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But Wait, There’s More: Additional WWI Holdings

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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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Oscar René Courrege Papers

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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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How a New Orleans industrialist challenged Hitler’s Olympics

A cartoon against American participation in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin

The recent documentary, The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936, which premiered on PBS on August 2nd, describes how members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conspired to ignore human rights abuses by the Nazi government in Germany and actively collaborate with

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Exhibition: “From Grand Village to Bluff City: 300 Years of Natchez History”

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The Mississippi River’s fertile flood plain coupled with its role as a major economic artery connecting north and south firmly established the links between Natchez, Miss., and Louisiana early in their development as outposts of the colonial empires of multiple

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Reading Room exhibit features recently processed collections

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Visitors to the reading room at Hill Memorial Library can now view a selection of materials from several recently processed collections. These collections, while small, contain a wealth of information for researchers, and provide an example of the many new

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New Special Collections Request System (SCRS)

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LSU Libraries Special Collections went live with a management software system called Aeon on July 16, 2015. This system allows us to manage collections and requests much more efficiently by closing the typical gap between “discovery” and “delivery” and by enabling

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On passing time with Harper Lee

Photograph of Harper Lee and  Jessica Lacher-Feldman (off camera, left), from the New York Times, January 30, 2006 (Photo credit: Dana Mixer for the New York Times)

To Kill a Mockingbird was, until today, the only novel published by American author Harper Lee. It is the story of Scout, a young girl, confronting the deep-seated racial prejudice that existed in pre-Civil Rights Alabama. Go Set a Watchman,

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New letters of Romantic poet and novelist Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith, by George Romney (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In 1833, William Wordsworth, England’s greatest living poet, praised one of his contemporaries, Charlotte Smith, as “a lady to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered.” Sadly, his words rang true,

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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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Special Collections open house: STEM and Beyond

Drawings relating to Yellow Fever, Joseph Jones Papers, mss 468, 534, 544, etc.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections hosted an open house. Located in Hill Memorial Library, this event offered an opportunity to meet the staff, see some fantastic and interesting items from the collections, and hear about

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Political Strategist Donna Brazile donates her papers to LSU

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Though she has made her name and home in Washington D.C. for the past three decades, distinguished LSU alumna, veteran political strategist and commentator, author, and Democratic Party official Donna Brazile makes no secret of her pride in being a

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A “Bully” letter from Theodore Roosevelt

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If you’ve been watching Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS this week, this Theodore Roosevelt letter from the Michael Wynne Collection will ring bullishly true—no “feather-brained enthusiasts” need apply! In the letter to Uriah Milton Rose, a

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