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Designing with Audubon

Rare books at LSU are continually inspiring students’ creativity and enriching our community in new and interesting ways. Students in a course on Interior Design Graphics, taught by LSU College of Art & Design instructors Lee Kean and John Campbell,

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The Fine Print: LSU Press and The Southern Review


October 19th marks the opening of the exhibition “Advancing Scholarship & Learning for 80 Years: LSU Press and The Southern Review” at Hill Memorial Library. The timing is particularly appropriate, as October is American Archives month, a celebration of the

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John Miles Joins LSU Libraries


John Miles has joined the LSU Libraries Special Collections as Professional-in-Residence with a joint appointment in the Department of English. Originally from Danville, Kentucky, Miles earned a PhD in American Literature from Duke. Prior to his arrival at LSU, he

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Collections in the Classroom: LSU Librarians Talk about Teaching with Archives


Class visits to Special Collections have skyrocketed over the past several years. In the fall and spring semesters of 2014-15, we reached 2,500 students, almost triple the number of the year before! On October 5, LSU librarians Tara Laver, Jennifer

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Students Experience the Dutch Golden Age in Special Collections

A little slice of the seventeenth century exists right here on the LSU campus. That’s what students in Professor Christine Kooi’s course on the Dutch Republic and Empire discovered this week when they visited Special Collections. The students worked closely

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Afternoon in the Archives: A Remembrance of Huey Long


LSU Libraries Special Collections will feature materials related to Governor and Senator Huey P. Long in its next “Afternoon in the Archives,” which will be held 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, in Hill Memorial Library. A

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“Curses! Foiled again!” How To Keep Your Books Safe, 18th-Century Style


Librarians love acronyms. One of the best is for Stanford University’s digital preservation program LOCKSS (“Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe”). Several hundred years ago, “Lots of Curses Keep Stuff Safe” would have rung true as well. First used in

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Rare Books Enrich Students’ Classroom Experience

Love Digital, Live Analog. That was the theme of a recent class visit to Special Collections. Doctoral students in Music 7800 (Introduction to Research in Music) have an assignment to research something from our collections that relates to music. Curator

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Cleaning up after Katrina: A Special Collections Perspective

As a repository of historical materials about Louisiana, it’s only natural that Special Collections look back and remember those harrowing and heartbreaking days after Hurricane Katrina. The library and archives community in Louisiana is a relatively small one, and many

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Comics Symposium Explores Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes


On Tuesday, September 22, at 4:00 PM, LSU’s Hill Memorial Library will host a symposium entitled “New Faces under Old Masks: Race, Gender, and the Future of Superheroes.” Recent years have seen increasing attention from critics, readers, and publishers to

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The Black Hours: In Memory of Lisi Oliver

Special Collections recently lost one of our dearest friends, Dr. Lisi Oliver of the LSU English Department, who passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2015. An expert in early English law and linguistics, Lisi frequently visited Special Collections with her

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Tempests Talks: Storms in the Archives, an Exhibition Program Series

Tempest Talks at Hill

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries presents “Tempests Talks,” a series of public programs held in conjunction with the Lecture Hall Gallery exhibition, “Tempests: Storms in the Archives.” The line-up includes three brown

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