University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Archives, 1896-
This is the initial and largest collection in the Archives. It contains the historical records of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from its inception. This collection provides the fullest insights into the development of the University from its legislative founding in 1898 as Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute to its present status as the second largest university in the state.
Voorhies Family. Papers, 1847-1976, 2009, n.d.
1 foot, 3 inches
Papers of a southern Louisiana family. Chiefly the 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.
Watson Family. Papers, 1793-1930
Correspondence, financial and legal records of several families from the Port Gibson, Mississippi region. Among the themes reflected in the collection are the Presbyterian Church and its activities in Mississippi, economic pursuits especially plantation management, relations with blacks as both slaves and freedmen, and health concerns including recurring yellow fever epidemics. Also included are the papers of Major J. W. Watson, U. S. Army (ca. 1865-1920) who served in Indian Wars and as an Indian agent during the 1890s and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He wrote about the Cuban Revolution of 1917. He also wrote some virulently anti-German pieces during World War I. The collection was donated by Dalton Watson of Waterproof, Louisiana.
Merchant's Grocer Company (Lafayette, Louisiana). Records, 1903-1909, 1937-1977
10 inches, 8 volumes
This collection contains account books, ledgers, other financial records, documents, correspondence, etc. of a Lafayette wholesale grocery company. Some materials were donated by Dr. Michael Martin and the Center for Louisiana Studies.
Artifacts and Documents. Collection, 1809-1975, n.d.
2 feet, 7 inches
This collection contains artifacts and documents from south and southwest Louisiana.
Mills, John ( - ). Collection, 1772-1944
This collection contains legal documents from the Attakapas Post at Opelousas, Louisiana (1772-1812) and clippings, broadsides and circulars on Louisiana politics, especially the 1932 election. Donated by John Mills of Opelousas, Louisiana.
Debaillon, Paul (1890-1948). Collection, 1852-1957, n.d.
This collection reflects Paul Debaillon's interest in genealogy, especially the family of Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville, now Lafayette, Louisiana. The collection contains extensive notes and charts compiled by the genealogist and much correspondence written in his attempt to gather information. There is also material on co-lateral families such as Debaillon, Dupré, and others.; papers of Mary Swords Debaillon, who was actively engaged in gathering, cataloging, and preserving Louisiana flowering plants; and scattered correspondence, political and judicial records of Charles Homère Mouton. There is even a very small collection of Paul Debaillon personal papers, almost all of which date from the 1930s. Charles Debaillon and Mrs. C.E. Hamilton donated this collection in 1956.
Givens-Hopkins Families. Papers, 1823-1962, n.d.
Mainly personal correspondence among members of the families of John S. Givens and Thomas B. Hopkins who lived in Louisiana and Texas. Included also are records concerning lands held by the Givens family in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Of special note in the correspondence are accounts of travel or work assignments abroad: Mattie Hopkins Williams in the Middle East (1910) and Japan (1920); Lyle Givens in Europe (1929); John S. Givens in Alaska (1935) and Czechoslovakia (1946); Lyle Givens Williams in Latin America (1943-1944); Agnes Givens Gercke in Japan (1946-1952); and Anna H. Givens in Japan (1950-1952). Other letters mention the Corpus Christi flood of 1919, the death of Will Rogers and Willey Post in 1935, and the controversy between the DAR and Marion Anderson in 1939. For more on Lyle Givens Williams, including some material on the Givens Family, see Collection 27 - David R. Williams Papers. This collection was donated by Lyle Givens Williams.
McGowan, Charles A. (1849-1921). Papers, 1856, 1868-1922, 1965, n.d.
Mainly business papers of McGowan, a dentist, druggist, banker, merchant and civic leader in Jeanerette, Louisiana. Included are some articles on Jeanerette written by Florence Bussey McGowan; diaries kept by her relatives in Mississippi in 1876; a claim for property destroyed or confiscated by Union soldiers in Jackson, Mississippi in 1863; and a record book for the Sans Souci Club of Jeanerette, 1885-1887.
Broussard, M. A. ( - ). Business Records, 1863, 1868-1889
Account books and volumes of bills for M.A. Broussard, merchant of Royville and Youngsville, Louisiana. One volume has instructions on how to make dyes. Gift of Earl Vallor.
Marshall, Woodrow ( - ). Collection, 1702-1897, n.d.
Three separate series of documents collected by Marshall. First, several 19th-century legal documents from Great Britain written on sheepskin. Second, miscellaneous financial reports of the Castillo family of New Orleans and St. Martinville, 1837-1897. There are also several items of correspondence. Third, miscellaneous papers related to Alexander Thibodeaux of Breaux Bridge, 1873-1889, n.d. Gift of Woodrow Marshall, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.
Fletcher, Joel L., Jr. (1897-1972). Papers, 1862-1979, n.d.
Fletcher was an educator in Louisiana for over fifty years. Most of that time he was at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), including twenty years as President. Includes Louisiana history material; items on Acadian vigilante committees; William Wyatt of Vernon, Louisiana business records; information on agriculture and industrial development. Also included are records of the College of Agriculture while Fletcher taught, especially during the 1930s; his correspondence as Dean; correspondence of other members of the department; the records of the Southwestern Agriculturist and the Mid-Winter Fair; etc. This collection was donated by Joel Lafayette Fletcher, Jr.
Fletcher, Joel L., Jr. (1897-1972). Papers, 1848, 1898-2000, n.d.
11 feet, 5 inches; 17 volumes
Joel Fletcher was an educator in Louisiana for over 50 years. Most of that time he was at the Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) — 20 years as President. This collection includes material he collected on Louisiana history, education, agriculture and industrial development; family correspondence; and Fletcher's writings.
Rees Family. Papers, 1826-1901, 1974
This collection, containing personal and business correspondence of the Henry Rees family of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana reflects life from about the mid-nineteenth century to the twentieth century. It deals with family life, illness (such as yellow fever), community life, agriculture, finances, taxes, legal matters and attitudes and opinions on contemporary events. Included also are the legal papers of Henry Rees generated while he served as Justice of the Peace in St. Martin Parish and Orderly Sergeant in the Militia. This collection was donated by Henry Rees and George W. Marshall.
Rees Family. Papers, 1804-1827
This collection consists of copies of transcripts of the letters of Mrs. Margaret Jones Rees Morgan from Morgantown, Berks County, PA to her son David Rees, in Louisiana (usually via Benjamin Morgan or George Morgan of New Orleans). These letters are dated from 1804-1827.
Grow, Lake B. (1873-1944). Collection, 1904-1915
1 foot, 8 inches
A collection of photographs relating to the early 1900s oil development in the Anse La Butte, Evangeline, and Gulf Coast areas.
Riehl, Joseph A. (1906-1989). Papers 1910-1988, n.d.
4 feet, 2.5 inches
Joseph Anthony Riehl was a long time participant in the SLI/USL (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) community. He taught history and served at various times as Registrar, Dean of Men, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dean of Administration, and Dean of the University. These papers focus on various portions of Riehl's career in academia.
Iberville Bank and Trust Company, Plaquemine, Louisiana. Records, 1892-1919
1 foot, 3 inches
Correspondence and memoranda (1913-1919) of a bank in Plaquemine, Louisiana and five ledgers (1892-1894) of the Bank of Plaquemine.
Freeland, Paul B. (1904-1976). Collection, 1888-1957, n.d.
Paul Butterfield Freeland was a pastor of Presbyterian churches in Opelousas and Covington, Louisiana, as well as a genealogist and historian. This collection contains a large number of photographs and printed material on the cultivation and manufacturing of rice. Many of the photographs show rice farming, irrigation, equipment, and milling in the Crowley, Louisiana region.
Reid, William M. (1891-1979). Papers, 1911-1965, n.d.
12 ½ inches, 7 volumes
William M. Reid was a rice miller, president, and executive vice president of the Rice Millers Association. This collection consists of minutes of the advisory council, articles, and reports on the rice industry. Also included are the Rice Millers Association newsletters and other miscellaneous materials. William Reid donated the collection.
Verret, J. Emile (1866-1965). Papers, 1933-1965, n.d.
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.
Williams, Espy (1852-1908). Collection, 1865-1908, 1969
Espy Williams was one of Louisiana's best-known playwrights of the latter 19th and early 20th century. This collection centers on the literary career of Espy Williams. It contains news clippings (primarily reviews), flyers and ads for Williams's works, a few photographs, correspondence, two diaries, poetry, essays, librettos, and plays by Williams. Eunice Simonds Osgood (Mrs. Phillips E.) of Summit, New Jersey donated this collection.
Dupré, Henry Garland (1873-1920). Papers, 1919-1960
Lawyer, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and U. S. Representative from Louisiana. Family correspondence and correspondence between Edith Dupré and W. H. Fulham concerning a biography of Dupré entitled The Gentleman from Louisiana (1965).
DeClouet Family. Papers, 1811-1930
Planter, politician, delegate to the secession convention in Montgomery, Alabama, and member of the Confederate Congress, of St. Martinville, Louisiana. Chiefly correspondence (1850-1865) of DeClouet in the Civil War era. Includes correspondence with his son Paul, a student at the University of Virginia and a Confederate officer.
Ducrocq, Henri Louis (1871-1917). Papers, 1858-1940
Henri Louis Ducrocq was a physician who practiced in Lafayette, Louisiana. This collection includes biographical data and school notebooks which were written almost exclusively in French.
South Louisiana Camellia Society. Records, 1944-1970s
The South Louisiana Camellia Society existed from 1945 to 1965. Its major activity was an annual show usually held in conjunction with the Camellia Pageant held at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). There are also documents from two Shreveport nurseries which were involved with importing camellias from abroad between 1935 and 1941. The collection was donated by the South Louisiana Camellia Society.
Caffery, John M. (1877-1958). Papers, 1817-1960
2 feet, 6 inches
Businessman, politician and state senator from Franklin, Louisiana. Business correspondence relating to petroleum production, correspondence and other papers of U. S. Senator Donelson Caffery (1825-1906), and Caffery family papers.
Griffin, Lucile Meredith Mouton (1889-1983). Collection, 1798-1967
7 feet, 6 inches
This collection reflects both the work of Lucile Mouton Griffin and her husband, Harry L. Griffin, and her interest in Mouton family history. Contains scrapbooks kept by Mrs. Griffin before her marriage including her years as a student at Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and material from her graduate school work at the University of Chicago and Columbia University; photographs of Lafayette (many used to illustrate H. L.Griffin's Attakapas Country), with explanatory notes; and an extensive postcard collection. The collection deals with the Mouton family, especially Mrs. Griffin's father, Alexander Mouton (1853-1938), an engineer who worked in Latin America and owned a sugar refinery for a time. His collection includes an autobiography, correspondence, and large clipping and postcard scrapbooks. This collection contains material on other members of the Mouton family dating back to Jean Mouton in 1798. Among these items are artifacts owned by Governor Alexander Mouton (1804-1885), Mrs. Griffin's great-grandfather. Donated by Lucile M. Griffin, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Williams, David R. (1890-1962). Papers, 1847-1986, n.d.
Williams was an architect, a government official, a city planner, a bon vivant and a Texan. Interests in architecture and engineering honed through work in a railroad foundry and correspondence study were developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Williams toured Europe in the early 1920s where he furthered his education in architecture and acquired a notable rare book collection which specialized in Renaissance architecture. Williams returned from Europe and established an architectural practice in Dallas, Texas, in 1924. During the next nine years, he evolved a style which borrowed heavily from pioneer Texas buildings which he called the "indigenous architecture." During World War II Williams worked with war housing where he made pioneering efforts in the field of prefabrication. From 1945 until his retirement in 1951 Williams worked for a number of government agencies planning hospitals, designing tropic and arctic housing, and developing special housing projects in Venezuela. This collection reflects the life and work of Williams, his wife, Lyle and his daughter, Davida. Williams was an avid amateur photographer so the collection contains an extensive subsection of photographs.
Burke, Walter J. (1886-1941). Papers, 1835-1941, n.d.
5 inches; oversize
Attorney, politician, Louisiana state legislator, and educator. Papers relating to Burke's activities in the Louisiana State Senate and Board of Education. Includes records of the Burke family dating from the Civil War period and material (ca. 1835) relating to the Texas Revolution.
Nelson, Ira S. (1912-1965). Papers, 1929-1979, n.d.
Ira Schreiber Nelson was a horticulturist and long-time member of the Horticulture Department at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He was extremely active in various horticulture societies on the state and national level.
The collection reflects his varied interests and wide-spread activities. Barbara Nelson, his wife, was the long-time secretary of the Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research, and some of her records in this office are in the collection. Barbara Nelson donated this collection.
Griffin, Harry L. (1883-1967). Papers, 1905-1964, n.d.
2 ½ feet
Dr. Harry Lewis Griffin was a long-time dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of Dr. Griffin’s personal papers, including writings, speeches, correspondence, and materials he collected reflecting his interest in south Louisiana history, political science, education, and civic affairs. H.L. Griffin and Lucile M. Griffin donated this collection.
Whisler, Ernest Jackson (1870-1958). Collection, 1901-1967, n.d.
This collection contains literary material of Ernest Jackson Whisler, a turn-of-the-century writer of plays and folk stories under the name of Jack Whisler. His career appears to span the first half of the 20th century. Lois Whisler of Tucson, Arizona, with the aid of Paul Nolan, donated this collection.
Connelly, Marc (1890-1980). Collection
Includes photocopied articles and newspaper clippings on Connelly and his plays gathered by Dr. Paul T. Nolan in preparation for writing a biography; also the first draft of Nolan's book with notes by Connelly.
Rice Millers Association. Records, 1906-1966, 1992
16 feet, 8 inches
The Rice Millers Association (RMA) is a private, non-profit, national trade association of the rice milling industry. It is one of the oldest agricultural organizations in the United States. The collection contains correspondence, reports, minutes, contracts, government, and miscellaneous materials related to the U.S. rice milling industry and the organization.
Wharton, Vernon L. (1907-1964). Papers, 1935-1964, n.d.
5 feet, 5 inches; 5 volumes; oversize
Vernon Wharton was a historian, sociologist, and administrator at Millsaps College, Texas State College of Women, and Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of biographical material, correspondence, writings and speeches, lecture notes, clippings, and other materials. Several of these works reference African Americans, the South, Reconstruction, and American, European, and Latin American history.
New Orleans Botanical Garden. Records, 1924-1937, n.d.
The New Orleans Botanical Garden was established in City Park, New Orleans, to develop a living collection of woody plants, both native and exotic. This collection contains correspondence, minutes of the Arboretum Committee, reports, constitution and by-laws. It also contains the plans for organizing the New Orleans Botanical Garden and other miscellaneous materials.
Rice Miscellaneous. Collection, 1856-1968
1 foot; oversize
This is a general collection for rice miscellaneous given to the Archives as single items.
Kimbriel, Rex L. (1907-1987). Papers [Mississippi Rice Growers' Association Records], 1945-1955, n.d.
7.5 inches, 3 volumes
Mr. Kimbriel introduced rice production into Mississippi in 1948. After retiring from active farming he traveled throughout the country and Latin America as an advisor for rice and soybean farming. This collection contains correspondence, publications, writings and reports, scrapbooks, and other materials.
Acadiana Neuf. Records, 1965-1967 (Cain, Coussan and Hebert Papers)
2 feet, 8 inches
Papers of Charles Cain, Leo Hebert, and Louis Coussan. Acadiana Neuf papers consist of correspondence, descriptions of meetings, job applications, charter requests, and newspaper articles on an organization which disbursed Economic Opportunity Act funds in the War on Poverty. It covers Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion Parishes, Louisiana, with the main office in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Debaillon, Charles Joseph, Sr. (1879-1968). Papers, 1929-1967, n.d.
Charles Joseph Debaillon, Sr. was born 19 April 1879 in Lafayette. In 1914, he married Mary "May" L. Bowden. They had two children. He worked in a printing office, general merchandise store, lumber yard, Lafayette Building Association, and then became Director of the First National Bank. This collection consists of biographical information on Debaillon family, correspondence, clippings, and many family photographs.
Mouton, Alexandre (1804-1885). Papers, 1813-1885
Alexandre Mouton served as U.S. Senator, 1837-1842, and as Governor of Louisiana, 1842-1846. This collection contains his personal correspondence with his wife and family.
Deep South Writers/Artists Conference. Records, 1961-1990s
Records of an organization which conducts annual conferences for the purpose of promoting Louisiana talent and encouraging writers from other sections to explore and use literary materials available to Louisiana. Donated by the Deep South Writers and Artists Conference.
Planter's Hardware (Kaplan, Louisiana). Financial Records, 1944
This volume consists of financial records of Planter’s Hardware in Kaplan, Louisiana from January 10 – December 23, 1944.
Dupré, Edith Garland (1881-1970). Papers, 1886-1972, n.d.
8 feet, 2.5 inches
Edith Garland Dupré was an educator and member of the first faculty of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) who began the first library on campus. She remained at SLII (later Southwestern Louisiana Institute) for her entire professional career, retiring in 1944. Miss Dupré is best known as an English professor, but she also served in many other capacities including registrar and chair of the Library Committee. This collection reflects Miss Dupré's life and the high regard in which she was held by the community. It contains personal papers, material referring to the early years of the University, and letters from her brother, Congressman Henry Garland Dupré. Most of the material in this collection was donated by Edith Garland Dupré, with later additions donated by Leonder Labbe and Camille Claibourne.
Parker, John Milliken (1863-1939). Papers, 1887-1928
16 feet, 8 inches
Planter, businessman, politician, and Governor of Louisiana from 1920 to 1924. Includes photocopies of Theodore Roosevelt letters in the possession of the John M. Parker family; papers relating to the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana in the 1920s, especially the Mer Rouge and the Dallas Calmes affairs; Huey Long; farming and conservation in Louisiana; and national and Louisiana politics.
Caffery, Jefferson (1886-1974). Papers, 1902-1972
27 feet, 6 inches, photographs, artifacts
Diplomat and Assistant Secretary of State. Correspondence, daybooks, newsletters, taped interviews, memoirs, clippings, photos, awards, and certificates relating to Caffery's career from his college years through his foreign service. Includes information related to his service in El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Germany, Sweden, France, Persia, and Egypt. Donated by Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery.
Caffery, Jefferson (1886-1974). Photographic Series, 1948-1952
This collection contains photographs collected by Ambassador Jefferson Caffery. See Collection 45 for Jefferson Caffery’s personal papers.
Willis, Edwin E. (1904-1972). Papers, 1949-1969
149 feet, 7 inches; 20 volumes
Edwin Willis was a U.S. Representative from Louisiana, member of the House Judiciary Committee, and chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee. This collection contains extensive Congressional office records including correspondence, photographs, press releases, reports, scrapbooks, and other materials. Almost all series contain constituent correspondence.
Pritchard Rice Mill. Records, the 1910s- 1960s
31 feet, 14 volumes
The Pritchard Rice Milling Company of Houston, Texas, organized in 1907, was one of the first mills in Texas. The collection covers the business transactions of this company. The files contain administration records, external and internal correspondence, financial records, insurance records, business contracts, and equipment documentation.
LaBauve, T. A. (1877-1972) and Pischoff, Joseph L. (1874-1964) Families. Papers, 1918-1939
Correspondence and papers of the LaBauve and Pischoff families. Also includes business papers of Mr. T. A. LaBauve.
Loflin, Zeke L. (1909-1982). Papers, 1940-1969, n.d.
12 feet, 6 inches
Dr. Zeke L. Loflin was a faculty member and chair of the Department of Mathematics at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He was also one of the prime movers in establishing the Computer Science program. This collection contains material from the organizations he belonged to SLI/USL, the Department of Mathematics, professional associations, and fraternities.Dr. Loflin donated the collection.
Southwell, Owen J. (1892-1961). Papers, 1913-1961, n.d.
12 feet, 9 inches; Oversize
Owen J. Southwell was a noted south Louisiana architect. This collection contains and extensive gathering of Southwell’s designs for homes, churches, and public buildings. Also included are general and financial records, correspondence, photographs, working files arranged by subject and title. In addition, there are drawings, sketches, and blueprints of houses/buildings he designed.
Peek, James M. (1916-1970). Papers, 1950-1969, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches
James M. Peek was an Associate Professor of Agronomy at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He was also a charter member of the Louisiana Turf Grass Association and a member of the American Society of Agronomy. This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, literature, and other miscellaneous materials dealing with turf grass in Louisiana.
Harris, Thomas H. (1869-1942). Papers, 1891-1968, n.d.
4 feet, 2 inches; 1 volume
Thomas H. Harris was the Louisiana State Superintendent of Public Schools from 1908 to 1940. This collection contains correspondence, speeches, his autobiography and memoirs, photographs, financial documents, and materials (telegrams, newspaper clippings) concerning his death. Sadie Harris Baskin donated the collection.
National Interfraternity Conference. Records, 1929- 1973
15 feet, 10 inches
Papers of President Zeke L. Loflin. Also included are minutes of the meetings of the executive committee, scholarship reports, news and notes of the organization, committee reports, policy matters, and correspondence.
Sugar Archives. Collection, 1856-1980, n.d.
2 feet, 6 inches
Miscellaneous items on the sugar industry and incomplete volumes of Sugar Bulletin, the official bulletin of the American Sugar Cane League of the USA.
Weeks Family. Collection, 1806-1971, n.d.
This collection consists of material on the Weeks family who resided in New Iberia, Louisiana.
Live Oak Society. Records, 1929-2001, n.d.
Founded in 1935 by Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, scholar, and educator, to promote the culture, distribution, and appreciation of the live oak tree. Membership in the Society was limited to individual live oaks known or suspected to be more than 100 years old. Live oaks under 100 years old were eligible for membership in the Junior League. Each member had an "attorney," usually its owner; the attorney paid the annual dues - 25 acorns! The president oak tree was over 500 years old. This Society stopped functioning in 1938 after the death of Stephens. Meigo Frost publicized the Society's revival in a Times-Picayune Sunday magazine article on January 21, 1945. Stanley C. Arthur, director of the Louisiana State Museum, took over leadership of the Society. The collection contains books, clippings, letters, photographs, notes, articles, pamphlets, bulletins, maps, and organizational records. Donated by Miss Willie Wynn White, daughter of the late H. H. White of Alexandria, Louisiana.
Lafayette Parish Council on Aging. Collection, 1967-1968
20 feet, 10 inches
Survey of Older Citizens of Lafayette Parish conducted in 1967-1968; information to serve as a basis for local action programs. Donated by Mr. F. M. Carson.
Mouton-Debaillon Law Firm. Legal Papers, 1910s-1920s
39 feet, 2 inches; oversize
This collection consists of the files of Orther C. Mouton and Conrad Debaillon, lawyers of Lafayette, Louisiana. It includes successions and judgments from the 1910s through the 1920s.
Louisiana Colonial Records. Collection, 1638-1973
3 feet, 4 inches; oversize
The Louisiana Colonial Records contains materials regarding mostly 18th-19th-century events occurring in colonial Louisiana, especially governing processes and the Cabildo. The collection contains photocopies of correspondence, legal papers, and land and slave sales. See also: Collection 329 - Colonial Louisiana Records Collection for a larger collection of colonial records microfilmed from repositories in Europe and North America.
Acadian Bicentennial Celebration. Collection, 1950-1956, 1965, n.d.
1 foot, 3 inches
The Acadiana Bicentennial Celebration Association was formed in January 1954 to commemorate the expulsion of Acadians from their homeland in Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia) by the British in 1755. Dr. Thomas J. Arceneaux, Dean of the College of Agriculture at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) led this effort. This collection consists of correspondence, clippings, speeches, minutes, programs, and other materials. Aline Arceneaux donated the scrapbook.
Fortenberry-Kirby. Papers, 1912-1941, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches
Christian Science Sentinel Magazine, family photographs, and other material.
Hait, Kenneth B. (1900-1980). Collection, 1928-1965
Dr. Kenneth B. Hait joined the psychology department of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1938 as the assistant head and became the head of the department the next year. He served as department head until May of 1968. This collection consists of material from classes he taught, test results, patients and experiment results, correspondence, pamphlets, and other miscellaneous materials as well.
Society for Louisiana Irises. Records, 1931-2007, n.d.
