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Louisiana Newspaper Project

Since 1986 LSU has been actively involved with the United States Newspaper Program (USNP). During the first phase of the Louisiana Newspaper Project (LNP), a survey was conducted by Dr. Elsie Hebert of the Manship School of Journalism. The second and third phases (cataloging and microfilming) of LNP have been conducted by the LSU Libraries, beginning in the Fall of 1987 and continuing to the present.

The purpose of USNP is to preserve and make accessible newspapers printed in the fifty states and in the trust territories. USNP is supported financially by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with technical assistance provided by the Library of Congress.

During the cataloging phase of the LNP, LSU Libraries staff members cataloged all extant Louisiana newspapers they could locate in the state. They also compiled detailed information on all issues (both original and on film) held by repositories throughout the state. This information is updated and currently available online via FirstSearch WorldCat and OCLC Connexion Local Holdings Maintenance. All information compiled to 2000 is in the 3rd edition of The Louisiana Newspaper Project Printout (1999) available from the LSU Libraries. Records for Louisiana newspapers held by the LSU Libraries can be found in the online catalog.

"Family trees" have also been created for some newspapers with complicated publishing histories to help users trace changing titles and editions through time.

Positive Microfilm

Positive Microfilm of Louisiana newspapers is available for use in the LSU Libraries (Middleton and Hill Memorial libraries) and other libraries throughout the state. Many libraries, including LSU, will loan the film through Interlibrary Loan. LSU Libraries reserves the right to restrict some positive microfilm for interlibrary loan.

Patrons wishing to borrow newspapers on positive microfilm from the LSU Libraries should ask their local library to submit the request through OCLC or using the American Library Association form. In accordance with the LSU Libraries' interlibrary loan policy, patrons may have four reels at a time. The borrowing library is charged $20.00 per title or a fee equal to the borrowing library's charges. Libraries that are reciprocating affiliates of some library organizations (LaLinc, ASERL, ARL and SOLINET) are exempt from loan charges. Loans are mailed library rate. Any requests for special mailing will be provided at the borrowing library's expense.

Microfilm Purchasing

Copies of microfilm originally produced by LSU can be purchased from Special Collections. For information about purchasing microfilm, please see Photoduplication Services. For current newspapers being filmed by LSU Libraries please see the listing by title or by city.

For further information on the Louisiana Newspaper Project, please contact Hans C. Rasmussen at hrasmuss@lsu.edu; (225) 578-4803 office; (225) 578-9425 FAX; or by writing to Special Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300.