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French Studies conference attendees visit Special Collections

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Carte de l’Isle de la Martinique from Guillaume de L’Isle’s Atlas nouveau, contenant toutes les parties du monde. Amsterdam: Chez Jean Cóvens & Corneille Mortier, [1742]. LLMVC G5080 1742 .L57 MCAGE CATALOG RECORD LSU’s Center for French and Francophone Studies

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Reminder: Audubon Day, April 30

231 years ago today, on April 26, 1785, the ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon was born. Come help us celebrate Audubon’s birthday (a few days late!) this coming Saturday at our annual Audubon Day. Few works of art

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Pell-Mell magazine: 1930’s graphic design at LSU

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The 1930s were a golden age of graphic design. From Paris to Peking, artists and advertisers turned out images unlike anything the world had ever seen. At LSU, the campus humor publication Pell-Mell caught readers’ eyes with innovative and at

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Death in the Deep South: Historical Louisiana Mystery Fiction

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Louisiana has never been a stranger to murder, mystery, and mayhem. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, violence was so commonplace that only the most unusual incidents received much public scrutiny. “The mere fact of a man being shot

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Russell Long: A Life in Politics with Dr. Michael S. Martin: Book talk, signing, and reception

Russell Long, A Life in Politics, by Dr. Michael S. Martin (University of Mississippi Press, 2014)

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015. in the Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University, Dr. Michael S. Martin, Cheryl Courrégé Burguières/Board of Regents Professor in History, and Director, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette spoke about his new

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Digital project offers access to the history of free people of color in Louisiana

Group portrait of (left to right) Dr. Henry Lewis Bailey, one of the first African American graduates of Harvard and a founder of the Niagara Movement, an unidentified man, Amanda Bailey, and William R. Johnson, who was a descendant of free people of color William and Ann Johnson of Natchez, Miss..  Johnston lodged with the Baileys during his studies at Howard University.   William T. Johnson and Family Memorial Papers, Mss. 529m, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge.

The award-winning 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave about Solomon Northrup, a free man of color from New York who was sold into slavery in Louisiana, brought unprecedented attention to the history of free people of color in the United

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The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Historic Collection

Joe Kirkwood's retirement event at which he received his new bicycle, September 30, 1952.

In the decades following the Civil War, Baton Rouge never grew much beyond its pre-War size–about 5000 people.   However, the make-up of that population certainly changed a great deal over the decades. The end of the war meant the end

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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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Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana

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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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Exhibit opening and reception: Cooperative Extention at LSU

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LSU Libraries celebrated the opening of Cooperative Extension at LSU: Commemorating the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm in Hill Memorial Library. A brief program took place at 6 p.m., featuring comments from Provost Stuart

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Mapping the history of LSU – a talk on September 3rd

Join us on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:30 am in Hill Memorial Library for a presentation by Barry Cowan, Assistant University Archivist. Cowan will present the fascinating history of the university, illustrated with captivating photographs and papers that document LSU’s

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