16 feet, 5 inches, 14 volumes
The Mary Swords Debaillon Louisiana Iris Society was organized in 1941 under the leadership of W. B. MacMillan of Abbeville, Louisiana. In 1948 the group changed its name to the Society for Louisiana Irises. This collection contains records for both organizations. Most of the correspondence comes from the Secretary's files. The Society for Louisiana Irises donated this collection, which made UAAMC the official repository for its records.
Jennings Nursery (Jennings, Louisiana). Records, 1926-1961
12 feet, 1 inch, 4 volumes
Business records of the Jennings Nursery of Jennings, Louisiana along with several ledgers.
Gebert-Ray-Lee Families. Papers, 1810-1962
The collection contains correspondence, legal and financial documents of the Gebert-Ray-Lee families both original and typescripts. The families resided in Kentucky before some moved to Louisiana in the 1820s where they resided in Opelousas and Grand Coteau.
Gulf States Conference. Records, 1948-1971, n.d.
5 feet, 5 inches
Records of athletic events and athletes of the Gulf States Conference.
Petroleum Archives. Collection, 1902-1970, n.d.
2 feet, 10½ inches; oversize
Oil history began in Louisiana on 20 September 1901 when the first producing well of the Jennings field was brought in. This collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles on the petroleum industry in Louisiana. Also included are numerous oil-related magazines and journals, reports, interviews, and photographs on the industry from the 1900s-1970s.
Thistlethwaite Lumber Company (Opelousas, La). Records, 1917-1930s
The company's business, financial records, and correspondence, covering 1917 through the late 1930s.
American Association of University Women (AAUW), Lafayette, LA Branch. Records, 1924-2010, n.d.
8 feet, 3 inches; 8 volumes
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) started in 1881. The purpose of the Association is to unite the alumnae of different institutions of higher education to advance the economic, political, and educational opportunities for women. This collection is divided into three groups: national, state, and local. It contains organizational records, correspondence, bylaws, conference and convention materials, minutes, reports, and other miscellaneous materials. This collection was initially donated by Laura C. Edwards. Subsequent donations have come from other AAUW members.
Fortnightly Club (New Iberia, Louisiana). Collection, 1924-2019, n.d.
6 feet, 10.5 inches
The Fortnightly Club was organized in 1924 in New Iberia, Louisiana for literary study with a membership not to exceed twenty. All club activities were to stay within the vicinity of New Iberia. This collection includes very scattered records covering club activities 1924-1974. It contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, minutes, yearbooks, and scrapbooks.
First Lutheran Church of Crowley, Louisiana, and St. John Lutheran Church of Iota, Louisiana. Records, 1894-1987
2 ft. 1 in., 87 fiche
Records of the First Lutheran Church of Crowley, Louisiana, and St. John Lutheran Church of Iota, La. Includes the original constitution of the Crowley church (in German), pastoral letters, financial reports, business correspondence, parish reports and bulletins, minutes of the Ladies Aide Society, financial statements and treasurer's reports from 1927 to 1954. Also contains bulletins from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod-Mission of Opelousas, La., 1963-1966.
Ferguson, Harley B. (1875-1968). Papers, 1911-1968, n.d.
2 feet, 1 inch
Numerous pictures, official reports, and clippings of the raising of the battleship Maine in the harbor of Havana, Cuba; Morganza Floodway studies, Part A, April 9, 1938; flood photographs, 1937; Mississippi River flood photographs, 1937; pictures of General Ferguson; obituary.
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Alfred Mouton [Lafayette] Chapter. Collection, 1864-2012, n.d.
2 feet, 3 volumes; Oversize
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the oldest heritage organization in the country, and works "to preserve the true history of the Confederacy and keep in sacred memory the brave deeds of the men of the South, with no bitterness towards the government of the United States of America.” The Lafayette Chapter was named after General Alfred Mouton. This collection includes correspondence, meeting materials, committee materials, programs from various UDC luncheons and events, yearbooks, information on Confederate veterans, and photographs from the Alfred Mouton chapter. There is much material related to the construction of the General Alfred Mouton monument located on Jefferson Street and Lee Avenue in downtown Lafayette, and news clippings regarding removing the statue. The collection was donated by Yvonne Carter.
Conrad, Katie O'Bryan (1882-1973). Papers, 1906-1966
Contains O'Bryan-Perry genealogy, newspaper clippings on members of the O'Bryan and Perry families, correspondence, legal documents, World War II ration stamps and a map of Governor Long's plan for paved highways and free bridges.
Wynne, Michael D. (1957 - ). Collection, 1764-1989, n.d.
1 foot, 3 inches
Michael Dayries Wynne has published around 8 books and given various talks on Louisiana history and preservation. Materials in this collection were gathered Mr. Wynne. He has a miscellanea of items related to Louisiana including correspondence, documents, flyers, broadsides, announcements, and others. There are several folders of materials related to Huey P. Long (1893-1935). Much of the 19th century documents come from the Bayou Sara / St. Francisville area. Michael D. Wynne donated this collection circa 1980.
Leonpacher, Luitpold “Louis” (1890-1960). Collection, 1908-1958
1 foot, 8 inches
This collection consists of journals that cover the years between 1908 and 1920, documenting Dr. Leonpacher's experiences in Europe, Canada, and the United States. These handwritten journals, mainly in German, are illustrated with photographs and drawings done by Leonpacher. They also contain some correspondence and other added items. Furthermore, the collection consists of digitized copies of these journals, as well as a DVD of Louisiana Air Tours. This collection was donated by Dr. Leonpacher’s widow Fanny (Mrs. John Doba), and son Robert J. Leonpacher. The diaries were digitized by Brian Butcher of Video 1 for Leslie Leonpacher, Louis’ granddaughter, who produced a documentary film on Dr. Leonpacher.
Froitzheim, Carl R. (1921-1989). Collection, 1970s-1980s
Collection of photographs taken by A. L. Barnett, photographer of Crowley, La. Includes pages from a photograph album showing pictures of rice and oil fields; unidentified people; a picture of a minister and a group of young people in caps and gowns; certificate of membership in the Live Oak Society of the Lutheran Live Oak, Crowley.
Kaplan, Benjamin (1906-1972). Papers, 1929, 1940-1972, 1977, n.d.
5 feet, 7.5 inches
Professor of Sociology, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Collection contains speeches; lectures; manuscripts of Dr. Kaplan's book The Land in Between; report of the second conference of the Louisiana State Advisory Commission on Aging; surveys of Lafayette, Duson, Breaux Bridge and teenage marriages in Lafayette Parish; pamphlets and magazines on religion, race, education and related sociological subjects; handwritten notes (unsorted) for speeches, lectures, books. Also includes correspondence, pictures, newspaper clippings re: Dr. Kaplan. Vitae. Copy of M.A. thesis, "A Study of Newsboys in New Orleans," Tulane University, 1929.
Woman's Club of Lafayette. Records, 1897-1976, 1997, n.d.
3 ft., 4 in.
The club constitution, history, original minute book and yearbooks, 1901-1976 (1908, 1910, 1930, and 1931 missing) comprise this collection. The club started in 1897 and has been active since then.
Mardi Gras. Collection, 1939, 1953-2001, n.d.
12 feet, 10 inches; oversize
An open-end collection contains scrapbooks, notebooks, scripts, publicity, pictures, programs, and history of The Lafayette Town House-Order of the Troubadours. Also contains programs and mementos of the Krewe of Gabriel, Brigands de Lafitte, and Krewe of Attakapas.
Heywood Oil Company. Collection, 1889-1966
2 ft. 6 in.
Contains newspapers, some dating from early 1900s through 1960s relating to the oil industry and the Heywood family; picture of first oil well in Louisiana; poem about Scott Heywood, his obituary; pictures of people and oilfields; old map of Jennings Oil Field in 1920; memo book, circa 1888; correspondence dating 1905-1938; programs, certificates and reports of the Louisiana Tax Reform Commission.
Playwrights of Lafayette (Louisiana). Collection, 1955-1986, n.d.
This collection contains manuscripts and publicity for one-act plays connected with the Eavesdrop and Playwrights Theatres of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Stephens, Edwin L. (1872-1938). Papers, 1883-1938
17 reels [Microform]
President of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute/Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Correspondence, addresses, and speeches, relating to Stephens' position as President.
Nineteenth-Century Louisiana. Collection, 1801-1900
2 ½ in.
An open-end collection to receive miscellaneous materials dating from 19th-century Louisiana. Contains original documents and photocopies.
Warmoth, Henry Clay (1842-1931). Papers, 1798-1934
22 reels [Microfilm]
microfilm copies of the Henry Clay Warmoth papers in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library.
France-Amérique de la Louisiane Acadienne. Records, 1951-1966; Photographs, 1980s
The Society France Amérique de la Louisiane Acadienne was formed in Lafayette on 26 Oct. 1951. It had a two-fold aim. First, it sought to strengthen ties of friendship and kinship that united France and the United States, specifically French-Acadian Louisiana. Second, it sought to encourage the maintenance of French as a living language among the people of Southwest Louisiana. This collection includes organization records, Acadian Committee records, and meeting photographs.
Winters, Mary Elizabeth (1890-1991). Papers, 1813-1937, n.d.
This collection consists of correspondence and papers relating to the history of southwest Louisiana. These papers are mainly about the history of New Iberia and Iberia Parish. Also included is her master’s thesis submitted to Peabody College. There are other miscellaneous materials as well.
MacMillan, William B. (1883-1978). Papers, 1940-1971, n.d.
2 ½ feet, 1 volume
William Buchanan MacMillan was a resident of Abbeville, Louisiana since July 1928. He served as a sales promotion and public relations manager of the Louisiana State Rice Company, and was well known and highly praised for his work in flower hybridization. He also was a distinguished person in the fields of education and business. This collection contains Mr. MacMillan’s correspondence and papers, mainly concerned with his work in horticulture. Sarah Daniel of Abbeville, Louisiana donated this collection in 1978.
Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834). Celebrations Collection, 1791-1958, 2007, n.d.
10 inches; oversize
This collection contains correspondence, publications, and photographs dealing with the 1957 bicentennial and the 250th celebration of the Marquis de Lafayette’s birth. Thomas J. Arceneaux, who represented the city and parish of Lafayette during the celebration in France, donated most of the material.
Barnett Studio. Photographs, 1910-1972 [Freeland Collection]
2 feet, 6 inches; 45,000 images
Eli Barnett and his son A.L. Barnett operated a photography studio in Crowley, Louisiana. This collection includes 18,000 glass plates and 40,000 film negatives, mostly portraits. Approximately a third of the glass plates have been identified.
Gerwick, Fred (1903-1979). Photographs, 1910s-1970
Photographs of the oil industry and workers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas; includes family scenes.
Hansen, Barbara (1922-2011). Legal Papers, 1971-1980
Correspondence and documents relating to an income tax court fight which helped to overturn Louisiana's Head and Master Clause, Barbara Hansen v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (c.a. 5-no. 77-2974).
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Osborne, Ollie Tucker (1911-1994). Papers, 1927-1985
24 ½ feet; oversize
Ollie Tucker Osborne's papers detail the activities of one of Louisiana's leading advocates of women's rights during the 1970s. Osborne was extremely active in the League of Women Voters and the Evangeline ERA coalition. She attended conferences and workshops throughout the South. She was appointed to the 1977 state women's convention in Baton Rouge and was elected a state delegate to the national convention in Houston. She helped organize and coordinate a number of workshops and conferences in Louisiana on women's rights. The papers reflect Osborne's activities in the women's movement and her career in advertising. There are several scrapbooks concerning her years in New York. The largest series contains League of Women Voters records of the local and state levels. The collection includes memos, correspondence, publicity materials (a great interest of Osborne's) and, often, photographs. Her photographs of delegates to the 1973 Constitutional Convention are probably one of the better visual sources on its participants. Ollie Tucker Osborne donated the papers as part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
Bentley, Emerson (1850-1889). Papers, 1866-1900, n.d.
5 inches; 1 microfilm reel
Diaries and scrapbooks of a "carpetbagger," school teacher, newspaperman and politician who as a teenager moved to Louisiana from Ohio after the Civil War. Includes notable material on the St. Landry riots at Opelousas and the Republican party in the state.
Edwards, Elaine S. (1929-2018). Collection, 1971-1979, n.d.
Elaine Edwards was an interim U.S. Senator and wife of Governor Edwin Edwards. This collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, speeches, and other miscellaneous materials. These materials include such subjects as her Senate term, the New Orleans Children's Hospital, and the International Year of the Child.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Rougeou, Clyde L. (1915-1980). Papers, 1944-1979
2 feet, 8 volumes
Dr. Clyde L. Rougeouwas the president of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1966-1974. This collection consists of correspondence, genealogy material on the Rougeou family, photographs, clippings, certificates and awards, appointment books, and plaques and trophies.
Fontenot, Mary Alice (1910-2003). Papers, 1946-
5 feet, 2 inches
Mary Alice Fontenot Riehl was a journalist and author. As an author, Mrs. Riehl is best known for her series of children's books on Clovis Crawfish. She has also written other books for children as well as cookbooks and works on local and state history. As a journalist, she worked for many newspapers in the region including the Lafayette Advertiser, the Opelousas Daily World, and the Crowley Post-Signal.
This collection focuses on Mary Alice Fontenot's journalistic and literary career. Included are research notes and photographs for some of her newspaper articles; original drawings by Eric Vincent and Keith Graves and original music by Mary Alice and Jeanne and Robert Gilmore for the Clovis Crawfish series; and text for some of her history books and children's works. She also worked as a researcher for Frances Parkinson Keyes. There are some letters from Mrs. Keyes in the collection.
This collection contains scrapbooks containing clippings, reviews, photographs, correspondence, drawings, promotional material, and writings. There are also letters from school children thanking Mary Alice for visiting their classroom and some artwork and artifacts inspired by Clovis Crawfish stories.
The papers were donated by Mary Alice Fontenot as part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
Fontenot, Mary Alice (1910-2003). Papers, 1880s-2005
9 feet, 8 inches; 8 volumes; oversize
Additional, mostly later, material from author Mary Alice Fontenot.
Zimmer, F.E. and Company. Louisiana Department of Conservation. Hearing Records, 1940-1967
For many years F. E. Zimmer and Company served as official reporters for the Louisiana Department of Conservation. The company maintained transcripts of public hearings for the siting of oil and gas drilling locations. These transcripts include testimony taken at the hearing, exhibits presented by the petitioning company, and frequently, maps of the site.
The provenance of the collection is unclear, but it was probably donated by F. E. Zimmer. Duplicates of these records are said to exist in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles.
Looney, Ben E. (1904-1982). Papers, 1934-1979, n.d.
This collection consists of prints, correspondence, short stories, clippings, promotional material, photographs and other miscellaneous materials of this noted Louisiana artist.
Reinhardt, Julien Carl "Dutch" (1907-1989). Papers, 1931-1989, n.d.
10 feet, 8 inches; Oversize
Julien "Dutch" Reinhardt was an athletics coach at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for 58 years. This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, schedules, program information, statistics, rosters, journals, and a very large collection of photographs and negatives about SLI/USL athletics. Martha and James Reinhardt, wife and son of “Dutch” Reinhardt, donated this collection.
Sibille Store (Bristol, LA). Collection, 1845-1985
2.5 inches; 21 volumes
Records of a country store, cotton gin, and plantation in Bristol, LA.
McIntyre-Blake, Mary A. (1919-2003). Papers, 1954-1995, n.d.
5 inches, paintings
Mary Adelaide McIntrye-Blake was a well-known artist whose work is found in many Catholic churches in south Louisiana. This collection contains mainly photocopies of material Ms. McIntrye had in her studio in Carencro, LA, including documentation and works in churches and other locations. There are also a few original pieces of art.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Acadian Sierra Club. Records, 1970-1983
Scrapbooks, photographs, newsletters and internal correspondence from a local environmental group.
Holmes, Irene Whitfield (1900-1993). Papers, 1919-1978
Articles and awards from a leading educator and authority on Acadian folk music. This collection contains a small amount of correspondence, writings (many of which are autobiographical and were published), awards, certificates, and other materials.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Bourgeois, Vesta (1903-2004). Papers, 1924-1966, 2005, n.d.
3 feet, 1 ½ inch
Vesta Bourgeois taught physical education at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1939 to 1968, serving the last eight years as Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. This collection consists of a few artifacts from her time at the University.
Anders, Eliza Quintilla Morgan (1889-1980). Papers, 1824-1960, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Ms. Anders was a school teacher based in the Acadiana region. This collection contains biographical information, writings of Ms. Anders, and other miscellaneous materials. Writings include material on the Daughters of the American Revolution, education in Lafayette, and the history of institutions and organizations in Lafayette. A Women in Louisiana Collection.
National Women’s Relief Corps (Jennings, Louisiana). Records, 1915-1959, n.d.
The Jennings Women’s Relief Corps was a branch of the Woman’s Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. This organization aided and assisted the Grand Army of the Republic and to perpetuate the memory of their heroic dead. This collection contains correspondence, financial records, constitution, and publications.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
Stempel, F.W., "Signor Faranta" (1846-1924). Papers, 1883-1932
Scrapbooks and clippings on F.W. Stempel (or Stemple), circus artist and theater owner, whose Iron Theatre in New Orleans provided popular entertainment between 1883 and 1889. (On loan)
Segura, Pearl Mary (1909-1993). Papers, 1718-1992, n.d.
This collection contains genealogy and Acadian history material as well as personal files compiled by former University Louisiana Room Librarian Pearl Mary Segura. The collection is divided into two parts: her working [genealogy and history] files and her personal files.
Attakapas Historical Association. Records, 1956-1979, 1992, n.d.
2 feet, 1 inch
This nonprofit organization was formed to study history, genealogy, traditions, and landmarks in St. Martin, St. Mary, Iberia, and Lafayette Parishes, and was to work with any group or individual who recognized the importance of historical materials and objects. The first large project undertaken was to restore the Darby House in New Iberia, Louisiana. This collection contains correspondence, membership records, publications, financial and general records, and meeting materials.
Lafayette (Louisiana), City of. Collection, 1916-1984, n.d.
1 ½ foot
The City of Lafayette(Louisiana) Collection consists of City Ordinances, Chamber of Commerce material, Bicentennial Celebration material, festival material, maps of Lafayette, and videotapes.
Lafayette (Louisiana), City of. Photograph Collection, n.d.
This is an open-end collection of photographs of Lafayette and other locations in Lafayette Parish. Photographs are arranged in a classification scheme that orders the images by location, then by subject.
Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association. Records 1956-1996, n.d.
The Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association (LISA), a private nonprofit organization, was created in 1958 to manage and develop Louisiana's coastal water resources. It was considered a public relations arm of the Louisiana Coastal Commission (LCC), a state-regulated agency created in 1964. LISA performed promotional and publicity functions, such as lobbying, which the LCC was restricted from doing. LCC had the authority to coordinate planning efforts in the areas of water quality, flood control, navigation, conservation of fish and wildlife resources, and environmental enhancement. This collection contains records of LISA and LCC. Material from LISA includes correspondence, Board of Directors meetings minutes, annual meeting material, speeches, scrapbooks, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items. Material from LCC include correspondence, commission meeting minutes and minute books, committees' reports, publicity and publications, legal material, and miscellaneous information. This collection is arranged chronologically. LISA donated the records for Special Collections to be its designated repository.
Hanneman, Louis (1870-1935). Photograph Collection, 1895-1910
Photographs of New Orleans area at the turn of the century taken by a Tulane University medical student. These are photographs of unidentified people, houses, street scenes, etc. There are also pictures of a military camp at the Fairgrounds during the Spanish-American war.
Donated by Louis Hanneman in 1981.
Opelousas and Attakapas District. Brand Books, 1739-1944
2 volumes, microform
Official volumes of cattle brands kept by the register of brands.
Gaines, Ernest J. (1933-2019). Papers, 1955-
12 feet, 6 inches
Ernest J. Gaines was born near New Roads, Louisiana, in 1933. Although Gaines moved to California with his family after World War II, he based much of his fiction upon his observations of life in Louisiana.
The collection consists mainly of various drafts of Mr. Gaines' published works from handwritten originals to galley proofs. It also contains unpublished stories and novels starting with those written during his college days. The unpublished materials may be consulted only with the permission of Mr. Gaines. Several scrapbooks centered on published works include reviews and correspondence. Other types of this material are unbound. There is an especially large number of reviews of the television production of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman.
TRANSFERRED TO GAINES CENTER
Packard, Fred ( - ). Films, 1970s-1980s
Fred Packard was a faculty member from University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Art and Architecture Department. This collection consists of three films on CODOFIL and other material. These are handmade and contain taped interviews. The master film is at Pan American Films. The copyright is owned by Lafayette Natural History Museum.
Voorhies, Felix (1839-1919). Papers, 1869-1919, 1974-1976
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.
Post, Lauren C. (1899-1976). Papers, 1919-1977
5 inches [Microform]
Correspondence, papers and manuscripts of Dr. Lauren C. Post (born, 6 Sept. 1899; died, 21 Jan. 1976), a native of Acadia Parish, author, and professor of Geography for many years at San Diego State University. His papers include a diary, correspondence, and papers on a wide range of subjects including Attakapas Indians, brand records from St. Martinville, Acadian music, Huey Long, the 1915 hurricane, weaving and clothing.
Post's Cajun Sketches won the Louisiana Library Association's literary award in 1962. He also authored articles on South Louisiana in various journals.
Copied through the generosity of Lyle Johnson, Director of the Acadia Parish Library System.
Spain. Archivo Historico Nacional. Records, 1737-1819 [Microform]
Microfilm records in the Archivo Historico Nacional, Madrid from the Papeles Relativo a las Negociaciones Deiplomaticas de Espana con los Estados Unidos de Norteamerica series, 1737-1819. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Series.
Mexico. Archivo General de la Nación. Records, 1500-1812 [Microform]
Microfilm records in the Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City, from the Correspondencia de los Virreyes, the Historias, and the Provincias Internas Serias. These are mainly administrative records from provincial governors to the Viceroy of New Spain, 1500-1812. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Series.
Spain. Archivo General de Indias. Records, 1540-1810 [Microform]
Microfilm of records in the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain, from the Audiencia de Mexico Series, 1540-1810. Part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Series.
American Rice and Mill Company, Inc. Records, 1900-1961
73 volumes, 1 ft.
This collection contains important reports, records, speeches and documents from the American Rice and Mill Company. The American Rice and Mill Company was formed in the 1900s and ended in 1961. Officers of this company from 1900 to 1940 were J. W. Rooler, President; C. J. Freeland, Vice President; R. A. Nocton, Secretary/Treasurer.
Donated by Freeland Family.
Francez, Dagmar (1912-1988). Scrapbooks, 1939-1946
This collection, compiled by a Carencro High School student, contains clippings dealing with overseas military events of World War II. Most of the articles were taken from newspapers in New Orleans and other local newspapers.
This collection was transferred to the Archives from the History Department.
League of Women Voters of Lafayette (Louisiana). Records, 1945-2014
4 feet, 4 volumes
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette was organized in 1945. The main objective of the League is to work for a better city and parish government, better schools, and the participation of all citizens in the democratic system. This collection contains incomplete internal records of the Lafayette League from its founding. There are also items which show the connectional relationship among local, state and national leagues. The subject series reflects the range of issues addressed by the League and shows the sort of information gathered to study these concerns. Kay Bates, a charter member of the Lafayette organization, initially donated this collection. Other members have made additional donations.
Sas-Jaworsky, Alexander (1916-1989). Papers, 1939-1984
3 feet, 4 inches
Dr. Alexander Sas-Jaworsky was born on June 11, 1916, in Ukraine. He attended the Academy of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Lwiw (Lemburg). In June 1939 he began his veterinary practice. During World War II he lived under first Soviet and then Nazi control. The end of the war found Sas in Austria. He met his wife, Natalie Kulchycky, in a Bavarian displaced person camp. On September 19, 1949, Dr. Sas and his wife immigrated to the United States. By 1951 they had settled in Abbeville, where they established a veterinary practice and raised their five children. Dr. Sas is best known for his outspoken political views as a staunch anti-communist. He has made a career of spreading that viewpoint in frequent speeches, numerous published opinion-editorial essays, a newspaper column and in two books. He died on the morning of April 7, 1989.
This collection reflects Dr. Sas' political activism and his dedication to his chosen cause. It also indicates his continuing and underlying concern in Ukrainian nationalism.
