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Armand J. Brinkhaus Papers

Collection 191

Brinkhaus, Armand J. (1935–2017). Papers, 1967–1995, n.d.

64 feet, oversize

Armand J. Brinkhaus, was born on November 7, 1935. He was a lawyer from his native town of Sunset in St. Landry Parish and was a Democratic former member of both the Louisiana House of Representatives (1968-1976) and the Louisiana State Senate (1976-1996). He is particularly known for his promotion of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL).

Brinkhaus graduated from Sunset High School, The Roman Catholic Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). From the latter, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1958. In 1960, he received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law. He was a member of the American and St. Landry Parish bar associations, the American Judicature Society, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He served on the board of St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank, the Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce, Doctor’s Hospital of Opelousas, and the South St. Landry Community Library. Brinkhaus was affiliated with the Southwest Rehabilitation Center, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, Lions International, the Benevolent and Protective Orders of Elks, Women of the World, and other organizations as well.

Brinkhaus and his wife, the former Margaret Bellemin, had seven children. She is a native of Grand Coteau, in St. Landry Parish.

Brinkhaus created the Dr. Armand L. and Julia Thoms Brinkhaus Fund to benefit the Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Also on November 7, 2009, the Acadian Museum in Erath inducted Brinkhaus into the “Order of Living legends”.

This collection consists of his working papers while in office. It also includes information on clubs and organizations that he was active in.

Note: Oversize material is located on Range 19b (LaRm)


A. Legislative records, 1968-1972 1-01 through 2-35
B. Legislative records, 1960s 2-51 through 2-67
C. Legislative records, 1970s 2-36 through 2-50; 3-01 through 7-37
D. Legislative records, 1980s 8-01 through 19-48
E. Legislative records, 1990s 20-01 through 31-72
F. Clubs and organizations 32-01 through 33.21.6
G. Subject legislature/legislative, 1967-1995 34-01 through 56-13; Box 59 through Box 61
H. Newspaper clippings, photographs, artifacts Box 57 and Box 64; oversize
I. Legislature, 1988-1995: Brinkhaus actions Box 62 and Box 63
J. Microfilm, 1968-1995 Box 65
K. Oversize: Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1967-1985 Box 66 through 70


Brinkhaus, Armand J. (1935-2017). Papers, 1967-1995, n.d. (PDF)