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University of Louisiana at Lafayette students are invited to participate in the annual Caffery Competition sponsored by Edith Garland Dupré Library and the University Library Committee. Five hundred dollars ($500) for the recipient of the Jefferson Caffery Research Award is provided annually by a fund that Ambassador and Mrs. Jefferson Caffery established in 1967. The competition encourages University of Louisiana at Lafayette students to conduct scholarly research using primary source materials held in the Special Collections Department of Dupré Library, which includes the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection, the Cajun and Creole Music Collection, the Ernest J. Gaines Center, the Louisiana Room, the Rare Book Collection, Microforms, and U.S. Government Information.

These resources provide materials of relevance and interest for researchers from all academic departments of the University. The Special Collections Department staff is available for consultation. Guidelines and further explanations of the competition are available in brochures available at the Reserve Desk on the first floor and in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room on the third floor of the library. The submission application and competition rubric can be found at

The Caffery Competition is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Entries for this year’s competition must be submitted as email attachments to by March 7, 2014. A panel consisting of the University Library Committee, the Assistant Dean of Special Collections, and referees designated by the panel will review and judge the submissions. Provided there is a paper deemed worthy of the award, the winner will be announced on April 11, 2014.

For more information about the award, contact Dr. Bruce Turner, Assistant Dean of Special Collection Services, 482-5702.