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Cammie G. Henry Research Center (Northwestern State University of LA)

Natchitoches, LA, US

The Cammie G. Henry Research Center is part of the library system at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. 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. Ms. Henry's collection is but one example of the multitude of information available at the research center that has significance to the Underground Railroad or slave related activities. This facility has been nominated as an archival site, due to the type of collections and availability to the public. There are more than 5,000 linear feet of collections within the Center. These collections include more than 3,000 maps and 3,159 reels of microfilm. The Center holds a rare book collection of more than 3,300 volumes, a Louisiana book collection of more than 12,000 volumes, Louisiana government documents, more than 300 newspapers, and 10 linear ft. of oral history tapes. Of these materials approximately 15-20% contain information related to the Underground Railroad or slave related activities. Although a small collection in overall size, it holds valuable information regarding slave legal policies, trials, religious attitudes, fugitives, labor, living conditions, marriages, baptisms, deaths, and kinships.