
Burke, James Lee (1936- ). Collection, 1988
2 1/2 inches
Photocopy of his novel Heaven's Prisoners, with revisions.
Royal Ancestry of Rousseau de Villejoin. Collection, 1100-1972
Gabriel Rousseau de Villejoin was one of seven military captains who first arrived at Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. He was married to Marie Joseph Bertrand and they had five children together before he died in 1718. De Villejoin also served on the Superior Council at Port Toulouse in 1717. The collection is a family history of Gabriel Rousseau de Villejoin’s family. It includes information on de Villejoin, his family, their careers, and information on their lots in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Also included is an extensive ancestry of Gabriel Rosuseau de Villejoin. Donated by John Davis Villejoin.
Martin, Jim Frank, Jr. (1947- ). Collection, 1800s – 2014
Jim Frank Martin, Jr. was born on January 18, 1947 in rural Geneva County northwest of Hartford, Alabama in a wooden frame farmhouse built in 1890 on a farm that belonged to his great-grandmother, Mary Ellafare Jones Barnes and her son, Recer Lee Barnes. He attended Oak Grove Elementary and junior high in rural Geneva County, Alabama. In 1965 he graduated Geneva County High School. He received his B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in English and History. At the University of Alabama he received his M.A. degree in English and did his internship in the English classrooms for two years. During his career he taught English. He also took photographs as a correspondent/journalist for two days a week for newspapers in Houston, Geneva, and Coffee Counties in Southeast Alabama. He lived in New Orleans for 14 years until Hurricane Katrina struck. He currently lives in Scott, Louisiana where he pursues ancestry research, concentrating on persons who ancestors fought and died during or survived the War of Northern Aggression. This collection was donated by Jim Frank Martin, Jr.
Pollock, Bradley Hugh (1955-2009). Collection, 1984-2009, n.d.
Bradley Hugh Pollock taught History at the University of Southwestern University from 1984 until his death in 2009. Pollock was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Mu, Louisiana Historical Association, Southwestern Historical Association, and other organizations as well. He published several papers and appeared on the Acadiana Open Channel. This collection consists of his writings, courses taught, evaluations and recommendations. Also included is his Curriculum Vita.
Hubbell, Jerry. ( - ). Collection
Simpson, Amos (1925-2014). Collection
Amelinckx, Frans (1932-2010). Collection
Behrhorst, Vernon (1928-2005). Papers
National Waterways Council. Collection
Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. Collection
Water Resources Congress. Collection
Mississippi Valley Association. Collection
Lynch, John J. (1914-1983). Collection
Kerr-McGee Corporation. Collection
Gentry, Judith ( - ). Collection
Grimmer, Nicholas (1814-1854). Genealogical Collection
Wittenberger, Mary Hollier (1902-1990). Scrapbook, 1922
Mary Hollier Wittenberger graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1922. This collection consists of a digitized copy of a scrapbook compiled while she was enrolled at SLI, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There is a listing of the graduates from 1922. Also included in this scrapbook is a news clipping of the golden reunion of the Class of 1922 in 1972. The digitized copy was donated by Harry Higgins.
Abraham, Joseph Nicholas. Collection
2 feet, 5 inches, oversize
Joseph Nicholas Abraham is a physician in Lafayette, Louisiana. He collected memorabilia on Southwestern Louisiana Institute (later, the University of Southwestern Louisiana; now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). A large part of the collection deals with sports.
duQuesnay and Related Families. Papers
6 feet; oversize
Ramsey Family. Records.
5 inches; 2 oversize boxes
Ancelet, Barry J. (1951- ). Papers, 1978-1983
Material on Makers of Cajun Music; manuscript, proofs, etc.
Kinchen, Samuel ( - ). Collection
Correspondence, tax receipts, etc.
Clerc, Philip B. Collection
Letters and photographs of the Clerc and Carstens families.
Boggs, Franklin (1914-2009). Collection
Franklin Boggs painted the mural "History of Medicine in Louisiana" which is located on the first floor of Dupré Library.
Budden, Allen "Chuck". Collection
National League of American Pen Women. Crescent City Branch. Collection
Eshelman, Howard (1909 -1965). Collection, 1939-1966
Howard Eshelman was a chemistry professor and the acting head of the chemistry department at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of the following: Eshelman’s writings, class material, association materials, correspondence, and publicity.
Connor, H. N. Collection
Urban, Joseph. Collection
Garrett Family Papers, 1872 – 1986, n.d.