The collection was donated by Dr. Sas-Jaworsky and his family.
Keystone View Company. Slides, 1910s-1920s
ca. 700 items
This collection contains stereopticon slides and glass plates produced by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pa. These views are of scenes from all over the world. They were produced for educational purposes and discovered in a Gretna, Louisiana, elementary school. There is one study booklet on Mexico which accompanies a section of the slides. One contains scenes from stories of Peter Rabbit, and the second contains miscellaneous items including several images related to the Civil War.
The donor also included a stereopticon viewer.
Donated by Don Robertson, Lafayette, La.
Theriot, Marie del Norte (1902-1987). Collection, 1699-1973, n.d.
4 feet, 2.5 inches; oversize
Marie del Norte Theriot taught French at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains information concerning people, places, and events during and before her life; information on different sections of Louisiana; and information on historical events. It includes postcards, notes, memos, awards presented to her, songs, biographical information on people of the U.S., photographs, and her personal souvenirs. Marie del Norte Theriot donated the collection, which is part of the Women in Louisiana Collection.
Lafayette (La.) First Presbyterian Church. Records, 1875-1975
1 reel (35 mm, positive and negative)
Membership rolls, minutes of the congregation meetings, the board of trustees (1877-1946), and session (1875-1975) of this church. The church evolved from the Vermilionville Presbyterian Church to the Lafayette Presbyterian Church and finally to the Lafayette First Presbyterian Church.
After being microfilmed by Dennis Gibson in 1975 the original records were sent to the Historical Foundation of Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, Montreat, N. C.
Avoyelles Parish. Colonial Records, 1786-1803
3 reels (35 mm, negative)
Colonial records of Avoyelles Parish filmed by Louisiana State Archives in 1970.
Avoyelles Parish. Colonial Records, 1786-1807, 1873-1940, 1956, 1973, n.d.
1 CD (59 folders)
This collection contains digitized copies of Avoyelles Parish colonial documents. These documents include sales of land, slaves, and products, mortgages, declaration of homesteads, and judgments. Also included is an Oil and Gas Map of Louisiana. These documents are in French and English. The physical copies of these documents can be found at the Louisiana State Archives. Donated by Sheldon Roy.
First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville, Louisiana. Records, 1944 1971 [Microform]
1 reel (35 mm, negative)
This collection contains records of the First Presbyterian Church of Abbeville. The film was made from material filed in loose-leaf notebooks, which was not in chronological order. Probably filmed by Dennis Gibson from records retained by the church.
East Baton Rouge Parish. Civil Records, 1782-1810
Microfilm: 8 reels [16 mm, negative and positive]
Civil record books of East Baton Rouge Parish during Spanish and Early National Periods. Filming was probably done by the Center for Louisiana Studies. All reels are negative except Reel 3.
St. Peter Claver Mission of Iota, Louisiana, and St. Joseph's Church of Welsh, Louisiana. Records, 1970 1978 [Microform]
1 reel (35 mm, negative)
Records of the St. Peter Claver Mission (1970-1978) and St. Joseph's Church (1971-1978).
The United States. Adjutant General's Office. Amnesty Papers, 1865-1867
3 reels microfilm (35 mm, positive)
Case files of applications from former Confederates for presidential pardons. Records of applications from Louisiana residents arranged alphabetically.
NARS microfilm from RG-94. Microcopy 1003, Reels 27-29.
Triay, Frank Charles (1866-1947). Scrapbook, 1877-1946 [1900-1932]
Frank Charles Triay was a resident of Lafayette who was an active worker in the Socialist Party (US) and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen. The scrapbook reflects those interests. It contains newspaper clippings on socialism; politics; political cartoons; and scattered topics including the Triay family, the labor union, parapsychology, and World War II. Triay collected political campaign items for the Socialist Party (US) and the LaFollett Progressive Party (1924). Clippings about Eugene V. Debs and letters from Debs and his brother, Theodore, are in the scrapbook. There are photographs, certificates, tickets and the charter for the Socialist Party Club of Lafayette, Louisiana (1904). There are poems, prayers, and radio dialogue which are either humorous or satirical.
The scrapbook is donated by Mr. & Mrs. E. B. McDaniel through Coleen McDaniel.
Foster, Jacob Thomas (1827-1906). Memoirs, 1900 [Microform]
1 reel (35 mm, negative)
Foster was a native of New York who spent most of his life in the Upper Midwest, specifically Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. His memoirs discuss his work as a railroad surveyor and in other occupations but focus mainly on his service in Wisconsin regiments during the Civil War. Some of that service was in Louisiana. Foster's memoirs were dedicated to his son, Clark Harold Foster, in 1900. There are 79 typed pages. Mrs. Arthur V. D. Clarkson loaned the memoirs to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for microfilming. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette copy was made by Dennis Gibson for the Microfilm Division, University Libraries, 197-.
Birdhill, Audrey Chandler (c. 1903- ). Scrapbooks, 1939-1942
2 reels microfilm (35 mm, negative and positive)
Newspaper clippings, mainly from New Orleans papers concerning Louisiana and New Orleans politics. The compiler, who emphasized corruption, entitled her scrapbooks, "Louisiana Political Corruption." There were originally 13 volumes in the series of which only seven were microfilmed. Mrs. Birdhill was a resident of Houma, La.
Microfilmed by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette University Libraries Microfilm Department in 1974.
Academy of the Sacred Heart (Grand Coteau, Louisiana). Student Registers, 1825-1955
3 reels (35 mm; negative, positive)
This collection contains lists of students who attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1825-1955 and the College of the Sacred Heart, 1917-1943. These registers were used by Anna Jane Marks to prepare Register of Students of the Academy of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau, La .,1821-1971 (Lafayette, La.: The Acadiana Press, 1981). The registers contain more information on each student than does the Marks book. The original registers were retained by the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Abbeville (LA) Methodist Church. Records, 1889-1958, n.d.
1 reel microfilm (35 mm, positive)
Membership records of several churches in the Vermilion Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Perry's Bridge (1899-1954); Prairie Greig Church, Henry, Louisiana (1899-1916); and Abbeville Methodist Church 1901-1947). There are quarterly records of the Vermilion Circuit (1910-1913) and collected information on ministers who served the circuit. There are also two brief histories of the Abbeville Methodist Church and correspondence related to gathering information for another publication.
Microfilmed by Dennis Gibson from originals still held by the church.
The United States. Army. Department of the Gulf. Miscellaneous Records, 1863-1865
2 reels microfilm (35 mm, negative and positive)
Microfilm from National Archives and Records Administration Record Group 393: Records of the United States Army filmed in 1977. The New Iberia headquarters orders were filmed in 1980.
Wilson, Mary (1846-1867). Collection, 1864-1890, 1955
1 reel microfilm
Material gathered about the visitation of Blessed John Berchmans to Mary Wilson at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, La., in 1866. The collection contains printed material including biographies of St. John Berchmans when he was canonized, the catechism used by Novitiate Mary Wilson, and pamphlets. There are also handwritten transcripts (in both English and French) of diary entries, depositions, testimonials, and letters. There are also some original letters.
This material was microfilmed by Dennis Gibson for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1974. The originals are owned by the Academy of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau.
Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana). Photographs, 1976-
A print file of many photographs which appeared in Daily Advertiser dealing with local subjects. This collection is strong in photographs but does not include sports or social subjects. It contains many supplied photos including some from the University News Service.
It has been donated by the Daily Advertiser through the efforts of Chuck Hamsa.
Arceneaux, George, Sr. (1895-1986). Papers, 1847-1986, n.d.
12 ½ feet
George Arceneaux, Sr. was a well-known expert in sugar cane technology. For many years he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. The collection reflects Arceneaux's involvement with sugarcane, especially as a consultant for the Gulf and Western operation at Central Romania, Dominican Republic. Much of the correspondence and research material is connected with the breeding and selection work carried on there. There is also some material showing Arceneaux's continuing interest in his Acadian heritage. Mrs. George Arceneaux, Sr. and Judge and Mrs. George Arceneaux, Jr. donated this collection.
Grout, William M. "Billy" (1921-1996). Photographs, ca. 1970-1978
ca. 6,000 images (mainly negatives)
William Grout grew up around Walker, La. From his days in the Army Air Corps during World War II he has been an avid photographer. Although he has done commercial work in portraiture and weddings, this collection reflects his interest in scenic photography. Most of the images, which were taken mainly between 1974 and 1978, are of Louisiana, especially in the Florida parishes. They also indicate Mr. Grout's interest in motorcycling.
It was donated to the University by the photographer in 1978.
Broussard, Robert F. (1864-1918) and Edwin S. (1874-1934). Papers, 1895-1935, n.d.
100 feet, 143 microfilm reels
Robert F. Broussard and Edwin S. Broussard were brothers from rural Iberia Parish who served in the U. S. Senate, 1915-1918 and 1921-1933, respectively. Robert also served in the U. S. House of Representatives, 1897-1915. The family lived on a plantation near Loreauville, La. This collection was donated by Mrs. George and Dorville Broussard.
Tate, Albert, Jr. (1920-1986). Genealogical Papers
Albert Tate, Jr. was a federal and state judge and served as a member of numerous judiciary committees and councils. He was a member of the United States Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Tate was born in Ville Platte on 23 September 1920 and died in New Orleans on 27 March 1986. Tate had an interest in genealogy. He was particularly interested in the early settlers of Southwest Louisiana. These files contain clippings, articles, correspondence, notes, copies of documents and records, maps, etc. in reference to the research he was doing.
Louisiana Photographs. Collection
7 ½ inches
Louisiana Photographs Collection consists of parish photographs (homes, churches, streets, schools, entertainment, etc.), individuals, and photographs by subject.
Neitzel, Robert S. (1911-1980). Collection, 1954-1983, n.d.
2 ½ feet
Robert Stuart Neitzel, born in Falls City, Neb., contributed to archaeology in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the southeastern United States for 30 productive years. He made major contributions to archaeological work in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is best known for his work with Indian sites, especially those connected with Marksville culture, and the Tunica and Natchez tribes.
The collection dates almost entirely from the 1970s. One major exception is a series of photocopied correspondence from the 1950s involving the Prehistoric Indian Museum Neitzel founded and directed in Marksville. The collection contains maps, notes, correspondence, work papers, and newsletters; publications and writings, both draft and published material.
This collection was donated by Mrs. Robert S. Neitzel and the children, Sarah and Stuart.
Patout Family. Collection, 1931-1975
Microfiche, 15 sheets
This collection contains material brought to a Patout family reunion in 1975. Included are legal papers; land records, especially in St. Mary Parish; correspondence, including a letter from San Francisco in 1849; photographs; articles and publications.
Heard, J. Norman (1922-2013). Papers, 1944-1987, n.d.
3 feet, 36 volumes; oversize
Norman Heard was an author and a librarian at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains material gathered for his book Handbook of the American Frontier. Also included are handwritten notes for the books he authored, and information on the organizations for which he volunteered his time.
KPEL “Prime Time”. Tapes, 1987-2001
“Prime Time” was a radio program on KPEL that aired every Saturday morning. This program included reminiscences about the Lafayette and Acadiana area. This is a good source of information for people interested in studying the past and present of Acadiana.
German Prisoners of War. Collection, 1942-1989
This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, reports, publicity including news clippings, articles, etc. It also contains videotapes of a reunion held in May 1984 and video was taken by NBC News. This collection also consists of miscellaneous materials as well.
This collection was donated by Dr. Matt Schott.
German Prisoners of War. Collection (Rosalind Foley Papers), 1943-2000
Rosalind Foley and Matthew Schott gathered material to document the history of German Prisoners of War held in Louisiana during World War II. This collection consists of Foley’s papers including correspondence, photographs, publicity and other various materials pertaining to her research.
German Prisoners of War. Collection (Matthew Schott Papers), 1934-1995
2 feet, 9 ½ inches
Rosalind Foley and Matthew Schott gathered material to document the history of German Prisoners of War held in Louisiana during World War II. This collection consists of Schott’s papers which include correspondence, photographs, publicity, writings, reports and other various materials pertaining to his research.
St. Charles Parish. Court Records, 1740-1872
Microfilm: 44 reels
This collection consists of copies of the St. Charles Parish Acts of Judges Records. These are records from the Colonial record books and filmed by the Louisiana State Archives.
Billeaud Sugar Mill. Collection, 1946-1981, n.d.
32 ½ feet; Oversize
The Billeaud Sugar Mill was built in Broussard, Louisiana by Martial Billeaud in 1872. The factory produced about four hundred tons of sugar cane daily. Billeaud sold the business to his children in 1914, which then became Billeaud Sugar Factory, Inc. With the help of the sugar boom in southwest Louisiana, the factory was very successful. This collection consists of the sugar mill office files, which include ledger books, daily reports, financial reports, land abstracts, publications, correspondence, minutes of meetings, general records, and much more. Pat St. Julien donated this collection.
Southern and Northern Oil Company. Records, 1901-1904
This collection contains the financial transactions of the Southern and Northern Oil Company of Jennings, Louisiana. The collection includes checks, purchase invoices, bills, receipts, accounting statements, and miscellaneous items. Donated by Burt Tietje, Jennings, Louisiana in 1988.
Hennessy, Jefferson T. (1929-2015). Papers, 1958-1985, n.d.
Jefferson Hennessy served as a member of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Health and Physical Education Department from 1959 until 1985. During that time, he coached the USL gymnastics and trampoline teams. This collection reflects Hennessy's coaching career and his efforts to promote the sport of trampoline. Jeff Hennessy donated the collection.
Louisiana Historical Preservation and Culture Committee. Records, the 1970s-
7 feet, 6 inches
Mainly nomination forms for designation as historic sites arranged alphabetically. Some administrative records of the committee.
Donated by Glenn R. Conrad, chair of the committee.
Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records/Godchaux Family. Papers, 1911-1985, n.d.
Louisiana State Rice Milling Company Records/Godchaux Family Papers includes the company records dating from about 1911; ancillary components of this collection include the University of Southwestern Louisiana produced microfilm of the company minutes and other record books and an oral history collection.
Broussard, Louisiana. General Merchandise Stores. Ledgers, 1901-1913
Ledgers of two Broussard, Louisiana, stores. Volume 1 is from Jonin General Merchandise Store, while volumes 2 through 6 are from Comeaux and St. Julien General Merchandise Store. These are unbound photocopies of the original ledgers.
Donated by the T. L. Ducrest family, heirs of Gustave St. Julien. Made available by Maxine D. Duhon.
Riley, Harland K. (1905-1972). Collection, 1929-1969
Harland K. Riley was a native of Gueydan, La. In 1931, he joined the University of Southwestern Louisiana faculty as an Assistant Professor of Agriculture. This collection consists of his thesis, correspondence, photographs, speeches, awards, certificates, diplomas, and other miscellaneous materials.
Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company. Records, 1902-1925, 1960s, n.d.
7 feet, 1 inch; oversize
The Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company was formed in 1903 to construct a lock or locks and a dam on the Mermentau River. This collection consists of correspondence, telegrams, financial records, documents, and other miscellaneous material.
James, J. Carlton (1911-1993). Oral History Collection, 1979
1 foot, 5.5 inches
This collection is the result of a project sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and funded by The Louisiana Council in Human Relations and the Acadiana Committee for the Humanities. The project directors were Dr. Patricia Rickels and Matthew Schott with assistance from Barry Ancelet, Elemore Morgan, Jr., and Doris White. The collection contains taped interviews with several participants in Louisiana's civil rights movement. The final product of the project, a slide-tape presentation, "No Gains Without Pains: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana," is also included. Carlton James, a long-time Lafayette educator, and civil rights leader, is one of the people interviewed.
The collection was donated to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by the Project Directors in 1984. Tapes are recorded on one side only.
Hannie Family. Collection, 1902-1985, n.d.
2 ½ inches
These are materials collected by Evelyn Theresa Hannie in the preparation of her book, The Hannie-Saloom-Reslan Family Book (Lafayette, n.d.). The collection contains some family documents and photographs. Donated by Evelyn Theresa Hannie in 1986.
Chachere, Yorick (1910-1993). Collection, ca 1927-1940
A collection of movie fliers advertising motion pictures which appeared in local movie theaters, especially the Bailey in Opelousas. The fliers are arranged alphabetically by title.
Donated by Yorick Chachere, 1989.
Richard, François (1826-1898). Papers, 1832-1899, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Mainly documents related to the law practice of François Richard, fils, in St. Landry Parish and to legal matters involving the Richard family. Of special interest is a contract between a former slave owner and freedmen executed on Aug. 16, 1865. Donated by Sandra Clayton Richard in 1989.
Theard, Marie ( - ). Manuscript, 1976
1 volume (2.5 in.)
An unpublished manuscript of "Old Songs of French and Creole Origin Collected in Louisiana," compiled by Marie Theard. Photocopy, 297 pp. Donated by Frances M. Crist, 1990
Ogden, Edward Bennett, Jr. (1904-1983). Papers, 1944, 1961-1981, 1990
Mainly the business records of Ogden who was active in the rice brokerage field. He worked in Cuba for many years until forced out by the revolution in 1961. He had a close connection with the Godchaux Family and Louisiana State Rice Milling Company.
Donated by Mrs. Edward B. Ogden, Jr.
Ain Cadjein [Anonymous]. Literary Manuscripts, 1983-
Material on the literature presented in Cajun French prepared by an anonymous individual and delivered to KVPI radio station in Ville Platte. Includes translations of literary excerpts, poems, etc. into Cajun French and grammar of Cajun French.
Photocopy. Original in possession of KVPI. Secured by Mario Mamalakis for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to copy.
Webb, Bernice (1920-1999). Papers, 1756-1991, n.d.
Dr. Bernice Webb was a professor of English, biographer, and poet. Dr. Webb’s major publications include The Basketball Man: James Naismith, Beware of Ostriches, Poetry on the Stage: William Poel, and Born to Be a Loser: The Jimmy Donley Story, a biography she co-authored with Johnnie Allan. This collection consists of her working files which include genealogy, letters, journals, correspondence, writings, publications, and other professional materials. The collection also contains Robert Webb's working files, such as biographical, professional, and personal materials. William C. Schear, Bernice Webb's son, donated the collection.
Bentley, Doris Broussard (1919-2015). Papers, 1970-1971
Material related to preparing a dissertation on Edith Garland Dupré. Includes interview notes, research notes, bibliography notes, etc. There are also excerpts from material in the Edith Garland Dupré Papers, Collection 43. This collection also includes Bentley's correspondence related to the project.
Donated by Doris Broussard Bentley, 1990.
Lafayette (Louisiana) Rotary Club. Records, 1920-2020, n.d.
30 feet, 38 volumes
The Lafayette Rotary Club was founded with twenty charter members in August 1920. It was the first men's service club in the city. Through the years the club has been active in improving the local community with special concern for youth work. Rotarians have actively participated in the city recreation program for youth and have been leaders of the Boy Scout movement. One of the unique contributions of the club was the Rotary Boys' Band which existed from 1922 to 1939 under the direction of Frank A. Baranco. The club has also been involved with civic improvement projects such as the Lafayette Public Library and the Municipal Auditorium. The records reflect the civic involvement of the club as well as its organizational structure.
Prejean, James Michael ( - ). Collection, 1874-1985
This collection consists of family histories of the Prejean and Blanchet families.
Iberia Parish Tuberculosis Association. Records, 1946-1973
Some administrative records but mainly clippings related to the activities of this organization.
Donated by Henry J. Dauterive, Jr.
Osborne, Robert S. (1908-1991). Papers, 1947-1954, n.d.
Mainly literary manuscripts of Dr. Osborne who was a long-time member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette English Department.
Donated by Ollie Tucker Osborne
Simpson, Anne K. (1924-2005). Papers, 1873-2005, n.d.
6 feet, 7.5 inches; 1 volume; oversize
Anne Key Simpson was a longtime accompanist and educator in the School of Music at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She also published many works on African American writers and composers.This collection contains Ms. Simpson’s research papers, including materials related to her book on Ernest J. Gaines: A Gathering of Gaines: The Man and The Writer (Lafayette, 1991). The collection also includes her other writings, correspondence, programs from concerts and recitals she accompanied for, and program notes and reviews she wrote for the Acadiana Symphony, Chorale Acadienne, and local music performances.Thetis Cusimano, Ms. Simpson’s daughter, donated the bulk of the collection.
ERA United. (Louisiana). Clippings. 1974-1978
Microfilm 1 reel [35 mm]
Clippings on ERA issue from Louisiana newspapers provided to ERA United by the Metropolitan Clipping Bureau.
Lafayette (Louisiana), City of. Records, 1899-1993
33 reels - Fiche 3 feet, 9 inches [Microform]
The Lafayette City Charter Commission was created on January 26, 1971, by appointment by the Board of Trustees for preparing a charter for the City of Lafayette. When the Charter was completed, the Lafayette Board of Trustees adopted the Home Rule Charter, which would be governed by elected officials. This collection contains six separate series of the Lafayette City official government records under these charters. Microfilmed from originals held by the Lafayette City Council of Lafayette, Lafayette City Hall, 705 West University, Lafayette, Louisiana.
New Iberia (Louisiana). City Records, 1868-1979, n.d.
Fines [double entry ledgers]; City Ordinances; City Assessment Rolls; and Minute Books.
Roy, Harmon F. Collection, 1980
A collection of approximately 175 photographs related to the Lake Peigneur disaster of 1980. Roy served as one of the lawyers involved in litigation over the case.
Fournet, Fred G. (1904-1987). Photograph Collection, 1950s-1960s
3 feet, 2 inches
This collection contains photographs taken by Fred Fournet or left at Fournet's Drug Store in St. Martinville, LA. Most of the photographs depict African Americans of the community.
Hamsa, Charles “Chuck” (1938-2016). Collection, 1915-2000
18 feet, oversize
This collection contains political memorabilia collected by Hamsa from local, state and national election campaigns, including buttons, bumper stickers, and other materials. Hamsa was particularly interested in third-party and fringe group candidates.
Bernard, Shane K. (1967- ). Collection, 1907, 1950s–2018, n.d.
3 feet, 1 ½ inch
Material on swamp pop music gathered initially for research for Dr. Bernard's M.A. thesis. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, magazine and newspaper articles, flyers, promotional materials, notes, and miscellaneous materials. This collection was donated by Shane K. Bernard.
Prints, Sketches, and Posters. Collection
4 feet, Oversize
This collection contains mainly published prints, sketches, posters, and photographs; and commercial product labels. Many items are pages from nineteenth-century illustrated magazines containing prints, photographs or advertisements of South Louisiana scenes and products. The collection was obtained in part with money donated by Mr. Alan Kiesel and Mr. and Mrs. Armand Brinkhaus. Many items have been purchased from Prints Old & Rare.
Cusimano, Thetis A. (1946-2019). Collection, 1953-1989
Microfilm: 2 reels [35 mm]; slides
Thetis Cusimano was a special education teacher and a member of the League of Women Voters of Louisiana. Her collection consists of scrapbooks and photograph albums from the Johnny Scott Center (1961/62 to 1964/65) and Northside Central Elementary School PTA (1953/54 to 1960/61) Special Education programs in Lafayette Parish Schools.
Bertrand, J. Rayburn (1918-2005). Scrapbooks, 1959-1972
6 volumes; 3 reels [35 mm microfilm]
J. Rayburn Bertrand, the 15th mayor of Lafayette, was born in Kinder, La., in 1918. He attended Lafayette High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection consists of scrapbooks kept while Bertrand was Lafayette mayor. 5 volumes.
Dethloff, Henry C. (1934-2019). Papers, 1968-1991, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches
Henry C. Dethloff was on the faculty at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1965 to 1968. He was in the History Department and was the director of the Southwestern Archives and Manuscripts Collection (now the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection). Dethloff's major academic interest was agricultural history, especially rice growing and milling. His publication, A History of the American Rice Industry, 1685-1985, is the definitive monograph on this subject. This collection contains mainly research material and writings on the rice industry.
Roberts, Sylvia (1933-2014). Collection, 1960-1980
8 feet; 40 reels (microfilm)
Working files of clippings, articles, reports, etc. related to women's issues.
Dichmann, Mary E. (1913-1995). Papers, 1920s-1994, n.d.
