Note: Larger holdings are labeled "Collection"; smaller holdings (less than 2½ inches) are labeled "Manuscript".
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.
Baker, Vaughn. Collection
Handwritten brief for a case heard by W.L. Brand in St. Martin District Court. Case deals with land on Vermilion Bayou (1819). Laminated. Donated by Charles Caffery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minutes from the September 8, 1906 organizational meeting to September, 1908. Photocopy of handwritten pages 1 thru 52 from bound minute book. Original at Tulane University Manuscripts Department. No donor card.
The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District was organized to beautify, manange and preserve the Vermilion Ricer 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.
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.
Southwestern Louisiana Institute was the first public college in the South to integrate. This collection contains general records, documents and cassettes.
Bec Doux was a weekly newspaper comic written in Cajun French by Ken Meaux (art) and Early Comeaux (text). It was published for the first time in The Kaplan Herald in August 1969 and ran on a weekly basis for over twenty years. The collection includes photographs of Meaux and Comeaux, as well as the artwork for the comic strips.
Engineering drawings mainly for the bell tower at Brownell Memorial Park, Morgan City, Louisiana. There are also some material on Mobil Oil Intracoastal Tank, Bayou Sale, Louisiana. Donated by Mrs. Dan O'Brien.
Memoir of her parents, Theodor and Edwine Hirzel Schumann, mainly in Atlanta.Donated by Charlotte Behre.
A Women in Louisiana Collection.
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 the National 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.
2 feet, 6 inches
This collection consists of papers written by Pierre Belliveau on Acadian exiles in New England. There are also genealogy material on the Faucault, Toups, and Foco Families.
Material related to preparing 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.
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.
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.
The collection contains documents showing state and federal records of land purchases by Charles Bergeron in Lafayette Parish. All transactions made in land office in Opelousas, LA.
Bernard, Edwin. Papers
Thesis: Idioms of Common Usage by the French-Speaking People of Southwest Louisiana (Acadiana). No donor card. Donated in 1981.
1 ½ feet
Rod Bernard is a musician from South Louisiana, best known for being one of the pioneers of "swamp pop" music. His career spans from 1958 to the present. 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.
3 feet, 1 ½ inches
Material on swamp pop music gathered initially for research for Dr. Bernard's M.A. thesis. Collection contains correspondence, photographs, magazine and newspaper articles, flyers, promotional materials, notes, and miscellaneous materials. This collection was donated by Shane K. Bernard.
6 volumes; Microfilm: 3 reels [35 mm]
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.
1 foot, 8 inches; Oversize
Al Bethard is a native of Louisiana. He worked at Edith Garland Dupré Library, 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.
Bienvenu, Sylvia S. Papers
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.
The Bird of Refuges of Louisiana by Theodore Roosevelt. Scribner’s Magazine, Volume LIX, March 1916, no.3.
Microfilm: 2 reels (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 University of Louisiana at Lafayette University Libraries Microfilm Department in 1974.
Bound volume containing letters to A.W. Bittle upon his retirement from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Donated by Mrs. B.J. Beaullieu.
3 ½ feet
Jane Bode was an attorney from Crowley, LA. This collection consists of her working files.
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.
Contains diary of Phebe S. Beach (Lovell), 1890-1918, photocopy; miscellaneous papers of other family members; photographs of the Crowley, Louisiana family. Includes material on P. S. Lovell (obituary, photograph); material on Phebe S. Beach Lovell (poems and short stories, photograph); items on ViolaLovellianer; material related to HughMcCrearyBone [1876-195(4)] and Fannie Z. Bone (marriage certificate, record of extension courses atSLI, clippings, photographs, reminiscence  of Fannie about youth; material on Bone children (photos, miscellaneous letters [including discussion of Frances Parkinson Keyes'Blue Camellia], article. Donated by Mrs. Major T. Bell, Beaumont, Texas. A Women in Louisiana Collection.
2 folders; Map case
Mainly papers dealing with land owned by A.D. Boudreaux and his father, Oliver, in Opelousas District and Lafayette Parish. Includes the following: deeds, sale documents, surveys, plats, other miscellaneous legal documents (slave sale); military service records including commission by the Louisiana Governor in 1861 and amnesty oath from 1865, muster roll for Company K, 1st Regiment of Reserve Corps, Louisiana, 7/1864-1/1865, and newspaper article by Mario Mamalakis (1980) on Boudreaux Home on Doc Dominique Road.
Boudreaux’s Rio Trucks located in Franklin, Louisiana. They sold heavy duty Rio Trucks and Hudson’s new Car of Tomorrow. No date. Photographs.
4 ft. 4 in., 37 volumes
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.
3 feet, 1 ½ inches
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.
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.
Authorization for issuance of marriage license for Pierre Boutte and Victoire Chauvette.
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.
Letters written by Alice Bowman to Richard Thomas Davis. Miss Bowman served as a teacher to the McIlhenny family on Avery Island. Donated by Julia K. Fuller.
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.
15 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.
Brandon, Elizabeth E. Papers
This collection consists of ledgers ranging from 1869 to 1921 belonging to Paul Breau.
Miscellaneous collection of material related to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. (Artificial collection with uncertain provenance. Some items may be from Rees Family Papers). Donated by Grover Rees.
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.
This collection includes Conveyance Research records, Land Grant certificates, Abstracts of titles, etc.This collection has been digitized.The Aurelien Breaux Land Grants documents were loaned to us to digitize for our collection by Annadine P. Credeur of Scott, Louisiana.
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.
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 video tapes. This collection was donated by Father Joseph Brennan.
Documents relating to settling the estate of William L. Brent of St. Martin Parish, including succession. Photocopies.
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.
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.
This collection consists of the Broussard Funeral Home Records. The Broussard Funeral Home was in the City of Erath, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The funeral home opened in 1941 in Erath.
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.
Account books and volumes of bills for M.A. Broussard, merchant of Royville and Youngsville, Louisiana. One volume has instructions of how to make dyes.
Gift of Earl Vallor.
75 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 collectionwas donated by Mrs. George and Dorville Broussard.
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.
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.
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.
"A History of Elton (Louisiana)", January 12, 1958. Photocopied typescript. No donor card.
7 feet, 7.5 inches; 6 volumes
John J. Burdin was a physician who practiced in Lafayette, LA for 54 years. This collection consists of his working files, including general and financial records, insurance and hospital records, etc. Also included are personal files which contain general and financial records, insurance records, certificates, etc.Vaughan Baker Simpson donated the collection.
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.
2 1/2 inches
Photocopy of his novel Heaven's Prisoners, with revisions.
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.
Bussie was the only president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO ever had until he retired in 1997. He was president for 41 years. He was on the front lines of Louisiana politics. This collection contains a list of personal information, civic activities, personal memberships, Louisiana state governmental services, and labor services. There are also handwritten notes on his awards and recognitions, correspondence from 1997, a nomination form "Human and Civil Rights Awards Nomination Form" in 1998, and photocopies of newspaper clippings.