Researchers have use our archives to gain a wealth of insight into Cajun and Creole folklore.

Just as important, professional musicians have benefited from hearing Cajun and Creole field recordings from the 1930s to the present.


The Center for Louisiana Studies maintains active ties to several local, regional and state organizations as part of its mission to foster scholarly inquiry and preservation of Louisiana traditions and folkways.


The UL Press began publishing in the late 1960s, before the formal establishment of the Center for Louisiana Studies.

To date, the UL Press has produced over 200 titles in its 40+ years.

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 includes three divisions: UL PressArchives/Research, and Programs.

The Center is headquartered at the J. Arthur Roy House, a historic National Register property and the oldest building on the University's campus. Our archives are housed on the 3rd floor of Edith Garland Dupré Library, but you may begin your research journey with a visit to the Roy House's Archive Room. We encourage you to browse the UL Press Bookshop and visit our reading room while you're here. We carry UL Press publications and other Louisiana titles, as well as gifts crafted by Louisiana artists and artisans.