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Traffic? What traffic? A 1947 aerial view

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The LSU campus was still a relatively bucolic location in 1947, a little over a year after World War II ended. “Victory Gardens,” also known as “war gardens” and “food gardens for defense,” were still being maintained in the areas

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LSU Libraries Special Collections and partners win NEH Grant to digitize History of Louisiana’s Free People of Color

Maude Turnbull, a descendant of Baton Rouge free people of color Dudley and Aldometer Mather Turnbull.  The family's papers are included in the project.

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded a grant of $194,152 to the LSU Libraries Special Collections to digitize, index, and provide free access to family papers, business records, and public documents pertaining to free people of color in

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New digital collection of historic postcards

Pickwick Hotel, Bay St. Louis, Miss., 1909. Hotel was burned in 1917.

LSU Special Collections has digitized two collections of historical postcards: the Mississippi and Louisiana postcard collection, 1906-1939 and the Louisiana postcard collection, 1904-1951. Both of which contain a large number of images of Louisiana landmarks and handwritten messages. Postcards sometimes

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Library of Congress adds four Louisiana newspapers to Chronicling America’s digital collection

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The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) is excited to announce that in addition to the 58 historical Louisiana newspapers currently available on the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America, The Donaldsonville Chief, The Meridional, The Lafayette Advertiser, and The Caucasian are

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Yellow Fever, Mardi Gras, & Storyville in the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers project

1873 Death Roll from The Progress (October 23, 1897)

Fresh off the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) press, in the first in a new series, is a topic guide on Yellow Fever. Created by DLNP Graduate Assistant Amy Jones, this new topic guide provides a brief introductory survey to

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Library contributes to Abolitionist Map of America

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The LSU Libraries’ Special Collections have partnered with the PBS documentary program American Experience to contribute material to the “Abolitionist Map of America.” This interactive website explores events, characters, and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement, one of the most

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Reading, Writing, and Louisiana Lit

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The exhibition “Louisiana for Bibliophiles: A History of Reading in the Bayou State” is now online. Excerpt from the exhibition section “Women’s Reading & Novels”: Proper young ladies read works that contributed to their moral character, spiritual growth, or development

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Dolls from around the world

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A collection of dolls found in the LSU Libraries Special Collections and representing a variety of different world cultures, fashions and materials is available online in the Louisiana Digital Library. The dolls represented in the Edith Dabney Doll Collection offer

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DLNP hosts genealogy event at Bluebonnet Branch Library May 31, 2012

What: “Finding your Roots in Chronicling America” When: May 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Where:   Bluebonnet Branch Library The project manager of the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) Laura Charney will be at the Bluebonnet Branch Library at 6:30 p.m.

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27 newspapers selected for digitization by the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project

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The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) is pleased to announce the 27 historical newspapers selected for digitization and inclusion in the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America.  These selected titles will supplement the 55 Louisiana newspapers already available on Chronicling America

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Mardi Gras Mambo Collection

Third annual mid-winter vacation : New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1916.

Documenting a span of over a hundred years, this collection of Carnival and Mardi Gras items consists of ephemera and other objects selected from several manuscript collections in the LSU Libraries Special Collections. The oldest item represented in the collection,

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Mexican music in 19th-Century New Orleans

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In 1884, Payen’s Eighth Cavalry Mexican Band performed to great acclaim at the New Orleans World’s Fair (better known as the World Cotton Centennial Exposition), setting off a popular craze for Mexican and Cuban music in the city. Over the

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