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Mardi Gras Ephemera

Detail of "September" float from the Daily Picayune broadside for Comus 1896. Theme: "The Year"

The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season in full swing and Mardi Gras day fast approaching, Hill Memorial would

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2016 Book Bazaar proceeds used to purchase historical research material

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LSU Libraries recently purchased Parts III-V of the British Library Newspapers using proceeds from the Friends of the LSU Libraries Book Bazaar. The British Library Newspapers are digitized versions of key 19th century British newspapers. Parts III-V provide more access

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations available through Digital Commons

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LSU Libraries and LSU Graduate School have successfully migrated the Graduate School’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) database to the new LSU Digital Commons platform. As of January 2017, 4084 doctoral dissertations and 4281 master’s theses are online, totaling 8365 publications.

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LSU’s first edition of Isaac Newton’s Opticks

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In 1704, physicist Isaac Newton published his second major book, Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. Considered one of history’s great scientific

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History and beauty: The development of LSU’s campus

By 1950, the campus landscape was maturing and beginning to be recognizable to present-day eyes.  Steele Burden began planting trees and creating gardens in the early 1930s on what was once pasture and farmland.  Burden planted most of the trees and other plants shown here, except for the grove near the Pentagon Barracks (upper right), the Memorial Oak Grove (center left, planted in 1926), and the trees along Highland Road.  Note the gardens behind the Faculty Club (center) and the old President’s House (immediately to the left).  How many buildings do you recognize? (LSU Photograph Collection)

The idea for Louisiana State University’s present campus was envisioned by President Thomas Boyd in the early 1900s. The former Baton Rouge military post, a 200-acre complex that served as LSU’s campus from 1886 to 1925, had been adequate.  By

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LSU Libraries Special Collections is world-class when it comes to landscape architecture

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One of the LSU Libraries Special Collections‘ remarkable treasures is a spectacular collection of 232 Margaret Stones watercolor drawings depicting “Native Flora of Louisiana.” The collection is unparalleled in any other state, and just one of the resources Special Collections

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LSU Cenobium Yearbooks digitized

A young Mike V with an SVM student, 1990 Cenobium.

The Cenobium, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s yearbook, has been digitized and is now part of the LSU Libraries digital collections. In an effort to provide wider access to these records, Lisa Juengling, Archivist at the Veterinary Medicine Library, digitized

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LSU Libraries receives national recognition

:  Portrait of Rosemarie Aldometer Mather, ca. 1899, born in 1851to free people of color Jane Giddings and George Mather, all of Baton Rouge.  (Dudley Turnbull Family Papers, Mss. 2907, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections)

LSU Libraries received national recognition at the annual Book & Media Awards Ceremony at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) on Sunday. “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past,” a collaborative digital project led

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Spring 2016 e-textbooks list posted

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LSU Libraries has updated our list of free textbooks for the Spring 2016 semester. Browse to the E-Textbooks for Students page to see the current list. More titles have been purchased and will be added to the page as they become

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Cleaning up after Katrina: A Special Collections Perspective

As a repository of historical materials about Louisiana, it’s only natural that Special Collections look back and remember those harrowing and heartbreaking days after Hurricane Katrina. The library and archives community in Louisiana is a relatively small one, and many

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Digital project offers access to the history of free people of color in Louisiana

Group portrait of (left to right) Dr. Henry Lewis Bailey, one of the first African American graduates of Harvard and a founder of the Niagara Movement, an unidentified man, Amanda Bailey, and William R. Johnson, who was a descendant of free people of color William and Ann Johnson of Natchez, Miss..  Johnston lodged with the Baileys during his studies at Howard University.   William T. Johnson and Family Memorial Papers, Mss. 529m, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge.

The award-winning 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave about Solomon Northrup, a free man of color from New York who was sold into slavery in Louisiana, brought unprecedented attention to the history of free people of color in the United

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E-textbook initiative receives student government support

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LSU Libraries has received $10,000 to support e-textbooks through an LSU Student Government Finance bill during this semester’s legislative session. The e-textbook initiative provides students with free access to e-book versions of required textbooks. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the

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