The LSU student press: an annotated bibliography (part 4)

Note: This is the fourth in a five-part occasional series on LSU’s official and unofficial student newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and literary journals.


One cannot fully appreciate the role of independent student publications in campus life without also exploring the official ones, especially as the same writers often worked for both varieties.  The first university publication to which students are known to have contributed was the Louisiana State Agricultural & Mechanical College Journal of 1874—as typesetters.  Established when the A&M College was still an entirely separate institution located in New Orleans (it did not merge with LSU until 1877), the cadets had the privilege of setting the type for this journal of “scientific and practical education in agriculture and the mechanic arts.”  Apparently, Prof. Thomas Nicholson provided all the content, openly complaining of being overworked and underappreciated in the only surviving issue from August 1874 (Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 L68 OVER).

I’ve intentionally left out publications like the A&M college journal from the following annotated bibliography of LSU’s officially-sanctioned student yearbooks, newspapers, magazines, and journals.  While students undoubtedly contributed to various university, college, and departmental publications, as well as the alumni magazine from time to time, I’ve chosen to limit this list to more substantive periodicals that were run largely by students.


ReveilleThe Reveille   |   1897-present

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 R48 & MICROFILM 632

Perhaps aware of an earlier Reveille on campus—a brief faculty journal from 1872—the cadets of Louisiana State University inaugurated the new Reveille, a four-page weekly newspaper, on January 14, 1897, charging one dollar for a year’s subscription.  You already know what it does.



The L Book   |   1897-2007L Book

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LD3114 .L13

LSU’s de facto annual student handbook was issued for half a century by the campus YMCA (and sometimes by the student government as well) under the editorship of students.  A guide to rules, regulations, activities, sports, and much more, it transitioned into an official university publication beginning with the 1948/49 edition.  The L Book ran continuously until the late 1960s, then returned briefly for a few nostalgic issues around the turn of the millennium.



GumboGumbo   |   1900-present

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LD3118 .G8 REF

Middleton Library Stacks & Compact — LD3118 .G8

Dedicated to former university president David F. Boyd, who had died the previous year, the inaugural Gumbo of 1900 was structurally little different from all its successors: class pictures, sports, frats, clubs, cadet companies, supposedly witty prose, etc.  It failed to publish editions only in 1919, 1993, and 1994.  Editions of the Gumbo are available online through the LSU Digital Commons.



Freshmaniana   |   1934Freshmaniana

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 F7

Middleton Library Stacks — LH1 .L55 F7

LSU’s first student literary journal, Freshmaniana offered exactly what its name inferred: poetry, prose, and short fiction from freshman English classes for the 1933/34 school year.  Although aspiring to become an annual serial, nothing indicates that Freshmaniana progressed beyond its first issue.



Delta1Delta   |   1947-1974

Manchac Magazine   |   1975-1976

Manchac   |   1977-1982

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 D4

Middleton Library Stacks — LH1 .L55 D4

 Delta, the student literary journal, debuted in 1947 under the editorship of Charles East, who would become a noted author, newspaper and literary editor, and director of LSU Press.  Hardly limited to the creative writing of only students, it also published submissions from alumni, local amateurs, and professional authors.  Delta went through a couple of ill-advised title changes in the 1970s before closing under financial distress in 1982.  Both of LSU’s current literary journals claim its lineage.



Poop Book: Course and Professor Evaluation   |   circa 1960-1969Poop Book

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LD3111 .P66 1960z & LD3111 .L78 1969

Sponsored by the Student Government Association and drawn from student evaluations, the Poop Book dished out the dirt on classes and professors.  Students described course content and workload; offered recommendations on which classes to take or avoid; and evaluated their teachers for their preparation, class presentation, and grading.  Unlike modern social media, the Poop Book didn’t print every irrepressible comment, but rather summarized the majority opinion when it could be deduced.



Add OneAdd One   |   1964-1965

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 A3

Middleton Library Stacks — LH1 .L55 A3

The first attempt at an official campus magazine, Add One tried to steer a popular middle course between the traditional news of the Reveille and the highbrow literary content of Delta by offering articles, satire, humor, short fiction, poetry, and a monthly copy girl pictorial.  Alas, it published only three issues in the spring of 1964 and another in January 1965 before bowing out.



The Sentinel   |   1965-1967Sentinel

Hill Memorial Library UARCHIVES — LH1 .L55 S4 FLAT

Everyone seemed happy in the pages of The Sentinel, the official newspaper of the Student Government Association.  Although focusing primarily on the work of the SGA, it also frequently covered other news around campus.  The Sentinel appeared three or four times a year for a couple of academic years until all those Pepsodent smiles went away for good in the spring of 1967.


Next time: The Law School, the Vet School, and the arrival of Legacy magazine


Hans Rasmussen is Coordinator of Special Collections Technical Services in the LSU Libraries.

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Kelsey, Sigrid, ed. Fostering Student Success: Academic, Social, and Financial Initiatives, ALA Editions, 2022.


O’Neill, Brittany. “Do They Know It When They See It?: Natural Language Preferences of Undergraduate Students for Library Resources,” College & Undergraduate Libraries. Volume 28, Issue 2 (2021).

O’Neill, Brittany and Rebecca Kelley. “Delivering Bad News: Crisis Communication Methods in Academic Libraries,” College & Research Libraries, Volume 82, Issue 3 (May 2021).

Connel, Ruth Sara; Lisa C. Wallis; David Comeaux. “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources,” Information Technology and Libraries. Volume 40, Issue 2 (2021).

O’Neill, B. (2021).”Three-layer primary source dip: Introducing history students to primary source research through active learning.” In The teaching with primary sources cookbook, edited by J. M. Porterfield, 16-18. Association of College & Research Libraries, 2021.


