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LSU Home of Most Important Private Collection of African American Poetry The Wyatt Houston Day Collection of P

February 18, 2022 - 10:10am
The Wyatt Houston Day Collection of Poetry by African Americans, the most important private collection of Black poetry, now belongs to LSU. The LSU Libraries Special Collections will house the over 800 items previously owned by book collector and dealer…Read more ›

LSU Libraries assumes publication of Library Diversity and Residency Studies journal

February 14, 2022 - 9:02am
LSU Libraries has assumed publication responsibilities for the national journal Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS), making it newly available through LSU Digital Commons, LSU’s institutional repository. An open access, peer-reviewed journal founded and published by a team of librarians…Read more ›

Anonymous gift funds new graduate assistantship in LSU Libraries Special Collections

September 8, 2021 - 9:00am
“The record, sometimes, is not very welcoming to me.” – Dre Tarleton, graduate assistant in LSU Libraries Special Collections  In the summer of 2020, LSU Libraries was presented with an unrestricted donor gift of $50,000 that allowed the Libraries to…Read more ›

LSU Libraries enhances collections by and about trans* people

June 17, 2021 - 2:00pm
LSU students, faculty, and staff can now easily discover the Libraries’ recently updated collections by and about transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people through the Trans* Collections Libguide and a new link that displays relevant print and electronic books in LSU’s…Read more ›

Prelude to Civil Rights: Viola Johnson and Charles Hatfield

February 25, 2021 - 2:30pm
Prior to the celebrated Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, the shared wounds of inequity and discrimination had marshaled other preludes to the Civil Rights Movement in the capital region. As early as the 1940s, Black community leaders, veterans, and students in…Read more ›

New arrivals of African American literature in Special Collections

January 18, 2021 - 8:00am
LSU Libraries Special Collections’ manuscript collections are justly celebrated for their stories of African Americans in Louisiana and the south more broadly, be those stories told in the digital collection about the Free People of Color, or as recently cited…Read more ›

Main library at LSU renamed

June 26, 2020 - 10:52am
On June 3, 2020, Black student leaders at LSU met with President Galligan and other university leaders and asked for the removal of the name Troy H. Middleton from LSU’s main library building. Middleton served as president of LSU from…Read more ›

Employees of the Libraries attend Diversity 101 Workshop

February 6, 2020 - 9:55am
On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Dr. Dereck Rovaris, LSU’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer, led 31 LSU Libraries faculty and staff through the LSU Office of Diversity’s Diversity 101 Workshop. Last organized by LSU Libraries Diversity Committee…Read more ›

LSU Libraries celebrates the Harlem Renaissance Centennial

February 3, 2020 - 3:06pm
In honor of Black History Month, this February LSU Libraries is hosting a programming series to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Led by Art & Design Librarian Marty Miller with the support of the LSU Libraries Diversity…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 ›

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 Libraries Special Collections in their research and publication projects. The grant defrays travel and lodging costs associated with a trip to Hill Memorial Library in…Read more ›

Resident reflects: An awakening with regional archivists

June 11, 2019 - 9:46am
Ebony McDonald is LSU Libraries’ first Diversity Resident within the framework of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. McDonald’s work will be divided among several departments at LSU Libraries in rotations during her residency, and she will share her reflections in a…Read more ›