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Join Us! Exhibit Opening and Talk at Hill 2/25

Special Collections on Parade

On Wednesday, February 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm, join us for the official opening of our current exhibition, Special Collections on Parade, a glimpse at some selections from all aspects of the collections held at Hill Memorial Library. The talk will

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Black History Month: Afternoon in the Archives, February 24

"Mother and Child," Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection, Mss. 3778.

In recognition of Black History Month, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections’ next Afternoon in the Archives will feature a sampling of publications, documents, and photographs that span over 200 years of African American history. The event, to be held 3:30-5:00

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Let Nature Be Your Guide: Graphic Design of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau Movements

The nineteenth century gave us the wonders of the Industrial Revolution, but also ugly urban landscapes and soulless mechanization. By the end of the century, designers such as William Morris, Eugene Grasset, and Alphonse Mucha were going “back to nature”

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Award, Promotion for Libraries Faculty Member Judy Bolton

Bronze bust in Hill Memorial Library's Reading Room (Photo by Sissy Albertine)

Judy Bolton, Head of Public Services in Special Collections, was promoted to Senior General Librarian effective January 1, 2015.  In addition, Bolton, who has been with LSU Libraries for just over thirty years, was also recently awarded the first Friends

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Bird’s-Eye History: 17th-Century French City Views

Just because people 400 years ago didn’t have the interactive mapping tools that we have today doesn’t mean they didn’t know what faraway places looked like. By the 1600s, several large collections of city views, accompanied by detailed descriptions, had

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Aaron Richardson, University Archivist

Aaron Richardson

On January 5, 2015, Aaron Richardson joined the LSU Libraries as University Archivist. Aaron comes to LSU from Atlanta, GA where he served as Southeast Regional Archivist for the National Park Service. A NARA-certified Records Manager, Aaron helped implement the

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The Science of Sugar: Audubon Park Sugar School and Experiment Station

Sugar students at work and eating sugarcane, November 1902. Audubon Sugar School, New Orleans.]

Sugar and the scientific investigation of its cultivation and manufacture played a major part in the early development of LSU. The Audubon Sugar School and Experiment Station was one of the first American research facilities developed for the scientific investigation

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Extension Before Extension: The Origins of Demonstration Work at LSU

Louisiana demonstration train group photograph.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, LSU Libraries Special Collections has put together an exhibit detailing the agricultural origins of LSU, and the university’s involvement in the evolution of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, 1914-2014. The

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General Middleton and the Battle of the Bulge

Gen. Middleton, December 1944.  Winter weather in the Ardennes is exceptionally cold and wet, and the battle was characterized by fog, freezing temperatures, misty rain, snow, and ice.

  Troy Middleton, president emeritus of LSU and for whom the main library on campus is named, was a division and corps commander in World War II. The most important battle in which he led troops was the Battle of

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Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana

NOLAtree2

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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Afternoon in the Archives: Dante and Chaucer

Join the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections on December 1 and 2 for our first “Afternoon in the Archives,” an informal series of showcases designed to help you learn more about our exciting collections.  The theme of the first event will

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  • Tell Us Why You Love Archives! What do you love about Hill Memorial Library!?

    As archivists, we know why we love archives, but now we want to know how archives have affected your life. So tell us why archives matter to you in a comment below, including: name, your profession, and ....I love archives because...

    We also want to know what you love about Hill Memorial Library -- whether it be a specific collection, a service, an activity, etc. We can't wait to hear from you! THANK YOU!
  • #TBT In recognition of Black History Month, today’s Throwback Thursday image depicts the Harambé student group from 1972. Established in 1971, Harambé (a Swahili word meaning working together in unity) was one of the first African American student groups on campus. Their goals were to provide for communication among people on campus, bridge gaps between the greater Baton Rouge community and Southern University and African Americans at LSU, help black students and prospective black students develop a positive self-image, and develop a highly visible black presence on campus. The Black Student Union fulfills many of these objectives today. In 1972, the Harambé House was established at 3004 Highland Rd. to provide a space for various activities and for interaction between blacks and non-blacks. The African American Cultural Center, established in 1993, plays a similar role today.

    To learn more about student life at LSU, and about our collections at Hill Memorial Library, please visit our current exhibit, Special Collections on Parade, on display through May 30. LSU Libraries Special Collections presents a showcase of things rare, natural, historical, technological, literary, political, comical and otherwise of note amongst the eclectic collections housed within Hill Memorial Library. Selected rare books, photographs, historical documents, sheet music, art, and oral histories are on display from all major collections, spanning seven centuries. Faculty and staff members at Hill Memorial Library curated the exhibition.

    To learn more, visit www.lib.lsu.edu/special or call (225) 578-6544.

    Image source: Gumbo, 1973


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