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In Full Blossom: Exhibition of Margaret Stones’ botanical watercolors re-opens October 1st

September 28, 2020 - 11:30am
Over roughly a decade, plant collectors of all stripes braved the Louisiana wilds to procure plants for one of the 20th century’s most talented and accomplished botanical artists, at times side by side with her (and her uncompromising eye for…Read more ›

Campaigns & Elections in the Archives

August 31, 2020 - 8:15am
War. Natural disaster. Epidemic. Social upheaval. Political turmoil. Spend enough time digging through archival collections and you’ll soon realize that these things happen over and over again throughout history, often simultaneously. Archives record the joys, sorrows, and monotony of being…Read more ›

Ph.D. student receives 2020-2021 Special Collections travel grant

July 7, 2020 - 8:54am
LSU Libraries recently selected a recipient for LSU Libraries Special Collections’ annual travel grant program, which supports the use of Special Collections materials in a research project. The $1,000 grant can be applied to travel, lodging, food, and other research-related costs…Read more ›

William and Shelby Conti donate original musical scores to be held in LSU Libraries Special Collections

June 30, 2020 - 10:00am
Alumni William “Bill” Conti and Shelby Cox Conti of Los Angeles are giving LSU the original musical scores from Bill’s prolific career as a composer and conductor. The William and Shelby Conti Papers, to be held in LSU Libraries Special…Read more ›

University Archives launches initiative to document COVID-19 in the LSU community

April 28, 2020 - 10:00am
We find ourselves living in a historic moment. The outbreak of COVID-19 has thrust the LSU community into the unprecedented challenges of safely living, working, teaching and learning during a pandemic. LSU Libraries Special Collections is launching a campus-wide initiative…Read more ›

This just in: A Bible from the late Middle Ages

April 27, 2020 - 9:00am
As our days under lockdown turn to weeks and now months, it’s getting harder to remember a time when going to the library and physically touching books was a possibility, and the tactile experience of holding a material piece of…Read more ›

A Question of Character: A Conversation about LSU’s Early History

March 10, 2020 - 5:05pm
LSU Libraries Special Collections and the Ogden Honors College will host a book talk and signing with Dr. Paul E. Hoffman and Dr. Michael Desmond on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the lecture hall…Read more ›

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 ›

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