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Reminder: Audubon Day, April 30

231 years ago today, on April 26, 1785, the ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon was born. Come help us celebrate Audubon’s birthday (a few days late!) this coming Saturday at our annual Audubon Day. Few works of art

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Pell-Mell magazine: 1930’s graphic design at LSU

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The 1930s were a golden age of graphic design. From Paris to Peking, artists and advertisers turned out images unlike anything the world had ever seen. At LSU, the campus humor publication Pell-Mell caught readers’ eyes with innovative and at

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Rare books in action

It has been another busy semester for rare books at LSU. In fact, students are using our collections in all kinds of interesting ways! Here are some photos from three recent class visits to Special Collections. Thirty students in Richard

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Exhibition: A Voyage to the Floating World

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Once isolated and mysterious, Japan captured the world’s imagination when it opened its doors to outsiders in the mid-nineteenth century. The colorful urban lifestyle of this era was chronicled by artists of a genre known as ukiyo-e. From geisha, samurai,

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A Taste of History: Students in food history class learn about primary source research

Food is one of those historical subjects that is as much a part of the archive as it is a part of everyday life. But finding primary sources about food isn’t always a piece of cake. That’s what students in

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Our Fearful Trip: Remembering the Civil War on RMS Titanic

James Cameron’s 1997 Hollywood blockbuster Titanic, like most historical movies, is fun to watch but doesn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Though we will never know for sure, the accents of two real-life passengers

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Designing with Audubon

Rare books at LSU are continually inspiring students’ creativity and enriching our community in new and interesting ways. Students in a course on Interior Design Graphics, taught by LSU College of Art & Design instructors Lee Kean and John Campbell,

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Collections in the Classroom: LSU Librarians talk about teaching with archives

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Class visits to Special Collections have skyrocketed over the past several years. In the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15, we reached 2,500 students, almost triple the number of the year before! On October 5, LSU librarians Tara Laver, Jennifer

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Students experience the Dutch Golden Age in Special Collections

A little slice of the seventeenth century exists right here on the LSU campus. That’s what students in Professor Christine Kooi’s course on the Dutch Republic and Empire discovered this week when they visited Special Collections. The students worked closely

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Death in the Deep South: Historical Louisiana Mystery Fiction

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Louisiana has never been a stranger to murder, mystery, and mayhem. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, violence was so commonplace that only the most unusual incidents received much public scrutiny. “The mere fact of a man being shot

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“Curses! Foiled again!” How to keep your books safe, 18th-century style

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Librarians love acronyms. One of the best is for Stanford University’s digital preservation program LOCKSS (“Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe”). Several hundred years ago, “Lots of Curses Keep Stuff Safe” would have rung true as well. First used in

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Rare books enrich students’ classroom experience

Love Digital, Live Analog. That was the theme of a recent class visit to Special Collections. Doctoral students in Music 7800 (Introduction to Research in Music) have an assignment to research something from our collections that relates to music. Curator

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