Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Our little village was in the greatest excitement…”

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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Accidents Happen: Protecting & saving family treasures

FYI: The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will present a free webinar addressing preservation issues on April 26, 2011. Interested participants may register online at the following URL: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/168682080 Description of program as provided by ALCTS: Accidents

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Library acquires memoirs of Louisiana’s last French governor

Special Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of one of the rarest and most important books on the early history of Louisiana—the Mémoires sur ma vie of Pierre-Clément de Laussat. Born in 1756 in the Pyrenees region of southern

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Returned to Sender: Armand Duplantier letters donated

Almost 230 years to the day he arrived in Louisiana, the letters of French émigré and Baton Rouge plantation owner Armand Duplantier and his family returned to the state from France when LSU Libraries Special Collections accepted the donation of

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A Book for all seasons

Students and scholars of English literature, history, and philosophy will be pleased to learn that Special Collections recently acquired the first collected edition of the works of Sir Thomas More. Introduced into modern popular culture by the 1966 film A

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Sir Thomas Phillipps’s Old English grammar

The history of book collecting is studded with colorful figures. One of the most honored but also most eccentric was Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872). The illegitimate son of a wealthy textile manufacturer, Phillipps spent his inheritance indulging his passion for

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