Louisiana Voices Institute Collection, 1999-2007

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1999 - 2007 (Inclusive dates)
Scope and Content Note

Records of the formation and implementation of the Folklife in Education Project and the development of the Educator’s Guide. Files include drafts of various units, training materials, training workshop files, student handouts, course development, correspondence between the director, Maida Owens, and regional contacts regarding the development of educational materials and training programs, meeting minutes, grant applications and records. Additionally, there is a vertical file on similar programs, publicity materials, and Heritage Education files.

Administrative/Biographical History Element

"An initiative of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program from 1997 until 2007, the Louisiana Voices Folklife in Education Program (LV) developed the Louisiana Voices Educator’s Guide, an online public-domain resource (, and the Folklife in Louisiana website ( The goal was to provide frameworks for the study of culture and an academically sound basis for both multicultural and technological education. The program offered professional development opportunities for educators to learn to use the educator’s guide and incorporate the information about Louisiana folklife into their classrooms. From its inception, the program involved intensive collaboration between folklorists and educators to create both resources and professional development strategies."

Maida Owens and Eileen Engel, “A Tale of Discovery: Folklorists and Educators Collaborate to Create and Implement the Louisiana Voices Educator’s Guide,” in Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2011. Page 1.

System of Arrangement

Materials may be found in the following series within the Louisana Folklife Program Project Files:

  • Series XXIV. Oral History, 1973-1999
  • Series XXXVI. Louisiana Voices

General Note

Collection is available for review at LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La.

3 (linear feet)
25 (cassette tapes)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Applied Folklore (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Education (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Educational Materials (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Temporal Coverage
Geographic Coverage
Louisiana (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Preferred Citation
Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files, Mss. 4730, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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