Art, Film & Music

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Actors and Musicians Photographs, 1880-1920

Publicity photographs of actors and musicians who appeared at New Orleans theaters during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Handwritten notes on the back of many of the photos identify the individuals, the theater where they appeared, and the name of the play or event. Identified New Orleans houses are the Tulane, Athenaeum, Orpheum, Dauphine, and Crescent Theaters, as well as the French Opera House.

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.

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.

Edith Dabney Doll Collection

The Edith Dabney Doll Collection contains approximately 80 dolls manufactured across the world, from the early 18th century to the late 20th century. A former Associate Professor of Speech at Louisiana State University, Edith Dabney's personal collection of dolls comprised over 300 dolls, 80 of which the University's Special Collections inherited after her death. The digital collection reflects this cultural diversity while also demonstrating the evolution of doll-construction and materials.

John James Audubon in Louisiana

A collection of hand-colored lithographs and engravings published in Audubon's Birds of America. Audubon painted these birds during a 4-month stay at the Oakley Plantation near St. Francisville, Louisiana, in 1821. Many were later published in various incarnations of <em>Birds of America</em>. The Audubon prints chosen for digitization are both large, loose folios (30" x 40") and octavo book plates (7" x 11") and from the "John James Audubon Collection," part of the LSU Libraries' Special Collections E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection.

Louis Hasselmans' Musicians Photographs

This collection includes autographed studio portraits of Metropolitan Opera singers, Lionel Barrymore, and several unidentified individuals. Louis Hasselmans was the son of the Belgian harpist Alphonse Hasselmans and the grandson of Joseph Hasselmans. He received his musical education at the Paris Conservatoire where he studied cello, composition, and conducting.

Medieval Manuscript Facsimiles Inventory

This collection contains representative images of Medieval Manuscript Facsimiles found in the LSU Libraries Special Collections Library. Information about the original manuscripts is included in the data for each one. The facsimiles may be viewed in Hill Memorial Library.

Native Flora of Louisiana - Watercolor drawings by Margaret Stones

Watercolor drawings of Louisiana's native plants by botanical artist Margaret Stones from the E.A. McIlhenny Collection at Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections.

Perine-Giles-Sartain engravings, circa 19th century

This collection contains engravings by George Edward Perine, John Lawrence Giles, and John Sartain. The three were 19th century engravers who depicted historical events, political figures, artists, and other notable individuals. The original engravings are located at the LSU Libraries Special Collections Library.

Sidonie de la Houssaye Collection

This collection contains the collected works of nineteenth century Louisiana French writer Sidonie de la Houssaye and accompanying materials such as correspondence, a scrapbook, and newspaper clippings about her life and writings. The Sidonie de la Houssaye Papers, which are housed at the Louisiana State University Special Collections Library, consist of twenty-two volumes of handwritten stories and poems in French.