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Anonymous gift funds new graduate assistantship in LSU Libraries Special Collections

September 8, 2021 - 9:00am
“The record, sometimes, is not very welcoming to me.” – Dre Tarleton, graduate assistant in LSU Libraries Special Collections  In the summer of 2020, LSU Libraries was presented with an unrestricted donor gift of $30,000 that allowed the Libraries to…Read more ›

Three Ph.D. students awarded Special Collections travel grants for 2021-2022

June 15, 2021 - 10:15am
LSU Libraries selected three scholars to receive travel grants supporting use of the LSU Libraries Special Collections in their dissertation projects. The grant covers travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Hill Memorial Library. We are excited…Read more ›

A Special Collections Sampling…now on display

May 17, 2021 - 10:27am
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…Read more ›

Meet Danielle Stoulig, LSU Special Collections Head of Archival Processing

May 13, 2021 - 10:00am
Meet Danielle Stoulig, she is the new Head of Archival Processing for LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. As the Head of Archival Processing, Stoulig will oversee the arrangement and descriptions of archival materials for Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection and…Read more ›

Prelude to Civil Rights: Viola Johnson and Charles Hatfield

February 25, 2021 - 2:30pm
Prior to the celebrated Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, the shared wounds of inequity and discrimination had marshaled other preludes to the Civil Rights Movement in the capital region. As early as the 1940s, Black community leaders, veterans, and students in…Read more ›

Special Collections acquires second medieval manuscript

February 8, 2021 - 9:08am
Up until late last year Special Collections has been home to a single, medieval manuscript: a particularly fine book of hours generously donated to the Libraries by John S. McIlhenny in 1991 as the Library’s ceremonial two millionth book. Resting…Read more ›

New arrivals of African American literature in Special Collections

January 18, 2021 - 8:00am
LSU Libraries Special Collections’ manuscript collections are justly celebrated for their stories of African Americans in Louisiana and the south more broadly, be those stories told in the digital collection about the Free People of Color, or as recently cited…Read more ›

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

September 28, 2020 - 11:30am
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…Read more ›

Campaigns & Elections in the Archives

August 31, 2020 - 8:15am
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…Read more ›

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

July 7, 2020 - 8:54am
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…Read more ›

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

June 30, 2020 - 10:00am
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…Read more ›

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

April 28, 2020 - 10:00am
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…Read more ›

This just in: A Bible from the late Middle Ages

April 27, 2020 - 9:00am
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…Read more ›

A Question of Character: A Conversation about LSU’s Early History

March 10, 2020 - 5:05pm
LSU Libraries Special Collections and the Ogden Honors College will host a book talk and signing with Dr. Paul E. Hoffman and Dr. Michael Desmond on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lecture hall…Read more ›

Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

February 10, 2020 - 8:02am
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist,” on exhibition at Hill Memorial Library from February 10 – June 27, 2020. Selected works from the Native Flora of Louisiana watercolor drawings, as well as archival materials…Read more ›

Christine Cloud joins LSU Libraries as Instruction and Curatorial Assistant

February 6, 2020 - 2:56pm
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…Read more ›

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

January 21, 2020 - 9:00am
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…Read more ›

Special Collections Co-Curates the Exhibition Enslaved People in Southeast with ASERL

December 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
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…Read more ›

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

December 3, 2019 - 11:08am
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…Read more ›

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

November 12, 2019 - 9:30am
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…Read more ›