This collection consists of documents from the Army of Tennessee, Louisiana Division, of United Confederate Veterans Association, correspondence, receipts, photographs, publications, and certificate and diplomas from the Garret, Blue, and Allain families.
Bethard, Alvin Y. Collection
Lafayette General Hospital. Collection, 1980-1989
Lafayette General Hospital (LGH) is Acadiana’s largest non-profit, community-owned regional health system. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes of meetings, financial records, general records and other miscellaneous as well.
Judice, Cecile M. (1909- 2007). Collection, 1928- 1979
Cecile M. Judice was a Librarian at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection contains the degrees of Cecile M. Judice from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Louisiana State University, and a degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute for Cecile’s sister Amelie M. Judice. The collection also consists of a LSU Alumni life membership certificate, USL Golden Anniversary certificates, commencement program, a list of the graduating class of 1928, speeches from 1978 and 1979 graduation, and photographs with descriptions of the 1928 graduating class. This collection was donated by Frances Morvant (niece of Ms. Judice).
Gramling, Robert (1943-2014). Collection, 1977, 1980
This collection consists of two publications that Robert Gramling edited: “East St. Mary Parish, Economic Growth and stabilization Strategies, 1980” and “Outer Continental Shelf Impacts, Morgan City, Louisiana, 1977.”
Duhon, Theotice (1887-1957). Collection, 1868-1957
Theotice Duhon (1887-1957). Primarily a collection of tax information, including receipts and notices. Contains information in regards to accounts paid as well as voter registration and Homestead Exemption Applications. This collection was donated by Isabel Duhon LeBlanc.
Love, Uel (1907-1997). Collection, 1919-1995
This collection contains programs from plays, certificates earned, a report card, and reunion publications from both Winnfield High and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (formerly Southwestern Louisiana Institute).
Jay Dardenne (1954- ). Collection, 1914-1984
5 inches; oversize
This collection contains correspondence, diplomas, news clippings, and a wide array of programs such as the Lafayette Centennial celebration and a Commencement program from 1935. The collection also contains phone directories, framed photographs, a Monopoly-like game, a medal and a Southwestern Louisiana Institute hat (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). The material relates to Janet A. Dardenne and her sister Natalie Abramson Weill, or was collected by them.
Turner, Ian Bruce (1944-2016). Collection
St. Landry Parish Court. Minute Book, 1807-1817
This minute book contains minutes of the Parish Court of St. Landry, from June 8, 1807 through June 12, 1811. These minutes are handwritten. Also included is the St. Landry Parish record of oaths and minutes of court from 1815 through 1817. This is also handwritten.
Soulier, Marie Stella Roy (1891-1972). Scrapbook, 1930s-1940s
1 volumes; 1 CD
Scrapbook includes clippings on Maxime Roy, Jefferson Caffery, and Dr. E.L. Stephens.
Brabant, Sarah (1932- ). 1976-1979, n.d.
Sarah Brabant was a professor of sociology who co-founded the Grief Center in Lafayette. The center provides networking opportunities for area professionals working with grieving persons and it creates an awareness of grief issues as well as education on those issues. This collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, public hearings, bylaws and resolutions, information on programs on the development of women, etc. This collection was donated by Sarah Brabant.
Note: According to the donor form: A patron can request only one (1) folder at a time.
Young Men’s Business Club, 1899-1940, n.d.
The Lafayette unit of the Young Men’s Business Club was formed in March 1933. The primary purpose of the Club was to encourage and assist in the material, civic, and economic progress and prosperity of the city of Lafayette.This collection was donated by Barbara Walley, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Louisiana Postcard Collection
Louisiana Poster Collection, 1983-2012, n.d.
Collection of Louisiana posters such as festivals, cook-offs, meetings, etc.
Interscholastic Athletic and Oratorical Association of Southwest Louisiana
Levy, Selma (1903 - 1983). Collection, 1921
2 ½ inches
This Collection contains a memory book from 1921, a photograph and a commencement program from Plaquemine High School.
Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Michael's Convent, Louisiana. School Registers, 1825-1925
Microfilm: 1 reel
St. Julien, Joseph Gilbert (1872-1954). Collection
Mayor of Lafayette, LA, 1927-1931. This collection consists of a journal volume containing his handwritten notes in 1931.
LeBlanc, Lucas Adolphe (1843-1931). Journal, 1854-1861
This collection consists of a Journal (account book) of goods sold in LeBlanc's general store in Youngsville, Louisiana.
