Glen Conrad *
Inducted on April 03, 2003
Glenn R. Conrad, U.L. professor and director of the Center for Louisiana Studies, has been honored by the Acadian Museum for his life-long efforts in researching and documenting the Cajun and Creole legacy.
Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said, “Glenn is the premiere historian of Louisiana cultures, especially those of south Louisiana. He places a tremendous value on the people and families of Acadiana, giving folks in the region a stronger sense of appreciation of their unique heritage. His work is invaluable to Louisiana.”
Conrad, who received his masters degree from Georgetown University in 1959, focuses his teaching on archival studies, 19th century European history and the history of colonial Louisiana. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 36 years. His primary area of academic interest is Louisiana history and culture from colonial times to the present. This interest has resulted in over 40 scholarly articles and 20 books ranging in subjects from colonial immigration to major reference works such as the two-volume Dictionary of Louisiana Biography and the now-in-production 20-volume Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History. His most recent publications are volume 1 of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series entitled The French Experience in Louisiana and White Gold: A Brief History of the Louisiana Sugar Industry, 1795-1995. He has recently published a biography of Dr. James White, early judge of the Attakapas District, father of Louisiana Governor E. D. White, and grandfather of United States Supreme Court Chief Justice E. D. White. He is presently conducting research into the lives of “free people of color” in antebellum St. Martin Parish.
Warren A. Perrin, President of CODOFIL, said,” Professor Conrad’s life-long work has been crucial in helping Louisianians establish their cultural identity. As a co-member of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Commission, I can attest to his devotion to thesuccess of this important event.”
Jim Sefcik, Director of the La. State Museum at the Cabildo said, “Ever since I came to Louisiana in 1987, Glenn Conrad has been Mr. Louisiana History. He has been the glue that keeps it all together. He is well respected by both academic historians and those less formally trained. He is also an excellent administrator who keeps the Louisiana Historical Association running smoothly. The publication program of LHA will be the lasting historical legacy of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial celebration for years to come. Glenn Conrad is also a very nice person and a true Living Legend!
Conrad was Managing Editor of Louisiana History, the journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, from 1973 to 1993, resigning that position to become Secretary-Treasurer of the Association. He is chairman of the state review committee of the National Register of Historic Places, Secretary-Treasurer of the Attakapas Historical Association, and chairman of the New Iberia Historic District Commission. He is the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards, the most recent being the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Humanist of the Year, 2001.
Dr. Barry Ancelet, folklorist and linguist at UL-Lafayette said, “Glenn Conrad had the remarkable vision many years ago to focus serious scholarly attention on the many layers of Louisiana's history that were neglected by the official story. This included research on the history and culture of the Cajuns and Creoles. It was based on basic and original research, including conducting field interviews and poring over census reports, court records and early journals and newspaper accounts; it made the emerging history come alive with a wealth of interdisciplinary considerations, including music, literature, architecture, cuisine and sociology, among others. Spurred by his efforts and guided by his leadership in the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, much of our once neglected history is now part of the record.”
Vermilion Parish writer and historian, Brigadier-General Curney J. Dronet said, “Mr. Glenn Conrad’s book Land of the Attakapas District, (volumes I, II and III) was the key, initial research material for my book A Century of Acadian Culture.”
Professor Conrad has written or edited: The Cajuns: Essays on Their History and Culture. (This is one of the earliest serious books about Cajun history and culture, and as such it is an extremely important resource.)
Crevasse!: The 1927 Flood in Acadiana (with Carl Brasseaux)
Land Records of the Attakapas District
New Iberia: Essays on the Town and Its People
Mary Perrault, Director of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentenniel Commission said, “He has been a joy to work with and is always there with any answer or support that is needed, he is a true gentleman.”