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Archival Collections

The holdings of the Center for Louisiana Studies Archives illustrate the scope of field recording in Louisiana, from historic recordings to recent field work. It is the world's largest collection of Cajun and Creole field recordings, oral histories, and other folklife materials, as well as a vast image archive focused on Louisiana history and culture. The core of the collection consists of more than 300 field collections–unique and irreplaceable recordings collected by anthropologists, linguists, ethnomusicologists, folklorists, photographers, students, and the public interested in preserving the voices and culture of Louisiana. Extensive holdings of field recordings of music, oral histories, and images. 

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  • Fieldwork of American author, folklorist and researcher who taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The collection includes traditional French folksongs, Afro-Creole and Europoean folktales, Cajun music, Creole music, Zydeco music, Mardi Gras photos and songs, oral histories, photographs, and jokes. 

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  • The initial batch of materials for this collection was donated in 2006 by American author and journalist Larry Benicewicz that explore Louisiana traditional music- on recorded and live performances, interviews , and photographs. 

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  • Fieldwork of American author, educator, and pioneering folklorist who lived in and primarliy documented Vermilion Parish from the late 1940s-mid 1990s. The collection includes documents and audio recordings from her research and fieldwork. 

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  • Elizabeth Brandon was a scholar of the French language and Francophone music. This collection contains copies of her fieldwork and performances by and interviews with Inez Catalon, Joe Falcon, Caesar Vincent, and others.

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  • This collection is comprised of taped interviews of Swamp Pop musicians conducted by British author and music researcher John Broven. Included here are interviews with Johnnie Allan, Bobby Charles, J.D. Miller, Art Neville, Dr. John, and others.

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  • This collection is the outtakes from French filmmaker Bruneau’s 1974 documentary "Dedans la Sud de la Louisiane"- which was shot around Acadiana during Mardi Gras season of 1972.
     

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  • The Cajun and Creole COVID Collection (CCCC) is a group of inteviews related to the coronavirus in southern Louisiana and its impact on and manifestations in Cajun and Creole culture, with a special focus on the experience of native speakers of Louisiana French in the region. 

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  • Collection of video files that were created by and document the Traditional Music program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, including performances by the Bluegrass, Cajun, Zydeco, and Jazz Music Ensembles, as well as interviews of instructors and traditional musicians.

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  • Created by the Center for Louisiana Studies for the virtual 2020 edition of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. These videos document musicians at home performing acapella ballads, Creole accordion, fiddle tunes, family music, and the presentation of the Louisiana Folklife Tradition Bearer Award. 

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