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Louisiana Collection

The materials in the Louisiana Collection are located on the fifth floor of the library. This is a research collection related to all aspects of the State of Louisiana. Current information in the areas of law, study guides and travel are included with other materials that record the history and culture of Louisiana. Although the emphasis is on print format, microform and electronic materials are included.

Most of the material in the Louisiana collection is listed in the library’s online catalog. Louisiana-related audiovisual materials are housed in the State Library’s audiovisual collection.

Special materials in the Louisiana collection include:
• Acts of the Louisiana Legislature, 1810 to current;
• Current and historical city directories and telephone books for Louisiana cities and towns;
• Current and historical Louisiana maps;
• Current and historical Louisiana state government publications;
• Documents relating to the Historic American Building Survey in Louisiana;
• Documents relating to the Louisiana Historic Standing Structures Survey;
• Documents relating to the Louisiana Works Progress Administration;
• Louisiana-related federal government documents;
• Louisiana-related popular and specialized magazines, including all that are indexed in Bayou State Periodical Index;
• Newspapers from major Louisiana cities in print, on microfilm and in electronic format;
• U.S. Census, ship passenger lists, military service and parish records on microfilm;
• Vertical files of newspaper articles and ephemeral materials.

Criteria for selection include: 
• Subjects relevant to Louisiana;
• Works written or illustrated by a native or resident who is closely identified with Louisiana;
• Fiction of literary quality with a Louisiana setting and popular fiction by Louisiana authors;
• Popular books and compilations of Louisiana law and jurisprudence;
• Genealogy materials related to Louisiana and southeastern U.S. and journals published by state genealogical and historical societies;
• Juvenile books by Louisiana authors or with a Louisiana setting;
• Dissertations dealing with Louisiana history, culture or biography;
• Study guides for state-specific licensing examinations; and
• Standard annual series of Louisiana travel guidebooks.

Louisiana State Documents Digital Archive

Louisiana specific publications