Media Catalogue


In 1984, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) established the Louisiana Humanities Resource Collection (LHRC), now housed at the State Library of Louisiana to archive and circulate humanities films and videotapes, most of them produced under grants from the LEH or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is the independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It fosters an understanding of human history, culture, and values by bringing together humanities scholars and the adult public in a statewide program of humanities projects. The LEH funds various kinds of projects including conferences, symposia, lectures, debates, reading and discussion groups, interpretive exhibits and catalogues, films, videotapes, radio programs, websites, CD/DVD, and teacher institutes. As Louisiana’s “university without walls,” the LEH is virtually the sole statewide source of grant funds for innovative educational humanities projects for the adult general public.

Every parish has benefited directly from LEH programs. All nonprofit organizations, such as libraries, museums, universities, civic groups, fraternal groups, schools, or hospitals and nursing homes may submit grant proposals. Full grant procedures are described in the LEH Program Guidelines which may be obtained by calling (800) 909-7990 or (504) 523-4352.

The United States Congress defines the humanities as those academic disciplines traditionally concerned with values, thoughts, and ideas. This study includes, but is not limited to, history, history and criticism of the arts, archaeology, comparative religion, philosophy, linguistics, modern and classical languages, literature, jurisprudence, ethics, and the philosophical and historical approaches to the social sciences.

This media catalog is designed for people planning a humanities project where a visual or audio component is needed, as well as those using the films for home or classroom viewing. All titles are available for loan through the State Library of Louisiana. Listed within are all films and videotapes produced under grants from the LEH since 1978. Also included are other documentary films, such as the NEH funded American Short Story Film Series, which can supplement or serve as the center of discussion for humanities programs.


The materials in this catalog are grouped by subject and arranged alphabetically within each group. However, the placement of a project in a particular subject category should not limit its use to only that area. Many materials are interdisciplinary in nature and may effectively be used in a variety of applications or combinations. Each entry includes a brief description of the film or videotape as well as information about available formats.


Contact your local library and place your request for a video.

Indicate the dates you wish to view the video. If no dates are indicated, the video will be sent as soon as it is available for a period of three days. Because of the popularity of many video titles, it is advisable to plan your request well in advance of the viewing date.

The State Library’s Audiovisual Resource Center will then send a notice to your local library advising them of the availability. The video will be sent to your local library prior to the viewing date and the library will contact you when it arrives.

In the event of problems, or if the video is unavailable, your local library will notify you in advance so that alternative arrangements may be made. (Each library has its own rules and regulations governing borrowing procedures. Ask your librarian for details.)

Art, Architecture and Music Law and Jurisprudence Louisiana and Southern History Literature Ethnic and Cultural Studies Social Documentary


The LEH does not sell documentary films. The most likely source for purchasing a documentary film is PBS at Many of the production companies identified throughout the catalogue also sell their films. Their contact information follows:

Center for New American Media

FilmAmerica, Inc.
1455 Highland Lake Dr.
Lawerenceville, GA 30045-8270

Ishtar Films

Lagniappe Media Productions
25 Kings Canyon Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131

3000 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas,Texas 75201

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
7733 Perkins Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Michael Blackwood Productions, Inc.
6 West 18th St. Suite 2B
New York, New York 10011

New Orleans Video Access Center
(504) 339-4350

South Carolina Educational Television Network
1101 George Rogers Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29201-4761
(803) 737-3545

WYES-TV/Channel 12
708 B Phosphor Avenue
Metairie, Louisiana 70005
(504) 486-5511


This catalog relies heavily on the 1985 edition produced by the Louisiana Humanities Resource Center at the University of Southwest Louisiana.