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Ligatures to Lichen: Gravestone Letterforms

October 10, 2017 - 8:36am
LSU Graphic Design Professor Lynne Baggett describes her research, the focus of a new exhibition at Hill Memorial Library, “Letterform Characters: From Stone Carver to Type Designer.” What is your background? I am originally from Manchester, England, and received my…Read more ›

Going viral, 16th century style: Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and the printed word

October 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Whether or not Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in October 1517 is up for debate. However, the publications Luther produced for lay audiences in later years contributed to a “pamphlet explosion”…Read more ›

Raptors at the library

August 24, 2017 - 3:37pm
On Monday, August 28, from 11 a.m. until noon, visitors to the Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Creatures in the Collections exhibit in Hill Memorial Library will get to meet more than paper and biblio-animals. The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana at…Read more ›

“Night at the Museum” will highlight natural history collections

August 10, 2017 - 8:12am
Join us at 5:30 pm on August 29th for “Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Natural History Through the Ages” as evolutionary biologist Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty speaks about natural history, modern fieldwork, and the role of research collections – in both book…Read more ›

The LSU student press: an annotated bibliography (part 2)

August 9, 2017 - 9:06am
Note: This is the second in a five-part occasional series on LSU’s official and unofficial student newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and literary journals.   Agora: A Student Journal of Thought and Opinion   |   1961 Hill Memorial Library LLMVC — LH1 .L55…Read more ›

The LSU student press: an annotated bibliography (part 1)

July 12, 2017 - 9:51am
Note: This is the first in a five-part occasional series on LSU’s official and unofficial student newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and literary journals.   Since 1897, The Daily Reveille has served as LSU’s official voice for student news and opinion, joined…Read more ›

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

June 26, 2017 - 7:00am
We invite you to take a walk on the wild side with the new exhibition, “Paper Tigers & Biblio-Beasts: Creatures in the Collections,” now open through September 16th at Hill Memorial Library. Featuring a wide variety of rare books, historical…Read more ›

Three scholars awarded grants to conduct research in LSU Libraries Special Collections

June 21, 2017 - 7:50am
The LSU Libraries has awarded research travel grants to three researchers who will use the extensive historical material in the LSU Special Collections for their respective research and book projects. The purpose of the grants is to support the travel…Read more ›

Remembering Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012

June 5, 2017 - 11:10am
The prolific, prophetic and ever popular works of Ray Bradbury have delighted, frightened and amazed audiences for nearly 80 years.  From short stories to novels, poetry to screenplays, children’s books to non-fiction, he possessed an imagination unmatched coupled with a…Read more ›

Gina Costello named Interim Associate Dean of Special Collections

May 24, 2017 - 11:20am
Gina Costello was recently named Interim Associate Dean for Special Collections. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Technology Initiatives, and will fulfill both roles at Middleton Library and Hill Memorial Library. While the recent appointment is temporary, Costello has…Read more ›

But Wait, There’s More: Additional WWI Holdings

May 4, 2017 - 8:30am
Unidentified soldiers in transport train in France, c. 1918.* When discussions began regarding mounting an exhibition to commemorate the First World War, the consensus was that there was not enough related material in LSU Libraries Special Collections to fill both…Read more ›

The American Library Association’s training camp libraries in World War I

April 10, 2017 - 8:03am
In observance of National Library Week (April 9-15) and the centenary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, this blog post explores the efforts of the American Library Association to provide books and periodicals to U.S. military…Read more ›

Omohundro Institute awards Lauren Coats and Andrew Sluyter grants to digitize collections

March 31, 2017 - 9:00am
Lauren Coats, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, and Andrew Sluyter (Geography and Anthropology), have been awarded a grant by the Omohundro Institute to fund the digitization of the Carlos Trudeau papers and the Vincente Sebastian Pintado papers. The Lapidus Fellowship…Read more ›

Oscar René Courrege Papers

March 29, 2017 - 8:25am
Anisyla Pinon* Note: Anizy-Pinon train station located in northern France at Pinon near Anizy-le-Château. Possible graffiti translation: Keller 15M with arrow. [Cellar 15 meters in direction of arrow] *Transcription of handwritten notation is true to original. The Oscar René Courrege…Read more ›

“Who Do You Think You Are?” filmed at Hill Memorial Library

March 22, 2017 - 3:12pm
The TLC reality series, “Who Do You Think You Are,” recently filmed an episode featuring famous actor Noah Wyle at Hill Memorial Library. Wyle is best known for his leading role in NBC’s hit series “ER,” and currently stars in…Read more ›

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

February 23, 2017 - 3:09pm
Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.…Read more ›

Mardi Gras Ephemera

February 22, 2017 - 10:06am
The Daily Picayune.  Special Carnival issue: Feb. 11, 1902; Comus. (New Orleans, La. : F.A. Lumsden & G.W. Kendall) LLMVC MCAGE F379 .N5 D27 SUPP With Carnival season in full swing and Mardi Gras day fast approaching, Hill Memorial would…Read more ›

Exhibition: “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War”

February 20, 2017 - 9:22am
LSU Libraries Special Collections marks the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in “The Great War” with the exhibition, “Through the Valley of Death: A Special Collections Perspective on the First World War,” running from February 20 – June 2, 2017…Read more ›


January 20, 2017 - 10:47am
Our latest is a guest post by LSU’s Kristopher Mecholsky, a crime fiction scholar who has published on Sherlock Holmes: Some people are recognized by a single phrase (“Dr. Livingston, I presume”), others by a single name (Cher) or nickname…Read more ›

French Studies conference attendees visit Special Collections

December 19, 2016 - 9:00am
Carte de l’Isle de la Martinique from Guillaume de L’Isle’s Atlas nouveau, contenant toutes les parties du monde. Amsterdam: Chez Jean Cóvens & Corneille Mortier, [1742]. LLMVC G5080 1742 .L57 MCAGE CATALOG RECORD LSU’s Center for French and Francophone Studies…Read more ›