Bill Stafford Promotes Public Awareness For The Louisiana State Archives

          Mr. Bill Stafford, Director of Reference Services for the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge will inform us on the holdings of the Louisiana State Archives at the Young-Sanders Center in Franklin on Saturday June 14, 2008. Mr. Stafford will present an overview on the Louisiana State Archives Collections with special attention given to the Confederate States of America and the “Rebel Archives”. The “Rebel Archives” are the Louisiana State Government Records of 1850-1888.

          Mr. Stafford will also present for public viewing a number of Louisiana Confederate States of America documents presently being housed at the Louisiana State Archives.

          The Louisiana State Archives is a division of the Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne’s office. Daily operations of the Louisiana State Archives are under the direction of State Archivist Florent Hardy, Jr., PhD.

          Stafford continues to work toward better public access to the Louisiana State Archives holdings through web accessible databases, networking with other State Archives, developing Research Library finding aids as well as promoting the Louisiana State Archives through an active program of outreach generating public awareness throughout our state.

          Mr. Stafford’s lecture is open to the general public. His program will begin at 1:30 on Saturday June 14, 2008 at the Young-Sanders Center located at 701 Teche Drive in Franklin, Louisiana. The Young-Sanders Center is located one block from the St. Mary Parish Court House on the historic Bayou Teche. For more information call 1 (337) 413-1861. Directions to get to the Center can be found on the Young-Sanders Center’s web site at