13 feet; Oversize
Dr. Mary E. Dichmann was the Department Head of English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1956 to 1974. She then served as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences from 1974 until her retirement in 1983. This collection consists of her personal and professional papers, as well as some records of organizations in which she was active, such as AAUW and Phi Beta Kappa.
Les Vingt Quatre Club. Collection, 1932-1938, 1990-1992, n.d.
Les Vingt Quatre Club was founded in April 1932 and chartered and named May 1932. The club was formed to study history and current events. This collection contains correspondence, histories, a few photographs, and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, etc. The material in this collection has been photocopied and microfiched. The originals were loaned to the Archives by Virginia Yongue.
Town of Breaux Bridge. City Council Records, 1894-1909, 1913-1938
Microfilm: 1 Reel [35mm]
Mainly records of the Breaux Bridge City Council which include minutes of meetings and ordinances. The material in this collection has been microfilmed. The originals were loaned to the Archives by the Town of Breaux Bridge.
Miscellaneous Louisiana. Newspapers, 1830-1995
Microfiche: 1219 sheets; oversize: 4 volumes
Miscellaneous Louisiana newspapers from 1830-1977 that have been microfiched. The originals are housed in Drawers 12, 32 and 33 of the map cases in the Archives, and Collection 7, the Paul Debaillon Collection, folders 3-02, 3-03, 3-23, 3-28 and 3-29.
Brinkhaus, Armand J. (1935-2017).Papers, 1967-1995, n.d.
64 feet, oversize
Armand Brinkhaus 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 created the Dr. Armand L. and Julia Thoms Brinkhaus Fund to benefit the Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection consists of his working papers while in office. It also includes information on clubs and organizations that he was active in.
Idonian Club. Records, 1948-1983, n.d.
5 inches, 18 volumes.
The Idonian Club was formed to study the Bible and for the promotion of growth in Christian character. This collection contains yearbooks and miscellaneous materials dealing with the Idonian Club.
Altrusa Club. Records, 1956-1996, n.d.
12 inches, 7 volumes
This collection contains correspondence, photographs, programs, conference information, etc. dealing with the local and international Altrusa Club.
Lafayette Garden Club. Records, 1950-2015
The Lafayette Garden Club was first organized in 1930 and became a member of the national federation of garden clubs in 1940. This collection consists of scrapbooks, minutes of the Garden Club, projects, award booklets, and other miscellaneous materials. Aline Arceneaux donated the bulk of this collection. Elaine Pellissier contributed many of the award booklets.
Smith, W.D. (1896-1977). Collection, 1939-1999, n.d.
W.D. Smith was an educator in Lafayette Parish schools for nearly thirty years. He was a teacher at and later principal of Paul Breaux School, for many years the only school for African Americans in Lafayette.
This collection consists of teaching material, correspondence, photographs, notes on education and race, a yearbook of Paul Breaux School, and other miscellaneous material.
Scott. Business Ledger, 1886-1887
Photocopies. There are several references to Ozeme LeBlanc in the ledger. The collection also includes biographical information on LeBlanc.
Daigle, Jules O. (1900-1998). Papers, 1981-1994, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches; Microfilm: 1 reel [35mm]
Jules O. Daigle was born in Lafayette. He made his studies for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, La., St. Mary’s in Baltimore, Maryland, and the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1925. After retirement, he launched a writing career and wrote several books on the Cajun heritage, receiving international recognition for his work. This collection contains correspondence.
Cady, Ora-Westley S. (1935-2014). Papers, 1975-1986, n.d.
Ora-Westley Schwemmer Cady was a history professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for more than 30 years. She was a member of several University women's organizations and also served on some of the boards of directors. This collection consists of by-laws, minutes, correspondence, membership records, publications, conference materials, and other miscellaneous materials dealing with the American Association of University Women’s [AAUW].
Reynolds, Charles H. (1924-1997). Collection, 1966-1993, n.d.
Charles Heath Reynolds was a professor of piano, composition, and arranging at the USL School of Music. This collection consists of programs, photographs, correspondence, new clippings, reports, and sheet music composed and arranged by Reynolds.
Kaplan, Abrom (1872-1944). Papers, 1890-1960, n.d.
Abrom Kaplan was considered to be one of the greatest pioneers of the Southwestern Louisiana rice industry, opening rice mills in Crowley, Abbeville, Gueydan, Esterwood, and Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The town of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish was named after him. This collection consists of diaries, correspondence, financial records, ledgers, letterpress books, microfilm, notebooks, and other miscellaneous materials.
Family and Friends for the Mentally Ill (Lafayette, LA). Records, 1970s-1990s, n.d.
Family and Friends for the Mentally Ill (FFAMI) was one of the first mental health support groups in Louisiana. FFAMI’s main goals were to involve the patient’s family in recovery, to provide understanding and support to families, and to establish an optimistic atmosphere with recovered patients and psychiatric personnel. This collection contains working files of FFAMI arranged alphabetically and scrapbooks for the organization. Maizie Thibeaux, founder and director of the Family and Friends for the Mentally Ill, donated the collection.
Fontenot, John C. (1914-1996). Collection, 1940s-1996
This collection consists of land abstracts compiled by John C. Fontenot. It also includes indexes and office records for the abstract company. Michael James Fontenot, John Sherrill Fontenot, and Christopher Joel Fontenot, sons of John C. Fontenot, donated this collection.
Putnam, Richard (1913-2002). Federal Case Records, 1960s-70s
As federal judge Richard Putnam handled many desegregation cases involving school systems in Louisiana and elsewhere. He also played a significant role in the development of maritime law as it applies to the offshore oil and gas industry. This collection consists of federal cases from Louisiana and other southern states, many of the cases dealing with school desegregation. Also included are correspondence, reports, publications, clippings, court orders, etc.
Mamalakis, Marie J. "Mario" (1913-2003). Papers, 1940s-1990s
14.5 feet, 3 volumes
Copies of articles written by Mario Mamalakis, a prolific newspaper feature writer. This collection consists of her working files and personal files. Included are her writings on real estate, Mardi Gras, Lafayette, Louisiana material, etc.
Kreamer, Jean T. (1944- ). Papers, 1978-2007, n.d.
Jean T. Kreamer was the director of the University Media Center and Print Shop at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was also the President of the Chamber of Commerce for 1999/2000. This collection consists of her dissertation, certificates and awards, clippings, and materials on the different committees she has served. Dr. Kreamer donated this collection.
Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). Records, 1966-2015
61 feet; 20 volumes
On July 20, 1968, Gov. John J. McKeithen signed into law Act No. 409 authorizing the establishment of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). It was developed to do all things necessary to accomplish the development, utilization, and preservation of the French language for the cultural, economic and tourist benefit of the state of Louisiana. This collection consists of mostly CODOFIL Office Records, which includes correspondence, meeting agendas, photographs, press releases, news clippings, reports, etc. There are scrapbooks that contain photographs and newspaper clippings from 1966 thru 2001. These are also photographs of the 25th anniversary of CODOFIL and scholarship applications from 1990-2005.
Jewish Temples of Southwest Louisiana. Records, 1937-2019, n.d.
6 feet, 7½ inches
Records of the Jewish congregations in the Lafayette, LA area, primarily Temple Rodeph Sholom and Temple Shalom. The records of the Jewish Temples contain constitutions and by-laws, minutes, financial records, correspondence, newsletters, photographs, clippings, programs, and miscellaneous materials. Much of the material in the collection was donated by Alan Kiesel of Lafayette and Peter Louviere of New Iberia. Sisterhood materials came from Mildred “Mitzi” Kiesel.
McCollum Exploration Company. Records, 1926-1943, n.d.
This collection consists of seismographic surveys conducted by McCollum Exploration Company.
Riehl, Vincent (1911-1995). Collection, 1890s-1900s
Vincent Riehl was involved in the construction industry and other business interests, including KLFY-TV 10 in Lafayette and radio stations in Eunice and Ville Platte. This collection consists of mainly photographs from Acadia Parish from the 1890s through the early 1900s. The photographs are scenes from Crowley, Rayne, Esterwoodand other parts of the parish. Also included are photographs of families and individuals.
Levasseur, Yvonne (1922-1986). Papers, 1944-1981, n.d.
2 feet, 8 ½ inches
Yvonne Lavasseur was a registered nurse and a successful writer in French. She published over 200 short stories and two novels, as well as worked in the public school system. This collection includes notes from her classes at SLI and American High School, a draft of her thesis, correspondence, newspaper clippings and some of her writings.
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 106. Records, 1946-1983
This collection contains records mainly from the Plumber and Steamfitters Local #106 Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Trust Fund.
Bode, Jane (1951-1987). Legal Records, 1978-1985, n.d.
3 ½ feet
Jane Bode was an attorney from Crowley, LA. This collection consists of her working files.
Belliveau, Pierre (1901-1990). Papers, 1902-1962, n.d.
2 feet, 6 inches
This collection consists of papers written by Pierre Belliveau on Acadian exiles in New England. There is also genealogy material on the Faucault, Toups, and Foco Families.
Arceneaux, Thomas J. (1908-1989). Papers, 1908-1979, 1982, n.d.
2 feet, Oversize
Thomas J. Arceneaux was a professor of Agriculture and the Dean of the College of Agriculture at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains his working files [genealogy], personal papers, class notes, correspondence, photographs, clippings, Acadian history information and other miscellaneous materials.
Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Expedition (LAGCOE). Collection, 1954-1990, n.d.
2.5 feet, 13 volumes
The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Expedition (LAGCOE) was organized in 1955 as a non-profit corporation to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the part played by the oil industry in Louisiana society. This biannual event is located in Lafayette, and is the heart of Louisiana’s land and offshore oil activity. This collection consists of exhibit materials including brochures, pamphlets, photographs, correspondence, bylaws and resolution, history about the oil show, scrapbooks and others. Frances Love donated this collection.
Vermilion Parish Drainage District, Ward 5. Records, 1927-1945
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.
Iwo Jima Collection, 5th Marine Division, 1945. Collection, 1945-1995
5 feet, 10 inches; 10 volumes
Roland Chiasson and other veterans fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The Battle of Iwo Jima, 19 February - 25 March 1945 was one of the bloodiest engagements during World War II. This collection consists of books, videos, articles, newspapers, slides, from the veterans’ war service.
This collection was donated by Roland M. Chiasson.
Hanks, Amanda S. (1913-2003). Collection, 1977-1988, n.d.
Amanda Hanks was a dedicated teacher and librarian in Vermilion Parish for 43 years. This collection consists of writings, clippings, photographs, biographical information, etc.
LeBlanc, Dudley J. (1894-1971). Collection, 1900-1995, n.d.
Dudley LeBlanc was a businessman and politician. He served as Louisiana Representative in 1924, Public Service Commissioner in 1926, and Louisiana Senator in 1948-52, 1964, 1968. He owned many businesses, inventing and promoting the famous HADACOL, which was a vitamin/mineral supplement. He claimed it cured many illnesses. This collection consists of genealogy material, photographs, correspondence, business records, etc.
Reaux, Lawless J. “Butterbean”, Jr. (1928- ). Collection, 1944-1979
Lawless J. “Butterbean” Reaux, Jr. was a native of Lafayette, La. He was a member of the Boys Scouts of America and was also in the military. This collection consists of personal information, photographs, military records, correspondence, publications, etc.
Henry, Alcee (1869-1950). Collection, 1903-1965, n.d.
Alcee Henry was a farmer based out of Morse, La. This collection consists of mostly family photographs of the Henry family. Also included are newspaper clippings, correspondence, and personal information.
Flowers, Frank C. (1908-1995). Collection, 1949-1980
Frank C. Flowers attended Louisiana College and received an A.B. in 1930. He then attended Stanford University and received an A.B. in 1932. In 1939, he received his M.A. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in 1941. Dr. Flowers was a member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faculty here in the English department from 1946-1986.
Brown, Mildred Ruth (1919-1991) and Brown, George Boylston (1910-1996). Music Collection, 1931, n.d.
This collection contains unpublished music. Most of the compositions and arrangements by Mildred Ruth Brown are based on French folk songs. There are arrangements for piano, voice, and string orchestra and quartet. Many of the arrangements by George B. Brown are hymn tunes for organ or keyboard. There is also some vocal material.
New Iberia Road Paving Project. Collection, the 1950s
1 foot, 3 inches
During the 1950s the City of New Iberia initiated a major project to pave city streets. This collection consists mainly of photographs taken during this project. The photographs show buildings, parks, and vehicles as well as the streets. There are also general records, financial records, correspondence, and maps of New Iberia and some subdivisions.
Babin, Louis F. (1912-1996). Collection, 1898-1993, n.d.
Louis F. Babin was a Fire Cheif of Lafayette Parish, having worked for the Lafayette Parish Fire Department for 42 years. This collection consists of biographical information, as well as lists of members of the fire department, financial records, correspondence, history, photographs and other miscellaneous materials.
Hebert, W. Roy (1925-2014). Collection, the 1950s
1 foot, 3.5 inches
W. Roy Hebert was from Sulphur, Louisiana. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. Hebert, a reporter with a combination news-sports background, is well known throughout southwestern Louisiana for his play-by-play coverage of the conference football, basketball, and track events. This collection consists of copybook of Hebert and tapes from programs that he did. This collection was donated by W. Roy Hebert.
Theriot, Roy Raoul (1914-1973). Collection, 1743-1992, n.d.
Roy R. Theriot was an attorney and politician. He was born in Erath, LA and attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Tulane University. He began his law practice in 1939 and was also mayor of Abbeville from 1954-1960. This collection consists of mostly certificates, awards, and articles.
Fratti, Mario (1927- ). Collection
2 feet, 5.5 inches
Mario Fratti was born on 5 July 1927 in L'Aquila, a small town in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. Fratti was an Italian and American playwright. He has written numerous plays. This collection consists of biographical information, plays, newspaper clippings, and other published writings.
Rodgers, Raymond S. (1935-2007). Collection, 1966-1972, n.d.
Raymond S. Rodgers taught political science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1966 to 1968. He was deeply involved in the movement to save the Cajun French dialect and was a member of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). This collection consists of material dealing with CODOFIL and French in Louisiana. Donated by Raymond S. Rodgers.
Mertzweiller, Joseph K. (1920-1997). Papers, 1950s-1997
Mertzweiller was born in 1920 in New Orleans, La. He received an engineering degree from Loyola University in 1941 and a master's degree from the University of Detroit in 1943. He was interested in Louisiana Iris. He conducted his own hybridizing experiments. He was also active in a number of organizations devoted to the Louisiana Iris. This collection contains materials related to this topic.
Fontenot, Ruth Robertson (1914-1995). Collection, 1801-1994, n.d.
16 feet, 4 inches
Ruth R. Fontenot's collection contains extensive working files on local history. She conducted a survey for the Louisiana State Division of Historic Preservation of all structures over fifty years old in Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. She was very interested in the preservation of historic structures. She also has information on the Acadian history.
Baudouin, Richard E., Jr. (1953-2000). Papers, 1970-2000, n.d.
5 ½ feet; Oversize
Richard Baudouin was a longtime journalist and former editor of the Times of Acadiana weekly newspaper. He was a keen observer of Louisiana politics and social conditions. This collection contains Mr. Baudouin’s personal papers, which are divided into two major series: personal files and working files.
Roy, J. Maxime (1893-1968). Scrapbooks, 1948-1956
1 foot, 9 inches; Microfilm: 1 reel
J. Maxime Roy was born in Broussard, La., but lived most of his life in Lafayette. he served as mayor of Lafayette from 1936 to mayor of Lafayette until 1944. In 1948, he was elected to the State Senate, where he served until 1952. In addition to his public service, he was in the real estate and insurance business.
This collection consists of three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1948-1956.
Vermilion Parish Office of Civil Defense. Records, 1942-1992, n.d.
5 feet, 10 inches; 16 volumes, oversize
The Vermilion Parish Office of Civil Defense was responsible for preparing for natural disasters or attack, and for cleaning up after such events. 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).
Chowning, Frank E. (1894-1981). Papers, 1950s-1980s, n.d.
Frank E. Chowning was a lawyer who practiced in Little Rock, AK. In 1930, he began collecting the native irises of Arkansas and Louisiana. He continued for many years hybridizing and growing them, writing about them, and promoting them through the American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Irises. This collection contains correspondence, his writings, certificates and awards, organization publications, photographs, and other materials.
Burdin, John J., Jr. (1913-1990). Papers, 1926-1990, n.d.
7 feet, 10 inches; 6 volumes
John J. Burdin, Jr. was a physician who practiced in Lafayette, LA for 54 years. This collection is divided into two sections. The working files contain ledger books, hospital and insurance records, financial records, correspondence, minutes, by-laws, and other materials. His personal files contain general and financial records, health insurance records, and certificates. Vaughan Baker Simpson donated the collection.
Berard, Dailey J. (1929-2001). Collections, 1992-2001, n.d.
5 inches, 16 volumes
Dailey J. Berard founded Universal Fabricators, Inc. in 1980 based on his own inventions. UNIFAB is an industry leader in the custom fabrication of topside facilities, decks, jackets, equipment modules and other structures used in the development and production of oil and gas reserves. This collection consists of mainly correspondence. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazines articles about Berard and UNIFAB and other miscellaneous materials as well.
This collection was donated by Frances Love.
Lorrain Family. Papers, 1832-1933
2 feet; oversize
Eugene Nicolas (1832-1891) and Jean Louis Desire Lorrain (1835-1892) were brothers, who were born in France and immigrated to Louisiana as young men in 1854. Both men bought land, first in Vermilion Parish and later farther west in what became Jefferson Davis Parish. This collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, business records, land records and tax bills and receipts (including one from the Confederacy), and succession records for members of the Lorrain family.
Henderson, Bob (1930-1996). Papers, 1913-1986, n.d.
Bob Henderson joined the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Athletic Department on 1 July 1960 as the first Sports Information Director. This collection consists of personal and working files, including material on athletics and horse racing, photographs, and publications.
Cahanin Store. Ledgers, 1838-1840, 1847-1850
This collection consists of two ledgers from the Cahanin Store in Opelousas. Volume 1, dated 1838-1840, contains 480 pages. The second ledger is dated December 1847 to 1850 and contains 549 pages. This manuscript kept the sales record of a general store, with many thousands of named accounts and what they bought. There are over 10,000 entries for such products as whiskey, tobacco, quinine, wines, clothing, fabrics, and much more. Volume 1 was donated by Linnie C. Herpin. Volume 2 was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives.
Miguez, Ory (1922-2005). Photograph Collection, 1951-1994
Ory Miguez was a photographer from Franklin, LA. This collection consists of negatives and proofs of family photos and photographs of offshore rigs, sugarcane, etc. from 1951 to 1991. This collection was donated by Ory Miguez.
Lafayette Civic Cup Award (Lafayette, LA). Collection, 1933-2014
5 inches, 3 volumes
The Lafayette Civic Cup award was established in 1933 by the Young Men's Business Club. For the past 84 years, the award has been given to individuals who made significant contributions to the Lafayette community.This collection contains general records of the Lafayette Civic Awards, scrapbooks, and materials related to the past winners. These materials include news clippings, biographical information, programs, and nomination letters.Dr. Jean T. Kreamer donated the collection.
Bowen, Kenneth F. “Kenny” (1926-2002). Collection, 1958, 1971-1996, n.d.
Kenneth Francis “Kenny” Bowen was a three-term Democratic mayor of Lafayette, LA. He began a progressive administration that returned Lafayette to a Mayor-City Council form of government under a new city charter that remained the form of local government under consolidation with Lafayette Parish. This collection consists of oversize photographs and certificates, correspondence, reports, and general records while in office. Kenny Bowen donated this collection.
Shipley, Beryl (1926-2011). Collection, 1959-2002, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches
Beryl Shipley was the head basketball coach at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/University of Southwestern Louisiana between 1957 and 1973, compiling a 296-129 win-loss record. This collection consists of scorebooks, programs, publicity, photographs, athletic association material, and material on a reunion held in 2001.
Bradshaw, James H. (1944- ). Papers, 1920-2019, n.d.
17.5 feet; 1 volume
Jim Bradshaw is a journalist. He is a writer for the Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. He has won journalism awards for spot news reporting, feature writing, and investigative reporting. This collection consists of his writings such as "Barbs and Gems", "The Reasoner Report", and the popular "History of Acadiana", supplement to the Daily Advertiser. Also included are newspaper clippings, publications, articles, photographs, etc. This collection was donated by Jim Bradshaw.
United Givers Fund (Lafayette, LA). Collection, 1972-1990, n.d.
2 feet, 9 inches
This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, news releases, etc. associated with the United Givers Fund. This collection was donated by Jim Bradshaw.
Dugas, Edmond A. (1940- ). Papers, 1970s-2002, n.d.
7 feet, 2.5 inches
Dr. Dugas was an instructor in Health and Physical Education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He served on the faculty from 1967 until 2001 in a variety of positions and ranks, including coordinator of Men's Physical Education, coordinator of Graduate Studies for the College of Education, and the Head of the Department of Health and Physical Education. This collection consists of personal files dating from the mid-1970s to 2002. The majority of this collection deals with Health and Physical Education locally and nationally and with the College of Education alumni chapter. Included are correspondence, conference programs, meeting agendas for various committees, and media files.
Collins, Janine A. ( - ). Collection, 1901, 2018
Oversize: 1 box
Janine A. Collins is a portrait artist who has painted more than three hundred portraits that can be found in collections throughout the United States. A portrait of Miss Edith Garland Dupré is housed in Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection consists of 3 prints of her Miss Edith Garland Dupré portrait. Also included is a photocopy of a photograph of the first faculty that includes Miss Dupré. Donated by the Communications Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Ms. Janine A. Collins.
Saucier, M.E. (1882-1930). Papers, 1908, 1930, 1984, 1991-1992, n.d.
Dr. Merrick Edmond Saucier was a prominent local physician and surgeon, and a member of the State Board of Education. This collection consists of photographs, clippings, account ledger and speeches of Doctor Saucier. Donated by his daughter Mildred S. Gladney.
Couret Farm. Account Books, 1887-1996.
This collection consists of 10 account books documenting economic conditions on the Couret Farm from 1887 to 1966. This includes accounts with tenants. Donated by Mary Agnes Callawsy.
Landry, Claude J. (1912-1998). Papers, 1941-2003, n.d.
Claude Landry served in the U.S. Army for five years during World War II with the 390th Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, 3rd U.S. Army, under General G.S. Patton in the European Campaign. After his service, he worked for Rockwell International until his retirement in 1975. This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, certificates, assignment orders, dog tag, military prayer books, and other material while he served in the U.S. Army. Also included are oversize framed photographs. Mrs. Marian Yancey Landry donated the collection.
Lane, Margaret T. (1919-2009). Collection, 1948-2003, n.d.
7 ½ inches
Margaret T. Lane was the first Louisiana Recorder of Documents. This collection consists of correspondence, speeches, transcripts of interviews, publicity, and other materials dealing with the Recorder of Documents. Margaret Lane donated this collection.
Reaux, Vita M. (1907-2008). Genealogical Collection, 1778-1972
Vita Marie Reaux was born August 16, 1907, to George Bonin Sr. and the former Noelie LeBlanc. She was married to John Rodolph Reaux and they had one son. Reaux was a member of various clubs like Fatima Seniors 50 plus club, Attakapas Historical Association Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society United Daughters of the Confederacy, and many more. She passed away on December 29, 2008, in Lafayette, Louisiana. This collection consists of genealogical research, notes, books, pedigree charts, and indexes.
Note: Some documents are in French. Vita Bonin Reaux donated this collection.
Riehl, Joseph E. ( - ). Collection, 1999-2001, n.d.
Dr. Joseph E. Riehl was a professor in the Department of English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He did extensive research in collaboration with Dr. Edwin Marrs on the letters of Charles and Mary Lamb.This collection consists of drafts of the manuscript titled The Letters of Charles and Mary Ann Lamb, Volume IV.With the help of Leslie D. Schilling and Dean A. David Barry, Special Collections acquired this collection.
Crowley Woman’s Club. Records, 1901-1990s.
15 inches, 28 volumes
The Crowley’s Woman’s Club records include scrapbooks, minute books, treasurer books, yearbooks, etc., of the association.
Donated by members of the Crowley Woman’s Club: Helen Aaron, Margie McCuller and Florence S. Jones.
