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Egyptomania!

Did you know you can travel from the delta of the Mississippi to the delta of the Nile… just by walking through the doors of Hill Memorial Library? That’s what students in Professor Darius Spieth’s History of Interior Design class

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Long-Lost Letters of an Uncrowned Queen

Louise, Countess of Albany

A small group of letters thought to have been destroyed almost 200 years ago is among the many surprising finds awaiting researchers in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. The eighteen letters, now part of the George De Forest Collection, were

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Mapping the History of LSU – a talk on September 3rd

Join us on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:30 am in Hill Memorial Library for a presentation by Barry Cowan, Assistant University Archivist. Cowan will present the fascinating history of the university, illustrated with captivating photographs and papers that document LSU’s

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Give Me Louisiana: Selections from the Doralice Fontane Papers

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Visitors to the Special Collections Reading Room are invited to view a display of materials from the newly processed Doralice Fontane Papers. Louisiana native Doralice Fontane was a music teacher, composer, and businesswoman. Fontane was also a prolific composer best

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Armed with a Paintbrush: Graphic Art of World War I

Art and war have a long common history. During the First World War, artists played a key role in the conflict. In some ways, they even had more say in its outcome than the common soldier stuck in the trenches.

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Sustaining Resilience Between Disaster: A Talk by Craig E. Colten on August 26th

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Join us on Tuesday, August 26th at 5:30 pm in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall for “Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Sustaining Resilience Between Disasters in Louisiana,” a talk by Craig E. Colten, Ph.D. This free program is presented in

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Vanishing Louisiana Like You’ve Never Seen It

We hear a lot about “vanishing” Louisiana these days. Our coast, towns, and wildlife are at risk from hurricanes, oil spills, rising sea levels, and changes in land management, and elements of our state’s distinctive culture and history are gradually

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Hot Summer, “Cool” Books…

Had enough of the summer heat? Come over to Special Collections and cool off with some books on polar exploration and travel in the high latitudes. Here are a few suggestions from the Rare Book Collection to get you started… Elisha

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Love’s Revenge: Letters of an 18th-Century Woman Novelist

A small group of eight letters in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections sheds new light on an episode in the life of an eighteenth-century woman writer who proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. Anna Maria Bennett was

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Spot the Fake

1 DC whole page copy

In 2010, a woman brought a copy of the July 2/4, 1863, edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen for an appraisal on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, at the time touring in Biloxi, Mississippi.  An especially famous newspaper, this

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Old Skool Photoshop

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on

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Something’s Brewing in Special Collections…

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It’s not too late to sign up for Lager for Libraries, a beer tasting and fundraiser for the LSU Libraries that will be held tomorrow, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge. And if

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    Please join us in welcoming Chelsea Arseneault to the Center! Chelsea is the new graduate assistant who will be continuing the work started last year by Wyatt Winnie for the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service Oral History Project.This assistantship is funded by the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture and is part of the two-year collaborative effort with LSU Libraries to document LCES. Chelsea was raised in Louisiana and holds two degrees from LSU: a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Teaching, and is now enrolled in the LSU MLIS program. Chelsea could not be more excited to get back into the field and close to her anthropological roots. Already, as part of her initial research and training, Chelsea has helped select audio clips for the Smith-Lever Exhibit listening station, which will open later this month. And this past week, Chelsea (at right) accompanied Center staff to observe a student training workshop at McKinley High School here in Baton Rouge (more on that next week!)-- photo by Kyle Tanglao.

  • Egyptomania!
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    Did you know you can travel from the delta of the Mississippi to the delta of the Nile... just by walking through the doors of Hill Memorial Library? That's what students in Professor Darius Spieth's History of Interior Design class did on Sept. 9...

  • Photos of LSU Libraries Special Collections
    #TBT This photograph from c. 1890 shows a civil engineering class. On the back wall of the classroom hangs a portrait of William Tecumseh Sherman, LSU's first president and professor of engineering. Civil engineering has a special place in LSU's history with the first engineering degree at LSU being awarded to a civil engineering graduate in 1869. Also, in 1969, the first African American to graduate from the College of Engineering received his bachelor's in civil engineering. During 1908, the university was reorganized into individual colleges. At that time, the College of Engineering was established with civil engineering being one of four departments within the new college. Expanding the department's offerings to include graduate studies, the master's degree program in civil engineering was initiated in 1932 and the doctoral degree program in 1970. Photo source: LSU Photograph Collection, RG #A5000, Louisiana State University Archives, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA.
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