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Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana

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Even as far south as Louisiana, winter nights are long and chilly, but in homes all across the state, Christmas trees bring a little light and joy. When did the tradition of decorating evergreens during the darkest days of winter

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Tom Turkey, Transatlantic Traveler

Eleazar Albin, A Natural History of Birds (1731)

Even if you won’t be roasting a turkey at Thanksgiving later this week, there’s no denying that this iconic bird has become part of the American story. Other than on “Turkey Day” itself, however, is eating turkeys as uniquely American

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Bringing the Middle Ages to Life in Special Collections

Special Collections has seen a record-breaking number of class visits this semester. Several of those classes, including Professor Maribel Dietz’s course on the Late Middle Ages, came to use our large and growing collection of medieval manuscript facsimiles. The materials

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Pocketbook Patriotism: Advertising and the First World War

Wilfred Owen, one of the greatest poets of World War I, asserted that if everyone could experience the brutality of war for themselves, we “would not tell with such high zest / To children ardent for some desperate glory, /

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Weird Science: A Renaissance Book of Monsters

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Open your biology textbook and you probably won’t expect to find much information on unicorns, dragons, and sea monsters. But that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, for some of the leading naturalists of the Renaissance, as historian Paula

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Exhibit Opening and Reception: Cooperative Extention at LSU

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  Join us for a reception celebrating the opening of Cooperative Extension at LSU: Commemorating the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.  The reception will be held on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm in Hill Memorial Library. Refreshments

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“Follow your own star!” Dante in Special Collections

Dante’s Divine Comedy was the runaway hit of medieval and Renaissance Italy. More than 600 manuscript copies of the poem were made within eighty years of Dante’s death in 1321, and after the invention of printing in the mid fifteenth

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Special Collections Open House: STEM and Beyond

Drawings relating to Yellow Fever, Joseph Jones Papers, mss 468, 534, 544, etc.

On Tuesday, October 7, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections will host an open house. Located in Hill Memorial Library, this event is an opportunity to meet the staff, see some fantastic and interesting items

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Political Strategist Donna Brazile Donates Her Papers to LSU

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Though she has made her name and home in Washington D.C. for the past three decades, distinguished LSU alumna, veteran political strategist and commentator, author, and Democratic Party official Donna Brazile makes no secret of her pride in being a

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A “Bully” Letter from Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt letter to Uriah Rose, 1906. Page 2.

If you’ve been watching Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS this week, this Theodore Roosevelt letter from the Michael Wynne Collection will ring bullishly true—no “feather-brained enthusiasts” need apply! In the letter to Uriah Milton Rose, a

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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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  • Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana
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    Even as far south as Louisiana, winter nights are long and chilly, but in homes all across the state, Christmas trees bring a little light and joy. When did the tradition of decorating evergreens d...
  • #TBT The 1971 fall commencement ceremonies were the first to be held in the newly completed LSU Assembly Center, now the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Previous commencement ceremonies were held in the John M. Parker Coliseum, Tiger Stadium, the Gym-Armory, and the Greek Theater. 1099 degrees were awarded that year including 30 law degrees and 84 PhDs. Although called a “midyear” commencement, it was the first to be held right after the end of the fall semester. Previous midyear commencements were held in mid-January. Commencement programs from the very first in 1869 can be found at Hill Memorial Library. Congratulations, fall graduates!

    Source: Annual Midyear Commencement Program. LD3117 A22


  • It's finals week and students in this shot from c. 1960 crammed and agonized over exams just as they do today. Notice that no one in this photo, taken in Dodson Auditorium, has an electronic device. Study hard and good luck!

    Photo source: Office of Public Relations Photographs, RG #A0020, Louisiana State University Archives, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA.


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