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How a New Orleans industrialist challenged Hitler’s Olympics

December 9, 2016 - 9:00am
The recent documentary, The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936, which premiered on PBS on August 2nd, describes how members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conspired to ignore human rights abuses by the Nazi government in Germany and actively collaborate with…Read more ›

200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

October 25, 2016 - 11:49am
Whether you are a horror fan or not, there is no denying the pervasive cultural impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Many consider it to be the first true work of science fiction and the beginning of a new genre in…Read more ›

Students declared a holiday when Mike I arrived at the Ole War Skule

October 21, 2016 - 8:00am
October 21, 80 years ago, Mike I arrived on the LSU campus to much fanfare and revelry.  Students declared a holiday, and buglers who were stationed around campus sounded reveille at 5:45 a.m. Roadblocks were set up, and professors and…Read more ›

Browsing the Bookshelves at Baker Street

October 12, 2016 - 3:41pm
Literary scholar and rare book dealer Madeleine B. Stern, best known for her scholarship on writer Louisa May Alcott, proposed the titles likely to inhabit the library of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in her 1953 article, “Sherlock Holmes: Rare-Book Collector,…Read more ›

Spanish scholars complete research on Huey Long

October 11, 2016 - 8:53am
Mariona Lloret, who is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Huey Long at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, offers an international view on Louisiana’s most famous governor. “Our aim is to understand the Kingfish in a broader framework, including…Read more ›

Reading Room Exhibit: John Earle Uhler and Cane Juice

September 30, 2016 - 10:05am
Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) is being celebrated by librarians, teachers and readers all across the country. This week represents a time to reflect on issues of censorship and challenges to academic freedom. Visitors to the reading room…Read more ›

Exhibition: “Investigating Sherlock: The Russell Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection”

September 23, 2016 - 9:52am
On view Oct. 3, 2016 – Jan. 28, 2017 Main Gallery, Hill Memorial Library When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first Sherlock Holmes story in 1887, he could not have known that within a decade, his fictional detective would…Read more ›

The science of photography

September 23, 2016 - 6:00am
The world today is awash in images. Everyone has a camera, including anyone that owns a smartphone. Nearly everyone can create a photograph, and almost instantly distribute it via online applications and cell phone apps. It hasn’t always been like…Read more ›

LSU’s first edition of Isaac Newton’s Opticks

September 21, 2016 - 10:38am
  In 1704, physicist Isaac Newton published his second major book, Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. Considered one of history’s great…Read more ›

Special Collections to host book talk and reception for The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of LSU’s Marching Band

September 14, 2016 - 5:03pm
LSU football season is upon us, and that means game-day traditions like the march down Victory Hill, the goosebumps-inducing Pregame Salute, and “Hey Fightin’ Tigers,” all courtesy of the celebrated Golden Band from Tigerland. Kick off Homecoming Week and join…Read more ›

The world of French in Special Collections

September 14, 2016 - 10:00am
As might be expected in a state with a strong and longstanding connection to all things French, LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library houses a wide range of French-language materials, dating from the 16th century to the present.…Read more ›

History and beauty: The development of LSU’s campus

September 9, 2016 - 10:00am
The idea for Louisiana State University’s present campus was envisioned by President Thomas Boyd in the early 1900s. The former Baton Rouge military post, a 200-acre complex that served as LSU’s campus from 1886 to 1925, had been adequate.  By…Read more ›

LSU Libraries Special Collections is world-class when it comes to landscape architecture

September 6, 2016 - 7:19am
One of the LSU Libraries Special Collections‘ remarkable treasures is a spectacular collection of 232 Margaret Stones watercolor drawings depicting “Native Flora of Louisiana.” The collection is unparalleled in any other state, and just one of the resources Special Collections…Read more ›

Hill Memorial Library Hours Update

August 19, 2016 - 11:44am
Due to staffing considerations, LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, will adjust its reading room hours for the fall semester. Research hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, except Tuesdays when the library will remain open until…Read more ›

Exhibition: “From Grand Village to Bluff City: 300 Years of Natchez History”

June 10, 2016 - 9:56am
The Mississippi River’s fertile flood plain coupled with its role as a major economic artery connecting north and south firmly established the links between Natchez, Miss., and Louisiana early in their development as outposts of the colonial empires of multiple…Read more ›

Studying Sherlock: The Russell Mann Sherlock Holmes Research Collection

June 8, 2016 - 10:20am
A large selection of Sherlock Holmes fiction, scholarship, and memorabilia was recently donated to the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections by Russell Mann, a retired professor of journalism at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mann started building the collection in…Read more ›

Special Collections summer hours

May 10, 2016 - 7:54am
Special Collections has begun its summer schedule without Terrific Tuesdays (Tuesday evening hours). Hill Memorial Library will close each day at 5 p.m. throughout the Summer, and remain closed on Sundays.  The complete schedule is available on the Special Collections…Read more ›

Reminder: Audubon Day, April 30

April 26, 2016 - 11:13am
231 years ago today, on April 26, 1785, the ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon was born. Come help us celebrate Audubon’s birthday (a few days late!) this coming Saturday at our annual Audubon Day. Few works of art…Read more ›

Afton Villa: A conversation with Genevieve Munson Trimble

April 18, 2016 - 9:47am
On Wednesday, April 20 at 5:15 pm (informal pre-talk reception and book signing to begin at 4:30 pm), please join us at the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall for a conversation with Genevieve “Gen” Trimble on her beautiful new book,…Read more ›

Reading Room exhibit features recently processed collections

April 13, 2016 - 9:48am
Visitors to the reading room at Hill Memorial Library can now view a selection of materials from several recently processed collections. These collections, while small, contain a wealth of information for researchers, and provide an example of the many new…Read more ›