The Center for Louisiana Studies has preserved the world's largest collection of Cajun and Creole folklore for 40 years.

What began modestly in 1973 with $200 and the University president’s blessing has grown into a research hub of international significance.


The Center for Louisiana Studies enhances cultural and eco-tourism in the Pelican State through myriad activities, including an extensive online tourism guide, the collaborative interaction and research of its fellows, ongoing cultural fieldwork and archival collections, and, finally, community outreach programs.

UL Press

The UL Press is the state's second-largest academic publisher and the largest academic publisher of Louisiana-related works.

Publishing since 1973, the UL Press has an extensive array of current titles, as well as an online storefront.

Center for Louisiana Studies

The Center for Louisiana Studies is dedicated to researching, publicizing, promoting, and preserving Louisiana’s cultures and history. Since 1973, the Center has worked not only to preserve the state’s rich heritage, but also to make it accessible to scholars, students, and the general public.

The Center is composed of three divisions: the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, the Research Division, and the Programming and Special Projects Division.

The Center also serves as a headquarters for the Louisiana Historical Association and oversees production of its quarterly journal, Louisiana History. The Center is currently housed on the 3rd floor of Edith Garland Dupré Library, but is raising funds to renovate the J. Arthur Roy House. As soon as the rehabilitation of the Roy House is complete, the Center’s headquarters will relocate there.