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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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Studying Sherlock: The Russell Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection

A large selection of Sherlock Holmes fiction, scholarship, and memorabilia was recently donated to the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections by Russell Mann, a retired professor of journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mann started building the collection in

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Our Fearful Trip: Remembering the Civil War on RMS Titanic

James Cameron’s 1997 Hollywood blockbuster Titanic, like most historical movies, is fun to watch but doesn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story. Though we will never know for sure, the accents of two real-life passengers

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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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North, South, Far East: The Civil War through Japanese Eyes

Arriving in Nagano, Japan, in the summer of 1955 as part of a seven-nation goodwill tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department, acclaimed Southern novelist William Faulkner was astonished by the reception he received. Though he had been writing for

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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

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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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Weird Science: A Renaissance book of monsters

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Open your biology textbook and you probably won’t expect to find much information on unicorns, dragons, and sea monsters. But that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, for some of the leading naturalists of the Renaissance, as historian Paula

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“Follow your own star!” Dante in Special Collections

Dante’s Divine Comedy was the runaway hit of medieval and Renaissance Italy. More than 600 manuscript copies of the poem were made within eighty years of Dante’s death in 1321, and after the invention of printing in the mid fifteenth

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An Astronomical Acquisition

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Tomorrow is Astronomy Day, a national event founded in 1973 “to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.” The weekend weather forecast in Baton Rouge doesn’t look so great for stargazing, so if the skies don’t clear up,

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Things of Beauty: New acquisitions of poetry by John Keats

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We like to think of Special Collections as a working laboratory in which students can study not just texts, but also books’ physical aspects. What can we learn about a book’s history from its binding, illustrations, or style of printing?

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Putting things in perspective

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When two-thirds of the city of London burned to the ground in the Great Fire of 1666, the job of rebuilding the fifty-one churches that were destroyed, including the largest, St. Paul’s Cathedral, fell to a promising young mathematician and

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