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200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Whether you are a horror fan or not, there is no denying the pervasive cultural impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Many consider it to be the first true work of science fiction and the beginning of a new genre in

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Students declared a holiday when Mike I arrived at the Ole War Skule

Mike the Tiger and Trainer

October 21, 80 years ago, Mike I arrived on the LSU campus to much fanfare and revelry.  Students declared a holiday, and buglers who were stationed around campus sounded reveille at 5:45 a.m. Roadblocks were set up, and professors and

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Browsing the bookshelves at Baker Street

Catullus. Tibullus. Propertius. (Roman Poetry), and Commentaries on the Laws of England.

Literary scholar and rare book dealer Madeleine B. Stern, best known for her scholarship on writer Louisa May Alcott, proposed the titles likely to inhabit the library of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in her 1953 article, “Sherlock Holmes: Rare-Book Collector,

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Spanish scholars complete research on Huey Long

Huey Long marches with drum majors, Russell B. Long Papers, Mss. 3700.

Mariona Lloret, who is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Huey Long at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, offers an international view on Louisiana’s most famous governor. “Our aim is to understand the Kingfish in a broader framework, including

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Reading Room Exhibit: John Earle Uhler and Cane Juice


Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is being celebrated by librarians, teachers and readers all across the country. This week represents a time to reflect on issues of censorship and challenges to academic freedom. Visitors to the reading room

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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


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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