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Louisiana Room

Special Collections
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Louisiana Documents


The Louisiana Room is a division of Special Collections of Edith Garland Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Louisiana Room houses the library's collection of materials relating to Louisiana. All subject areas are included: history, politics and government, business and industry, agriculture, education, arts and literature, to name a few. Formats include books, periodicals, government documents, maps, microforms, pamphlets and ephemera.

With the exception of the Reference, Genealogy and Law collections, Louisiana Room materials are housed in the stacks room which is not open for public browsing. Materials must be retrieved by a staff member and must be signed out for consultation in the Reading Room. All cataloged holdings of the Louisiana Room may be identified through the Library Catalog, accessible online. Computers located in the Reading Room and throughout the library also provide access to the catalog.
Three collections are available on open-access shelving in the Reading Room: a ready reference collection, the Genealogy Collection and the Louisiana Law Collection. The ready reference collection consists of materials frequently consulted to answer brief, factual reference questions, and materials such as indexes which facilitate access to information in other sources. 

The Genealogy Collection includes books and periodicals whose primary use is for genealogical research. Other resources such as microforms, ephemera and unpublished manuscripts can be identified through the Library Catalog. A guide, Genealogical Research: Guide and Selected Bibliography, is available to introduce researchers to this collection and to the variety of materials available.

A collection of Louisiana legal materials is also shelved in the Reading Room. This collection includes statutes, regulations, court reports, digests and law reviews. This collection is not updated, since the materials are available online.

The reference, genealogy and law collections have open access, for the convenience of patrons and staff. However, these materials must be used in the Reading Room, and cannot be taken to another part of the library without being signed out.

Uncataloged holdings of the Louisiana Room include the vertical file of pamphlets and newspaper clippings, the Louisiana state documents collection and the map collection. The vertical file contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets and ephemera concerning people, places and events of state and local interest. Materials are grouped by subject, and a card file of subject headings is available at the Reading Room reference desk.

Dupré Library is a complete depository for publications of Louisiana state government agencies, and these materials are housed in the Louisiana Room. Most items held to be of interest to researchers are cataloged and shelved in the Louisiana Room stacks. Other items are organized by Louisiana Document number, which groups documents in broad subject categories. All Louisiana documents may be identified through shipping lists and bibliographies prepared by the Recorder of Documents.

The Louisiana map collection contains over 25,000 state and local maps, both current and historical. The majority of these maps are not cataloged; however, a separate Guide to the Louisiana Map Collection is available to facilitate retrieval and use.

The Louisiana Room also houses the library's collection of phonograph records by Louisiana artists not included in the Cajun and Creole Music Collection. A turntable is available in the Reading Room for listening to these recordings.