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Comics Symposium Explores Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes

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On Tuesday, September 22, at 4:00 PM, LSU’s Hill Memorial Library will host a symposium entitled “New Faces under Old Masks: Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes.” Recent years have seen increasing attention from critics, readers, and publishers to

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The Black Hours: In Memory of Lisi Oliver

Special Collections recently lost one of our dearest friends, Dr. Lisi Oliver of the LSU English Department, who passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2015. An expert in early English law and linguistics, Lisi frequently visited Special Collections with her

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Tempests Talks: Storms in the Archives, an Exhibition Program Series

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In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries presents “Tempests Talks,” a series of public programs held in conjunction with the Lecture Hall Gallery exhibition, “Tempests: Storms in the Archives.” The line-up includes three brown

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North, South, Far East: The Civil War through Japanese Eyes

Arriving in Nagano, Japan, in the summer of 1955 as part of a seven-nation goodwill tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department, acclaimed Southern novelist William Faulkner was astonished by the reception he received. Though he had been writing for

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New Special Collections Request System (SCRS)

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LSU Libraries Special Collections went live with a management software system called Aeon on July 16, 2015. This system allows us to manage collections and requests much more efficiently by closing the typical gap between “discovery” and “delivery” and by enabling

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On Passing Time with Harper Lee

Photograph of Harper Lee and  Jessica Lacher-Feldman (off camera, left), from the New York Times, January 30, 2006 (Photo credit: Dana Mixer for the New York Times)

To Kill a Mockingbird was, until today, the only novel published by American author Harper Lee. It is the story of Scout, a young girl, confronting the deep-seated racial prejudice that existed in pre-Civil Rights Alabama. Go Set a Watchman,

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Relics of Napoleon

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Today marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. To commemorate the occasion, here are some Napoleon-related items from the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. A document that Napoleon himself touched is a commission dated “11 Fructidor 30″ (September 17,

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Pierre Soulé: Histoire d’une mémoire franco-louisianaise retrouvée/Pierre Soulé: The Story of a French-Louisiana Legacy Refound

Photographie originale de Pierre Soulé, ca. 1860 / Pierre Soulé Photograph (ca. 1860), Mss. 2824, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

For your reading pleasure, here is a bilingual blog post by Hill staff member, Dr. Germain Bienvenu, on a new book which was researched in part in Hill Memorial Library.  Our occasional series of bi-lingual blog posts by Germain speak

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LSU’s Lincoln Lexicon

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Few have ever mastered the English language like Abraham Lincoln. From his days as a young, backwoods bibliophile to one of history’s most expressive writers, Lincoln’s love of language helps us understand not only the man, but all that he

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Russell Long: A Life in Politics with Dr. Michael S. Martin: Book Talk, Signing, and Reception

Russell Long, A Life in Politics, by Dr. Michael S. Martin (University of Mississippi Press, 2014)

On Wednesday, April 22 at 4:30 pm (talk to begin at 4:45 pm), in the Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University, Dr. Michael S. Martin, Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professor in History, and Director, Center for Louisiana Studies, University

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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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The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Historic Collection

Joe Kirkwood's retirement event at which he received his new bicycle, September 30, 1952.

In the decades following the Civil War, Baton Rouge never grew much beyond its pre-War size–about 5000 people.   However, the make-up of that population certainly changed a great deal over the decades. The end of the war meant the end

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