Center for Louisiana Studies
The Center for Louisiana Studies (CLS) was established in 1973 for the promotion of scholarly investigation into Louisiana's rich culture and heritage through acquisition, research, publication and interpretation. Today, the Center for Louisiana Studies is made up of three complementary divisions: the Research Division, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, and the Programming and Special Projects Division.
The Research Division houses the Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore-the world's largest collection of Cajun and Creole folklore, field recordings, oral histories, and other folklife materials-a vast image archive, and other significant and one-of-a-kind collections, in addition to maintaining an active fieldwork schedule.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press is the world's largest academic publisher devoted exclusively to Louisiana-related works.
The Programming and Special Projects Division engages the broader community through collaboration with other UL Lafayette departments and external agencies and organizations, as well as through free programming and lectures.