Louisiana History & Culture

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Fonville Winans' Aerial Views of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge photographer Fonville Winans shot at least thirteen rolls of 35mm black & white film in 1947 from his small private airplane. The shots are predominantly of the most developed streets in Baton Rouge such as Plank Road, Scenic Highway, Choctaw Street, Florida Street, and Florida Boulevard. One roll is entirely devoted to images of the current Louisiana State University campus and vicinity. Copyright is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law. Permission for publication must be obtained from Robert L. Winans, son of Fonville Winans.

Free People of Color in Louisiana

This project brings together materials from LSU Libraries Special Collections, The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana Research Collection in Tulane University Special Collections, the Historical Center at the Louisiana State Museum, and the Louisiana Division of the New Orleans Public Library. Digitizing these records reunites collections from the same families that were divided across repositories as well as scattered documents, making these materials accessible in one place for the use of historians, genealogists, students, teachers, and the general public. Funded by NEH.

G. H. Suydam Photograph Album

Commercial photographs of twelve Baton Rouge buildings (e.g., the Louisiana State Capitol and the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Asylum) and street scenes and eight photographs of Admiral David G. Farragut's fleet on the Mississippi River. Memoranda handwritten on the reverse side of the photographs identify the Federal camp, headquarters of the generals, the provost marshall's office, and the general hospital; scenes at the grounds of the Baton Rouge Arsenal; and gunboats (e.g., the "Essex") and other vessels of Farragut's fleet.

George Francois Mugnier New Orleans Scenes

A collection of images of New Orleans buildings and monuments. Included are scenes of the French Market, a levee, Chalmette Monument, City Hall, a Confederate Navy submarine, the U.S. Mint, Jackson Square, the Louisiana Sugar and Rice Exchange, a plantation home, mansions, Negro quarters, and general views of streets of New Orleans.

Gras-Lauzin Family Papers

This collection is comprised of approximately 70 Civil War era letters and documents from the Gras-Lauzin Papers manuscript collection at LSU Libraries, Special Collections. The majority of items are letters between Henrietta Lauzin and her friends and family between 1861-1867. Henrietta Lauzin was the great-grand-daughter of Antonio Gras, an early settler in Baton Rouge in the 18th Century. Some letters include full-text searchable transcriptions.

Historic Images of Baton Rouge from LSU Libraries

This collection is comprised of assorted images of Baton Rouge found in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley manuscript collections at LSU Libraries, Special Collections. The images are predominantly from the 19th Century and focus on the downtown Baton Rouge area.

Huey P. Long Photograph Album, 1928-1935

Black and white photographs depict Louisiana governor Huey P. Long; Russell Long; former Louisiana Governor Oramel Hinckley Simpson; James P. O'Connor, Public Service Commissioner; Louisiana Governor O. K. Allen; John Overton; U.S. Senator Hattie Carraway; and others.

Integration and the Black Experience at LSU

This collection includes audio files and transcripts from oral history interviews conducted from 1985 to 1998 of black students, faculty, and administrators at LSU during integration (1950-1970). Additional interviewees include lawyers and their clients who were involved in key lawsuits, as well as politicians and others who were vocal opponents or supporters of integration.

John James Audubon in Louisiana

A collection of hand-colored lithographs and engravings published in Audubon's Birds of America. Audubon painted these birds during a 4-month stay at the Oakley Plantation near St. Francisville, Louisiana, in 1821. Many were later published in various incarnations of <em>Birds of America</em>. The Audubon prints chosen for digitization are both large, loose folios (30" x 40") and octavo book plates (7" x 11") and from the "John James Audubon Collection," part of the LSU Libraries' Special Collections E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection.

John Langdon Ward Lantern Slides

The collection consists of 107 lantern slides documenting the aftermath of the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana from May 23 - July 9, 1863. John Langdon Ward may have created these slides dating from circa 1880.