UL Lafayette Special Collections
Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
The Acadiana Manuscripts Collection contains over 700 collections of personal and family papers, business and organizational records, photograph collections, oral histories, and much more related to the Acadiana region and south and southwest Louisiana. While most of the manuscript collections relate to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, several have broader scopes that complement the region and culture.
These collections cover a wide variety of topics. Such topics include local and regional history, agriculture, the oil industry, architecture, education, literature, politics, and women's history.
This faction is divided up into two parts: manuscript collections (COLL) and miscellaneous manuscript collections (MSS). The manuscript collections are full collections that can range from a single box to well over a hundred. Miscellaneous manuscript collections usually only comprise of a few items that may only make up one to three folders. These smaller collections stand on their own and may not necessarily belong in any of the fuller manuscript collections.
To browse the finding aids of the Acadiana Manuscripts Collection, first go to the side panel under University Archives & Manuscripts and click Acadiana Manuscripts Collection at the top.
Once redirected, patrons can browse either by alphabetical order (by clicking one of the letters), or by numerical order (by clicking either Manuscripts or Miscellaneous Manuscripts). These options are also available on the sidebar.
Examples of Manuscript Collections
|COLL 3||Watson Family Papers|
|COLL 8||Givens-Hopkins Families Papers|
|COLL 12 and 12A||Joel L. Fletcher, Jr. Papers|
|COLL 33||Rice Millers' Association Records|
|COLL 43||Edith Garland Dupré Papers|
|COLL 45||Jefferson Caffery Papers|
|COLL 67||Petroleum Archives Collection|
|COLL 90||Barnett Studio Photographs [Freeland Collection]|
|COLL 161||J. Carlton James Oral History Collection|
|COLL 170||Lafayette (Louisiana) Rotary Club Records|
|COLL 206||Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) Records|
|COLL 329||Colonial Louisiana Records Collection|
|COLL 338||Junior League of Lafayette Collection|
The complete list of Manuscripts Collections finding aids are available on the Special Collections web page.
Examples of Miscellaneous Manuscript Collections
|MSS 1||World War II Collection|
|MSS 10||States' Rights Party of Louisiana Platform|
|MSS 13||U.S. Department of Agriculture Reports|
|MSS 18||Bayou Teche Railway and Light Company Minutes|
|MSS 40||Willie Francis Collection|
|MSS 45||Hebert Family Genealogical Records|
|MSS 94||Bone-Lovell Families Papers|
|MSS 113||Lafayette (Louisiana) Chamber of Commerce Miscellaneous Records|
|MSS 251||Confederate Civil War Soldier Letter|
The complete list of Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collections finding aids are available on the Special Collections web page.
The Special Collections Department must be cited when materials are published and/or distributed. Any citation of archival material must contain the following elements:
Author (if available). Title (if available). Date created (if available). Box number, Folder number. Unique identifier, collection name. Archives name, Library name, Institutional affiliation, Location. Date accessed.
Kaplan, Benjamin. "The Future of the Jewish Family." Box 4, Folder 2. Coll 78, Benjamin Kaplan Papers. University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection, Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA. 8 March 2017.