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Patricia Kennedy Rickels Collection

Fieldwork of the American author, Civil Rights advocate, folklorist, and researcher who taught for 50 years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The collection includes oral histories, student work, photographs, and audio recordings. Included in the collection is the No Gains Without Pains Collection, an oral history of Scott, Louisiana, performances and interviews with local musicians, folk medicine practioners and faith healers, and examples of local lore.

Lafayette Creole and African American Mardi Gras maskers, photo by Patricia Rickels

Explore the Collection - Please note that links to media files can only be accessed at the Center for Louisiana Studies physical offices