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Cenobium - LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Yearbook

The first edition of the Cenobium yearbook includes the following:

“CENOBIUM (se-no ‘ be-um) (GR. KOINOBIOS – living in communion with others) – A colony of independent cells or organisms held together by a common investment.”

With that theme, the Cenobium began publication in 1977 and continued through 1990. Produced by students, the yearbooks are a chronicle of the daily life and the special events experienced by veterinary students at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

'Andrew D. Lytle's Baton Rouge' Photograph Collection

A native of Cincinnati, Lytle arrived in Baton Rouge around 1857, and over the next fifty years or so, he and his business partners, including his son Howard, photographed people, places, and community events such as parades. Lytle photographed Baton Rouge during the war, including scenes of naval vessels on the river, Federal encampments, damage and streetscapes, and soldiers and sailors.

Armand Duplantier Family Letters

The Armand Duplantier Family Letters date from 1777 to 1841 and contain items from four generations of the Duplantier family, including Armand Duplantier, his uncle Claude Trenonay, Armand's son Armand Allard Duplantier, and granddaughter Amelie Augustine Duplantier Peniston. The collection's historical significance lies not only in what it can tell us about the history of Baton Rouge and nearby Pointe Coupee Parish, but also in what it reveals about the state's colonial period, Francophone Louisiana in the territorial and antebellum era, and the enduring legacy of the state's French antecedents.

Caroline Wogan Durieux Works of Art

Caroline Wogan Durieux (1896-1989), a New Orleans native of Creole descent, was a celebrated Louisiana artist of the twentieth century who taught art at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) and invented a print-making process which involved radioactive ink. This series contains approximately 85 digital representations of Durieux's lithographs, cliche verres, electron prints and paintings.

Charles L. Thompson Photographs

Charles L. Thompson, a resident of New Orleans, La., collected materials related to the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. This digital collection consists of selected photographic prints of port and street scenes, ships, and other images of the city of New Orleans.

Col. Joseph S. Tate Photograph Album

The original Joseph S. Tate photograph album (unbound) contained 103 black and white photographic prints mounted on paper. The images show scenes from several locations in Louisiana during the 1920s including lumbering and shrimping operations, city scenes, and a number of scenic bayou images. It is not known whether Joseph S. Tate was the photographer, but it is known that the album was his property.

Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP)

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP) includes 78 newspaper titles published between 1836-1922, a total of 220,000 pages. By the end of 2015, 49 additional titles will be available. LSU has participated in the NEH National Digital Newspaper Program since 2009. Digitized collections are available through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site.

Donn Young Photographs

Photographs by New Orleans photographer, Donn Young, salvaged from his Lakeview home after Hurricane Katrina. These images are a sampling of the over 32,000 images saved from his home and studio after floodwater damage.

Doussan family papers, 1827-1872

The Doussans were an émigré French family who settled in East and West Baton Rouge Parish, La., in the wake of Napoleon's downfall. Comprised of correspondence, financial papers, and personal papers of family members, the collection, which dates 1827-1872, reflects the Doussans's planting operations in West Baton Rouge Parish, financial and legal transactions in Louisiana and France, family activities, interests, and concerns, and the experience of French émigrés in Louisiana as they encountered Anglo-American culture and society. Correspondence includes letters to and from friends and family in France.

Early Louisiana French Correspondence

The Early Louisiana French Correspondence collection is a digital corpus of 100 handwritten French letters, personal and letters of business, written in Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries. These letters, showing the living conditions and social and political climate of the time, were transcribed and digitized to provide greatest access to the information through a collaboration between LSU's Center for French and Francophone Studies and Special Collections.

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