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Botanical Birthday

two women in yard

Friends and family of Julia Hawkins and members of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum joined us this weekend to celebrate her 106th birthday. Guests viewed original watercolors by botanical artist Margaret Stones. Hawkins and her late husband, Murray (former chair of

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Flora & Fauna at 50: The E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection 1971-2021

book with illustrations of butterflies

In 1971, John Stauffer “Jack” McIlhenny (1909-1997) transformed LSU Libraries with the gift of the personal library of his uncle, E. A. “Ned” McIlhenny of Avery Island, LA. The exhibition “Flora & Fauna at 50: The E. A. McIlhenny Natural

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A Special Collections Sampling…now on display

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LSU Libraries Special Collections presents, “A Special Collections Sampling,” an exhibition now on display in Hill Memorial Library at LSU. Featured items include photographs, letters, documents, and books from all major collections, spanning over 500 years. The selections provide visitors

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In Full Blossom: Exhibition of Margaret Stones’ botanical watercolors re-opens October 1st

Over roughly a decade, plant collectors of all stripes braved the Louisiana wilds to procure plants for one of the 20th century’s most talented and accomplished botanical artists, at times side by side with her (and her uncompromising eye for

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Campaigns & Elections in the Archives

photograph of election campaign buttons

War. Natural disaster. Epidemic. Social upheaval. Political turmoil. Spend enough time digging through archival collections and you’ll soon realize that these things happen over and over again throughout history, often simultaneously. Archives record the joys, sorrows, and monotony of being

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Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

Photo of artist looking at plant

Note: Exhibition has been extended through December 4, 2020. Visit the LSU Libraries Special Collections web site for information on available hours. LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist,” on exhibition at Hill Memorial Library

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L’École des Beaux Arts: Legacy of Influence

close-up of photogravure of Augustus Saint-Gaudens's memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Mass.

LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, “The Hidden Treasures and Historical Importance of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris” in association with the LSU College of Art & Design. A small selection of items related to the School of

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This Just In: Wayfinding by Julie Chen

Book artist Julie Chen’s new work, Wayfinding, has found its way to Hill Memorial Library! This beautiful book is now on display in the exhibition “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections.” Chen’s work is focused on the physical

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Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections

NOTE: The exhibition has been extended through January 10, 2020. Even young children recognize a book: it’s rectangular and opens on one side to reveal multiple pages. But does it have to be so? Can books escape the tyranny of

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Journey to the Moon

The moon has captured our imaginations for millennia: generations have pondered and puzzled over it, measured and illustrated it. This unflagging curiosity through the centuries and across the world drove efforts to reach out and touch the moon on July

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Who’s Your Holmes?

LSU Libraries Special Collections presents a small exhibition of Sherlock Holmes artifacts and texts titled “Who’s Your Holmes?: Depictions and Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles,” in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall. The exhibit corresponds

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“We Built This City” exhibition explores urban systems

LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, “We Built This City: Baton Rouge as a System of Systems,” on display in Hill Memorial Library from Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, March 1, 2019. The exhibition examines what constitutes a

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