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Cammie G.Henry Research Center

Third Floor, Watson Memorial Library
8 am - 5 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am - noon Friday

For research questions, tours, or to make an appointment, contact:
Mary Linn Wernet, University Archivist and Records Officer
Sharon Wolff, Assistant Archivist

Phone 318-357-4585.

Please call or email us before you visit.


Fees for Non-NSU Community members and Use and Reproduction Regulations


The Research Center is named after Carmelite "Cammie" Garrett Henry (1871-1948) of Melrose, Louisiana who collected Louisiana documents and books of rare fictional and non-fictional works. Here you'll find Louisiana books, rare books, archival materials, NSU Archives, microfilm, maps, newspapers, and oral history tapes.

Melrose Plantation, the Henry Family home, provided a perfect setting for entertaining guests from diversified intellectual disciplines including literature, art, and the social sciences.

After the sale of Cammie G. Henry's home, her manuscript collection was donated to Northwestern State University and named the Melrose Collection. This collection, our largest, serves as the core of the Research Center's holdings. It focuses on the rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage of Louisiana and Natchitoches spanning from French Colonial times through the 1940's.

Other collections sharing similar strengths include those of James Aswell, the Cloutier Family, Robert DeBlieux, Caroline Dormon, Joe Dellmon, the Egan Family, and the Federal Writers' Project.  Our resources offer a wealth of opportunities for scholars. Focusing on Louisiana History, documents range in date from the founding of Natchitoches in the early 1700's to the present.

The Melrose Imaging Project digitizes images from these collections for easier access and preservation.  Electronically imaging the Melrose Collection allows computer access to documents related to the region's history, and preserves the originals.

Components of the Cammie Henry Research Center

Cammie G Henry Research Center Collections Listings and Finding Aids

Slave to the Ex-Slave Narratives     Vol. 1    Vol. 2   Survey of WPA Louisiana Writers Project interviews with ex-slaves by DaNean Olene Pound.

Depression Era Images of Natchitoches Parish by Marion Post Wolcott

Potpourri Archive Online   University Yearbook

Current Sauce Archive Online Student Newspaper

Alumni Columns Archive Online

Argus Archive Online   Literary Magazine

Louisiana Books   Works relating to Louisiana and publications by Louisiana writers. These books are denoted as "Louisiana Collection" or "also in La. Room." 

Rare Books
Rare and unusual books including history, anthropology, geography, literature, and art.

Archives and Manuscripts 
This Collection could not exist or continue its growth without community support through generous donations of original materials to the University. Nearly 800 collections can be found through the Research Center's extensive subject index, collection inventories, and specialized guides. You must complete a research application and agree to abide by special regulations when using these materials.

State University Archives University non-current records and past presidential papers. Consult our subject index for access to these records.

  More than 3000 maps dating from the early colonial Louisiana to the present. The maps are cataloged by date, location, and cartographer. Copies of Louisiana Confederate maps confiscated during the Civil War remain of great interest to many researchers.

  Original issues of Louisiana newspapers, often the entire publication run. Because newsprint proves especially susceptible to damage, we ask researchers to use the microfilm copiers located in the Media/Serials Department on the second floor of the library.

  Louisiana census schedules, local church records, American State Papers and copies of other archives with material pertinent to Louisiana history.

Of interest to Melrose Collection / Francois Mignon Researchers:  University of North Carolina has digitized their collection of the Francois Mignon papers:
Francois Mignon Collection at Chapel Hill

Images relating to Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish in the Library of Congress

Records Management

Louisiana Creole Heritage Resource Center

Caroline Dormon Resources

Clementine Hunter Interview
Black Women Oral History Project, November 29, 1979, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College

Clementine Hunter Artist website

Sanborn Maps High Resolution

Genealogy Resources

Colonial Documents

Colonial Documents (High Resolution)

1927 Flood

Arthur Babb Sketchbook Photos

Alexandria scenes Dellmon Collection

Clementine Hunter and Melrose tapes: Mildred Bailey Collection

Civil War and Reconstruction    

Educable Children Database

Louisiana Artists, Writers, and Poets

Federal Writer's Project

John Curtis Guillet Photographs

Kate Chopin

Caroline Dormon

Carl Friedrich Gauss Papers

Texas Borderland studies

Conservation & horticulture

Cane River


Louisiana  Politics

World War II

General Stephen Henry

River Steamboats

Great Depression

Grand Ecore

The Red River

Plantation Life & Slavery

Dellmon Photograph Collection Inventory
History CollectionRegular Collection

Photographs by Doris Ulmann

Albert LeRoy  World War II Photos

Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce Photos

Millspaugh Collection Natchitoches Photos

Clem Binnings Collection Photos

Louisiana Postcards

Louisiana Scholar's College Theses

Census Records

Women's Studies

NSU, State Normal School

Local Church Records

Fee Schedule and Use and Reproduction Regulations


Some day - some one will hunt history in these very old materials C.G.H
(Note by Cammie G. Henry in a Melrose Scrapbook)