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Ligatures to Lichen: Gravestone Letterforms

Lynne Baggett researching gravestone letterforms. Photo courtesy of William Baggett.

LSU Graphic Design Professor Lynne Baggett describes her research, the focus of a new exhibition at Hill Memorial Library, “Letterform Characters: From Stone Carver to Type Designer.” What is your background? I am originally from Manchester, England, and received my

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Going viral, 16th century style: Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and the printed word

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Whether or not Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in October 1517 is up for debate. However, the publications Luther produced for lay audiences in later years contributed to a “pamphlet explosion”

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Raptors at the library

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On Monday, August 28, from 11 a.m. until noon, visitors to the Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Creatures in the Collections exhibit in Hill Memorial Library will get to meet more than paper and biblio-animals. The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana at

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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We invite you to take a walk on the wild side with the new exhibition, “Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Creatures in the Collections,” now open through September 16th at Hill Memorial Library. Featuring a wide variety of rare books, historical

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But Wait, There’s More: Additional WWI Holdings

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Unidentified soldiers in transport train in France, c. 1918.* When discussions began regarding mounting an exhibition to commemorate the First World War, the consensus was that there was not enough related material in LSU Libraries Special Collections to fill both

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Oscar René Courrege Papers

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Anisyla Pinon* Note: Anizy-Pinon train station located in northern France at Pinon near Anizy-le-Château. Possible graffiti translation: Keller 15M with arrow. [Cellar 15 meters in direction of arrow] *Transcription of handwritten notation is true to original. The Oscar René Courrege

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Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

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LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017

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Sherlock

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Our latest is a guest post by LSU’s Kristopher Mecholsky, a crime fiction scholar who has published on Sherlock Holmes: Some people are recognized by a single phrase (“Dr. Livingston, I presume”), others by a single name (Cher) or nickname

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Browsing the bookshelves at Baker Street

Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius. (Roman Poetry), and Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Literary scholar and rare book dealer Madeleine B. Stern, best known for her scholarship on writer Louisa May Alcott, proposed the titles likely to inhabit the library of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in her 1953 article, “Sherlock Holmes: Rare-Book Collector,

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Reading Room Exhibit: John Earle Uhler and Cane Juice

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Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is being celebrated by librarians, teachers and readers all across the country. This week represents a time to reflect on issues of censorship and challenges to academic freedom. Visitors to the reading room

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Exhibition: “Investigating Sherlock: The Russell Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection”

Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black. Volume 1. (2013)

On view Oct. 3, 2016 – Jan. 28, 2017 Main Gallery, Hill Memorial Library When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first Sherlock Holmes story in 1887, he could not have known that within a decade, his fictional detective would

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Middleton Library celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th birthday

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On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday! As a Regional Federal Depository Library, the LSU Libraries contains many publications from the National Park Service. Some of these publications are on display in Middleton Library’s

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