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Alphabetical List of Collections: V

Note: Larger holdings are labeled "Collection"; smaller holdings (less than 2½ inches) are labeled "Manuscript".

Valentine, Jacob M. (1917-2000). Papers, 1791-1997

Collection 531

19.5 feet; oversize
Jacob Valentine was a biologist based out of Lafayette Louisiana. He served as Gulf Coast Management Biologist for Refuges in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas from 1960 to 1981. Valentine has written papers on the cattle egret, marsh ecology, alligators, and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane. This collection contains Valentine’s professional files that chronicle his work while in Louisiana. These files include notes, papers, news clippings, and photographs. Dr. Thomas C. Michot, a colleague of Valentine’s, donated the collection.

Vermilion Parish Drainage District, Ward 5. Records, 1927-1945

Collection 216

10 inches
The Vermilion Parish Drainage District records consist of financial records, correspondence, clippings, drainage bonds, and other miscellaneous materials. This collection was donated by Lamar Boulet of Scott, Louisiana.

Vermilion Parish Office of Civil Defense. Records, 1942-1992, n.d.

Collection 235

9 feet, 10 inches; oversize
The Vermilion Parish Office of Civil Defense is responsible for creating preparedness plans in case of natural disasters or attack. It is also responsible for cleaning up after natural disasters as well as fixing damages throughout the parish caused by natural disasters. This collection includes correspondence and operational records, as well as records, photographs and newspaper clippings on natural disasters including Hurricane Audrey (1957) and Hurricane Andrew (1992). Civil Defense Director Robert J. Leblanc donated the collection.

Vermilionville Presbyterian Church. Records, 1875

Manuscript 275

1 folder
The Vermilionville Presbyterian Church was organized on August 23, 1875. This collection consists of a program of the first church services held in Lafayette.

Verret, J. Emile (1866-1965). Papers, 1933-1965, n.d.

Collection 19

1 foot, 8 inches
Businessman, politician and lieutenant governor of Louisiana. Chiefly correspondence (1944-1948) relating to Verret's official business as lieutenant governor, and other papers.

Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands, 1944

Manuscripts 72

1 folder
Radio Program: The Coca-Cola Company Presents “The Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands” with Frankie Masters, the Blue Network. Origination: Lafayette School of Aeronautics, Lafayette, LA. Thursday, February 17, 1944. 6 pages

Vidrine, Frederick (1884-1951). Collection, 1903-1940

Collection 506

5 inches
Dr. Frederick Vidrine was a physician, planter, merchant, and cotton gin operator in the Andrepont community, St. Landry Parish. This collection consists of correspondence and financial records. Mardell Sibley donated the collection.

Vidrine, Jacqueline O. (1929-2018). Genealogical Records, 1500s-2018

Collection 272A

41 feet, oversize
This collection is divided into two sections. First, there are Jacqueline Vidrine's personal papers, which consist of biographical material, her education, writing, speech, and committees served on. The second section is her research work files. This consists of extensive research she did on over 400 surnames, her publications and research materials for these publications, correspondence, pedigree charts, and census records. The collection also includes numerous pedigree charts, maps, and volumes of family histories she researched. The children of Jacqueline Vidrine donated this collection.

Vidrine, Jacqueline O. (1929-2018). Papers, 1779-1986, n.d.

Collection 272

10 inches; oversize; 37 megabytes
Jacqueline Olivier Vidrine lived in Ville Platte, Louisiana. She married Drouet Vidrine and they have several children. Ms. Vidrine, known as “Jacky”, was an avid genealogist who researched several families including the Vidrine Family and Tate Family, among others. This collection consists of family papers of Albert Tate and Tony Dardeaux, as well as correspondence and documents from the 1790s. Jacqueline O. Vidrine donated the collection.

Vidrine, Lionel J. “Chick” (1928-1994). Collection, 1974-1992, n.d.

Collection 431

5 inches
Lionel "Chick" Vidrine operated the the Southern Club, one of the premier venues for swamp pop music and musicians, from 1956 to 1994. The dance hall/nightclub hosted notable swamp pop musicians and bands from the 1950s through the 1980s, as well as other famous R&B and country musicians and bands. After closing in 1996, the building was listed on the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation as an endangered historic site. This collection consists of band contracts between the club and band, financial records, correspondence, flyers, and much more.

Voorhies Family. Papers, 1847-1976

Collection 2

1 foot 3 inches
Papers of a southern Louisiana family. Chiefly papers of Albert Voorhies (1829-1913), who served as state Lieutenant Governor (1865-1867) among other elected positions, and longtime member of the State Bar. The papers reflect his interest in state politics, his involvement in the court system especially of Orleans Parish, and his writings on legal theory and state legal practices. Also material on other members of the Voorhies family.
Donated by the George Voorhies Family, St. Martinville, Louisiana.

Voorhies, Felix (1839-1919). Papers, 1869-1919, 1974-1976

Collection 117

1 foot 3 inches
This collection reflects the career, from 1870 on, of attorney, judge and author Felix Voorhies. It contains fee books and case books generated as part of his legal practice; however, the majority of the collection consists of manuscripts, plays, short stories, and some published Voorhies writings. There is also correspondence from the early 20th century including one letter in which the Judge writes about the Evangeline legend and the true story of Emmeline Labiche which he published as part of Acadian Reminiscences. A manuscript copy of an unpublished play and a photograph of the Judge were added to the collection by Joe Voorhies, Felix Voorhies' son, at his 100th birthday party in 1983.
This collection was donated by the Voorhies family.

Voorhies, Pothier Jean (1887-1968). Collection, 1926-1947

Collection 426

2 feet, Oversize
Pothier Jean Voorhies was a businessman and civic leader, his principal business activity being the Lafayette Lumber Company. He served as President and General Manager from 1914 until his death. This collection consists of Voorhies’s business records, personal papers, and correspondence (incoming and outgoing) with former employees serving in the military during World War II. This collection was donated by the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, which renovated the Lafayette Lumber Company building for housing in 2017/18.