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What Do We Collect?

Audio

  • Commercial recordings by Cajun and Creole Louisiana musicians recorded and published since 1928
  • Musical styles and genres of the Cajuns and Creoles of Louisiana:
    • Acadian and Creole folk songs and music
    • Cajun music and its varied styles, including those with blues, country-western, swing, rock, and popular music influences
    • Creole music and its varied styles, including juré, “la musique Créole”, zydeco and zydeco-nouveau with funk, rock, reggae or rap influences
    • Swamp-blues and other Louisiana blues music
    • Swamp pop music (Cajun and Creole rhythm & blues and rock & roll)
  • Recordings of Cajun and Creole Louisiana record companies and labels
  • Selective recordings of musical styles, genres, and cultures that have influenced Cajun and Creole Louisiana music and musicians
  • Music about Cajun and Creole Louisiana
  • Radio transcription recordings that feature Cajun and Creole Louisiana music and musicians
  • Selective “Cajun and Creole-inspired” music, performed in these styles and produced worldwide
  • Selective recordings of “guest sessions” by Cajun and Creole Louisiana musicians
  • Selective unpublished recordings related to Cajun and Creole Louisiana music
  • Selective non-music sound recordings, such as spoken word

Video

  • Motion pictures which include Cajun and Creole Louisiana musicians, music and songs
  • Documentaries about Cajun and Creole musicians and the musical cultures
  • Instructional and educational videos on Cajun and Creole music, instruments and dance
  • Selective unpublished productions related to Cajun and Creole Louisiana music

Other Archival & Research MaterialsCajun musician Nathan Abshire's Belt and Jewelry

  • Books and periodicals
  • Archival papers
  • Letters and correspondence
  • Music business/industry records
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Instruments, artifacts, and memorabilia
  • Promotional and media material