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'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.

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.

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.

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.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Photographs

The collection contains twenty-nine albumen photoprints of the grounds of the Park, taken circa 1894. There are eight photographs from Missionary Ridge (Tenn. and Ga.) and twenty-one photographs from Chickamauga (Ga.). Information is provided on the back of the prints.

Civil War Photograph Album, 1862-1900

The Civil War Photograph Album contains portraits of military personnel who fought during the American Civil War, 1861-1865. The album has 50 pages; each page has a capacity for four (4) photographs, and most of the photographs (cartes-de-visite) are Confederate enlisted men and officers.

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.

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