Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, Inc.
Le Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, Inc. is the non-profit genealogical support group for the Louisiana State Archives. Founded in 1978, Le Comité is a 501(c)(3) historical preservation and genealogy organization. Membership in the society is on a calendar year basis. Membership categories and dues are as follows:
Individual ....................... $15
Family ............................ $25 (one copy of Le Raconteur)
Library ........................... $15
Business/Corporate ....... $100
An additional $5 is added for members who join after March 1st of each year to cover the cost of mailing back issues. A Membership Application Form can be printed and mailed in with dues payment. Dues may be paid by check, money order, or PayPal (additional $1 fee). To pay with PayPal, contact Judy Riffel.
Benefits of membership include the society's quarterly print journal, Le Raconteur; quarterly electronic newsletter, E-Communiqué; access to the Members Only section of the society's website; and a discount on the purchase of the society's publications.
Le Raconteur is published in March, June, September, and December. Each issue contains a variety of original genealogical and historical articles dealing with topics from around Louisiana. Tables of Contents and Annual Indexes dating back to 1984 are available. A Price List of back issues is also available.
E-Communiqué is published in January, April, July, and October. Each issue contains news and announcements and a Calendar of Events of genealogical meetings and seminars around the state. It is e-mailed to all members who provide an e-mail address. An archive of back issues is available on the web site.
Le Comité has also published numerous genealogical and historical books. These have included guides, indexes, and abstracts to historical record
collections; census transcriptions; tombstone inscriptions; church records; and a Civil War diary. A list of the society's available publications along with prices and ordering information can be found on the Publications Page. Full-name indexes to selected books are also available on this page.
The society's annual meeting is held between September 1st and October 15th of each year. The Annual Meeting for 2014 will be held on October 5, 2014. The Annual Meeting Program is available here.
In 2006, Le Comité formed an African American Special Interest Group (SIG) to promote Louisiana African American genealogical and historical research. A page was created on Yahoo Groups for members to share information and to help each other with their research. All current members of Le Comité are eligible to join the SIG at no additional cost. Any member wishing to join the SIG should send an e-mail to Third Vice President, Cherryl Forbes Montgomery at email@example.com and an invitation to join the Le Comité AA Sig group will be extended.
The society purchases books, microfilm, manuscripts and other materials for the Louisiana State Archives. Monetary donations to help defray the cost of acquiring these materials for the State Archives Research Room are welcomed. Donations to the society may also be tax deductible. A list of past Microfilm Donations is available.
For more information on Le Comité des Archives, please contact Judy Riffel, Treasurer, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or write the society at P.O. Box 1547, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1547.