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Jefferson Caffery Research Award

The Jefferson Caffery Research Award was established in 1967 by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery. Ambassador Caffery was born in Lafayette and attended SLII in its early years. His distinguished career in diplomacy is outstanding both in length of service and in the importance of the posts he held on every continent. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly research utilizing primary source materials held in the Special Collections areas of Edith Garland Dupré Library.

The winner of the annual Jefferson Caffery Research Award receives $500. The award is sponsored by Edith Garland Dupré Library and the University Library Committee.

Visit our Caffery Award: Call for Student Papers Guide for complete information.

Call for Student Papers 2020

Deadline for submissions of papers: February 28, 2020
Winner will be announced: May 2020

Call for Student Papers Guide

2019 Award Winner

Congratulations to history graduate student Kelsey Couvillion, the 2019 award winner of the annual Caffery Competition, for her paper “Attakapas Vigilante Committees: Race, Class, and Extrajudicial Violence in Antebellum Louisiana.”, which reveals the forgotten history of vigilantism in south Louisiana and examines the factors that motivated organized vigilantes in the region now known as Acadiana in the years before the Civil War.

Read the story about Kelsey's Caffery Award on the University's new feed: Caffery Prize winner lifts the veil on hidden history of region's vigilantes.

2019 Award Winner


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