Blessinger, Kelly and Dave Comeaux. “User Experience with a New Public Interface for an Integrated Library System,” Information Technology in Libraries. Volume 39, Issue 1.

Cramer, Jennifer A. “First, Do No Harm”: Tread Carefully Where Oral History, Trauma, and Current Crises Intersect,” The Oral History Review, 47:2 (2020): 203-213, DOI: 10.1080/00940798.2020.1793679

Diamond, Tom, ed. The Academic Librarian in the Digital Age: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities. McFarland, 2020.

Kelley, Rebecca and Mitch Fontenot. “Serving our Student Veterans in Louisiana,” Louisiana Libraries. Volume 82, Issue 2 (Spring 2020).

Kuyper-Rushing, Lois.A Thematic Index of Works by Eugene Bozza, A-R Editions, 2020.

Lounsberry, Megan. “Troubleshooting electronic resources from an ILL perspective,” Technical Services Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 3.

McDonald, Ebony. “2020 Regina Medal Recipient Christopher Paul Curtis,” Catholic Library World. 

Miles, John David.  “James Harrison and the Tensas Troubles of 1878,” Civil War Book Review: Volume 22, Issue 1 (Winter 2020).

Morgan, Randa Lopez. 2020. “Supporting Student Wellness and Success through the LSU Libraries Relaxation Room.Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement v. 1, no. 1: 104–115.


Batte, Elizabeth; David Dunaway; Emily Frank; Sarah Mazur; and Laurie Phillips. “LOUIS Membership with Open Textbook Network Brings Incentive for Faculty OER Advocacy on Campuses,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 3 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Borchardt, Rachel; Polly Boruff-Jones; Sigrid Kelsey; and Jennifer Matthews, “A Proposed Framework for the Evaluation of Academic Librarian Scholarship” (2019). Proceedings of the Charleston Library Conference.

Comeaux, Dave;  Emily Frank; and Mike Waugh. “Supporting Student Success: E-books as Course Materials,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Dunaway, David. “Bibliometrics for Faculty Evaluation: A Stastical Comparison of h-indexes Generated Using Google Scholar and Web of Science Data,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 3 (Fall/Winter 2019).

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Hawk, Amanda K. “Implementing Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries,” Proceedings of the 2018 Library Assessment Conference, (Association of Research Libraries, 2019): 836-843.

Hebert, Andrea and Jodi Duet. “’I’m Really Confident I Can Find the Exact IKEA Pillow’: A Qualitative Look at the Search Self-Efficacy of Graduating MLIS Students,” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian.

Lounsberry, Megan. “No Textbooks Allowed! (Unless You’re a Graduate Student!): Louisiana State University Pilots an ILL Textbook Service. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 28 (3/4): 61–73.

Miles, John David. “Colfax, Kate Grant, and the Domestication of Reconstruction’s Violence,” Civil War Book Review. Volume 21, Issue 2 (Spring 2019).

Miles, John David. “The Loyalty of West Point’s Graduates Debated,” Civil War Book Review. Volume 21, Issue 1 (Winter 2019).

Miller, Marty. “Curriculum, Departmental, and Faculty Mapping in the Visual Arts Department,” Art Documentation, Volume 38, Issue 1 (March 2019): 159-173.

Morgan, Randa L. “Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together.” Catholic Library World, Volume 90, Issue 1 (September 2019): 68.

O’Neill, Brittany; and  Allen LeBlanc. “Evaluating Trends in Instruction Scheduling Management: A Survey of Louisiana’s Academic Libraries,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Russo, Michael, “The Moon Belongs to Everyone:  ResearchGate and Subscription Databases Compared.”  Louisiana Libraries. Volume 81, Issue 3, (Winter 2019).

Russo, Michael, “Information Literacy through Service Learning” in Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships: Enhancing Health and Quality of Life.  Fannie M. Cox, Henry R. Cunningham, and Vickie Hines-Martin, eds., 2019.

Simms, Sarah; Hayley Johnson. “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 64 Parishes (Magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities). Issue 4 (Summer 2019).

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Ziegler, S.L. “Digitization Selection Criteria as Anti-Racist Action,” Code4Lib Journal. Issue 45 (2019).

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Wilder, Stanley. “Delayed Retirements and the Youth Movement among ARL Library Professionals,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Hiring and Staffing Trends in ARL Libraries,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Selected Demographic Trends in the ARL Professional Population,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Ziegler, Scott; and Richard Shrake. “PAL: Toward a Recommendation System for Manuscripts,” Information Technology and Libraries, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2018).


Caminita, C.; Cook, M.; and Paster, A. (2017). Thirty years of preserving, discovering, and accessing U.S. agricultural information: Past progress and current challenges. Library Trends, 65(3), 293-315.

Dauterive, Sarah; John Bourgeois; and Sarah Simms. “How little is too little? An examination of information literacy instruction duration for freshmen.” Journal of Information Literacy, 11.1 (2017): 204-219.

Fontenot, Mitch; Emily Frank; and Andrea Hebert. “Going Where the Users Are: Three Variations on a Theme,” Louisiana Libraries, Fall 2017.

Hawk, Amanda K. “Highflying Crowdfunding: Creating a Successful Partnership with a Campus Donor,” Archival Outlook, July/August 2017: 12-13, 19.

Hebert, Andrea; and Marty Miller. (2017). Using FSA-OWI photographs to teach information and visual literacy. Louisiana Libraries, 79(3), 19–25.

Johnson, Hayley. “#NoDAPL: Social Media, Empowerment, and Civic Participation at Standing Rock,” Library Trends, Fall 2017.