Bonjour! The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) has launched a new Special Collection of En Français, a series produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting (1980-1993) in partnership with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). We welcome Leslie Bourgeois, Louisiana Public Broadcasting‘s archivist, to introduce the collection:
“Louisiana’s time as a French colony left an indelible mark on the state’s history and culture. When Louisiana became a state in 1812, the Cajun and Creole populations continued to speak the French language as their primary means of communication. Following the Civil War, successive Louisiana constitutions outlawed the French language in an effort to force the cultural assimilation of these populations. Consequently, the use of the language declined in the 20th century and still remains in danger of being lost to future generations. The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) was established as a state agency in 1968 in order to help preserve the dying language. From 1980-1993, CODOFIL teamed up with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to present the En Français series as a service to Francophone Louisiana. Because of the preservation of this series, it can be now be used as a resource in French classrooms throughout Louisiana, including CODOFIL’s French immersion programs, as the state continues its efforts to save this important part of its cultural heritage.”
Continue reading for additional information about the En Français Collection, or start viewing the collection online at http://americanarchive.org/special_collections/en-francais!
Résumé de la Collection (Collection Summary)
The En Français Collection consists of 223 episodes (1980-1993) of the only original Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) series broadcast entirely in French. It also includes 25 clips of unedited footage shot for the series. The series was produced in partnership with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) during a time of renewed pride in Louisiana’s French cultural heritage. It presented interviews, stories, and performances in French that were of interest to the state’s French speakers and helped to fulfill LPB’s mission of preserving the French language in Louisiana. The themes of the series include: the preservation of the Cajun French dialect; Acadian history and cultural traditions; life in the Acadiana region of Louisiana; the enduring connection between Louisiana and the Francophone world; interviews and performances by the pioneers and stars of Cajun music; and performances by Le Théâtre ‘Cadien, a local theater group from Lafayette that performed original plays in the Cajun French dialect.
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Fond de Collection (Collection Background)
In 2018, LPB received a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to preserve the first six seasons of En rançais. LPB had previously digitized the last eight seasons of the series in 2014. The series is freely available for streaming on LPB’s Louisiana Digital Media Archive. Updated metadata and links to the LDMA records were submitted to the AAPB Online Reading Room in 2019.
The Recordings at Risk grant program is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It supports the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value.