Annual Caffery Competition Winner Announced

Congratulations to history graduate student Tim Landry, this year’s winner of the annual Caffery Competition. Tim won for his essay “Conservative Aristocrat and Assertive Ambassador: Jefferson Caffery at the Headwaters of American Involvement in Vietnam, 1944-1947.”

The Caffery Competition encourages UL Lafayette students to conduct scholarly research using primary source materials from the Special Collections of Dupré Library. Graduate and undergraduate students from all academic departments may consult the Special Collections staff to find relevant resources. The winner receives a $500 prize.

Spring Break/Easter Holiday

LIbrary Hours April 17-27

Thursday, April 17   7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Friday – Monday, April 18-21    CLOSED

Tuesday – Thursday, April 22-24   7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, April 25   7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, April 26   CLOSED

Sunday, April 27   2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

All public services close 15 minutes prior to closing.

 For a list of holiday hours and Louisiana Room/Special Collections hours, go to:

The War in Paradise: Civil War in Acadiana, 1863

Drawing: Civil War in Louisiana

Talk by Jim Bradshaw, journalist and local history author

Tuesday, April 15  4:00 – 5:00 pm

Dupré Library, Gaines Center Hallway, 3rd floor

Q&A will follow the talk.

Sponsored by Special Collection Services


Supported by Gilda Lehrman Institute of American History

Contact: Dr. Bruce Turner, Assistant Dean of Special Collection Services, 482-5702,
Photograph courtesy of LOUISiana Digital Library


New Online Resource: DSM-5 Library



The DSM-5 Library is a set of searchable, full-text reference works for psychiatric diagnosis. It includes DSM-5, the standard diagnostic tool used by mental health professionals worldwide to diagnose mental disorders; the DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis; and DSM-5 Clinical Cases.

Access the DSM-5 Library from the Dupré Library Reference Online Center web page ( using the Databases by Name drop-down menu.

Exhibit: Louisiana in the Civil War, 1864


One hundred and fifty years ago, the Civil War continued to disrupt life in Louisiana. Federal forces under Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks and Admiral David D. Porter launched the Red River Campaign in an attempt to capture Shreveport and east Texas. They were successfully opposed by a much smaller Confederate force under Gen. Richard Taylor, but on their way up the Red River they devastated much of central Louisiana.

Also during 1864, Unionists in New Orleans wrote a new state Constitution and elected government officials, while the Confederate state government still ruled from Shreveport.

The current display in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room continues Dupré Library’s series on Louisiana in the Civil War, focusing on events in 1864. The exhibit includes first-hand accounts, unit histories and scholarly studies, and artists’ sketches as published in northern illustrated magazines. Materials on display are drawn from the holdings of the Louisiana Room and the Acadiana Manuscripts Collection. The exhibit was curated by Jean S. Kiesel, Louisiana Room Librarian (; 337.482.1164).

“Louisiana in the Civil War, 1864″ will remain on display through the end of June. It is free and open to the public. Check library hours & holidays: The Jefferson Caffery Reading Room is closed on holiday weekends. Its hours are listed under Louisiana Room/Special Collections on the Library Hours webpage. To confirm hours, call 337.482.6031.