Arnaud-Edwards, Seola. Collection
1½ feet; 11 volumes
This collection consists of material related to the book St. Francis Regis Catholic Church. This includes photographs, negatives, and proofs.
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edwards.
Lemoine, Rachel ( - ). Collection, 1910-1995, n.d.
Rachel Lemoine is a Louisiana writer who did extensive research on orphan trains. This collection consists of correspondence, research notes, articles, etc. on orphan trains. Donated by Rachel Lemoine.
Dessens, Mildred L. ( - ). Scrapbooks, the 1920s, 1930
Microfilm: 1 reel [35mm]
Two scrapbooks: one entitled “My Trip to Novia Scotia”. Mrs. Dessens was part of a group from Acadiana who left on August 13, 1930, to visit Novia Scotia. The group was going to attend the “Celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Acadians Exile.” They returned to Acadiana on August 29, 1930. Mrs. Dessens loaned the scrapbooks to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection with permission to microfilm for the collection.
Conrad, Glenn R. (1932-2003). Papers, 1767-2003, n.d.
Glenn Conrad was born September 3, 1932, in New Iberia, La. He received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1953) and a Master of Arts in History (1959). During his career, he served first as an editor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He later taught history at Southern State College in Magnolia, AR and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) (1958-1991). From 1973-1993, Conrad served as the director of the Center of Louisiana Studies at the University. This collection spans from 1767 to 2003, with the bulk of the material between 1970 and 2000. The collection includes Conrad’s professional correspondence (1971-1993), travel vouchers, awards, essays, research notes, manuscripts, biographical sketches, student evaluations, conference material, and collection of books, journal articles, and newspapers.
Conrad, Glenn R. (1932-2003). Personal Papers, 1950-2005
Ticket stubs, IDs and library cards, conference and symposium packets, invitations, announcements, programs, and flyers from events Conrad attended. During the years he was in school, notes from classes, drafts of papers, and course syllabi are also included. Personal ephemera.
Mouton, C.H. (1823-1912). Collection, 1859-1880, n.d.
Charles Alexandre Homer Mouton was an attorney and district judge. This collection consists of a copybook of his correspondence from 1859 to 1880. Also included is a ledger from the 1870s. Mrs. Charles (Helen Hamilton) Bailey, great-granddaughter of C.H. Mouton, donated this collection.
Breau, Paul ( - ). Ledgers, 1869-1921
This collection consists of ledgers ranging from 1869 to 1921 belonging to Paul Breau.
Lyle, Marguerite (1929-1994). Papers, 1972-1992, n.d.
Marguerite A. Richard Lyle was an associate professor of Communication at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), a communication consultant, member of the Lafayette Parish School Board, and a local civic leader. This collection contains materials on Mrs. Lyle’s research interests, including listening, memory, thinking, and communication. Besides materials from her courses, workshops, and programs, it also includes research materials she used to prepare her lectures and programs.
Nixon, Louisa ( - ). Photographs, 1912-1950
Jeannette (Mrs. John W.) Lundy, Louisa Nixon’s grandmother, purchased a house in the 1940s. These items were found in the attic. Except for the Hadacol tokens, all are photographs.
McBride, Andrew A. (1878-1971). Papers, 1867-1971, n.d.
1 foot, 3 inches
Andrew Arthur McBride was a teacher, principal, and administrator in the Lafayette Parish School system for nearly half a century. He was the Parish Superintendent of Education from 1946 to 1948. After retiring from education, he became associated with James Alpha in publishing The Lafayette Progress and later worked for the Daily Advertiser. This collection consists of teacher’s notes, certificates, correspondence, and scrapbooks of mainly news clippings.
Hoch, I. Stewart (1935-1993). Papers, 1974-1993, n.d.
Ivan Stewart Hoch was an associate professor of theater at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and served as Chairman of the Department of Performing Arts. This collection includes production files from about 1974 to 1993 include scene plans, script analyses, cast rosters, sound, and lighting cue sheets, prop lists, costume plans, rehearsal schedules, correspondence, notes, clippings, press releases, publicity photographs, music scores, and performances captured on VHS. The collection also includes teaching materials, including lecture notes and an acting workbook, and theater history research materials. Nancy Hoch donated this collection.
Broussard Funeral Home. Records, 1941-1997
This collection consists of the Broussard Funeral Home Records. The Broussard Funeral Home was in the City of Erath, Vermilion Parish, La. The funeral home opened in 1941 in Erath.
Cline, Robert W. (1932- ). Papers, 1964-1994, n.d.
8 feet; oversize
Dr. Robert Cline was an electrical engineering professor at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1969 until his retirement in 1994. This collection consists of Dr. Cline’s working files, including correspondence, grant material, conference material, scholarship material, committees. Robert Cline donated the collection.
Sanders, Mary Elizabeth (1923-2006). Collection, n.d.
The Sanders family lived at Inglewood Plantation in St. Mary Parish near Morgan City. This collection consists of toys that belonged to the daughters of Jared Young and Elizabeth Alzira Wofford Sanders. Also included is a photograph of Jared Young Sanders III, Governor of Louisiana from 1908-1912. This collection was donated in 1974 by Mary Elizabeth Sanders, granddaughter of Jared Young and Elizabeth Alzira Wofford Sanders.
Dorsey, Joseph C. Photographs, 1860-1898, n.d.
This collection consists of family photographs from the Joseph Chappell Dorsey family. Most of these photographs are identified, and many do not have dates. A large amount of these was taken in Montgomery, Alabama. Others were taken in New York.
Bayou Vermilion District. Records, 1984-1990
The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District was organized to beautify, manage and preserve the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish. This collection consists of minutes of the Board of Commissioners, and documents and reports dealing with the development of Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park.
Vidrine, Jacqueline O. (1929-2018). Papers, 1792-1986, n.d.
10 inches; oversize
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, Jacqueline O. (1929-2018). Genealogical Records, 1500s-2018
35 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.
Brandon, Elizabeth (1913-2002). Papers, 1934-1980, n.d.
6 feet, 5 inches; oversize
Elizabeth Brandon was a professor who specialized in the French language and Louisiana Cajun folklore. Dr. Brandon served as Professor of French and as chair of the French Department during her tenure at the University of Houston. Her research covered a wide range of topics revolving around Louisiana history, culture, and folklore. This collection contains Dr. Brandon’s working and personal papers. A large portion of the papers include written notes, in both English and French, on Louisiana history, people, cultures, folksongs, and dances.
Love, Frances T. (1929-2010). Collection, 1957-1999, n.d.
2 feet, 2 ½ inches
Frances Taylor Love was the Director of the Art Museum at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1965 to 1983. This collection consists of her writings. It also contains her working files, which are filed alphabetically by title. She collected material mostly from the Acadiana area. Frances T. Love donated the collection.
Gomez, Ronald J. “Ron”, Sr. (1934 - ). Papers, 1971-1993, n.d.
Ron Gomez was a broadcast journalist and politician. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1980-1989) and was Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources under Governor Buddy Roemer (1990-1992). This collection contains political documents, newspaper clippings, and typed and recorded interviews that reflect his leadership throughout his career. It also contains banners, posters, and stickers for voting purposes when he was running for mayor of Lafayette against Kenny Bowen. Ron Gomez donated the collection.
Mier, Betty (1932-2003). Collection, 1776-1995, n.d.
2 feet, 2 inches
This collection contains Betty Mier's working files on family histories from the Acadiana area.
Hebert, A. Otis, Jr. (1930-1976). Collection, 1960-1976, n.d.
A. Otis Hebert, Jr. was a director of the Acadian Folklore Center at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He also worked as a director of the archives and records service for the State of Louisiana and was a professor at Nicholls State University and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. This collection consists of folklore materials, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to folklore in Louisiana.
Carriere, Joseph ( - ). Collection, n.d.
This collection consists of note cards with bibliographic information. Handwritten in French.
Perkins and Branch Oil Museum. Collection, 1951-1991
5 inches, oversize
David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch were architects from Lafayette who worked on a project to establish a “Louisiana Gulf Coast Petroleum Energy Museum.” This collection consists of drawings, floor plans, correspondence, financial reports, planning reports, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings and writings from people in the oil-related fields. This collection was donated by David L. Perkins and Dan P. Branch.
Acadia Parish Arts Council. Collection, 1979-1987, n.d.
This collection contains financial records, correspondence, programs, pamphlets, news clippings, by-laws, tickets to performances, invitations, and artifacts from the Acadia Parish Arts Council. Donated by Alan Kiesel.
Hamilton and Associates. Collection, 1989-1995, n.d.
3 feet; Oversize
Hamilton and Associates is a professional architectural Corporation in Opelousas, Louisiana. The firm constructed the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Acadian Culture Center) in New Orleans. This collection reflects on the Acadiana area, which consists of the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, and the Wetlands Acadian Culture Center in Thibodeaux. This collection consists mostly of original and research material for the publication “Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve”. There are blueprints of the area as well.
Bernard, Edwin. Papers
Lafayette Parish Office of the Assessor. Records, 1941-1967
This collection consists of financial records of the Office of the Assessor for Lafayette Parish with dates ranging from 1941-1967. Included are correspondence, receipts, deposit slips and disbursement records. These volumes also include financial records from the Lafayette Police Jury and School Board.
Pitre, Glen A. (1955 - ). Collection, 1981-1986, n.d.
1 foot, 2½ inches, Original Film: 3 reels; Oversize
Glen Pitre is a motion picture producer and director whose works often feature life in the Louisiana wetlands. This collection consists of material pertaining to his movie Belizaire the Cajun. It also includes the original 35mm film. Glen Pitre donated the collection.
Town, A. Hays (1903-2005). Photograph Albums
A. Hays Town was a well-known architect. He built houses and buildings throughout South Louisiana and the southern United States, garnering numerous national awards. This collection consists of photograph albums of his works. The collection was donated by A. Hays Town, Jr. and Blanche Town Gladney.
Friends of the Humanities. Records, 1989-2014, n.d.
The Friends of the Humanities was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the role of the interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and in Acadiana. This collection consists of the organization’s working files such as correspondence, minutes of meetings, materials on tours and trips, etc.
Duson, W.W. (1853-1929). Company Records, 1884-1945
Dur, Philip F. (1914-2005). Papers, 1913-2002, n.d.
10 feet, 8 inches
While at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Dur extensively researched and wrote about the life of Ambassador Jefferson Caffery (1886-1975). Much of this collection stems from the research conducted by Dur in preparation for his publications and includes both originals and copies of material, primarily correspondence, and photographs, created throughout Ambassador Caffery’s career. For more information about Ambassador Jefferson Caffery, see the Jefferson Caffery Papers (Collection 45) and the Caffery Photograph Albums (Collection 45A). In addition to material related to Ambassador Caffery, this collection contains research materials related to journal articles and other publications written throughout Dur’s career, covering a wide variety of topics including American education, Louisiana history, and French history. Collection donated by Philip Dur Jr. and his siblings, and Christopher Gilcrease.
McMillan, Margaret (1920-2016). Papers, 1909-2016, n.d.
Margaret McMillan was an advisor at the Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1941 to 1959 and served as the Coordinator of the University of Southwestern Louisiana women's Physical Education Department from 1972 to 1976. She then foundedMcMillan Offshore Survival Technology (MOST), served as a consultant in offshore safety and survival for branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the British Royal Navy, and the Russian government. This collection contains photographs, correspondence, news clippings, miscellaneous materials, and books. The majority of the news clippings have been copied due to water damage. The books relate to health/fitness, travel, and offshore safety. There are also a number of McMillan’s personal yearbooks from her undergraduate and graduate years.
Schoonover, Thomas D. (1936- ). Papers, 1800s-2009, n.d.
15 feet, 10.5 inches; 20 volumes
Dr. Thomas D. Schoonover was a professor of American and Latin American history at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains working files of his research, correspondence, lecture notes, research notes, and personal papers. Dr. Thomas D. Schoonover donated the collection.
Gilmore, Robert (1909-1995) and Jeanne (1911-2006). Papers, 1921-1990, n.d.
Robert Gilmore was on the music faculty of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). During his twenty-three years at the University, he served as professor of music, brass instructor, and band director. He and his wife Jeanne traveled and published materials concerned with the French heritage of South Louisiana. This collection consists of sheet music, photographs, etc.
Breaux, John B. (1944- ). Memorabilia Collection, 1961-2004, n.d.
6 feet, 2.5 inches
John Berlinger Breaux was an American politician, representing the seventh district of Louisiana for fourteen years and serving on the U.S. Senate from 1986 to 2005. This collection contains framed photographs, plaques, certificates, and awards. There is also a CD containing an NPR interview Senator Breaux gave regarding his impending retirement from the Senate.
Gardiner, Lessley P. (1901-1976). Papers, 1936-1984, n.d.
Lessley P. Gardiner was a lawyer and judge. He served as Louisiana Attorney General, 1939-1940, and as Judge on the 27th Judicial Court, 1948-1972. He was also active in civic affairs in St. Landry Parish. The collection reflects Gardiner's judicial and civic activities, especially after 1949.
Nuber, John R. ( - ). Papers, 1933-1966, n.d.
These papers consist of some of the papers that John R. Nuber saved over the years of his lifelong association with the Rice Millers Association. This collection consists of correspondence, programs, photographs, news clippings, etc. This collection was donated by Mr. Jack Nuber, son of John R. Nuber.
L’Heure de Musique. Records, 1940-1995
The L’Heure de Musique Records Club of Lafayette was organized in 1949. This club is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. The scope of this organization is the furtherance of musical interests in Lafayette and the earnest study of music in all its phases, for the mutual benefit of its members. This collection consists of scrapbooks ranging from 1949 to 1995 which include clippings, correspondence, photographs, certificates, flyers, annual programs, etc. There is also a minute book which contains the handwritten minutes of meetings from 1955-1957.
Riverside Irrigation Company. Records, 1896-1991.
The Riverside Irrigation Company was founded on 22 March 1895, in Jennings, La., by Edward F. Rowson, Orin S. Dolby, and S. J. Johnson. Dolby soon sold out to C. A. McCoy who served as the company’s president for many years. The company purchased land along Bayou Nepique containing a sawmill and quickly added a rice mill and warehouse. Canals were soon dug. Fourteen landowners signed on with the company in 1895. Lowell Stagg, a Southwestern Louisiana Institute graduate, served as Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager from 1945 to 1978. In the 1990s, it stopped operating the canals and turned into a land management operation. This collection contains business records from 1895 to 1991. Many administrative records including minute books and correspondence are in the McNeese State University Archives Collection 33. This collection was donated by Joseph W. Freeland.
Jochem, Margaret Stephens (1912-2007). Papers, 1884-1999, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches
Margaret Stephens Jochem was born to Edwin Lewis and Beverly Randolph Stephens on August 26, 1912, in Lafayette, LA. Her father served as the first President of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Margaret Stephens Jochem Papers reflect the life of the first President’s daughter. The collection includes photographs, newspaper articles, and works of the Stephens’, such as numerous writings of President Stephens and Mrs. Jochem’s thesis on SLI and her “Life Story of Edwin Lewis Stephens”. The collection also includes President Stephens’s alphabetized personal correspondence during his last year in office. Finally, the collection documents the Live Oak Society through newspaper articles and Live Oak Society papers. Molly Jochem, the granddaughter of Margaret Stephens Jochem, donated the collection.
Nelson, Barbara F. (1913-2010). Papers, 1935-1982, n.d.
Barbara Furnas Nelson, the wife of Ira S. Nelson, worked for the Horticulture Department at Southwestern Louisiana Institute/the University of Southwestern Louisiana as a librarian and instructor. She was a member of the Society for Louisiana Irises, Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research and other horticultural societies. This collection consists of information on nurseries and assorted flowers, fruits, and vegetables, plants, etc. Also included is material on organizations of which she was a member.
Louisiana Recovery Authority. Collection, 2005-2008, n.d.
3 feet; 40 volumes
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco created the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), planning and coordinating body that led one of the most extensive rebuilding efforts in the world. Appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, the organization’s 33-member body with secured funding for the recovery, coordinated across jurisdictions, supported community recovery and resurgence, ensured integrity and effectiveness, and planned for the rebuilding of Louisiana. This collection contains all the working files from the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). Included are correspondence, publicity, committee material, reports, task force material, and other documents. John T. Landry donated the collection.
Kiesel Electric Company. Records, 1980-1988
Offshore Oil and Gas History Project, 2001-2006
The Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior, sponsored a study to examine the historical evolution of the offshore oil and gas industry and its effects on Louisiana’s coastal culture, economy, landscape, and society.
Between 2001 and 2006, over 450 interviews were recorded for the project. Each interview provides a unique look at the offshore oil and gas industry and its impacts on workers, their families and their communities. The interviews are on compact discs.
Authement, Ray P. (1928-2020). Collection, 1956-2008
6 ½ feet, 34 volumes
Ray P. Authement became president of the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1973. He served for 34 years, earning the distinction of being the longest-serving president of a public university in the United States. This collection contains newspaper clippings from his working files, personal correspondence, programs, videotapes, books and artifacts from his various endeavors throughout the community.
Baker, Vaughan (1937- ). Papers, 1616-2007, n.d.
28 feet, 5 inches; oversize
Helen Vaughan Burdin Baker Simpson was a professor of History and Humanities and the Head of the Department of History and Geography at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She taught history, humanities, and philosophy courses over the span of her career at UL Lafayette. This collection contains Dr. Baker’s working files. These include materials from her history, humanities, and philosophy classes, student work, evaluations, and office files. The office files contain materials related to publishing, conferences, and organizations for which she was a member.
Lafayette (LA) Bicentennial Commission. Records, 1971-1976
7.5 inches, 2 volumes
Mayor Kenny Bowen appointed the Lafayette Bicentennial Commission in 1973. John and Frances Love served as co-chairman of the commission. This collection contains organizational records, correspondence, and material on projects supported by the commission. There are also two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.
Michot, Louis J. (1922-2012). Collection, 1939-2012, n.d.
6 ½ feet; oversize
Michot was a businessman, philanthropist, and politician. His business enterprises included the Burger Chef restaurant chain, transportation, oil drilling, insurance, banking, and international trade. He served as a Democrat in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1960 to 1964 and was elected to the Louisiana State Board of Education from 1968-1972. He was then elected State Superintendent of Education and served from 1972-1976. During his term, he championed vocational-technical education and brought educational television to the state. This collection consists of Michot’s working and personal, photographs, and several oversize certificates.
Hadnott, Frances “Fran” (1930-2014). Scrapbooks, 1940s-1980s
Frances Hadnott worked as a substitute teacher in Iberia Parish and provided private piano lessons for nearly three decades. She also participated in a wide variety of voluntary services to community organizations, initiatives, and public service. This collection consists of digital images of her scrapbooks.
Rickels, Milton Henry (1920-1997) and Patricia Kennedy (1927-2009). Papers, 1950-2007, n.d.
Milton and Patricia Rickels taught English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from the 1950s until retirement. They were active scholars and published numerous books and articles. The couple received the Louisiana Humanist of the Year Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1990. They were also active in the civil rights movement. This collection consists of their personal and professional files, including correspondence, diaries, photographs, certificates, research files, and other papers. Donated by James Wilson, Jr.
Bourgeois, Clement, Jr. (1913-2006). Collection
This collection contains the genealogical research of amateur genealogist Clement Bourgeois, Jr. a native of Erath, Vermilion Parish. Bourgeois was a veteran of World War II, the postmaster of Erath (1953-1977), a photographer, and an amateur radio operator under the call sign N5ADK. Bourgeois’ primary focus in his research, was tracing his Bourgeois ancestors’ lineage back to France. However, he also aided family members and friends in their genealogical research.
Bienvenu, Sylvia S. (1935- ). Papers, 1968-2007, n.d.
4 feet, 2 ½ inches; 17 volumes
Sylvia Segura Bienvenu is an educator on Acadian culture. She has worked for the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, and the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville. This collection consists of personal papers, writings, class material, grants, evaluations, and presentations. There are also some media items and volumes of her lesson plans and evaluations. Sylvia S. Bienvenu donated the collection.
Abel, E. Glynn (1913-2008). Papers, 1943-1987
Edgar Glynn Abel was the Dean of Men at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1946 to 1969. He is credited with a leading role in the peaceful racial integration of the school in 1954. This collection consists of correspondence, certificates, clippings, Dean of Men material, and other miscellaneous materials.
Richard, Zachary (1950- ). Papers, 1996-2006
1 foot, 7½ inches
Material on documentary Against the Tide which includes production and research materials. Also includes other production materials. Donated by Zachary Richard.
Rabel, Ruth Jones (1908-2002). Collection, c.1930-2002, n.d.
1 foot, 5 ½ inches
Ruth Jones Rabel was an educator and author. Her works include five historical novels, poetry and short stories for adults and children, and illustrations. This collection contains copies of Mrs. Rabel’s manuscripts of her five historical novels, poems, photographs, and illustrations. Also included are correspondence and some autobiographical materials. Her daughter, Linda Anne Rabel, donated the collection.
Carstens, Jane Ellen (1922-2011). Papers, 1947-2009, n.d.
15 feet; oversize
Dr. Jane Ellen Carstens was a professor of library science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection consists of her personal and working files. Her personal files include materials on education, church activities, her dissertation, and Greek organizations. Her working files include her work with and outside of UL Lafayette, committees, and programs. There are also books with topics ranging from libraries to music.
Allan, Johnnie (1938- ). Papers, 1958-2012, n.d.
Correspondence and clippings regarding legendary swamp pop musician, educator, and author Johnnie Allan.
Raphael, Morris (1917-2011). Papers, 1800-2011, n.d.
22.5 feet; oversize
This collection contains Morris Raphael’s correspondence, research materials, and writings, as well as personal material and photographs. The collection was donated by Helen Raphael.
Fontenot, James E. (1944-2004). Papers, 1971-2003, n.d.
Fontenot was an attorney and a former member of the Louisiana Senate. He was elected in 1971 at the age of 27, the youngest member at that time. This collection contains his working files while in office as a Louisiana Senator, arranged alphabetically by subject. It also contains some personal material, mostly related to genealogy.
Cusimano, Richard C. (1940- ). Collection, n.d.
Dr. Richard Cusimano was a history professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). His doctorate was in medieval and Renaissance history, and he spent much of his career translating medieval texts, including those in Latin. This collection consists of a series of plates culled from various sources that Dr. Cusimano used for illustrations in his teachings over the years. Donated by Dr. Richard Cusimano.
Brennan, Joseph F. (1931-2017). Papers, 1964-2012, n.d.
Rev. Joseph F. Brennan served the Diocese of Lafayette for more than fifty years. This collection contains material on Charlene Richard, Mother Teresa, Church Parish material, biographical information, and videotapes. This collection was donated by Father Joseph Brennan.
Dossmann, Rene L. ( - ). Notary Book, 1920-1924
Notary record book of Rene L. Dossmann, Notary Public in Evangeline Parish. 55 pp. Donated by Drouet and Jacqueline Vidrine.
Ducrest, Willis F. (1910-2004). Scrapbooks, 1940-2000, n.d.
10 volumes; 7 folders
Willis Ducrest was the Head of the Department of Music (later the School of Music) at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1947 until 1977.This collection consists of scrapbooks created by Mr. Ducrest that reflect his career in music and his great interest in family genealogy.
Nolan, Paul T. (1919-1995). Papers, 1942-1995, n.d.
3 feet, 3 inches
Paul Thomas Nolan taught English at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1955 to 1988. He was also a prolific author and playwright who founded local theater groups, including the Eavesdrop Theatre and the Louisiana Playwrights' Theatre. This collection contains plays, articles, and books authored by Dr. Nolan. There is also some personal material, including correspondence and playbills. Dr. Nolan’s widow and son, Peggy and John Nolan respectively, donated the collections.
Montegut, Elvina H. (1863-1956). Papers, 1888-1930, n.d.
This collection contains mainly letters in French to Elvina Montegut of LaPlace, Louisiana. They date especially in 1911, 1915 and 1938. There are also many unidentified family photographs. This collection was donated to John Robert Moore of the History Department by Rita Davis. Dr. Moore sent the materials to UAAMC.
