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LSU Libraries Special Collections announces new exhibition: “The Legacies They Built: Honoring Pinkie Gordon Lane, Lutrill and Pearl Payne, and Julian T. White”

Julian T. White and student review architectural plans

In 2022, LSU’s Board of Supervisors voted to recognize the significant contributions of four Black LSU pioneers by naming two programs and one building in their honor: the Pinkie Gordon Lane Graduate School, Lutrill and Pearl Payne School of Education, and

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Listen: LSU Special Collections Fall Exhibition featured on NPR’s “Louisiana Considered”

image of dredging equipment near a body of water

LSU Libraries’ Exhibition Manager, Leah Wood Jewett, and Associate Professor at LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, Tracy Quirk spoke on NPR’s “Louisiana Considered” about LSU Libraries’ new exhibition focused on the state’s wetlands. Dubbed, “Water, Water Everywhere: Control

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Special Collections Exhibition: “Water, Water Everywhere: Control and Consequence in Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands”

sepia image of a man standing on the street in a flooded town

LSU Libraries’ new exhibition, “Water, Water Everywhere: Control and Consequence in Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands,” will be on display in Hill Memorial Library from Sept. 6 – Dec. 21 and is free and open to the public. The exhibition tells the

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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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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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Special Collections co-curates the exhibition Enslaved People in Southeast with ASERL

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of enslaved people landing on the shores of Virginia, thus beginning the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in North America. To recognize this event, The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Special Collections Interest Group curated its

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Sparking the Explosion: Perspectives on the Artist’s Book Format by LSU Art Faculty

On October 24th, LSU Libraries Special Collections hosted “Afternoon in the Archives: Book Arts” in conjunction with the “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections” exhibition now open in Hill Memorial Library. The work of three of LSU’s Art

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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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Beyond Boundaries: Big, Beautiful Artists’ Books

I was delighted to be a part of the team that put together the current exhibition, “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections.” You can view this exhibition in the Main Gallery of Hill Memorial Library during regular library

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