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Preserving Louisiana’s Historical Records (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-01-12

Duration: 00:06:50

Subjects: Archives | History | CLERKS OF COURT


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Reporter
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Crockett, Linda Interviewee
  • Stamey, David Interviewee
  • Phillips, Faye Interviewee


This segment from the January 12, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on the efforts to preserve the historical records held at the clerks of court offices around the state. She visits the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court office and interviews Linda Crockett, a retired volunteer, and David Stamey, the Clerk of Court, who discuss the records available in their collection, the functions of the office, and their preservation efforts. Spires also interviews Faye Phillips, an archivist and member of the Louisiana Historical Association. She discusses the challenges in preserving these records, the lack of funding, and the need for Louisiana to strengthen its public records laws. Host: Andre Moreau