A Beginners Guide to the Literature on Louisiana's Acadians/Cajuns


Most of the important publications on Louisiana's Acadians/Cajuns have been published in the past twenty years. Many publications on the Cajuns are filled with misinformation; hence anyone interested in learning more about these people should peruse the existing literature warily. The materials listed below should be consulted first when initiating any study of this long-neglected group.



Gutierrez, C. Page. Cajun Foodways. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

Leistner, Colette Guidry. "French and Acadian Influences Upon the Cajun Cuisine of Southwest Louisiana." M.A. thesis, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1986.


Ancelet, Barry Jean. "Capitaine, voyage ton flag": The Traditional Cajun Country Mardi Gras. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1988.

Ancelet, Barry Jean, Jay D. Edwards, and Glenn Pitre. Cajun Country. Folklife in the South Series. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1991.

Brasseaux, Carl A. In Search of Evangeline: Birth and Evolution of the Evangeline Myth. Thibodaux, La.: Blue Heron Press, 1988.

Comeaux, Malcolm. Atchafalaya Swamp Life: Settlement and Folk Occupations. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1972.

Conrad, Glenn R., ed. The Cajuns: Essays on Their History and Culture. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1978.

Jean Lafitte National Park. The Cajuns: Their History and Culture, 5 vols. in 13 parts. Opelousas, La.: Hamilton & Associates, 1987.


Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1994.

Orso, Ethelyn G. Louisiana Live Oak Lore. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1992.


Hébert, Timothy. Acadian-Cajun Genealogy: Step-by-Step. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1994.


Arceneaux, William. Acadian General: Alfred Mouton and the Civil War. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1972.

Brasseaux, Carl A. Acadian to Cajun: Transformation of a People. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

Brasseaux, Carl A. The Founding of New Acadia: Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765-1803. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987.

Brasseaux, Lafayette: Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow, an Illustrated History. Chatsworth, Calif.: Windsor Publications, 1990.

Brasseaux, Carl A. "Scattered to the Wind": Dispersal and Wanderings of the Acadians, 1755-1809. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1991.

Brasseaux, Carl A., Emilio Fabian Garcia, and Jacqueline K. Voorhies, trans. and eds. Quest for the Promised Land: Official Correspondence Relating to the First Acadian Migration to Louisiana, 1764-1769. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1989.

Clark, Andrew Hill. Acadia: The Geography of Early Nova Scotia to 1760. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1968.

Daigle, Jean, ed. Acadia of the Maritimes: Thematic Studies from the Beginning to the Present. Moncton, N.B.: Chaire d'Études Acadiennes, 1995.

Dormon, James H. The People Called Cajuns: An Introduction to an Ethnohistory. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1983.

Edmonds, David C. Yankee Autumn in Acadiana: A Narrative of the Great Texas Overland Expedition Through Southwest Louisiana, October-December 1863. Lafayette: Acadiana Press, 1979.

Estaville, Lawrence E., Jr. "Changeless Cajuns: Nineteenth-Century Reality or Myth?" Louisiana History, 28 (1987): 117-40.

Griffiths, Naomi. "Acadians in Exile: The Experience of the Acadians in the British Seaports," Acadiensis, 3 (1973): 67-84.

Martin, Paulette, trans. "Ordinance Regulating Concessions and Cattle in Spanish Louisiana, 1770," Attakapas Gazette, 12 (1977): 180-82.

Post, Lauren C. Cajun Sketches: From the Prairies of Southwest Louisiana. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1962.

Uzee, Philip D. The Lafourche Country: The People and the Land. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1985.

Winzerling, Oscar. Acadian Odyssey. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1955.


Ditchy, Jay K. Les Acadiens Louisianais et Leur Parler. paris: E. Droz, 1922.

Read, William A. Louisiana French. 1931; revised ed., Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1963.


Ancelet, Barry Jean, and Elemore Morgan, Jr. The Makers of Cajun Music/Musiciens Cadiens et Creoles. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984.

Ancelet, Barry Jean. Cajun Music: Its Origins and Development. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, 1989.

Bernard, Shane King. Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996.


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