The Louisiana Room is a division of Special Collections and contains the Library's collection of materials relating to the University and Louisiana. Subjects include agriculture, arts and literature, business and industry, education, history, and politics and government.
- Genealogy Collection (PDF)—extensive collection for researching family histories in Louisiana; a Guide and Selected Bibliography (PDF) is available for reference
- Graduate and Undergraduate Theses (PDF)
- Louisiana Documents (PDF)—arranged by a document number according to the subject
- Louisiana Map Collection—contains state and local maps, both current and historical
- Phonograph Records (PDF)
- Vertical Files—consist of clippings from various Louisiana newspapers that have been organized topically for quicker access
- ... and more
Most Louisiana Room materials are housed in closed stacks and are not available for public browsing, but can be requested at the Special Collections reference desk.
Published and cataloged materials can be found through the Library Catalog, while uncataloged resources, like Louisiana Documents (PDF), Louisiana Map Collection (PDF), and Vertical Files, are indexed online and can be viewed in the Louisiana Room.
The Louisiana Room includes the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room, where the public may browse answers to general reference questions, family histories, and Louisiana history. All materials located in Special Collections must remain inside the Reading Room and cannot be taken outside of the department.
The Reading Room also contains a microfilm reader/printer/scanner, overhead scanner, copy machine (campus departmental use only - $0.07 per copy), VCR, audio cassette tape deck, CD player, turntable, a small lounging area, exhibits, portraits, and computers for searching the catalog and viewing Vertical Files.
Jefferson Caffery Reading Room
Edith Garland Dupré Library
400 E St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503