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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Afternoon in the Archives, March 31

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next “Afternoon in the Archives” will feature a sampling of rare books and manuscripts that chronicle more than 500 years of women’s history. The event will be held in

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Book Talk and Reception on March 24: Steward of the Land

Steward of the Land: Selected Writings of 19th century Horticulturalist, Thomas Affleck (LSU Press, Hill Series, 2014)

Join us on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 5:30-7 pm for a talk, reception, and book signing for Lake Douglas’s new book, Steward of the Land: Selected Writings of 19th century Horticulturist, Thomas Affleck (LSU Press, Hill Series, 2014). This

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New Letters of Romantic Poet and Novelist Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith, by George Romney (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In 1833, William Wordsworth, England’s greatest living poet, praised one of his contemporaries, Charlotte Smith, as “a lady to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered.” Sadly, his words rang true,

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Exhibit Opening and Talk at Hill 2/25

Special Collections on Parade

On Wednesday, February 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm, join us for the official opening of our current exhibition, Special Collections on Parade, a glimpse at some selections from all aspects of the collections held at Hill Memorial Library. The talk will

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Black History Month: Afternoon in the Archives, February 24

"Mother and Child," Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection, Mss. 3778.

In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next Afternoon in the Archives will feature a sampling of publications, documents, and photographs that span over 200 years of African American history. The event, to be held 3:30-5:00

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Let Nature Be Your Guide: Graphic Design of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau Movements

The nineteenth century gave us the wonders of the Industrial Revolution, but also ugly urban landscapes and soulless mechanization. By the end of the century, designers such as William Morris, Eugene Grasset, and Alphonse Mucha were going “back to nature”

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Award, Promotion for Libraries Faculty Member Judy Bolton

Bronze bust in Hill Memorial Library's Reading Room (Photo by Sissy Albertine)

Judy Bolton, Head of Public Services in Special Collections, was promoted to Senior General Librarian effective January 1, 2015.  In addition, Bolton, who has been with LSU Libraries for just over thirty years, was also recently awarded the first Friends

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Bird’s-Eye History: 17th-Century French City Views

Just because people 400 years ago didn’t have the interactive mapping tools that we have today doesn’t mean they didn’t know what faraway places looked like. By the 1600s, several large collections of city views, accompanied by detailed descriptions, had

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Aaron Richardson, University Archivist

Aaron Richardson

On January 5, 2015, Aaron Richardson joined the LSU Libraries as University Archivist. Aaron comes to LSU from Atlanta, GA where he served as Southeast Regional Archivist for the National Park Service. A NARA-certified Records Manager, Aaron helped implement the

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The Science of Sugar: Audubon Park Sugar School and Experiment Station

Sugar students at work and eating sugarcane, November 1902. Audubon Sugar School, New Orleans.]

Sugar and the scientific investigation of its cultivation and manufacture played a major part in the early development of LSU. The Audubon Sugar School and Experiment Station was one of the first American research facilities developed for the scientific investigation

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Extension Before Extension: The Origins of Demonstration Work at LSU

Louisiana demonstration train group photograph.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, LSU Libraries Special Collections has put together an exhibit detailing the agricultural origins of LSU, and the university’s involvement in the evolution of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, 1914-2014. The

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General Middleton and the Battle of the Bulge

Gen. Middleton, December 1944.  Winter weather in the Ardennes is exceptionally cold and wet, and the battle was characterized by fog, freezing temperatures, misty rain, snow, and ice.

  Troy Middleton, president emeritus of LSU and for whom the main library on campus is named, was a division and corps commander in World War II. The most important battle in which he led troops was the Battle of

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