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Cruise of the Pintail: Celebrating the Publication of a New Book and the Preservation of an Old Film

The LSU Press and the LSU Libraries invite you to a free showing of Fonville Winans’ rare silent film, “Cruise of the Pintail,” shot in Louisiana, 1932-1934. The showing, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, in the Hill Memorial

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American Archives Month Kicks Off with a Brown Bag in Hill, September 29

At noon on Thursday, September 29, Michael Pasquier, assistant professor of Religious Studies at LSU, will speak in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall on “Finding Religion in Hill Memorial Library.” He will discuss his recent collaboration with the T.

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Meet Your Librarian Day: Sept. 14

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LSU Libraries will host the second annual “Meet Your Librarian Day” on Wednesday, September 14, from 10-2. Stop by one of our three locations to find out how your subject librarian can help you- and about all of the services

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LSU Libraries to Host Conference

Next week, more than 300 rare book and manuscripts librarians and several dozen book dealers will descend on Baton Rouge for a four-day conference, hosted by the LSU Libraries.  Titled “In the Hurricane’s Eye: Challenges of Collecting in the 21st

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LSU Libraries Hosts Viewing of Audubon’s Birds of America

The LSU Libraries will host a 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 campus,

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Award-Winning Novelist Susan Straight to Present Lecture and Reading at Special Collections, March 24th

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Susan Straight, an award-winning novelist and author, will present a reading and lecture Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall on the LSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. A

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New Orleans Beauties and the “Beast”

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Before and after Butler’s proclamation. July 12, 1862, Harper’s Weekly. Were disobedient Southern beauties tamed by the pen of a Union “beast?”  Or did General Benjamin Butler’s “Woman Order” serve only to fuel the flames of defiance in occupied New

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Books for Tots: LSU Libraries Collecting Children’s Books for Toys for Tots

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LSU Libraries’ Staff Association is collecting new children’s books now through Dec. 8th to be donated to Toys for Tots.  Donations can be put on the book cart near circulation or given to Sarah Ferstel in the reference department. ALA

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Special Collections Hosts Talk About Louisiana’s New Flag

On Monday, December 6, Glen Duncan will give an illustrated talk on “A Modern History of the Louisiana Pelican Flag; or, a Tale of the Surprisingly Difficult Quest for the Official State Flag” in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 30, 2010 Visit the Online Exhibit! Banned Books Week kicks off a month-long exhibition on intellectual freedom. LSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week with an exhibit in Education Resources, 227 Middleton Library.  Banned Books Week, an annual

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2010 Archives Month Event to feature Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt

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In recognition of American Archives Month 2010, the LSU Libraries will host a talk by Leo Honeycutt, author of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall.

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Meet Your Librarian Day, Wed., Sept. 8, 10am-2pm

Join us for “Meet Your Librarian Day” On Wednesday, September 8 from 10am-2pm! Did you know that each department on campus has its very own librarian? Students and faculty are encouraged to come and meet their librarians on Wednesday, September

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  • For the first in a series of posts commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we revisit an older blog post about two original drawings of President Woodrow Wilson now held by Special Collections...


    “The Peace maker as he really is”
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    In 1919, shortly after the end of the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson traveled to France to participate in the Paris Peace Conference. Here he helped decide the fate of Germany and her al...
  • #TBT In commemoration of the anniversary of the death of Zachary Taylor on July 9th, this week's Throw Back Thursday is dedicated to "Old Rough and Ready."

    Zachary Taylor, The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents.
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    Zachary Taylor (Nov. 24, 1784-July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States. A career officer in the United States Army, he led troops in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War of 1832, and the Second Seminole War during which he received the nickname "Old Rough and Ready." Taylor became a national hero after victories in the Mexican War and was nominated the Whig Party's reluctant presidential candidate in 1848. Taylor served as president only eighteen months before dying suddenly in July, 1850.

    Taylor was the only person to become president who spent a significant amount of his life in Louisiana. He established Fort Jesup near Natchitoches and was the commanding officer at Fort Robertson in Baton Rouge. He engaged in land speculation in north Louisiana and purchased a plantation in the Felicianas but was an absentee landowner. While stationed at Baton Rouge, Taylor purchased a plantation near the fort and moved his family there. The plantation was located just south of the Pentagon Barracks in what is now downtown Baton Rouge. Taylor was living here when he received word that he had been elected president.


  • #TBT Celebrating Independence Day in style! The Declaration of Independence float in front of the Washington Fire Company No. 1 hall, 5th Street between Laurel and Main Streets, Baton Rouge, LA ca. 1885-1905. From the Andrew D. Lytle Collection, Mss. 893, 1254, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries.


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