In addition to its rich manuscript collections, LLMVC includes more than 120,000 volumes of books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, and other published materials that document the social, economic, political, and environmental history of Louisiana and its people. The collection is especially strong in books on plantation life, Civil War-era Louisiana, state and local politics, and fiction and poetry written by Louisiana authors.
Maps of Louisiana and neighboring states, the lower Mississippi River, and the Caribbean Basin record the changing human and physical landscape of the region. The collection brings together many rare and early titles related to Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, and French exploration of North America. These range from Louis Hennepin’s Description de la Louisiane (1683) to rare opera libretti published in nineteenth-century New Orleans.
Also of interest are collections of books from local plantations, including Acadia Plantation of Lafourche Parish and St. Francisville’s Cottage Plantation. Although the collection is not designed to support extensive genealogical research, a small number of family histories is available. A self-service reference collection containing standard histories, bibliographies, biographical dictionaries, and research guides is available in the reading room.
For detailed guides to published materials in selected subject areas, see Tips for Finding Books.