Program Archives

The Louisiana Folklife Program projects and research materials are archived at LSU Library's Special Collections, located at Hill Memorial Library on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge.

Records of the Louisiana Folklife Program include correspondence, field recordings and oral histories, and project files of its various programming efforts, publications, and projects designed to document and promote the folkways of Louisiana. Included are the records of projects funded by the Program and for which the Program received funding, including the Louisiana Folklife Festival, folklife surveys of the state’s regions and parishes, participation in the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, and others.

Early materials relate to the establishment of the Folklife Program and include correspondence and legislation. Records of the Folklife Commission are also present. The records also include file of correspondence, printed items, reports, grant applications, clippings, and articles about or from agencies also within the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; other state agencies; various cultural institutions, programs, and festivals in the state; and out of state, national, and federal folklife-related agencies and organizations.

To download a PDF version of the full inventory of Louisiana Folklife Program materials housed at the archives, click here.