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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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Ph.D. student receives 2020-2021 Special Collections travel grant

LSU Libraries recently selected a recipient for LSU Libraries Special Collections’ annual travel grant program, which supports the use of Special Collections materials in a research project. The $1,000 grant can be applied to travel, lodging, food, and other research-related costs

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William and Shelby Conti donate original musical scores to be held in LSU Libraries Special Collections

Alumni William “Bill” Conti and Shelby Cox Conti of Los Angeles are giving LSU the original musical scores from Bill’s prolific career as a composer and conductor. The William and Shelby Conti Papers, to be held in LSU Libraries Special

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University Archives launches initiative to document COVID-19 in the LSU community

We find ourselves living in a historic moment. The outbreak of COVID-19 has thrust the LSU community into the unprecedented challenges of safely living, working, teaching and learning during a pandemic. LSU Libraries Special Collections is launching a campus-wide initiative

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This just in: A Bible from the late Middle Ages

As our days under lockdown turn to weeks and now months, it’s getting harder to remember a time when going to the library and physically touching books was a possibility, and the tactile experience of holding a material piece of

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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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Christine Cloud joins LSU Libraries as Instruction and Curatorial Assistant

LSU Libraries welcomes Christine Cloud as Instruction and Curatorial Assistant in Special Collections. She prepares and sets up materials for classes who visit Hill Memorial Library and helps the curator to process book donations and publicize new acquisitions. Cloud says she

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This just in: Special Collections acquires monumental work of medieval printing

While LSU Football was winding its way through a successful 2020 postseason, Special Collections was enjoying a big win of its own, adding a copy of the large, impressive Nuremberg Chronicle to our rare book collections. Published in 1493 in

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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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This just in: Special Collections acquires a Book of Hours published in 1500

As we head toward the holidays we’re reminded again at just how exciting it is to open packages: slicing through tape, unwrapping paper, shaking and guessing contents, before finally revealing the treasures tightly nestled in each box. This is especially

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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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