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(318) 357-4477 – 913 University Pkwy – Natchitoches LA 71457
Summer Hours
Mon-Thu 7:30 am-9 pm
(5-9 pm study hall)

Fri 7:30 am-noon
Closed Sat and Sun

Our Libraries

Located at the main campus, the Eugene P. Watson Memorial library is a three-story modular 95,000 square feet building containing facilities for group and individual study and research. Professional librarians are available to assist with research both face-to-face and remotely. The Reference Room and stacks (circulating collection) are on the 2nd floor. The main office and Serials Media Department are on 3rd floor. The library also houses the Academic Success Center (tutoring), a computer lab, and the Café DeMon Coffee Shop on the first floor. The Cammie G. Henry Research Center, on the 3rd floor houses the University archives, Special Collections, and the Louisiana Collection.

Mailing Address
Watson Memorial Library
Natchitoches LA 71497
Physical Address
Watson Memorial Library
913 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA 71457
Mon—Thu 7:30am-midnight (study hall after 10pm)
 Fri  7:30-2pm (study hall after noon)
 Sat  10am-2pm (study hall)
 Sun  2pm-midnight (study hall after 10pm)
Contact Us

Phone: 318-357-4477
Phone: 888-540-9657 (toll free)
Fax: 318-357-4470
Text Reference:318-228-5150
Reference Questions: reference@nsula.edu 
Webmaster: cartern@nsula.edu

The Melrose Collection

Third Floor, Watson Memorial Library
913 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA 71457


Mon—Thu: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-noon

Contact Us
Contact us for research questions, tours, or to make an appointment. Please call or email us before you visit.
Phone: 318-357-4585
Mary Linn Wernet, University Archivist and Records Officer
Sharon Wolff, Assistant Archivist

“Some day – some one will hunt history in these very old materials C.G.H” — note by Cammie G. Henry in a Melrose Scrapbook

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.

Caroline Dormon
Clementine Hunter Tapes
Collection Listings
Components of the Cammie Henry Research Center
LSC Senior Theses
Sanborn Maps for Natchitoches

3329 University Parkway
Leesville, LA
Mon—Thu: 8:00am-5:30pm
 Fri: 8:00am-noon
Summer Hours
Mon – Thu:  7:30 am-5 pm
Friday:  8 am-noon
Closed:  Sat-Sun
Contact Us

Anna T. MacDonald, Library Manager
Heather Ritter
Phone: (337) 392-3126

Our collection centers on Nursing and Radiologic Technology and contains bound volumes, periodical and other serial subscriptions, and NLN and ANA publications.

You may access databases from our Unified Work Stations, also available by password from any online computer.

Study rooms for individuals or small groups include two for media viewing. Contact us for tours, bibliographic instruction, information literacy, and other resource instruction.


Mon—Thu: 8am—8pm
 Fri: 8am—noon
Shreveport Education Center Library
1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport LA 71101
Contact Us

Phone: (318) 677-3007 · Text: 318-210-7036 · Ask a Librarian!

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