The vision of
LSUS Archives and Special Collections is to be the instrument of regional historical and institutional memory,
to be an active participant in furthering the institutional mission and knowledge of the history of northwest
Louisiana and the Red River region, and to continuously provide unexpected learning opportunities for all
constituencies of LSUS.
The mission of
LSUS Archives and Special Collections is to collect, preserve, and make accessible to interested users and
researchers the papers, records and other materials of persons, groups and organizations significant to the
history of Northwest Louisiana and the Red River region, and to provide for the orderly retention and
disposition of all University records.
LSUS Archives and Special Collections was created in 1974 through the efforts of Dr, John Hall,
Chairman of the Social Studies Department, Malcolm Parker, Library Director, and Hubert Humphreys,
Assistant Professor of History. Their aim was to document and preserve area history, particularly
the history of northwest Louisiana. In 1975, LSUS hired Patricia Meador as the first archivist.
just two collections and relying on community support, Ms. Meador built a program that today features
600 archival collections, 300 manuscript collections, and 150 oral histories and continues to grow.
In 1994 the
Archives moved from its location on the second floor of the original library building to the attractive and
spacious quarters it now occupies on the third floor of the new Noel Memorial Library. Staffed by four full-time
employees and a part-time volunteer, LSUS Archives and Special Collections acts as the instrument of the universityís
institutional memory and assists visitors from all over the United States and abroad with research about the Red River,
steam boating, plantation life, business and industry, society and culture, education, politics, architecture,
and the natural environment of the Ark-La-Tex area from 1830 to the present day.
Meet the Archives Staff
Laura L. McLemore, Ph.D. CA , head Archivist at LSU-Shreveport, graduated
from Byrd High School in Shreveport, received her bachelorís degree at Southern Methodist University,
her masterís at Texas A&M-Commerce, and her PhD. at the University of North Texas. She joined the
Academy of Certified Archivists in 1991. She is a member of Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts
Association, Society of Southwest Archivists, Society of American Archivists, Academy of Certified
Archivists, North Louisiana Historical Association, Texas State Historical Association, and currently
serves on the Louisiana Historical Association board of directors. She has published several articles,
reviews, and a book relating to Southwestern history and historiography, Inventing Texas: Early Historians
of the Lone Star State.
Domenica B. Carriere, Archival Associate. A native of Bay Saint Louis,
Mississippi, she graduated from Saint Josephís Academy; received a Bachelor of Science from Loyola
University in New Orleans; a Master of Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport; and
a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. She taught in private and public
schools prior to accepting her current position as an Archival Associate in 1992.
Fermand Garlington, Archival Associate, is a lifetime resident of Shreveport,
He graduated from Caddo Magnet High School in 1991; Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1995 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in History; and the University of Houston in 1998 with a Master of Arts degree in
History. He was a Research Assistant at the University of Houston from 1995-1997. Since then, he has taught
at LSUS as an Adjunct Instructor of History from 1998-1999; as Circulation Desk Manager and Interlibrary
Loan Director from 1999-2005; and, since 2005, as University Records Manager and Archival Associate.
Dave Bland, Project Archivist, has been volunteering in the LSUS Archives
and Special Collections since 2002 and is currently working part-time as the Project Assistant on the
Shreveport Times negative preservation project. He has previously processed several major collections
including the J. Frank McAneny Photographic Collection and the Menasco Studio Photograph Collection.
His special interest is in railroads, and he has prepared a Guide to Railroad Related Material in the
LSUS Archives to assist researchers. Dave graduated from Northwestern State University in 1963 and
retired in 1999 after a career in information technology at NASA, IBM and BASF.