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Alphabetical List of Collections: P

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


Packard, Fred ( - ). Films, 1970s-1980s

Collection 116

3 items
Packard was a faculty member from the Art and Architecture department at University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). This collection consists of taped interviews on CODOFIL.


Palmetto and Gulf Railway Company. Letter, 1897

Manuscript 170

1 item
Letter explaining intent to purchase right-of-way through Teche Valley for railroad from Palmetto, Louisiana, to Vermilion Bay. The route went through Port Barre, Leonville, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville and New Iberia.


Parker, John M. (1863-1939). Papers, 1887-1928

Collection 44

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 John M. Parker family; papers relating to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920's, especially the Mer Rouge and the Dallas Calmes affairs; Huey Long; farming and conservation in Louisiana; and national and Louisiana politics.


Pasquet Family. Patent of Nobility, 1770

Manuscript 66

1 item
Document granted by Marie Therese to family in Austrian Netherlands. Photocopy of original and typescript.


Patout Family. Collection, 1931-1975

Collection 148

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.


Peek, James M. (1916-1970). Papers, 1950-1969, n.d.

Collection 51

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.


Perkins and Branch Oil Museum. Collection, 1951-1991

Collection 279

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.


Perrin, Warren A. (1947- ). Papers, 1993-2014, n.d.

Collection 339

10 feet, oversize
This collection contains files of 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.


Petroleum Archives. Collection, 1902-1970, n.d.

Collection 67

2 feet, 10½ inches
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.


Pierrotti Family. Papers, 1864-1922, n.d.

Manuscript 68

2 folders
Miscellaneous personal and business papers of St. Landry Parish family. Includes material in English and material in French.


Pitchford, Henry (1929-2012). Papers, 1978-1985, 1996

Collection 457

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.


Pitre, Glen A. (1955 - ). Collection, 1981-1986, n.d.

Collection 284

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 consist of material pertaining to his movie Belizaire the Cajun. It also includes the original 35mm film. Glen Pitre donated the collection.


Planter's Hardware (Kaplan, Louisiana). Financial Records, 1944

Collection 42

1 volume
This volume consists of financial records of Planter’s Hardware in Kaplan, Louisiana from January 10 – December 23, 1944.


Playwrights Collection, 1955 [1920-1984]-1986, n.d.

Collection 82

4 feet
Contains manuscripts, photographs, scrapbook and publicity connected with the Eavesdrop and Playwrights Theatres of Lafayette, Louisiana.


Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 106. Records, 1946-1983

Collection 211

5 inches
This collection contains records mainly from the Plumber and Steamfitters Local #106 Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Trust Fund.


Poetical Miscellanies, 1846-47

Manuscript 127

1 volume
Copied and possibly original poems done mainly in Philadelphia, Maryland, and Savannah. Author unknown. Several pages transcribed. Donated by Mrs. Treadway


Pointe Coupee Parish. Census, 1809

Manuscript 157

1 folder
Census of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, taken in 1809. Handwritten original, 14 pages.


Pointe Coupée Parish. Civil Records, 1765-1967

Collection 356

Microfilm: 65 reels
Original acts, 1771-1836, and conveyances, 1810-1859; indexes to conveyances, 1765-1967


Pollock, Bradley Hugh (1955-2009). Collection, 1984-2009, n.d.

Collection 378

5 inches
Bradley Hugh Pollocktaught 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.


Pollux House (Lafayette, Louisiana). Miscellaneous Records, 1977

Manuscript 112

1 folder
By-laws, history, minutes, etc., October-December, 1977 (material collected for board members); also some material on Children's Shelter. All material thermofaxed.


Pompidou, Georges (1911-1974). State Visit Packet, 1970

Manuscript 41

2 folders
Material from official packet distributed by French Embassy, Press and Information division in preparation of state visit by President Georges Pompidou. Includes biographical material on M/M de Pompidou and Maurice Schumann; also brochures on France.


Poret, Ory Garard (1919-2014). Collection, 1942-1945, 1972, 2000

Collection 347

1 scrapbook, 1 CD; 2 ½ inch
Ory Garard Poret 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.


Posey, W.S. ( - ). Papers, 1880, 1886

Manuscript 67

2 items
Letter to and speech by W. S. Posey dealing with politics (Republican Party) and education. Photocopies. Donated by Mrs. G. E. Fox.


Post, Lauren C. (1899-1976). Papers, 1919-1977

Collection 118

5 inches; Microfiche [50 sheets]
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.


Prejean, James Michael ( - ). Collection, 1874-1985

Collection 171

14 inches
This collection consists of family histories of the Prejean and Blanchet families.


Prints, Sketches, and Posters. Collection

Collection 182

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.


Pritchard Rice Mill. Records, 1910s - 1960s

Collection 47

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.


Putnam, Richard (1913-2002). Federal Case Records, 1960s-1970s

Collection 203

15.5 feet
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.