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The Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore, housed in the Center for Louisiana Studies, received prominent placement in last month's blog post from the Library of Congress's "Folklife Today." 

From the post:

“Là-bas dans Carencro” was sung for the Lomaxes by Edwin L. Stephens, a Louisiana educator and university administrator who was then serving as the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (SLI) in Lafayette. You can hear that field recording here. Interestingly, SLI went on to become the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) and eventually the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). Back in the 1980s, an effort spearheaded by USL professor Barry Jean Ancelet resulted in the Lomax recordings being duplicated for what is now the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the Center for Louisiana Studies, which is housed at ULL. So in Louisiana, if you want to hear “Là-bas dans Carencro,” you go to an archive at the same school where Stephens was president when he sang it for the Lomaxes! Many Louisiana artists have done just that, making the Lomax recordings a source for such bands as Beausoleil, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and Feufollet.

To read more, click the link:  http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2016/02/lomax-challenge-videos-part-2/?loclr=eaftb

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