LSU History & Culture

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Collection thumbnail image 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.

Fonville Winans' Aerial Views of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge photographer Fonville Winans shot at least thirteen rolls of 35mm black & white film in 1947 from his small private airplane. The shots are predominantly of the most developed streets in Baton Rouge such as Plank Road, Scenic Highway, Choctaw Street, Florida Street, and Florida Boulevard. One roll is entirely devoted to images of the current Louisiana State University campus and vicinity. Copyright is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law. Permission for publication must be obtained from Robert L. Winans, son of Fonville Winans.

Integration and the Black Experience at LSU

This collection includes audio files and transcripts from oral history interviews conducted from 1985 to 1998 of black students, faculty, and administrators at LSU during integration (1950-1970). Additional interviewees include lawyers and their clients who were involved in key lawsuits, as well as politicians and others who were vocal opponents or supporters of integration.

LSU Architectural Drawings by Theodore Link

Theodore C. Link designed most of the buildings for LSU when the campus was relocated in the 1920's. This group of approximately 200 drawings provide architectural, wiring, heating and plumbing specification for buildings across the campus. Many of the architectural plans provide detailed views of unique stuctural elements. The drawings are arranged in series by the names of buildings.

LSU University Archives Photographs Collection

The photographs in this collection provide a rich look into LSU's past. Focusing on the years 1886-1925, the collection shows the buildings and grounds, students and student life, athletic teams, faculty and administrators, classrooms, and laboratories at the "Ole War Skule."

LSU University Archives Print Materials Collection

This collection of printed LSU materials includes early catalogs and commemoration programs of anniversaries, dedications, and other significant events.

T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History - University History Collection

The mission of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History is to collect and preserve, through the use of recorded interviews, unique and valuable information about Louisiana history that exists only in people's memories and would otherwise be lost. We accomplish this through interviews conducted by center staff, paid interviewers and volunteers, and by encouraging and assisting those who wish to carry out their own oral history projects.

William J. Thornton Music Collection

This collection consists of nearly 60 digital recordings of music composed by LSU alumnus William James Thornton Jr. between 1940-1984. Approximately 30 recordings also have printable digitized scores available in PDF form.

Wright-Boyd Family Papers at LSU Libraries

The Wright family owned plantations in Rapides Parish, La. Esther Gertrude Wright (1844-1915) married David French Boyd (1834-99), President of Louisiana State Seminary, later Louisiana State University. The digital collection consists of daguerreotypes and photographic prints belonging to the Wright family.