Mouton, Vivian (1896-1972). Scrapbook, 1919
1 volume; 1 CD
This collection consists of a scrapbook of Vivian Mouton’s photographs. Most of the photos are identified. It has been digitized. CD included.
Levasseur, Georges (Reverend). Collection, 1949-1953, n.d.
This collection consists of correspondence, programs, bulletins and other material dealing with the Diocese of Lafayette CCD program.
Voorhies, Porthier "P.J."
Dozier, Gilbert Lynel “Gil” (1934-2013). Collection, 1950s
This collection consists of “Southwestern Sings” a phonograph album of SLI songs from the early 1950s.
Landru, Mabel Christine ( - ). Collection, 1920
SLI graduate certificate and American Red Cross first aid certificate, 1920
Bardell, Frank W. (1873-1947). Diary, 1899-1907
Daily diary of Frank Bardell, a small farmer in Illinois and southwest Louisiana, 1899 to 1907. This collection consists of a digital copy of a diary by kept by Bardell. He made daily entries from 1899 to 1907. Besides recording his activities each day, he often recorded the wages he was paid for various jobs and the prices he paid for goods. This collection was donated by Scott Longon of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Vidrine, Lionel "Chick" ( - ). Southern Club Records, 1970s-1980s
Performers' contracts from the Southern Club, a dance hall in Opelousas, La.
Hebert, Louis Wilfred, III ( - ). Collection, 1600s-2016
Louis Wilfred Hebert, III is the son of Louis Wilfred Hebert, Jr. and Beaula “Jenny” LaBauve. This collection consists of a binder of family history material dating back from the 1600s to 2016. It includes families of Hebert, LaBauve, Guidry, Bourg, Simoneaux, and other related families. These families mainly resided in the New Iberia, Louisiana area.
National Organization of Women. Acadiana Chapter
Crochet, Ernest Lee.
duQuesnay, Maurice W. (1936- ). Collection, 1919-2017, n.d.
1 foot, 7 inches; Oversize
This collection contains materials mostly related to the Flora Levy Lecture Series. The materials are photographs, correspondence, articles, advertisements and posters. Also included are family photographs, negatives, a cassette tape, a Flora Levy Lecture DVD, and miscellaneous books. The collection is made up of 20 folders, a small box containing 1 DVD, and 4 oversize folders. The bulk of the materials in this collection were donated by Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay on February 19, 1999, with some additional materials donated in 2017.
A collection of approximately 80 antique writing desks. Donated by George Newton.
Durand, Edward ( - ). Collection, 1955 – 1997, n.d.
Edward Durand was from St. Martinville, Louisiana. This collection includes correspondence during his first period in the Navy. Most of the collection is material from the Federal Civil Defense Department including publications. There is also a manual for "Aircraft Recognition for the Ground Observer", from the Department of the Air Force. Durand served in the Navy again during the Vietnam War.
Donated by his son Howard Durand to the Bayou Teche Museum, and later transferred to SAAMC with the donor's permission through the efforts of Shane Bernard.
Times of Acadiana. Photographs
Louisiana High School and College Boxing Collection.
Donated by Don Landry, Baton Rouge, La.
Muller, Aug. J. ( - ). Justice of the Peace Register, 1927 - .
Donated by Laura Rue, Lafayette, La.
deKerlegand, Vivian (1917-2010). Scrapbook, 1935-2017
This scrapbook was compiled by Sister deKerlegand's long-time friend and Marianite Associate Anna Jane Marks. The scrapbook includes photographs, cards, articles, correspondence and programs. Many of these items reflect Sister Vivian’s jubilees, mainly her 50th, 60th, 70th, and 75th anniversaries in the Marianite order. Ms. Marks lent the scrapbook to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection to digitize. The Archives holds a DVD containing the digitized version of the scrapbook.
Broussard, Whitney. Collection
Greig Family. Papers, 1812
John Greig, the fourth child was born in 1796 in Scotland and died in Lafayette in 1851. He married Angelica Taylor in 1825 in Lafayette Parish. They had eleven children. This Bible belonged to the John Greig family. A notation inside the back cover dates it to 1759. Donated by J.F. “Jeff” Webb of Florien, Louisiana.
Bayou State Periodical Index, 1985 -
Fuselier, Wanda. Scrapbook, 1977
Long, Joyce Rudisill. Manuscript, n.d.