Gentil, Jean S. (1829-1911). Papers, 1856-1976
Jean Gentil was born in France which he left in 1851 as a political exile. He arrived in St. James Parish, Louisiana in 1853. He taught foreign languages at Jefferson College in Convent, LA. In 1865 he and A.V. Roman started the newspaper La Louisianais. He edited the paper 1865-1873, 1874-1881. Almost everything in the collection is a photocopy of either publications or documents from the Kurtz Collection at the Louisiana Research Library, Tulane University. There is also a framed portrait of M. Gentil. Mrs. William Butcher of Lafayette donated gathered the material and donated it to UAAMC.
Mouton, Sidney (1836-1884). Papers, 1801-1883
This collection consists of correspondence, financial information, and documents. This collection was donated by Andre Mouton.
Gary, Fils (1891-1961) General Store. Collection, 1920s-1930s.
Ledgers and daybooks, 1918-1937, from a country store north of Erath in Vermilion Parish, LA.
Thibodeaux, William J. (1948- ). Collection, 2007-2020
William Joseph Thibodeau interviews interesting people in both French and English and manages a French table in Rayne where their events were first audio-recorded. He writes mostly non-fictional articles with historical significance to the Acadiana area.
Lafayette Jewish Cemetery Association (Lafayette, LA). Records, 1890-1997
5 inches, 3 volumes
The Lafayette Jewish Cemetery Association Records chartered under the name The Menachim Avelim (comforting the mourners) in Lafayette Parish in 1890. The purpose of the society was to maintain and support a certain burial ground situated in the Town of Lafayette, LA. This collection consists of documents, membership information, financial records, and minutes of meetings. The minutes are both handwritten and typed in ledger books.
Ehrhart, Dennis K. (1941-2001). Papers, 1972-2011
4 feet, 11 volumes; 25 maps
Dennis K. Ehrhardt was a professor and department head of Geography at the University of Southwestern Louisiana/the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 38 years. This collection includes departmental administrative records, as well as records of his teaching and professional activities.
Colonial Louisiana Records. Collection
Microfilm: 1292 reels
Microfilmed colonial records copied from repositories in Europe and North America. Drawn from French and Spanish colonial archives, and the British Museum and Public Records Office, the collection focuses on the history of European settlement in the Mississippi Valley, New France, Acadia, Ile Royale, and the French Antilles.
For a further description of the Colonial Louisiana Records Collection, see Brasseaux, Carl A. “The Colonial Records Collection of the Center for Louisiana Studies”, Louisiana History, Vol. XXV, No. 2. pp. 181-188, Spring 1984.
This collection includes most of the materials listed in Nancy M. Miller Surrey’s Calendar of Manuscripts in Paris Archives and Libraries Relating to the History of the Mississippi Valley to 1803. This calendar acts as a comprehensive guide documenting the French experience in the Mississippi Valley. To see Surrey's Calendar in electronic form, see "A Guide to French Louisiana Manuscripts: An expanded and revised edition of the 1926 Surrey Calendar with Appendices" from The Historic New Orleans Collection website.
Wilby, Routh Trowbridge (1922-2006)/Foster, Murphy J. (1849-1921). Family Collection, 1839-2002, n.d.
8 feet, 10 inches
This collection is divided into two series; the Murphy J. Foster Family Collection and the Routh T. Wilby Research Materials. The Foster Family Collection contains correspondence, bills, photographs, ephemera, publications, and artifacts from the Murphy J. Foster (January 12, 1849- June 12, 1921) and Rose Ker Foster (November 17, 1861- February 14, 1959) family of Franklin, Louisiana. The second half of the collection, the Routh Trowbridge Wilby Research Materials, contains Wilby’s research, correspondence, news clippings, drafts of her articles and books, photographs, and publications.
Renaissance Cadienne. Records, 1991-2007
Renaissance Cadienne was a performance group established in 1990 for the purpose of preserving the unique culture of the Cajuns of the prairies and bayous of South Louisiana. The group used authentic Cajun/French folk songs and dances in its performances. The collection documents the activities of the group. The collection was donated by May Waggoner.
Landry, Edmond G. (1891-1932) and Norbert T. (1895-1924). Papers, 1907-1932, 2013
Edmond and Norbert Landry were 2 of the 5 children of Terville and Lucie Landry. The family lived in Segura and then New Iberia, LA. After military service in World War I, both brothers developed leprosy [Hansen’s disease]. Norbert moved to the Louisiana Leper Home in Carville, LA in 1919, where he died in 1924. Edmond went to Carville in 1924, surviving until 1932. This collection mainly contains letters written by Edmond and Norbert. It was donated by Claire Manes and Paul Landry on behalf of the Landry family.
Hart, I.T. (1904-1981). Photographs of 1927 Flood
Photographs of 1927 flood in Acadiana area, especially Arnaudville and Breaux Bridge. Hart was an insurance agent in Lafayette at the time. Later he moved to Lake Charles. The photographs were donated by Adley Cormier on behalf of Paul Hart Miller.
Cade Family. Records, 1860-1890s, 1930
1 volume, 3 folders
The ledger contains accounts for Bellevue Plantation, c. 1860 – 1895. The plantation was located in the Youngsville area of Lafayette Parish. Martha Morse Cade was the widow of Robert Cade. There is also a contract between Mrs. Cade and freedmen (1870); a 1930 land sale by William Cade, and a scan of a photo of Bellevue Plantation.
Martin, Robert (1853-1932). Collection, 1856-1930s
Robert Martin was an attorney, politician, and businessman. As State Senator in 1898, he authored legislation establishing Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection contains notary volumes for Simeon Valery Martin, Louis E. Labaire, Robert Martin, and James J. Martin, all from St. Martin Parish. There are also copy books of business letters written by Robert Martin as both a lawyer and as a businessman.
LaBauve, Jack (1916-2000). Collection, 1976-2000
Concert scores arranged by Jack LaBauve, who taught brass, percussion and musical arranging at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1948 to 1977.
LeBlanc, Antoine J. “A.J.” (1929-2018). Collection, 1900-2012, n.d.
13 feet, 27 volumes
A.J. LeBlanc was dedicated to promoting tourism in Acadiana through his involvement in many Louisiana tourism organizations. This collection contains his personal and professional papers, photographs, news clippings, audio/audiovisual music collection, correspondence, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous artifacts.
Junior League of Lafayette. Collection, 1957-2015, n.d.
37 feet; 152 volumes; Oversize
Junior League of Lafayette is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This collection contains presidential papers, organizational documents, financial documents, PEP material, community service projects, membership material, photographs, plaques, and other materials. Members of the Junior League of Lafayette donated this collection.
Perrin, Warren A. (1947- ). Papers, 1993-2014, n.d.
10 feet, oversize
This collection contains files of Warren Perrin’s correspondence with foreign governments, testimonies from Acadian descendants, numerous speeches and newspaper articles, and the Official Proclamation by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England recognizing the injustice done to the French Neutrals (The Acadians) in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia from 1755 through 1763, commonly known as the Grand Derangement. This collection was donated by Mr. Warren Perrin.
Richards, William G., Jr. ( - ). Collection, 1785-1969, n.d.
3 feet, 6.5 inches; Map Case
This is a miscellaneous collection that contains documents relating to George S. Kausler of New Orleans, photographs of New Orleans and plantation homes, and historical newspapers. William G. Richards, Jr. of Lafayette, Louisiana donated the collection.
Hawkins, William W. (1890-1987). Papers, 1931-1960, n.d.
33 feet; oversize
William Winford "Win" Hawkins was a major business man in the oil industry. He also owned and/or managed camps in Cameron Parish for duck hunting. This collection contains Win Hawkins’s personal and work papers. These include materials on oil companies, finances, lease agreements, and his hunting clubs. The collection is contained in 33 boxes and 1 oversize folder.
Garber, Andrew (1974- ). Collection, 1952-1999, n.d.
Research material gathered in preparing his master's thesis, The Miracle Mile: the Heymann Oil Center and the Oil Economy of Lafayette, Louisiana, 1953-1998 (Appalachian State University, 1998).
Sigma Alpha Iota, Lafayette, LA Chapter. Records, 1993-2007
Records of the Lafayette, Louisiana, chapter of an international fraternity of music students and musicians.
Allain, Mathé (1928- ). Papers, 1161-2000, n.d.
9 feet, 2.5 inches
Dr. Mathé Allain was a professor of French at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). She specialized in the history of French in Louisiana. This collection consists of copies of her research, writings, and lessons. Such topics include Louisiana history, women, and Cajun culture. Languages of the materials include English, French, and Spanish.
Anthony Muller Camp #8, United Spanish War Veterans. Collection, 1912-1979, n.d.
2 feet, 7.5 inches
Organizational papers of Anthony Muller Camp #8, United Spanish War Veterans; also proceedings and programs from annual meetings of the Department of Louisiana, USWV association; proceedings, minutes, reports, and programs from the national meetings and conventions of the USWV; publications about the USWV, its ceremonies, procedures, rituals, and history; and artifacts from Anthony Muller Camp #8.
Rose-Hayes. Genealogical Collection, 1777-2011, n.d.
1 foot, 5 inches
This collection consists of the Rose-Hayes families of Petite Anse Island and allied families research papers. Elizabeth Hayes settled on Avery Island in the early 1790s. She is believed to be the first of the Hayes family to migrate there. Edmond Rose was from North Carolina. He arrived at Weeks Island, January 7th, 1815. This collection was donated by Judy Henry.
Poret, Ory Garard (1919-2014). Collection, 1942-1945, 1972, 2000
1 scrapbook, 1 CD; 2 ½ inch
Ory GarardPoret was a native of Mansura, Louisiana, a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), and the long-time Director of the State Land Office. This collection consists of a scrapbook of photographs from Poret’s service in the military. Some of the photographs are identified by location. This scrapbook has been digitized, so a user’s copy is available on CD. Also included is “A Brief Autobiography” by Poret, Army Service material, and other writings.
Noel Family. Papers, 1879-1967, n.d.
2 feet, 4 inches
Letters were written between Mr. and Mrs. L.H. (Louis Henry) Noel of Abbeville, La., and their children, family, and friends. Most of the letters were written during World War II.
Stagg, Kathleen (1943-2014). Genealogical Collection, 1951-2006, n.d.
10 feet; oversize
Kathleen Stagg was an educator in the Calcasieu Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish School Systems. This genealogical collection consists of her research on the Stagg and related families. Documents include pedigree charts, publications, certificates, correspondence, photographs, and maps. Her sister, Ruth Anne Stagg of Opelousas, donated this collection.
First United Methodist Church. Records, 1885-1953
1 digitized copy
This collection of the First United Methodist Church, South records consists of a list of pastors, records of marriage and baptisms, and lists of church members. Scanned and donated by Henry L. Broussard of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Ascension Parish. Records, 1770-1930
Microfilm: 6 reels
Civil records mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, marriage records, and miscellaneous records.
Assumption Parish. Records, 1788-1943
Microfilm: 41 reels
Civil records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, Conveyances, Marriages, Mortgages, Sheriff's Sales, and miscellaneous records.
Iberia Parish. Civil Records, 1775-1971
Microfilm: 44 reels (35mm, 16mm)
Civil Records beginning in 1868 when the parish was founded. Series include Conveyances, marriages, probates and successions, and miscellaneous.
Iberville Parish. Records, 1770-1964
Microfilm: 48 reels
Civil records, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Series includes original acts, conveyances, marriages, successions, donations, and wills.
Orleans Parish. Notarial Records, 1739-1928
Microfilm: 382 reels
Records from selected Orleans parish notaries, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pointe Coupée Parish. Civil Records, 1765-1967
Microfilm: 65 reels
Original acts, 1771-1836, indexes to conveyances, 1765-1967, and conveyances, 1810-1859.
St. James Parish. Civil Records, 1782-1819
Microfilm: 5 reels
Original Acts, 1782-1787 and 1808; Conveyances, 1809-1819; and some Successions.
St. Martin Parish. Civil Records, 1760-1915
Microfilm: 179 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries. Series include Original Acts, 1760-1815; Conveyances, 1816-1886; Estates and Successions, 1805-1888; Marriages; and Sheriff's Books, 1817-1878.
St. Mary Parish. Civil Records, 1807-1952
Microfilm: 158 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Conveyances, 1811-1911; Estates, Successions and Probates, 1811-1885; Court records; and Marriages, 1807-1869.
St. John the Baptist Parish. Civil Records, 1753-1899
Microfilm: 84 reels
Civil parish records from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Original Acts, 1753-1866; Successions and Probates; Marriages, 1826-1899; an 1868 Oath Book; and Sheriff's records.
Lafayette Parish Police Jury. Minutes, 1823-1833
Microfilm: 1 reel(16mm, negative)
This collection contains the minutes of the Lafayette Parish Police Jury from 1823 to 1833.
D.P. & C. Fire Company No.1. Minute Book, 1914-1916
The D.P. & C. Fire Company No. 1, known as Delhomme Patin and Chaisson, was organized on July 9, 1914. The Citizens of the Village of Scott met on that day at the Felix Foreman Hall to organize a fire company. They held meetings to form the company, appointed officers and created the Constitution and Bylaws of the D.P. & C. Fire Company No.1. This collection consists of minutes of meetings from July 9, 1914 – July 27, 1916. Hope Jefcoat and Annadine Credeur, both of Scott, LA., digitized this minute book. They donated a digital copy to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection.
Bayou Teche Project. Collection, 1870-1985, n.d.
The Bayou Teche Project was conducted by the Department of Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) during the Fall 1985 semester. Edward J. Cazayou, Head of the Architecture Department, and Professor Russel Dupuis worked with fourth and fifth-year architecture students to study the soil, vegetation, fish and wildlife, climate, and history of the bayou. The group also looked at the bayou’s historical role as a transportation route. This collection consists of material related to the project. There are materials from students and faculty, government reports, and historical information such as maps, news clippings, and brochures.
Cline, Gloria Stark (1936- ). Papers, 1940-1995, n.d.
Gloria Stark Cline was Assistant Director of Public Services and Director of University Libraries at Edith Garland Dupré Library. This collection consists of her working files.
Catholic Church. Colonial Records, 1576-1806
Microfilm: 14 reels
Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas (1576-1803), Immaculate Conception Church of Natchitoches records (1734-1795), and St. Landry dos Opelousas funeral and baptismal registers (1776?-1806).
St. Landry Parish. Colonial Documents, 1764-1789
Microfilm: 7 reels
Copies of St. Landry Parish colonial documents, arranged chronologically.
St. Landry Parish. Civil Records, 1805-1971
Microfilm: 517 reels
This collection contains microfilm copies of St. Landry Parish civil records. Series include conveyances, donations, estates & probates, marriages, plat books, Police Jury minutes, notarial acts, sheriff’s records, successions, school board records, and district court suits.
Lindig, Carmen (1924-2004). Collection, 1870-1980
Carmen Lindig was an educator and author who wrote The Path from the Parlor: Louisiana Women 1879-1920. This collection consists of research conducted by Dr. Lindig on notable Louisiana women, women’s rights, and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Jefferson, Joseph (1829-1905). Collection, 1874-1922, n.d.
Joseph Jefferson, also known as Joe Jefferson, was a popular 19th-century American actor. His most famous role was Rip Van Winkle, which he debuted in 1859 and continued to play for forty years. After the Civil War, he bought Orange Island near New Iberia, La., which he renamed Jefferson Island and where he built his home.
This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, clippings, and programs.
West Feliciana Parish. Civil Records, 1811-1855
Microfilm: 4 reels
Civil parish records, 1811-1855, including successions, notarial records, partitions, marriage licenses, Police Jury minutes, poll tax records, and a book of oaths.
Caillet, Marie (1915-2010). Papers, 1940-2007, n.d.
5 inches, 1 volume
Marie Caillet taught Home Economics at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) until her retirement in 1972. She was one of the founding members of the Society for Louisiana Irises. This collection consists of personal information, correspondence, photographs, and material on the Society for Louisiana Irises.
Alfred, Wayne ( - ). Photograph Collection, 1959
Photographs were taken at the Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration on April 10th, 11th, and 12th in 1959. Wayne Alfred acted as the photographer.
Tate, Edmond J. (1917-1990) and Savoie, M. Vernice (1919-1991). Collection, 1917-1990, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Edmond J. Tate was born on April 25, 1917, to Pierre Tate and Elia Foret Tate. Marie Vernice Savoie was born on July 21, 1919, to Alexandre Savoie and Angele Lavergne Savoie. Tate and Savoie married on July 8, 1941, in St. Landry Parish. Tate was a retired state employee, a veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. The couple resided in Evangeline Parish in the community of St. Landry. Tate passed away on February 6, 1990, while Savoie passed away on February 21, 1991. Both are buried in the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Cemetery in the community of St. Landry. This collection consists of certificates of baptism and marriage license, records of the War Department, receipts, photographs, and other materials. Amanda Granger of Mamou, Louisiana donated this collection.
Comeaux, Elodie (1909-1996). Collection, the 1940s
Elodie Comeaux was a teacher at Judice High School. This collection includes correspondence, writing assignments from her sixth-grade students, and a copy of the Judice High School Scribbler.
Burke, James Lee (1936- ). Collection, 1988
Photocopy of his novel Heaven's Prisoners, with revisions.
Royal Ancestry of Rousseau de Villejoin. Collection, 1100-1972
Gabriel Rousseau de Villejoin was one of seven military captains who first arrived at Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. He was married to Marie Joseph Bertrand and they had five children together before he died in 1718. De Villejoin also served on the Superior Council at Port Toulouse in 1717. The collection is a family history of Gabriel Rousseau de Villejoin’s family. It includes information on de Villejoin, his family, their careers, and information on their lots in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Also included is an extensive ancestry of Gabriel Rosuseau de Villejoin. Donated by John Davis Villejoin.
Martin, Jim F., Jr. (1947- ). Collection, 1800s-2014
Jim Frank Martin, Jr. was an English teacher and photojournalist from Geneva County, Alabama. He currently lives in Scott, Louisiana where he pursues ancestry research, concentrating on persons whose ancestors fought, died, and/or survived the War of Northern Aggression. Jim Frank Martin, Jr donated this collection.
Pollock, Bradley Hugh (1955-2009). Collection, 1984-2009, n.d.
Bradley Hugh Pollock taught History at the University of Southwestern University from 1984 until his death in 2009. Pollock was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Gamma Mu, Louisiana Historical Association, Southwestern Historical Association, and other organizations as well. He published several papers and appeared on the Acadiana Open Channel. This collection consists of his writings, courses taught evaluations and recommendations. Also included is his Curriculum Vita.
Hubbell, Gerald ( - ). Collection, 1977-2000, n.d.
Dr. Gerald Hubbell and his wife Geraldine Cormier Hubble have been patrons of Acadiana arts and music since the early 1970s and have founded or co-founded several groups, including Chorale Acadienne and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s Conservatory of Music and Youth Orchestra. Dr. Hubbell served as sound archivist for live performances by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, Chorale Acadienne, and the Vermilion Chamber Orchestra. This collection contains mostly choral and instrumental music performed by local, regional, and university ensembles and recorded by Dr. Hubble primarily on open reel tape between 1977 and 1997, with some recordings preserved on Digital Audio Tape (DAT) from about 1994 to 2000. Gerald Hubbell donated this collection.
Simpson, Amos E. (1925-2014). Papers, 1929, 1960s-1997, n.d.
2 feet; Oversize
Dr. Amos Edwin Simpson chaired the USL Department of History from 1966-1971 and served as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He was a co-founder of the Center for Louisiana Studies and was the Frank A. Godchaux Honor Professor of History until his retirement in 1995. This collection consists of material from his military years, correspondence, certificates, and working files. Vaughn Baker donated the collection.
Amelinckx, Frans C. (1932-2010). Papers, 1963-2006, n.d.
Dr. Frans Carl Amelinckx was a professor ofFrench and Francophone Studies and the head of the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1983 until his retirement in 2003. This collection primarily consists of Dr. Amelinckx’s research notes, written works, and personal/professional correspondence, but also contains class materials, graduate student work, and conference materials. The majority of materials in this collection are in French. Donated by Dr. Carol Cedar Amelinckx.
Behrhorst, Vernon E. (1928-2004). Papers, 1956-2004, n.d.
Vernon Behrhorst, a geographer, was very active in the development of Louisiana water resources. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), he was also a leader in many water resource associations. These associations include the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association (LISA), the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA), the governor's Office of Water Policy in Louisiana, and theNational Ports and Waterways Institute at Louisiana State University. This collection contains Behrhorst’s papers related to the organizations, associations, and conferences for which he was involved. These papers include project proposals, correspondence, reports, memorandums, and materials from conferences. There are also photographs and audiovisual materials on reels and VHS. These papers were transferred from Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection to Dupré Library’s University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection by Leon Miller in 2016.
National Waterways Council. Collection
Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. Collection
Water Resources Congress. Collection
Mississippi Valley Association. Collection
Lynch, John J. (1914-1983). Papers, 1934-2000, n.d.
John J. Lynch a biologist, botanist, and preservationist, specializing in the wetlands and migratory birds. He was especially concerned with the survival of Whooping Cranes in Louisiana. Other endeavors included studies on Louisiana orchids, surveying migratory patterns of waterfowl, and teaching about coastal marshes at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of Lynch’s research and personal papers, including correspondence, maps, and research and writings on Whooping Cranes, marsh ecology, wildlife, and more. Mary Lynch Courville, daughter of John J. Lynch, donated this collection.
Kerr-McGee Corporation. Collection, 1910-1950s
Kerr-McGee Corporation offers oil and natural gas exploration and production services in the United States. The company was founded in 1929 by Robert S. Kerr (1896-1963) and Dean A. McGee (1904-1989) and is based in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As of August 10, 2006, Kerr-McGee Corporation operates as a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. This collection contains 293 volumes.
Gentry, Judith F. (1942-2021). Papers, 1975-1981, n.d.
40 feet, 11.5 inches
Dr. Judith Fenner Gentry was a history professorat the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for more than 40 years. Her areas of research included the Civil War and women's history.This collection consists of Dr. Gentry's professional and research files. A large portion of the collection consists of material she gathered for a grant called “Acadian History.” These materials include data collection of land grants, original acts, baptisms, marriages, and funerals.
Grimmer, Nicholas (1814-1896). Genealogical Collection, 1791-1996, n.d.
2 ½ inches, Map Case 10-07
Nicholas Grimmer was a music teacher at St. Charles College, a Jesuit grammar school. This collection consists of genealogy material such as correspondence, photographs, maps, research, documents, and news clippings.
Wittenberger, Mary H. (1902-1990). Scrapbook, 1922, 1972
Mary Hollier Wittenberger graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1922. This collection consists of a digitized copy of a scrapbook compiled while she was enrolled at SLI. Examples of materials in the scrapbook include a listing of the 1922 graduates and a news clipping of the Golden Reunion of the Class of 1922 in 1972. Harry Higgins donated the digitized copy of the scrapbook.
Abraham, Joseph N. ( - ). Collection, 1929-2005, n.d.
2 feet, 7.55 inches; Oversize
Joseph Nicholas Abraham is a physician in Lafayette, Louisiana. He collected memorabilia on Southwestern Louisiana Institute (later, the University of Southwestern Louisiana; now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). A large part of the collection deals with sports.
duQuesnay and Related Families. Papers, 1439-1933, n.d.
9 feet; Oversize
This collection contains papers related to the le Mercier du Quesnay and related families. Papers include nobility documents from France, correspondence, royal documents, financial papers, newspapers, photographs, and books, including several letter books and scrapbooks. There are also several plays written by Adolphe Le Mercier du Quesnay. Other family names included are Le Mercier, Dommartin (Dompmartin), Jumecourt, Grisolle, and Adams, or variations thereof. Dr. Alvina Bonnie Wheeler of Southern Methodist University, and wife of Jeremy duQuesnay Adams, donated this collection through Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay.
Ramsey, Matthew I. (1886-1955). Papers, 1907-1973, n.d.
1 foot, 2 ½ inches
Matthew Ignatius Ramsey was the owner of the Filmdom Theatre (Motion Pictures) of Gueydan and edited and published various newspapers such as the Church Point Democrat, the Washington Progress, The Gueydan News, and The Kaplan Times. This collection consists of biographical information of the Ramsey family, photographs, and pedigree charts of the Ramsey and Meyers families. Also included are bound volumes of the Church Point Democrat, 1907-1909. Fred and Zilda Frogue donated this collection.
