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Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

February 10, 2020 - 8:02am
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist,” on exhibition at Hill Memorial Library from February 10 – June 27, 2020. Selected works from the Native Flora of Louisiana watercolor drawings, as well as archival materials…Read more ›

Christine Cloud joins LSU Libraries as Instruction and Curatorial Assistant

February 6, 2020 - 2:56pm
LSU Libraries welcomes Christine Cloud as Instruction and Curatorial Assistant in Special Collections. She prepares and sets up materials for classes who visit Hill Memorial Library and helps the curator to process book donations and publicize new acquisitions. Cloud says she…Read more ›

This just in: Special Collections acquires monumental work of medieval printing

January 21, 2020 - 9:00am
While LSU Football was winding its way through a successful 2020 postseason, Special Collections was enjoying a big win of its own, adding a copy of the large, impressive Nuremberg Chronicle to our rare book collections. Published in 1493 in…Read more ›

Special Collections Co-Curates the Exhibition Enslaved People in Southeast with ASERL

December 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of enslaved people landing on the shores of Virginia, thus beginning the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in North America. To recognize this event, The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Special Collections Interest Group curated its…Read more ›

This just in: Special Collections acquires a Book of Hours published in 1500

December 3, 2019 - 11:08am
As we head toward the holidays we’re reminded again at just how exciting it is to open packages: slicing through tape, unwrapping paper, shaking and guessing contents, before finally revealing the treasures tightly nestled in each box. This is especially…Read more ›

Sparking the Explosion: Perspectives on the Artist’s Book Format by LSU Art Faculty

November 12, 2019 - 9:30am
On October 24th, LSU Libraries Special Collections hosted “Afternoon in the Archives: Book Arts” in conjunction with the “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections” exhibition now open in Hill Memorial Library. The work of three of LSU’s Art…Read more ›

L’École des Beaux Arts: Legacy of Influence

October 2, 2019 - 8:15am
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, “The Hidden Treasures and Historical Importance of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris” in association with the LSU College of Art & Design. A small selection of items related to the School of…Read more ›

LSU Libraries Special Collections Purchasing Committee re-established

September 24, 2019 - 3:31pm
In the spring of 2019, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections revived its long-dormant Purchasing Committee to help to advise the Curator of Books on book acquisitions and collection development policies.   Last active some twenty years ago, the reborn committee is made…Read more ›

Beyond Boundaries: Big, Beautiful Artists’ Books

September 24, 2019 - 8:05am
I was delighted to be a part of the team that put together the current exhibition, “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections.” You can view this exhibition in the Main Gallery of Hill Memorial Library during regular library…Read more ›

In the Media: The Doralice Fontane Papers (1910-1980)

September 17, 2019 - 2:02pm
As part of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LBP)’s Louisiana: The State We’re In,  André Moreau interviewed Assistant Curator of Manuscripts Melissa Smith in spring 2019 on the life and times of Baton Rouge composer and businesswoman Doralice Fontane (1905-1980), whose papers are housed in…Read more ›

Reading Room Exhibit: Richard W. Leche Papers

September 6, 2019 - 11:27am
Visitors to the Special Collections reading room at Hill Memorial Library are invited to view a selection of materials from the recently processed Richard W. Leche Papers. Richard W. Leche was the 44th Governor of Louisiana, from May 12, 1936…Read more ›

This Just In: Wayfinding by Julie Chen

August 30, 2019 - 8:15am
Book artist Julie Chen’s new work, Wayfinding, has found its way to Hill Memorial Library! This beautiful book is now on display in the exhibition “Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections.” Chen’s work is focused on the physical…Read more ›

Exploding the Codex: Book Arts in Special Collections

August 6, 2019 - 2:25pm
Even young children recognize a book: it’s rectangular and opens on one side to reveal multiple pages. But does it have to be so? Can books escape the tyranny of our past assumptions to assume an altogether different shape? What…Read more ›

Special Collections awards travel grants to five researchers

July 2, 2019 - 3:42pm
LSU Libraries recently selected five scholars to receive travel grants supporting use of the LSU Special Collections in their research and publication projects. The grant defrays travel and lodging costs associated with a trip to Hill Memorial Library in Baton…Read more ›

LSU Libraries welcomes Winnie Schwaid-Lindner as Digital Preservation Librarian

May 15, 2019 - 1:28pm
Winnie Schwaid-Lindner has joined LSU Libraries as Special Collections Digital Preservation Librarian. In her new position, Schwaid-Lindner manages and maintains digital content preservation for LSU Libraries Special Collections. She ensures the usability of digital resources such as computer files, databases,…Read more ›

Audubon Day, May 18, 2019

April 22, 2019 - 9:42am
The LSU Libraries will host a viewing of the famed folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Audubon Day events are free and the public is welcome.…Read more ›

Journey to the Moon

March 14, 2019 - 9:41am
The moon has captured our imaginations for millennia: generations have pondered and puzzled over it, measured and illustrated it. This unflagging curiosity through the centuries and across the world drove efforts to reach out and touch the moon on July…Read more ›

Afternoon in the Archives: 100 Years of Women’s History (1919-2019)

March 13, 2019 - 11:35am
 LSU Libraries Special Collections and LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs are hosting Afternoon in the Archives: 100 Years of Women’s History (1919-2019) on March 26 from 3-6 p.m. in Hill Memorial Library. On display will be documents, photographs, and publications showcasing…Read more ›

Aline Prochaska: The last Queen of Consus

March 5, 2019 - 7:39am
The tableaux society Consus, named after the Roman god of secret counsel, lasted a scant decade; yet, both its birth and its demise are steeped in New Orleans Carnival lore. No records relating to the tableaux society have ever been…Read more ›

Who’s Your Holmes?

February 19, 2019 - 9:06am
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents a small exhibition of Sherlock Holmes artifacts and texts titled “Who’s Your Holmes?: Depictions and Adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles,” in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall. The exhibit corresponds…Read more ›

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