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Louisiana Folklife Center Information

The Louisiana Folklife Center, an agency of Northwestern State University of Louisiana, was established in 1976. Since that year, the Center has been involved in folklife programs of public interest. The Folklife Center works closely with the Louisiana Folklife Program housed in the Louisiana Division of the Arts and directed by Maida Owens.

The Folklife Center at Northwestern is a research facility which coordinates the Natchitoches/NSU Folklife Festival and serves as an archival repository for many folklife materials. The Center has some 800 artist and subject files, 1,500 audio recordings, 100 video tapes, a small but growing print library of books and periodicals, and 5,000 still photographic images. CBS Evening News, the Turner Broadcasting Company, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and many other individuals, groups, and agencies use the Center's resources.

We are especially appreciative to Madelyn Boudreaux for her work in developing the Louisiana Folklife Database and the original version of this Web site. Also, the effort would not have been possible without grant support from the Louisiana State Arts Council, Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Northwestern State University of Louisiana continues to provide space, equipment, and technical support.



For more information about the Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival, Louisiana Folklife Journal, recordings, biographies and other aspects of Folklife, please contact the Louisiana Folklife Center.


Dr. Shane Rasmussen


NSU Campus



Kyser Hall


(318) 357-4332


Room 213


NSU Box 3663


Monday - Thursday


Natchitoches, LA 71497


8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.





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