Ancelet, Barry Jean (1951- ). Papers, 1978-1983
Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet served on the faculty of University of Southwestern Louisiana/University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 1977 until his retirement in 2016. He was a professor in the Department of Modern Languages, serving as chair of the department and as the first director of the University’s Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore, the largest compilation of media resources pertaining to these two south Louisiana ethnic groups. He was also the co-founder of the Tribute to Cajun Music in 1974, which became the annual Festivals Acadiens. This collection consists of manuscripts from “Suite de loupe” (1998) and “The Makers of Cajun Music” (1984). Dr. Ancelet donated the collection.
Kinchen, Samuel ( - ). Collection, 1867-1912, 1985, n.d.
2 ½ inches
This collection contains biographical information on the Kinchen family, cattle brand of Samuel Kinchen, marriage licenses, correspondence, receipts, and other miscellaneous materials as well. All materials are from St. Mary Parish, particularly the Baldwin area.
Clerc, Philip B. (1918-2005). Collection, 1880-2003
2 ½ feet; Map Case 10-06
This collection consists of letters to Florence Carstens Clerc, photographs of the Clerc and Carstens families, Florence Carsten’s school material, and genealogy research of the Clerc and related families. The collection was donated by Judy Clerc Wood Henry.
Boggs, Franklin (1914-2009). Collection, 1999-2002
Franklin Boggs painted the mural "The History of Medicine in Louisiana" which is located on the 1st Floor of Dupré Library. This collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, interview information, grant material, financial records, articles, newspaper clippings, etc.
Budden, Allen “Chuck” (1902-1994). Collection, 1927
2 ½ inches
Allen Budden owned a store in Palmetto, Louisiana called "Budden’s General Merchandise Store."This collection consists of photographs taken during the flood of 1927 in Palmetto. His brother-in-law “Swan” Williams, who was with the U.S. Coast Guard, took most of the photographs. They are digitized and copied to a CD. Donated by Bertha Reed, daughter of Mr. Chuck Budden.
National League of American Pen Women; Crescent City Branch. Collection, 1951-1967
The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) was founded in 1897 in Washington, D.C. The organization was formed to promote women in the arts. The NLAPW offers a place for women artists, writers, composers, and choreographers to enrich their professional lives through networking, professional development, exhibits, concerts, publications and service to the community. This collection consists of records from the Crescent City Branch members. It includes rosters, financial records, correspondence and publications from 1951-1967.
Eshelman, Howard (1909 -1965). Collection, 1939-1966
Howard Eshelman was a chemistry professor and the acting head of the chemistry department at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of the following: Eshelman’s writings, class material, association materials, correspondence, and publicity.
Connor, H.N. (1841-?). Collection, 1861-1865, 1976, n.d.
2 ½ inches
1st Sergeant H.N. Connor was a soldier in the Civil War. He participated in many battles, including the offshore Battle at Sabine Pass on January 21, 1863. He also participated in the Louisiana battles of Bayou Bourbeau, Fordoche Bayou, and many more between Opelousas and Morgan City. His diary contains illustrative accounts of the battles and the extreme conditions he and other soldiers endured. This collection contains copies of news clippings, a Civil War discharge certificate, notes on the Civil War Jayhawkers, and the diary of H.N. Connor.
Urban, Joseph E. (1951- ). Collection, 1983-2000
2 ½ inches
Dr. Joseph Urban was an Associate Professor of Computer Science. He began working at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1983. This collection consists of his curriculum vitae, conference papers, articles and book chapters that he authored or co-authored, and material on workshops and newsletters pertaining to computer science.
Garrett Family. Papers, 1872-1986, n.d.
This collection consists of documents from the Army of Tennessee, Louisiana Division, of United Confederate Veterans Association, correspondence, receipts, photographs, publications, and certificate and diplomas from the Garret, Blue, and Allain families.
Bethard, Alvin Y. (1947- ). Collection, 1875-2018, n.d.
5 feet, 5 inches; 1 volume; oversize
Al Bethard is a native of Louisiana. He worked at Edith Garland Dupré Library, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the Head of Microforms. Retiring in 2018 after 47 years of work, he is one of the longest-serving employees of Dupré Library. This collection contains historical items that Mr. Bethard collected over the years. Items include newspaper articles, brochures, certificates, school items, and other miscellaneous materials. Al Bethard donated the collection.
Lafayette General Medical Center (Lafayette, LA). Collection, 1913-2011, n.d.
3 feet, 1.5 inches; oversize
Lafayette General Medical Center is Acadiana’s largest non-profit, community-owned regional health system. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes of meetings, financial records, general records, and other miscellaneous materials. Monique Burdin, daughter-in-law of Dr. John J. Burdin Jr., donated much of the materials in this collection.
Judice, Cecile M. (1909-2007). Collection, 1928-1979
Cecile M. Judice was a Librarian at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This collection contains the degrees of Cecile M. Judice from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Louisiana State University, and a degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute for her sister Amelie M. Judice. The collection also consists of a Louisiana State University Alumni life membership certificate, University of Southwestern Louisiana Golden Anniversary certificates, commencement program, a list of the graduating class of 1928, speeches from 1978 and 1979 graduation, and photographs with descriptions of the 1928 graduating class. Frances Morvant, the niece of Ms. Judice, donated the collection.
Gramling, Robert (1943-2014). Collection, 1977, 1980
This collection consists of two publications that Robert Gramling edited: “East St. Mary Parish, Economic Growth and stabilization Strategies, 1980” and “Outer Continental Shelf Impacts, Morgan City, Louisiana, 1977.”
Duhon, Theotice (1887-1957). Collection, 1868-1957
Theotice Duhon (1887-1957). Primarily a collection of tax information, including receipts and notices. Contains information in regards to accounts paid as well as voter registration and Homestead Exemption Applications. This collection was donated by Isabel Duhon LeBlanc.
Love, Uel (1907-1997). Collection, 1919-1995
This collection contains programs from plays, certificates earned, a report card, and reunion publications from both Winnfield High and the University of Southwestern Louisiana (formerly Southwestern Louisiana Institute).
Dardenne, John L. "Jay" (1954- ). Collection, 1914-1984
5 inches; Oversize
Jay Dardenne is a Louisiana politician, having served as a state senator, secretary of state, and lieutenant governor. This collection contains correspondence, diplomas, news clippings, and a wide array of programs such as the Lafayette Centennial celebration and a Commencement program from 1935. The collection also contains phone directories, framed photographs, a Monopoly-like game, a medal and a Southwestern Louisiana Institute hat (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Jay Dardenne donated the collection.
Turner, I. Bruce (1946-2016). Collection, 1924-2019, n.d.
2 feet, 5 inches; Oversize
Dr. Ian Bruce Turner was the University Archivist and the Assistant Dean of Special Collections Services at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his 33 years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he rose to the rank of Professor, published over 26 articles in six different journals, curated 30 exhibits, wrote multiple grants, and participated in numerous committees. From 1998-2001, he was the recipient of the Friends of the Edith Garland Dupré Library Board of Regents Support Fund Professorship. He was an active member of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (LAMA) and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA), serving over the years as president, present-elect, vice president, and boar and committee member for both organizations. This collection consists of his working files as the University Archivist. There are correspondence files, files on all committees he worked on, state and national conference material he was officers for, writings, awards, etc. The collection was donated by Sue S. Turner, wife of Dr. Turner.
St. Landry Parish Court. Minute Book, 1807-1817
This minute book contains minutes of the Parish Court of St. Landry, from June 8, 1807, through June 12, 1811. These minutes are handwritten. Also included is the St. Landry Parish record of oaths and minutes of the court from 1815 through 1817. This is also handwritten.
Soulier, Marie Stella Roy (1891-1972). Scrapbook, 1930s-1940s
1 volume; 1 CD
The scrapbook includes clippings on Maxime Roy, Jefferson Caffery, and Dr. E.L. Stephens.
Brabant, Sarah (1932- ). Collection, 1976-1979, n.d.
Sarah Brabant was a professor of sociology who co-founded the Grief Center in Lafayette. The center provides networking opportunities for area professionals working with grieving persons and it creates awareness and education on grief issues. This collection consists of correspondence, news clippings, public hearings, bylaws and resolutions, and information on programs on the development of women. Dr. Sarah Brabant donated this collection.
Note: According to the donor form, a patron can request only one (1) folder at a time.
Young Men’s Business Club. Collection, 1879-1940, n.d.
The Lafayette unit of the Young Men’s Business Club was formed in March 1933. The primary purpose of the Club was to encourage and assist in the material, civic, and economic progress and prosperity of the city of Lafayette. This collection was donated by Barbara Walley, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Louisiana Postcard. Collection
Louisiana Poster. Collection, 1983-2012, n.d.
Collection of Louisiana posters such as festivals, cook-offs, and meetings
Interscholastic Athletic and Oratorical Association (I.A. & O.A.). Collection, 1910-1978
The Interscholastic Athletic & Oratorical Association was organized in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1904. This collection consists of records from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for the I.A. & O.A. from 1910 through 1978. These records are arranged chronologically and consist of publications, correspondence, minutes of meeting, and the constitution and by-laws of the organization.
Levy, Selma (1903 - 1983). Collection, 1921
2 ½ inches
This Collection contains a memory book from 1921, a photograph and a commencement program from Plaquemine High School.
Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Michael's Convent, Louisiana. School Registers, 1825-1925
Microfilm: 1 reel
TRANSFERRED TO COLLECTION 137
St. Julien, Joseph G. (1872-1954). Collection, 1931
Joseph Gilbert St. Julien was a politician who served as a representative of Lafayette Parish in the State Legislature, Parish Clerk of Court, and mayor of Lafayette from 1927-1931. This collection consists of a journal containing his handwritten notes in 1931.
LeBlanc, Lucas A. (1843-1931). Journal, 1854-1861
This collection consists of a journal (account book) of goods sold in Lucas LeBlanc's general store in Youngsville, Louisiana.
Mouton, Vivian (1896-1972). Scrapbook, 1919
1 volume; 1 CD
Vivian Mouton was a secretary for the Mouton and Debaillion Law Firm in Lafayette.This collection consists of a scrapbook of her photographs, most of which have been identified. The scrapbook has been digitized and is included on CD.
Levasseur, Georges (Reverend). Collection, 1949-1953, n.d.
This collection consists of correspondence, programs, bulletins and other material dealing with the Diocese of Lafayette CCD program.
Voorhies, Pothier Jean (1887-1968). Collection, 1926-1947
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.
Cloud, Gail Collection [Houston Chronicle]
TRANSFERRED TO THE HOUSTON METROPOLITAN RESEARCH CENTER OF THE HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Dozier, Gilbert L. “Gil” (1934-2013). Collection, 1955
Gil Dozier was an attorney, businessman, farmer, and rancher who served from 1976 to 1980 as the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry. This collection consists of “Southwestern Sings” a phonograph album of SLI songs from the early 1950s. Mr. Dozier’s son, also named Gil Dozier, donated the collection.
Landru, Mabel Christine ( - ). Collection, 1920
SLI graduate certificate and American Red Cross first aid certificate, 1920
Bardell, Frank W. (1873-1947). Diary, 1899-1910
Daily diary of Frank Bardell, a small farmer in Illinois and Southwest Louisiana. This collection consists of a digital copy of a diary kept by Bardell. He made daily entries from 1899 to 1910. Besides recording his activities each day, he often recorded the wages he was paid for various jobs and the prices he paid for goods. This collection was donated by Scott Longon of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Vidrine, Lionel J. “Chick” (1928-1994). Collection, 1974-1992, n.d.
Lionel "Chick" Vidrine opened the dance hall Southern Club, located in Opelousas on U.S. 190, in 1949. The hall played mostly swamp pop music and included a restaurant and bar. 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.
Hebert, Louis Wilfred, III ( - ). Collection, 1600s-2016
Louis Wilfred Hebert, III is the son of Louis Wilfred Hebert, Jr. and Beaula “Jenny” LaBauve. This collection consists of a binder of family history material dating back from the 1600s to 2016. It includes families of Hebert, LaBauve, Guidry, Bourg, Simoneaux, and other related families. These families mainly resided in the New Iberia, Louisiana area.
National Organization for Women. Acadiana Chapter, 1976-1983
2 ½ inches
The National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights; it is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. This collection consists of the Acadiana Chapter which has newsletters from 1970s-1980s.
Crochet, Ernest Lee (1918 -2008). Collection, 1938-1947
2 ½ inches
Ernest Lee Crochet was a native and lifelong resident of Loreauville, Louisiana. His parents were Dosilva and Annette Broussard Crochet. He joined the U.S. Army and served in WWII and the Korean War. After his release from the military, he worked for many years as a surveyor for C.H. Fenstermaker. He died at the age of 90. He is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Loreauville, Louisiana. This collection consists of a diary he kept while serving in the military and a Signal Manual photocopy.
duQuesnay, Maurice W. (1936-2021). Collection, 1919-2019, n.d.
4½ feet, Oversize
Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay was an English professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the director of the Flora Plonsky Levy Lecture Series. This collection contains materials related to the Flora Levy Lecture Series, including photographs, correspondence, articles, advertisements, and posters. Miscellaneous materials include photographs from the Levy and duQuesnay families, negatives, cassette tapes, DVDs, and books. The bulk of the materials in this collection were donated by Dr. Maurice W. duQuesnay on February 19, 1999, with additional materials added later on.
Lap Desk. Collection
This is a collection of antique writing desks. Lap desks featured a writing surface, compartments for pens, ink, and sand or blotting paper, and storage for stationery and documents. Made of hardwoods like mahogany or walnut, these are very sturdy boxes. This collection was donated by George Newton.
Durand, Edward B. (1941-2018). Collection, 1955-1997, n.d.
Edward Durand, a St. Martinville native, oversaw the Civil Defense Command Center at the St. Martinville Courthouse. This collection consists of civil defense material, including handbooks, course materials, and handwritten notes. Durand’s son, Howard Durand, originally donated the collection to the Bayou Teche Museum. It was later transferred to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection with the donor's permission through the efforts of Shane Bernard.
Times of Acadiana. Photograph Collection, 1976-2002
This collection consists of photographs taken for the local newspaper Times of Acadiana. Most of the photographs were taken by Peter Piazza of The Daily Advertiser, who also included negatives, CDs, and slides. Most of the photographs have been identified, but most of the negatives are not.
Louisiana High School and College Boxing. Collection, 1931-2014
1 foot, 2 ½ inches
Louisiana High School and College boxing were extremely popular between the years of 1931 through 1958. During this time, boxing was only second to football in Louisiana. The collection was assembled and donated by Don Landry while in the process of writing “Boxing: Louisiana’s Forgotten Sport”, a book on the glory days of boxing in Louisiana.
Muller, Aug J. ( - ). Register, 1921-1927
Aug J. Muller was the Justice of the Peace for the town of Washington, Louisiana located in St. Landry Parish. This journal consists of all transactions dated from 1921-1927. There are handwritten and typed legal documents for that time and signed by Mr. Muller. Original documents. Donated by Laura Rue of Lafayette, Louisiana.
deKerlegand, Vivian (1917-2010). Scrapbooks, 1935-2017
These scrapbooks were compiled by Sister deKerlegand's long-time friend and Marianite Associate Anna Jane Marks. They include photographs, cards, articles, correspondence, and programs. Many of these items reflect Sister Vivian’s jubilees, mainly her 50th, 60th, 70th, and 75th anniversaries in the Marianite order.Ms. Marks lent the scrapbooks to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection to digitize. The Archives holds DVDs containing the digitized versions of the scrapbooks.
Broussard, Whitney L. (1943- ). Collection, 1861-1990s, n.d.
1 foot, 10 inches; 8 volumes
This collection consists of documents, Broussard genealogy, photographs, records, correspondence, publicity of the Broussard family, Abrom and Jack Kaplan and their Irrigation Company material, and Amanda Hanks material. There are also scrapbooks of Broussard family material from Vermilion Parish. Other scrapbooks include material on Abrom Kaplan (founder Kaplan, Louisiana), genealogy information, news clippings, typescript material, and others. Donated by Whitney Broussard.
Greig Family. Bible, circa 1759
John Greig, the fourth child was born in 1796 in Scotland and died in Lafayette in 1851. He married Angelica Taylor in 1825 in Lafayette Parish. They had eleven children. This Bible belonged to the John Greig family. A notation inside the back cover dates it to 1759. Donated by J.F. “Jeff” Webb of Florien, Louisiana.
Bayou State Periodical Index (BSPI). Collection, 1985-
The Bayou State Periodical Index is a subject index to articles in nearly ninety Louisiana periodicals published between 1958 to the present. It is sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Louisiana Library Association. This collection consists of worksheets, publications, correspondence, financial records, and thesauri. Donated by Jean S. Kiesel.
Fuselier, Wanda (1957- ). Scrapbook, 1977
2 ½ inches
Wanda Fuselier is from Mamou, Louisiana. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She currently resides in New Mexico. Fuselier is self-employed and is in the art business. This collection consists of a scrapbook, created by Wanda Fuselier.
Long, Joyce Rudsill (1901-1988). Manuscript, n.d.
2 ½ inches
This is Joyce Rudsill Long’s manuscript titled “Gleanings from Time”. The manuscript consists of 107 pages. Blank pages: 13, 21, 98,101,104. These pages are left blank intentionally. There are missing pages: 3, 27, 28, 30.
Kiesel, Jean Schmidt (1951- ). Collection, 2007, 2014
Jean SchmidtKiesel was the Reference Archivist (formerly Louisiana Room Librarian) at Edith Garland Dupré Library for 32 years before her retirement in 2017. During her time in Special Collections, she published two manuscripts: "Images of America: Lafayette" in 2007 and "Images of America: Evangeline Parish" in 2014. The latter was co-written by Jane F.Vidrine, who also works in Special Collections. This collection consists of the working files of her published manuscripts. Donated by Jean S. Kiesel.
Meriwether, John R. (1937- ). Papers, 1952-2009, n.d.
4 feet, 3 inches
Dr. Meriwether taught in the Physics Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana) from 1967 to 2012. His research interests and fields of specialization include nuclear science, applied physics, environmental radioactivity, radioactive dating, experimental equipment design, art and science, and microscopy. The collection includes materials pertaining to Dr. Meriwether’s study of nuclear physics, environmental science, and the Microspace: Science and Hidden Art collaborative exhibit. Also included are copies of Dr. Meriwether’s research, lantern slides and X-rays, class tour photographs, and correspondence regarding speaking bureaus and race relations. The bulk of the materials in this collection were created and gathered for the Culture of Man honors course, taught by Dr. Meriwether, between 1980 and 2009. This collection was donated in 2012.
Connelly, Cornelia (1809-1879). Collection, 1961-2017, n.d.
Connelly was the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rome, Italy. She and her husband worked in Grand Coteau, Louisiana when they were opening a school for girls and boys and she taught music at the girls' school. This collection consists of books, articles, writings, etc. on her life. Donated by Dr. Sarah Brabant.
Burke, James R. ( -2014). Music Collection, 1977-2007, n.d.
Dr. James R. Burke was a professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, his career spanning more than 50 years. This collection consists of musical compositions and arrangement for orchestra, concert band, and small ensembles by Dr. Burke. Donated by Gerald J. Guilbeaux of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Darby, Jean Francois (1813-1877). Family Papers, 1780-1972, n.d.
This collection consists of miscellaneous family papers mostly dealing with land owned by members of the Darby family. There are also some records relating to slave purchases and 20th-century tax receipts. Other records include receipts from the Iberia Sugar Cooperative, miscellaneous receipts, and a letter regarding a claim on a portion of the estate of the Very Rev. Giovanni Gradenigo, Bishop of Venice, possibly a scam. The collection was donated by Nelwyn Hebert, the great-great-granddaughter of Jean Francois Darby.
Larrieu, George C. (1925-2017). Photograph Collection, 1943-1964
This collection consists of photographs that were taken by a U.S. Marine Corps and information officer at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection was donated by George C. Larrieu.
Corps of Engineers. Aerial Photographs, 1958-1964
Corps of Engineers Aerial Photographs were made primarily to update water/land boundaries and related data on quadrangle charts. These photographs were taken from 1958 to 1964. They come from several repositories from the state, including the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Louisiana State University, New Orleans Public Library, Northwestern State University, Louisiana State Library, and Louisiana State University - Shreveport. This collection is arranged alphabetically by city/town. There is also a map index.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Collection, 2003-2005
5 inches; oversize
Early in the morning on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Rita was the seventeenth named storm, tenth hurricane, and the fifth major hurricane of the 2005 season. In Louisiana, Rita's storm surge inundated low-lying communities along the entire coast, worsening effects caused by Hurricane Katrina less than a month prior, such as topping the hurriedly-repaired Katrina-damaged levees at New Orleans. This collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles, travel guides, maps, and a Scrapbook titled “A Season to Remember – Katrina and Rita.” This collection was donated by James Peterson of Broussard, Louisiana.
Record Group 21, District Courts of the United States. Mexican Revolution Records, 1892-1917
The records of District Courts of the United States, the Mexican Revolution contain Court records by cases. These records have names of criminals, charges files, court location, and case numbers.
Craig, Myrta Fair (1908-1994). Collection, 1945-2014, n.d.
5 ½ feet
Myrta Fair Craig was the editor and publisher of the Rayne Acadian-Tribune. This collection includes numerous articles written by Mrs. Craig, as well as articles about her numerous civic engagements. Also included are newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and personal documents related to the life and work of Myrta Fair Craig. Myrta Fair Craig King, daughter of Mrs. Craig, donated this collection.
Pitchford, Henry (1929-2012). Papers, 1978-1985, 1996
2 ½ inches
Dr. Pitchford taught at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1960 to 1963. From 1963-1969, he taught at San Jose State University and then returned to the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1969, where he taught until his retirement. This collection consists of correspondence from Dr. Pitchford to Dr. Beth A. Willinger and her husband. Donated by Dr. Beth A. Willinger.
Cajun French Music Association. Records, 1985-1991, n.d.
3 ½ feet
The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) is a non-profit organization of Cajuns and non-Cajuns whose purpose is to promote and preserve Cajun music and various aspects of the Acadian Heritage. This collection consists of correspondence, newsletters, photographs, publications, events material, and audio/visual materials. Donated by the French House (La Maison Française) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Teche Action Clinic. Collection, 1938-1958, n.d.
The Teche Action Clinic (also known as Teche Action Board, Inc.) is a non-profit health center based in Franklin, LA. This collection contains photographs, articles, correspondence, and scrapbooks that were collected by members of Teche Action Clinic. Many of these materials relate to the St. Mary Parish Health Unit and Franklin Health Council. Dr. Gary Wiltz, CEO of Teche Action Clinic, donated the digitized version of this collection with the help of Phebe Hayes.
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camps. Collection, 1933, 1934
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men. This group planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed trails, lodges, and related facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide, upgraded most state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas. Judith Leger donated the photographs from 1933; her father was a member of the group (is pictured in the August 1933 photograph). Dee Tauzin donated the photograph from 1934; her uncle, Alcee Jefferson Pothier, Jr., was a member and is pictured.
Barousse, Walter B. (1918-1997). Collection, 1938-1945
Walter Barousse was born May 19, 1918, in Church Point, LA, the youngest of seven siblings. He graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1938 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and was inducted August 3, 1943, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in General Omar N. Bradley’s company. This collection consists of three scrapbooks with photographs taken and collected by Staff Sergeant Barousse during World War II. There are also two certificates and a photograph of him. Lucien J. Savoie, III and Christine Savoie, Staff Sergeant Barousse’s nephew and grandniece respectively, donated the digital version of this collection.
Lafayette Founders Committee. Records, 1843-1989, n.d.
The Lafayette Founders Committee was created in January 1974 by incumbent mayor, Kenneth F. Bowen. The first chairperson, the late Mrs. J.C. Cargois came up with the idea of the committee to honor mayors of Lafayette, and to post their photographs in the municipal building. This committee has published items as "Sheriffs of Lafayette", "Chiefs of Police, City of Lafayette","Mayors of Lafayette", etc.This collection contains publications, general records, news clippings, photographs, minutes of meetings, correspondence, and other materials.
KSIG “Acadia Parish Yesterdays”. Tapes, 1989-1992
KSIG is a radio station in Crowley, Louisiana. “Acadia Parish Yesterdays” was a radio program aired weekly from 1989 to 1992. The show had guests on their weekly programs. Abstracts from the shows are listed in this collection. There is also an alphabetical list of guests.
