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Spot the fake

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In 2010, a woman brought a copy of the July 2/4, 1863, edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen for an appraisal on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, at the time touring in Biloxi, Mississippi.  An especially famous newspaper, this

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Old Skool Photoshop

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on

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Something’s brewing in Special Collections

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It’s not too late to sign up for Lager for Libraries, a beer tasting and fundraiser for the LSU Libraries that will be held tomorrow, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge. And if

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Hill documents featured in new book

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Louisianians (or Luisianeses) and Their Hill Documents Featured in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012 A recent publication by the U.S. Government Printing Office offers further glimpses into how Louisiana and its citizens (Luisiana and Luisianeses in Spanish) have figured in

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An Astronomical Acquisition

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Tomorrow is Astronomy Day, a national event founded in 1973 “to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.” The weekend weather forecast in Baton Rouge doesn’t look so great for stargazing, so if the skies don’t clear up,

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Big Fights in Special Collections

John L. Sullivan Ex-Champion of the World

Most boxing fans remember New Orleans as the site of the famous Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán “No Más Fight” in the Superdome on November 25, 1980, but in the late nineteenth century, the Crescent City stood as one

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Audubon Day May 3rd: Fly on By!

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The LSU Libraries will host a special viewing of the famed double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America (London, 1827-1838).  The viewing will be held in the McIlhenny Room of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU

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May I Have This Dance? Nineteenth-Century Louisiana Dance Invitations

In his book Sketches, Historical and Descriptive, of Louisiana (1812), the Northern traveler Amos Stoddard observed that dancing was one of the most popular pastimes in Louisiana. It was a place where men and women were “particularly attached to the

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Humorous maps of Europe in 1870

Humoristische Karte von Europe im Jahre 1870 (version 2)

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “map”? Most of us would probably think of road maps. There are, however, many different kinds of maps, ranging from maps of historical events and time periods to maps of

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Collection Spotlight: The papers of civil rights leader Dr. Dupuy Anderson

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World War II veteran, dentist, civil rights activist. Dr. Dupuy Anderson’s biography reads like that of many African American civil rights leaders of the mid-20th century. That common history, however, does not diminish his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments, and his

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Photography Into Print: Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated of 1873

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  Join us at Hill Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 pm for a talk by Gary Van Zante on his work with Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated of 1873. The talk will offer a unique look at New

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Love Is a Battlefield: Courtship and Marriage in the Civil War

Marriage certificate of Nancy and Ceasar Coleman, Edward J. Gay and Family Papers, Mss. 1295.

Confederate nurse Kate Cumming observed that the Civil War was “certainly ours as well as that of the men.” Though she undoubtedly meant to convey that women were not immune to the harshness and devastating effects of war, a less

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Ligatures to Lichen: Gravestone Letterforms
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