Coton Jaune, Acadian Brown Cotton
Documentary Materials Added to ACCF 
The documentary film Coton Jaune, Acadian Brown Cotton: A Cajun Love Story explores the history of natural brown cotton in Southwest Louisiana and examines its origins and use among the people of Acadiana. The film premiered to a capacity crowd at Vermilionville in Lafayette on May 13. Future screenings are scheduled in October 2015 throughout South Louisiana.

The filmmakers, Suzanne Chaillot Breaux and Sharon Gordon Donnan, presented the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore with digital copies of all of the footage and interviews done as research for the final project. We commend Suzanne and Sharon on the film's success and are most appreciative for the gracious donation of this precious cultural information to be preserved of future generations.

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UL Press Brings Home Multiple Awards
Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year's best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year.

Four UL Press titles have earned gold and bronze medals in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Gold winners include Generating Hope by Geoff Gjertson, which documents the BeauSoleil solar home designed and built by a team from UL Lafayette for the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. and You Don't Know Me by James Nolan, a collection of short stories about New Orleans. Generating Hope earned the top award in the Architecture category, while You Don't Know Me was cited in the South - Best Regional Fiction category.

Receiving bronze IPPYs are The Irish in New Orleans by Laura D. Kelley, a history of the Irish in New Orleans illustrated with photographs; and The Public Art of Robert Dafford by Philip Gould, a vivid depiction of the renowned artist's work through text and photography. Kelley's book was judged in in the South - Best Regional Non-Fiction category and Gould's was recognized in the coffee table books category.
From Glass to Plastic: Mardi Gras Bead Research
Assistant Director for Programming and Special Projects, Jennifer Ritter Guidry, is exploring the evolution of Mardi Gras beads, or "throws," from treasured glass necklaces made in Czechoslovakia to mass-marketed plastic trinkets doled out by the handful. If you have held on to such Mardi Gras mementos, grew up in New Orleans catching glass beads (or getting smacked in the face by a necklace), please contact Jennifer to set up an interview.
Roy House Preservation Efforts Continue
The J. Arthur Roy House is the only UL Lafayette property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An architectural treasure, it is prominently located at the corner of Johnston Street and University Avenue and is slated to become the next headquarters for the Center for Louisiana Studies. "Like" us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on news about the Roy House fundraising and renovations. 


The Roy House needs substantial renovations to turn it into a welcoming home for the Center. A virtual walk-through of the house is available for you to view its current state and its potential. Tax-deductible donations in support of the Roy House renovations should be directed to CLS Director Dr. Michael S. Martin. Checks should be made payable to the UL Lafayette Foundation, with "Roy House" noted in the memo line.   

Outre le Mont: po?sie 

Now Available for Purchase    


Zachary Richard began writing poetry in 1968 after a chance encounter with Allen Ginsberg in New Orleans. Influenced by the Beats and particularly by Gary Snyder, Zachary's poetry is rhythmically complex and often logically challenging. The principal themes are enlightenment according to the Zen tradition, the power of nature, and francophone identity in North America.

In 1998, Zachary received the Prix Litt?raire Champlain for Faire R?colte (Make Harvest). Feu (Fire) was awarded the Prix Roland Gasparic in Bucharest, Rumania in 2003. Outre le Mont: po?sie is his fourth collection.


ISBN: 9781935754626


Softcover, 123 pp., $12.00