KPEL “Someplace Special”. Tapes, n.d.
3 reels (80 programs)
This collection contains open-reel audio tapes from the KPEL radio station in Lafayette, Louisiana. The show “Someplace Special” aired and produced 80 programs, totaling approximately 120 minutes. The tapes have been digitized and are available in MP3 format.
Morton, Adam O., Sr. (1879 -1955). Certificate, 1932
This collection consists of a certificate of “Adam O. Morton”, Chief of Police, Constable and Ex-Officio Tax Collector in and around for the town of Abbeville, Louisiana, 1932. Donated by Stanley Morton of Abbeville, Louisiana, the son of Adam O. Morton, Sr.
Latimer, Beverly D. (1926- ). Collection, 1941-2017, n.d.
This collection consists of Lafayette High School reunion material, Catholic Church programs, correspondence, and general records. Beverly Latimer donated the collection.
Jeff Davis Oral History Project, 1971-1993
This collection consists of oral histories conducted in Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana. Some of the oral histories have been transcribed.
Mouton, Robert (Captain) L. (1892-1956). Film, 1940
Captain Robert Mouton was a United States Marine Corps officer and served as mayor of Lafayette from 1919-1927 and 1931-1935. He was also engaged in horticultural pursuits. This collection consists of a 1940 film of Captain Mouton’s Les Jardins de Mouton in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Quiannee, La (Prairie du Rocher, IL; St. Genevieve, MO). Collection, 2006-2007
This collection consists of two DVDs of music performances of La Quiannee, December 31, 2006, and December 31, 2007. Donated by Anna Burns, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Museum Design Resources, 1990, n.d.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve protects significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region. The park, named after the pirate Jean Lafitte, also interprets the influence of environment and history on the development of the unique Cajun regional culture. The park consists of six physically separate sites and a park headquarters. This collection consists of three volumes of material.
Cain, Hazel Holloway (1922-1996). Collection, 1985-1988
Hazel Holloway Cain was born in Rayne, Louisiana on January 12, 1922, to Angelas Holloway and Estelle Cummings. This collection consists of mainly stories she wrote that her grandmother told her. These are handwritten. Donated by Hazel H. Cain.
Moreau, Elia Marie (1890-1969). Collection, 1891-1968, n.d.
Elia Marie Moreau was an educator who taught in St. Landry Parish for 43 years. This collection consists of her certificates, school records, news clippings, baptism record, photographs, and other materials as well. Donated by her niece Dr. Bonnie D. Belleau.
LeBrenton, Emile ( - ). Collection, n.d.
This collection consists of poetry by Emile LeBrenton, New Orleans, Louisiana. Typed material.
Dominique, Edmonia (1885-1968). Collection of Postcards, 1909-1918
Mrs. Edmonia Dominique of Opelousas, Louisiana collected postcards from 1909 through 1918. There are about 25 cards that are in a scrapbook. Harold Prejean of Broussard, Louisiana donated this collection.
Austen, Jane Elle Guillory (1927- ). Collection, 1929, 1949-1995, n.d.
Jane Elle Guillory Austen was an educator who had attendedSouthwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).This collection consists of her teaching certificates, transcripts, photographs, etc.
Savoie, Wilfred, Jr. (1925-2011). Collection, 1939-1947
Wilfred Savoie Jr. was born and raised in Cankton, Louisiana, a village in St. Landry Parish. He served in the United States Navy from October 25, 1943, to May 17, 1946. This collection consists of letters he sent home to his family while stationed in California. The majority of the letters are to his mother (Mamma), where he talks about his day-to-day life at the Navy base and inquires about life back at home on the family farm. Also included in the collection are miscellaneous items such as a photocopy of his honorable discharge, his health record during his time in the Navy, and photographs of him and his brother Alexander. This collection was donated by his daughters, Joy S. Usie and Shelly Thompson.
Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee. Records, 1968-1976
This collection consists of a minute book of the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive committee records from 1968-1976.
Bernard, Rod (1940-2020). Collection, 1958-2018
1 ½ foot; oversize
Rod Bernard is a musician from South Louisiana, best known for being one of the pioneers of "swamp pop" music. His career spans more than 60 years. This collection contains material related to his music career, as well as his work in radio and TV. Donated by his children, Shane K. Bernard, and Shannon Bernard Bourg.
Martin, Michael S. (1972- ). Papers, 1949-2005, n.d.
Dr. Michael S. Martin is a Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research and teaching interests focus on Louisiana history, public history, and the history of the U.S. South. He also served as the director for the Center for Louisiana Studies. This collection contains mostly research materials for Dr. Martin's book Russell Long: A Life in Politics (2014). Donated by Dr. Michael Martin.
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Lafayette, Louisiana). Records, 1955-1989, n.d.
10 inches, 5 volumes
Emmanuel Baptist Church of Lafayette was organized on Sunday, April 17, 1955, by church members living south of the city limits along the Abbeville Highway. This collection consists of articles of incorporations and bylaws, documents, minutes of meetings, general and financial records, and committee reports.Dr. Michael S. Martin donated the collection.
Bayside Plantation. Record Book, 1860-1868
2 ½ inches
Bayside is a plantation comprising a historic plantation house built in 1850 by Francis DuBose Richardson on the Bayou Teche in Jeanerette, Louisiana. This collection consists of a record book dated from 1860-1868 of day-to-day operations on the plantation side. Donated by Gayle Breaux Smith.
Lafayette Boat Club (Lafayette, LA). Collection, 1956-2016
14 volumes; 2 folders
The Lafayette Boat Club was first organized in 1956. The aim was to bring boating enthusiasts together for boating activities and to promote better and safer boating. This collection contains photograph albums documenting the history of the Lafayette Boat Club from its inception up until the 60th Anniversary in 2016. Also included are newspaper clippings and photographs. Donated by Marlene and Carrol Credeur, two of the first members and early organizers of the Lafayette Boat Club.
Metropolitan Planning Organization. Collection, 1971-2010, n.d.
2 feet; Oversize
A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a federally mandated and federally funded transportation policy-making organization in the United States that is made up of representatives from local government and governmental transportation authorities. This collection consists of mostly photographs, slides, and maps. Donated by the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Dupuy, P.A. ( - ). Collection, 1877-1879
2 volumes; 1 CD (148 Megabytes)
Paul Adonis Dupuy was a Civil War veteran who owned and operated the Dupuy dry-goods store on Main Street in New Iberia, Louisiana. This collection consists of a daybook (1877-1879) and index (1877), digitized from the original manuscripts and formatted in PDF for user access. Terry Dupuy loaned the collection for digitization and donated the digital copies.
Gillespie, Elmer (1898-1970). Photograph Collection, 1914-1918
1 foot, 3 inches (81 plates)
This collection consists of glass plates depicting World War I battle scenes (commercial photographs). Donated by Ralph Garnett from Mrs. Elmer Gillespie.
Mehault, Alexandre Marie (1843-1904). Collection,1868-2004, n.d.
This collection consists of correspondence, documents, maps, and a biography of a south Louisiana priest. Larry Gooch donated this collection.
Episcopal Churches. Miscellaneous, 1956-1992, n.d.
The Episcopal Church is the member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion based in the United States with dioceses elsewhere. It is a mainline Christian denomination divided into nine provinces. It was founded in 1789 in the United States. This collection consists of publications from various Episcopal churches in Louisiana. Also included are by-laws for the St. Paul’s Church in New Orleans.
Ceballos, Jacqueline Michot (1925- ). Collection, 1948-2015, n.d.
Jacqueline (Jacqui) Theresa Michot Ceballos was born in Mamou, Louisiana in 1925. After graduating from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), she moved to New York City to pursue a career in opera. She became involved with feminist activism in the late 1960s, acting as president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and as the founder of the Veteran Feminists of America (VFA). This collection contains books collected by Ms. Ceballos with inscriptions written by her, the authors, and/or people who gifted her the books. Ms. Ceballos donated this collection with the help of her nephew Dr. Thomas Michot, her daughter Michèle Ceballos Michot, and her granddaughter Natalia Ronceria Ceballos.
LeBlanc, Allen D. (1931-2021). Collection, 1843-2005, n.d.
7 feet; 12.9 gigabytes
Allen Doyce LeBlanc worked as a pilot and aviation mechanic. One of his greatest passions involved collecting materials to preserve Cajun culture and the history of Vermilion Parish. This collection contains historical materials, files, and notes collected over the years by Allen LeBlanc, much of it related to Abbeville and Vermilion Parish history, Louisiana culture, and various topics. Allen and Cristina LeBlanc donated this collection.
Unverzagt, Emile H., Sr. (1921-1996). Collection, 1862, 1948-1971, n.d.
2 ½ inches; Oversize
Emile Henry Unverzagt was the owner and operator of Emile’s Antique Furniture in Lafayette for 30 years. This collection consists of material related to the Coca-Cola building and furniture store that Mr. Unverzagt owned. Materials include correspondence, news clippings, photographs, and plat drawings. Liz Satterfield, daughter of Mr. Unverzagt, donated this collection.
St. Martin, Allen (1932- ). Collection, 1968-1987, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Dr. Allen St. Martin was the Dean of Community Services at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains news clippings, photographs of Allen St. Martin, news releases, and correspondence.
Pope, Andrew S. (1935- ). Collection, 1753-2018, n.d.
79 feet, 9.5 inches; oversize
Andrew Pope is a native of Jonesboro, LA. After 43 years of attending operas and concerts, he amassed a large collection with the help of many dealers. This collection contains opera and theater memorabilia Mr. Pope collected over the years. The materials include photographs of vocalists, programs, letters, publicity, music sheets, and postcards. A great number of the photographs and letters have been framed. Andrew Pope donated this collection.
Louisiana Conservation Commission Hearings. Geological Data, 1938-1956
This collection consists of one volume of the Louisiana Conservation Commission Hearings; Geological Data dated 1938 – November 1956. This includes an index.
Gassie, Lucie Voorhies (1880-1968). Memoirs, 1955
Lucie Voorhies Gassie was born on August 13, 1880. She was the daughter of Judge Felix Voorhies and Modeste Potier. Her inspiration in writing these memoirs came about in her mid-70s. She wrote these stories for her children. For Felix Voorhies papers, see Collection 117.
Randazzo, Corinne O. ( - ). Collection, 1950-1954
Corrinne Ohlsen Randazzo attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1950 to 1954. This collection contains a few items from her college years. They consists of invitations, name cards, greeting card, and artifacts. Corinne O. Randazzo donated the collection.
Forest Hill Memorial Company. Account Books, 1937-1939
This collection consists of account books from the Forest Hill Memorial Company.
Boutte, Phyllis Ann Dupuis (1957- ). Collection, 1949-2019, n.d.
4 feet, 5.5 inches; Oversize
This collection contains materials belonging to and collected by Ms. Boutte over the years. Subjects include Cajun music and dance, festivals, plants and gardening, and Louisiana history. Much of the collection contains material related to the 1986 film Belizaire the Cajun. Phyllis Boutte donated the collection.
Hamilton, Rodney C. (1932- ). Collection, 1951-2017, n.d.
Rodney Hamilton is a Korean War veteran who has been very active in veterans organizations, including the Marine Corps League Acadiana Detachment and the Veteran’s Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana. Under his leadership, the coalition helped establish the Lafayette Community Based Outpatient Clinic, which offers primary care, physical therapy, and laboratory services for veterans. This collection contains materials related to Hamilton’s military and political careers. These include photographs, articles, programs, a scrapbook, and recognitions. Much of the collection also highlights his work with the Marine Corps League and Veteran’s Action Coalition of Southwest Louisiana. Rodney Hamilton donated the collection.
Dormon, Caroline (1888-1971). Collection, 1930s
Caroline Dormon was a botanist and horticulture who worked closely with theU.S. Forest Service to establish parks and forestlands. Sheconsulted on multiple projects for such parks as the Hodges Gardens State Park in Sabine Parish and the 301-acre Louisiana State Arboretum in Evangeline Parish.This collection consists of framed sketches of different flowers. The sketches are oversized and are organized into three boxes.The Louisiana Society for Horticultural Research Board of Directors donated the collection.
Holmes, Walter C. (1944- ). Collection, 2018-2019
1 foot, 4 inches
Dr. Walter Holmes is a retired botanist and professor of biolgy. He has taught at Northwestern State University and Baylor University. A native of St. John the Baptist Parish, he has written much on Louisiana plants and wildlife. This collection contains two unpublished manuscripts he wrote on Louisiana plants and animals. Dr. Holmes and his wife Nan Holmes donated the collection.
Mouton vs. Guidry. Case File, 1873-1874
2 files (28.5MB)
Celeste Mouton was the younger sister of Governor Alexandre Mouton. Her father, Jean Mouton père, donated land to her that was ultimately put under shared ownership with her husband, Joseph D. Guidry. Citing Sections 2390 & 2391 of the 1870 Louisiana Civil Code, she sued in the St. Landry Parish District Court to recover her paraphernal property for her to be the sole owner. This collection contains a scanned copy and a transcription of the case file. Leslie Elizabeth Barras, great-granddaughter of Celeste Mouton, scanned, transcribed, and donated the collection.
Girard, Edward Crow ( - ). Collection, 2003
This collection contains a framed design from Mr. Girard, commemorating USL's centennial. Donated by Edward Crow Girard.
Wilson, Shawn D. (1969- ). Photograph Collection, 1987-1993, 2004
622 megabytes; 183 images
Secretary Shawn Wilson is the Secretary of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD). An alumni of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he also was instrumental in establishing the National Pan-Hellenic Council (Black Greeks) on campus and serving as the first African American SGA president and the president of the Alumni Association. This collection consists of one volume of digitized color photographs from the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation of the University in 2004 and a digitized color photograph album of National Pan-Hellenic Council events and social activities while Secretary Wilson was a student at the UL Lafayette from 1987-1993. Secretary Wilson loaned the collection for digitization and donated the digital copies.
Emar Andrepont Store. Collection, 1908-1965, n.d.
Emar Andrepont was born in Opelousas, LA on April 21, 1863. In the late 1880s, he opened a general store in Prairie Ronde, selling various products such as food and farm equipment. This collection consists of financial records, photographs, and publications related to the Emar Andrepont Store. Also included are materials related to the Prairie Ronde Cotton Gin, an enterprise started among community members, including Mr. Andrepont. The City of Opelousas Tourism/Le Vieux Village, with the help of Boisy Pitre, donated this collection.
Malinowski, Jerome J. ( - ). Collection, 1988-2018, n.d.
7.5 inches, 173GB
Jerome “Jerry” Malinowski is professor emeritus of industrial design and the program coordinator from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.This collection consists of industrials design work created by Professor Malinowski and his students.Two of Jerome Malinowski’s students digitized the files and donated the entire collection to Edith Garland Dupré Library.
Vidrine, Frederick ( - ). Collection, 1904-1940
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.
Pitre, Ludeau (1897-1962). Papers, 1937-1967, n.d.
1 foot, 3 inches; oversize
Ludeau Pitre was a farmer and rancher in the Prairie Ronde community of St. Landry Parish during the early and middle 20th century. He built and ran a general store and Dixieland Ranch, a sizable estate of land and cattle. This collection consists of records from the Ludeau Pitre Store and Dixieland Ranch. This includes store ledgers, sharecropper time books, correspondence, receipts, and miscellaneous farm material from the store and ranch. Boisy Pitre, great-grandson of Ludeau Pitre, donated this collection.
Crombie, Paul ( - ). Collection, n.d.
1 foot, 1 ½ inches
Paul Crombie was born and raised on Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA. This collection contains Mardi Gras memorabilia Mr. Crombie has collected over the years, mainly necklaces and doubloons. Mr. Crombie began collecting the doubloons in 1960. Paul Crombie donated this collection.
Broussard, Alton E. (1911-1983). Collection, 1953-1983
3 feet, 8 inches
Alton Edmond Broussard was a newsman and professor of journalism. He taught at University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 37 years, and published many independent newspapers, including the Lafayette Guide. This collection contains the writings of Alton Broussard. The first volume is the entire Lafayette Guide newspaper. The two scrapbooks contain his articles from other newspapers, such as the Daily Advertiser. Three of Alton Broussard’s children, Mary Perrin, Sam, and Alton “Skip” II, and his son-in-law, Warren Perrin, donated this collection.
Evergreen (Avoyelles Parish, LA). Collection, 1972-2015, n.d.
5 inches; 9.3 gigabytes
Evergreen is a town in Avoyelles Parish, LA. As of the 2010 census, there are around 310 people who live there. Chartered in 1869, the town contained Evergreen College (later Evergreen High School). This collection contains material related to the town of Evergreen. Materials include newspapers/newsletters, high school reunion books, Homecoming items, CDs and DVDs, and a proclamation signed by Governor Bobby Jindal honoring Evergreen “Wear Green” Day. Dr. Edmond Dugas, native of Evergreen, donated this collection.
Chargois, Louise Judice (1898-1980). Collection, 1898-1996, n.d.
2 feet; Oversize
Louise Judice Chargois was a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Lafayette Parish. Belonging to one of the pioneer families of Lafayette, Chargois established the Lafayette Founders Committee, an organization that obtained and published biographies of different aspects of Lafayette Parish. This collection consists of materials collected by Chargois and her daughter, Altha Lee Chargois Kennedy. These include photographs of people and places during the early years of Lafayette, notes and letters from members of the Lafayette Founders Committee, publications, general records, and newspaper clippings. Altha Lee Kennedy Ripley, daughter of Altha Lee Chargois Kennedy and granddaughter of Louise Judice Chargois, donated this collection.
Herman, Sandra Thompson (1946- ). Papers,
Prairie du Rocher (Illinois). Photographs, 2006-2007
Prairie du Rocher, Illinois (“The Rock Prairie” in French) is a village in Randolph County, Illinois. It is the one of the oldest communities in the 21st century U.S. that was founded as a French settlement. This collection consists of photographs on two (2) CDs: Ste. Genevieve from 2006 and La Quiannee from 2007.
Bel Canto Music Club (Lafayette, LA). Collection, 1965-1971, n.d.
2 ½ inches
Bel Canto Music Club was organized on October 14, 1965 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The mission of the organization is to promote interest and study of music in Lafayette. The club is a member of both the National Federation of Music Clubs and Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs. This collection consists of correspondence, minutes of meetings, general records, photographs, clippings, and a scrapbook.
Rice, Lawrence D. (1929-1993). Collection, 1964-1970, n.d.
Dr. Lawrence Rice was a history professor at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 1965 to 1990. This collection consists of drafts of Dr. Rice’s dissertation titled, “The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900.” Other items correspondence, materials from his times at Navarro Junior College, and items related to the Texas Historical Association.
Acadian Opera Society. Scrapbook, 1973-1979
The Acadian Opera Society was founded in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1973. The mission of this organization is to seek support for all forms of musical theater, especially opera, throughout southwest Louisiana. This scrapbook contains news clippings, correspondence, music programs, and photographs pertaining to the Acadian Opera Society in the 1970s.
Washington (Louisiana), Town of. Records, 1836-2012
Washington, Louisiana, founded in 1770, is a town in St. Landry Parish and the third oldest settlement in Louisiana. Starting out as a French trading post, the Town of Washington acted as a steamboat port for various products, the largest port between New Orleans, LA and St. Louis, MO. This collection contains the minutes to meetings and financial records for the Town of Washington, a journal documenting minutes for the Board of Police, and the Code of the Ordinances for Opelousas. Washington Mayor Dwight Landreneau’s office donated the collection.
Raghavan, Vijay V. ( - ). Papers, 1975-2018, n.d.
7 feet, 2 ½ inches; 10 GB
Dr. Vijay Raghavan is a professor in computer science at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research areas include information retrieval and extraction, data and web mining, big data analytics, and literature-based discovery. This collection consists of Dr. Raghavan's conference proceedings, all bound. The books are organized alphabetically by year. The collection also includes digital proceedings and awards received. Dr. Vijay Raghavan donated the collection.
Drake Family. Papers, 1860-1865, 1944, 1966
Thomas Drake of Buckland Monachorum, Devonshire, England was the progenitor of the Drake family of Mississippi and Louisiana. This collection consists of mostly letters from members of the Drake family. Most of the letters are from E. Steele Drake, his brothers, sister, and mother. Also included are two articles pertaining to the Drake family.
Fiero, John W. (1934-2019). Collection, 1979, n.d.
Dr. John Fiero was a theater professor at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), specializing in English Renaissance literature, particularly Shakespeare, history of theater, and dramatic writing.This collection consists of scripts of plays written primarily by John Fiero, who also donated the collection. There are also two plays written by Dr. Paul Nolan, another professor from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The plays are all organized in alphabetical order.
Demarais, Azema ( - ). Collection, 1786, n.d.
1 foot, 8 inches; oversize
This collection contains a portrait and land grant, both in frames. Azema Demarais, a Frenchwoman whose family settled in Louisiana during colonial days, is the subject of the portrait. Her great granddaughter Azema Demarais Rountree Smith, owned the portrait and land grant. Louis LoConte and his daughters, Paula Frazier and Amanda Michanczyk, donated these items. Dr. Manuel Morales of the UL Lafayette History Department and Dr. Leslie Bary of the UL Lafayette Modern Languages Department translated and transcribed the land grant from Spanish to English.
Louisiana State Penitentiary (LSP) Museum. Photograph Collection
Trahan, Eugene A., Sr., Col. (1917-2003). Scrapbooks, 1869-1982, n.d.
3 feet, 4 inches
Col. Eugene Trahan of Lafayette, LA served in the 2nd Armored Division during World War II as a tank battalion commander. After the war, he served as Division Chief of Staff in Göppingen, Germany and as an executive officer of the National War College. This collection contains two scrapbooks put together by Col. Trahan, featuring his extended family and military career. Edward Mouton donated the collection by way of Dr. Vaughn Baker.
Broussard, Pierre Otis “P.O.” (1917-2002). Collection, 1904-1945, n.d.
1 foot, 7.5 inches
Pierre Otis “P.O.” Broussard was born in Abbeville, LA and lived in Lafayette, LA for his whole adult life. His family traces back to the pre-Civil War era. After serving in World War II, he worked for Amoco Production Co. for 39.5 years. He died August 6, 2002 in Lafayette. This collection contains materials pertaining to P.O. Broussard. Of particular interest are scrapbooks containing photographs he took or collected during World War II. Vaughan Baker, P.O. Broussard’s niece, donated the collection.
Greater Lafayette (Louisiana) Chamber of Commerce. Collection, 1924, 1983-1989, 2000, n.d.
The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Inc., was organized to advance the various industries that make up Lafayette. This collection consists of minutes of meetings, financial records, correspondence, publications, registration forms for various meetings and events, proposals, directories, contact information, surveys, by-laws, and legislative and congressional updates.
Carstens, Charles J. ( - ). Letters, circa 1925-1926
Boudreaux Family. Genealogical Records,
Opelousas (Louisiana), City of. Oral History Collection,
Nehrbass Architecture. Collection,
Michot, Thomas C. (1950- ). Papers,
Valentine, Jacob M. (1917-2000). Papers,
Lafayette Historic Azalea Trail. Collection,
Parker, Jeanette Plauché (1934- ). Bendel Gardens Collection, 1799-2021, n.d.
Jeanette Plauché Parker is retired professor of education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her book Bendel Gardens: An Historic Treasure in Lafayette, Louisiana, presents an authentic history of the Bendel Gardens subdivision through family and church records, legal documents, personal interviews, and other primary sources. This collection contains Dr. Parker’s research notes on Bendel Gardens. Dr. Jeanette Plauché Parker donated the collection.
Guilbeau, Evelyn (1900-1977). Collection, 1917-1922, n.d.
1 foot, 7.5 inches; oversize
Evelyn Guilbeau of Carencro was a teacher in St. Martin Parish. She was a student of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection contains two scrapbooks that Ms. Guilbeau compiled during her time at SLII. The scrapbooks contain letters, clippings, written entries, stamps, and other miscellaneous items collected by Ms. Guilbeau. Separate from the scrapbooks, the collection also includes a speech she gave to high school students and a couple of photographs. Nancy Oliver (her granddaughter) and James Guilbeau (her nephew) donated the collection.