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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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Special Collections Summer Project Program Series Part II: Madison Saucier

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LSU Libraries Special Collections is proud to have participated in LSU Discover’s Summer Research Program for the first time this year. Entrusted with Special Collections’ rich repository of resources, two undergraduate participants spent their summers in Hill Memorial Library exploring

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Special Collections Summer Project Program Series Part I: Nathaniel Dela Peña

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LSU Libraries Special Collections is proud to have participated in LSU Discover’s Summer Research Program for the first time this year. Entrusted with Special Collections’ rich repository of resources, two undergraduate participants spent their summers in Hill Memorial Library exploring

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LSU Libraries Celebrates Its Volunteers at “Giving Back to Those Who Give” Event

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Following the Friends of the LSU Libraries’ (FOLL’s) annual Book Bazaar in April, which garnered a record-breaking turnout and raised an impressive $80,000, LSU Libraries honored the volunteers who played an integral role in this success. The inaugural “Giving Back

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New LSU Libraries Program Equips Graduate Students with Preservation Skills

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This spring, LSU Libraries launched the new Preservation Basics program at Hill Memorial Library, aimed at providing library graduate students with valuable hands-on experience in preservation techniques. Under the guidance of Caroline Ziegler, Special Collections’ conservation coordinator, this unique initiative

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Louisiana Digital Library Fest Celebrates State’s Cultural Digital Heritage

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LSU Libraries recently hosted a celebration of Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage, bringing together librarians, content administrators, educators, and researchers from across the state. The three-day event was the first biannual Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) Fest, held on May 17-19, 2023,

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Curator of the Louvre Visits LSU Special Collections

Blaise Ducos views an item from Special Collections through a magnifying glass

LSU Libraries boasts one of the most prestigious Special Collections operations in the country and serves as a destination archive for researchers around the world. In February, a curator from the Louvre Museum in Paris, visited LSU Libraries Special Collections

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Descendants of African American Poets Discover Their Roots in LSU Libraries Special Collections

scans of the cover of Gems of the Soul alongside a photo of Harry Wilson Patterson from inside the book

After 50 years of searching for their grandfather’s long-lost publications, two cousins had no idea they would find what they had been searching for more than 1,000 miles from home in LSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

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LSU Libraries Special Collections Restores Historic Mardi Gras Scrapbook

a hand traces the lettering on the cover of an old scrapbook

By Christine Wendling and Brooke Bell Mardi Gras Traditions During the past 300 years of Mardi Gras’ existence, certain customs have crystallized within the communities in and surrounding New Orleans. For example, krewes (pronounced “crews”) are social organizations that orchestrate

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Video: LSU Libraries Special Collections is Restoring a 19th-Century Mardi Gras Scrapbook

Hands swab a Mardi Gras invitation to clean it

Video: a Mardi Gras scrapbook originally put together in the 1800s is being restored by LSU Libraries to preserve part of Louisiana’s cultural heritage. You can also view the digitized images of the scrapbook on the Louisiana Digital Library.

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New Resource: LSU Libraries is Digitizing Louisiana Prison Newspapers

image of the cover of The Angolite prison news magazine

Since 1948, LSU Libraries has committed significant resources to the preservation of historic and current newspapers published in Louisiana. As part of that ongoing effort, the Libraries has collaborated with Reveal Digital on their initiative, American Prison Newspapers 1800–2020: Voices

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

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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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