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

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, a historic home owned by the University. As soon as the rehabilitation of the Roy House is complete, the Center’s headquarters will relocate there.