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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

We invite you to take a walk on the wild side with the new exhibition, “Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Creatures in the Collections,” now open through September 16th at Hill Memorial Library. Featuring a wide variety of rare books, historical

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Three scholars awarded grants to conduct research in LSU Libraries Special Collections

The LSU Libraries has awarded research travel grants to three researchers who will use the extensive historical material in the LSU Special Collections for their respective research and book projects. The purpose of the grants is to support the travel

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Remembering Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012

The prolific, prophetic and ever popular works of Ray Bradbury have delighted, frightened and amazed audiences for nearly 80 years.  From short stories to novels, poetry to screenplays, children’s books to non-fiction, he possessed an imagination unmatched coupled with a

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Gina Costello named Interim Associate Dean of Special Collections

Gina Costello was recently named Interim Associate Dean for Special Collections. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Technology Initiatives, and will fulfill both roles at Middleton Library and Hill Memorial Library. While the recent appointment is temporary, Costello has

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But Wait, There’s More: Additional WWI Holdings

Unidentified soldiers in transport train in France, c. 1918.* When discussions began regarding mounting an exhibition to commemorate the First World War, the consensus was that there was not enough related material in LSU Libraries Special Collections to fill both

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The American Library Association’s training camp libraries in World War I

In observance of National Library Week (April 9-15) and the centenary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, this blog post explores the efforts of the American Library Association to provide books and periodicals to U.S. military

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Omohundro Institute awards Lauren Coats and Andrew Sluyter grants to digitize collections

Lauren Coats, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, and Andrew Sluyter (Geography and Anthropology), have been awarded a grant by the Omohundro Institute to fund the digitization of the Carlos Trudeau papers and the Vincente Sebastian Pintado papers. The Lapidus Fellowship

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Oscar René Courrege Papers

Anisyla Pinon* Note: Anizy-Pinon train station located in northern France at Pinon near Anizy-le-Château. Possible graffiti translation: Keller 15M with arrow. [Cellar 15 meters in direction of arrow] *Transcription of handwritten notation is true to original. The Oscar René Courrege

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“Who Do You Think You Are?” filmed at Hill Memorial Library

The TLC reality series, “Who Do You Think You Are,” recently filmed an episode featuring famous actor Noah Wyle at Hill Memorial Library. Wyle is best known for his leading role in NBC’s hit series “ER,” and currently stars in

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Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.

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Mardi Gras Ephemera

Mistick Krewe of Comus, 1902. “Princess Sunshine in the Enchanter’s Castle” float. The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season

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Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017

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