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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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The science of photography

Title page for Anna Atkins' "British Algae"

The world today is awash in images. Everyone has a camera, including anyone that owns a smartphone. Nearly everyone can create a photograph, and almost instantly distribute it via online applications and cell phone apps. It hasn’t always been like

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LSU’s first edition of Isaac Newton’s Opticks

Optiks 1 Cropped

In 1704, physicist Isaac Newton published his second major book, Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. Considered one of history’s great scientific

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Special Collections to host book talk and reception for The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of LSU’s Marching Band

Mike the Tiger and tuba player, 1980 Gumbo.

LSU football season is upon us, and that means game-day traditions like the march down Victory Hill, the goosebumps-inducing Pregame Salute, and “Hey Fightin’ Tigers,” all courtesy of the celebrated Golden Band from Tigerland. Kick off Homecoming Week and join

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The world of French in Special Collections

Queyrouze

As might be expected in a state with a strong and longstanding connection to all things French, LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library houses a wide range of French-language materials, dating from the 16th century to the present.

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History and beauty: The development of LSU’s campus

By 1950, the campus landscape was maturing and beginning to be recognizable to present-day eyes.  Steele Burden began planting trees and creating gardens in the early 1930s on what was once pasture and farmland.  Burden planted most of the trees and other plants shown here, except for the grove near the Pentagon Barracks (upper right), the Memorial Oak Grove (center left, planted in 1926), and the trees along Highland Road.  Note the gardens behind the Faculty Club (center) and the old President’s House (immediately to the left).  How many buildings do you recognize? (LSU Photograph Collection)

The idea for Louisiana State University’s present campus was envisioned by President Thomas Boyd in the early 1900s. The former Baton Rouge military post, a 200-acre complex that served as LSU’s campus from 1886 to 1925, had been adequate.  By

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LSU Libraries Special Collections is world-class when it comes to landscape architecture

Magnolia Macrophylia Big Leaf Magnolia

One of the LSU Libraries Special Collections‘ remarkable treasures is a spectacular collection of 232 Margaret Stones watercolor drawings depicting “Native Flora of Louisiana.” The collection is unparalleled in any other state, and just one of the resources Special Collections

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Hill Memorial Library fall hours

Libraries Hours

Due to staffing considerations, LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, will adjust its reading room hours for the fall semester. Research hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, except Tuesdays when the library will remain open until

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Exhibition: “From Grand Village to Bluff City: 300 Years of Natchez History”

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The Mississippi River’s fertile flood plain coupled with its role as a major economic artery connecting north and south firmly established the links between Natchez, Miss., and Louisiana early in their development as outposts of the colonial empires of multiple

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Studying Sherlock: The Russell Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection

A large selection of Sherlock Holmes fiction, scholarship, and memorabilia was recently donated to the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections by Russell Mann, a retired professor of journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mann started building the collection in

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Special Collections summer hours

Libraries Hours

Special Collections has begun its summer schedule without Terrific Tuesdays (Tuesday evening hours). Hill Memorial Library will close each day at 5 p.m. throughout the Summer, and remain closed on Sundays.  The complete schedule is available on the Special Collections

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Reminder: Audubon Day, April 30

231 years ago today, on April 26, 1785, the ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon was born. Come help us celebrate Audubon’s birthday (a few days late!) this coming Saturday at our annual Audubon Day. Few works of art

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