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Special Collections open house

On Tuesday October 1, 2013 from 2:30-5:30 pm, LSU Libraries Special Collections will host an Open House event.  This is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the general public to stop by and visit the Hill Memorial Library, meet

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Stars and Stripes

Flag_Day

Today is Flag Day! This image comes from the current exhibition, The Summer of 1863: Gettysburg, Vicksburg & Port Hudson, now on display in the Lecture Hall in Hill Memorial Library. The exhibition features a sampling of materials from the

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Special Collections co-sponsors 2013 Historic Natchez Conference, April 17-20

Natchez Under the Hill, from the Thomas and Joan Gandy Collection, Mss. 3778.

LSU Special Collections is proud to co-sponsor “From Civil War to Civil Rights,” the 2013 Historic Natchez Conference, April 17-20, 2013. Headquartered at the Eola Hotel in downtown Natchez, the meeting offers a full program of free lectures on centuries

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African American Baton Rougeans featured in new exhibition

Cabinet card of unidentified young girl.  Studio unknown.

In recognition of Black History Month and in connection with “Blacks in the Red Stick,” a conference sponsored by the LSU African and African American Studies Program, or AAAS, to be held on Friday, March 8 in Hill Memorial Library,

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This Means War: Civil War exhibition opens July 30th

Old_Times_blog

“When within a few miles of B.R. [Baton Rouge] we met a great many of our fellows—soldiers torn and mangled; Oh! What awful sights which told us we were in the ‘fiery path of Mars’ and that the bloody work

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Domestic Dwellings & Political Dealings: Building Louisiana

Tanesse_map

Two different angles on building Louisiana–architecture and politics–  will be the focus of two free lectures presented by LSU Libraries’ Special Collections in conjunction with the exhibition “State of Transition: Louisiana circa 1812.” Both presentations will be held in the

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“Charles Dickens at 200″ exhibit

Charles Dickens exhibit

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of English literature’s most beloved authors. No other writer has had so great an impact on our perception of Victorian England, and few can claim to have

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“At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”: Remembering Veterans Day

Hermann Moyse, Sr. World War I Collection

“At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month! A simple telegram of three lines brought us the great news: ‘At eleven o’clock today in accordance with the terms of the armistice, firing ceased on the American

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Practicing Catholics

St_Josephs

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, the LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “Practicing Catholics: Finding Faith in Family Papers,” a display that features letters, documents, photographs, and ephemera drawn from the papers

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“Our little village was in the greatest excitement…”

Butler

Yesterday, April 12th, marked the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, the event that began four years of bloody Civil War. In this letter from Special Collections’ Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Sara E. Ker Butler of

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The Dear Ones at Home

Varina Howell Davis, c. 1850

LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition “The Dear Ones at Home: Women’s Letters and Diaries of the Civil War Era,” December 6, 2010 – April 30, 2011 at Hill Memorial Library.  Marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which

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A special salute on Veterans Day

Marine Corps Band photographed by Donn Young

On Veterans Day, we want to call special attention to the resources we have for learning more about the men and women who have served our country in the military.    Hundreds of books found in Special Collections deal with veterans’

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