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Acadiana Manuscripts Collection

The Acadiana Manuscripts Collection includes over 500 collections of personal or family papers, business or organizational records, photograph collections, oral history recordings, and much more.

Most of the manuscript collections relate to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, but several have a much broader scope. Among the subjects covered in these collections are agriculture, the oil industry, architecture, education, literature, local and regional history, politics and women's history.

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For information on digitization, see Dupré Library's Digitization and Photoduplication Policy. To request digitized items, complete a Digitization Request Form.

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Dr. I. Bruce Turner, 1946–2016

Dr. Bruce Turner

Dr. I. Bruce Turner, Assistant Dean of Special Collections Services at Edith Garland Dupré Library, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife and daughters. During his thirty-three years at the library, Dr. Turner guided the development of the library's Special Collections to include many important manuscripts collections, including the historical records of the University and numerous collections on local individuals, families, businesses, and organizations documenting the history of Lafayette and the Acadiana region. He was an active member of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (LAMA) and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) and was Board member of the Society of American Archivists for many years. Although his love of history was a predominant part of his life, Dr. Turner was involved in many other interests. He sang with Chorale Acadienne, First Presbyterian Church Choir and the Acadiana Symphony. A talented cellist, he played for the Acadiana Symphony and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Chorus. Being a man of strong faith, he participated in the First Presbyterian Church activities and ecumenical ministries, working with students of the Wesley United Campus Ministry. Dr. Turner's knowledge of the University, Acadiana and many other subjects was profound. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.