What’s an Archives?

According to the National Archives 2023 “an archive is a place where people can go to gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, and other primary sources.”

One notable feature of the Vernon Parish Public Library is its dedication to preserving local history. This is where our Archival Room comes in. Within its climate-controlled walls, we have a vast collection of historical documents, photographs, and records that tell the tale of Vernon Parish from its earliest days to the present. All these items are carefully preserved in acid-free boxes and folders.

As host to various events, workshops, and seminars throughout the year, the Vernon Parish Library provides a space for residents of all ages to come together, exchange ideas, and celebrate the unique culture and heritage of their region.

We strongly believe history should not only be preserved but shared. To do that we need the help of you and others in our community.

Two ways to Help

Donate

You are giving us material to keep protected and to make accessible to the public in the best possible way while keeping the integrity of the original material. This might mean for us to make digital or hard copies of your donated items as to not damage the original but allow the public to safely view the item.

Loan

You are letting us borrow your material to make a digital and physical copy. We will return your original promptly.

We are preserving Vernon Parish history, not only for you, but for your generations to come.

Explore Our Archives

Historical Yearbooks on a shelf

Historical Yearbooks

At the library, explore our collection of yearbooks from the early 1900s to today. 

The collection along with historical newspapers have been digitally archived and are viewable online

Book Spines for Local History Books

Local Government Documents

Browse Vernon Parish Police Jury Book Minutes from 1905 and the Ordinance Book. 

Drawing of a heron on a marsh

Tour the Archives

Take a look at the archive collection housed at our Leesville Branch Library.

ABOUT 1919:<br />
Rev. Allen Martin, left, and Floyd Tibbitts of Anacoco.

View Historical Photos from Vernon Parish

Take a look at the archive collection housed at our Leesville Branch Library.