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Donation Information

We encourage individuals and organizations interested in donating Civil War-related materials such as diaries, letters, photographs, or other manuscript materials to institutions like LSU Libraries' Special Collection division to familiarize themselves with the standards suggested by the Society of American Archivists. The following resources may be helpful:

If you are interested in donating Civil War-related books or other published materials, you may find useful information in Your Old Books, produced by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

At LSU, we focus on collecting Civil War materials that fit within the scope of the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC). LLMVC relies on donations from individuals, families, and organizations papers to build and enhance its research holdings. We welcome donations of printed materials, manuscripts, and photographs pertaining to the region. If you have materials that may be appropriate for inclusion in LLMVC, please contact one of the curators to discuss a donation.

Elaine Smyth
Interim Assistant Dean & Curator of Books

Tara Z. Laver
Interim Head of Special Collections & Curator of Manuscripts

Mark Martin
Assistant Curator for Image Resources

Mailing address:
Hill Memorial Library
LSU Libraries
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300

If you are interested in donating materials that fall outside the scope of our collecting, please consult our Index of Cultural Institutions for possible recipients. We will be happy to help you identify an appropriate institution for your donation.