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University Archives and Special Collections in Dupré Library is filled with amazing treasures. Author Ernest Gaines’ handwritten manuscripts. A uniform jacket worn by a cadet soon after the school opened in 1901. A photo of the first faculty members – all eight of them.

The Archives is celebrating its 50th birthday.




For a blast from the past, check out L’Acadien, UL Lafayette’s yearbook. All volumes, starting from the first that was published in 1912, are now accessible online.

Each page was digitized during a student-funded project that took about three months to complete.




John Sharp, a researcher in the University’s Center for Louisiana Studies, calls Louisiana dance halls a “great cultural phenomenon.” He has created a website, LouisianaDancehalls.com, that’s a clearinghouse of information about more than 1,600 establishments statewide.

He’s asking for any related stories you would like to share.

September 21st, 2017

Former UL administrator, higher education commissioner Cosper dies

Dr. Sammie W. Cosper, a former vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Southwestern Louisiana who... Read More ➝
September 19th, 2017

Overall enrollment rises for fourth consecutive year

For the fourth year in a row, a record number of students have enrolled at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.... Read More ➝
September 8th, 2017

University's former presidents honored with portraits

During its first 108 years, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette had just five presidents. To put that in... Read More ➝
September 24th, 2017

Ragin' Cajuns vs Georgia Southern - Soccer

In the interest of public safety and following the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)... Read More ➝
September 26th, 2017

Pink Pumpkin Week Information Organization Session

Attention all organizations! Students for the Advancement of Women and Black Women Leadership Association wants you to... Read More ➝
September 27th, 2017

Literature Workshop hosted by the Ernest Gaines Center

Flex your creative writing muscles at the museum’s first literature workshop hosted by Cheylon Woods, Director of UL... Read More ➝

Ragin' Cajun Cam