Special Collections News & Notes

Subscribe to Special Collections News & Notes feed
Access to Excellence
Updated: 33 min 22 sec ago

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 ›

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 ›