Louisiana History & Culture

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Collection thumbnail image Cenobium - LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Yearbook

The first edition of the Cenobium yearbook includes the following:

“CENOBIUM (se-no ‘ be-um) (GR. KOINOBIOS – living in communion with others) – A colony of independent cells or organisms held together by a common investment.”

With that theme, the Cenobium began publication in 1977 and continued through 1990. Produced by students, the yearbooks are a chronicle of the daily life and the special events experienced by veterinary students at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

'Andrew D. Lytle's Baton Rouge' Photograph Collection

A native of Cincinnati, Lytle arrived in Baton Rouge around 1857, and over the next fifty years or so, he and his business partners, including his son Howard, photographed people, places, and community events such as parades. Lytle photographed Baton Rouge during the war, including scenes of naval vessels on the river, Federal encampments, damage and streetscapes, and soldiers and sailors.

Armand Duplantier Family Letters

The Armand Duplantier Family Letters date from 1777 to 1841 and contain items from four generations of the Duplantier family, including Armand Duplantier, his uncle Claude Trenonay, Armand's son Armand Allard Duplantier, and granddaughter Amelie Augustine Duplantier Peniston. The collection's historical significance lies not only in what it can tell us about the history of Baton Rouge and nearby Pointe Coupee Parish, but also in what it reveals about the state's colonial period, Francophone Louisiana in the territorial and antebellum era, and the enduring legacy of the state's French antecedents.

Caroline Wogan Durieux Works of Art

Caroline Wogan Durieux (1896-1989), a New Orleans native of Creole descent, was a celebrated Louisiana artist of the twentieth century who taught art at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) and invented a print-making process which involved radioactive ink. This series contains approximately 85 digital representations of Durieux's lithographs, cliche verres, electron prints and paintings.

Charles L. Thompson Photographs

Charles L. Thompson, a resident of New Orleans, La., collected materials related to the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. This digital collection consists of selected photographic prints of port and street scenes, ships, and other images of the city of New Orleans.

Col. Joseph S. Tate Photograph Album

The original Joseph S. Tate photograph album (unbound) contained 103 black and white photographic prints mounted on paper. The images show scenes from several locations in Louisiana during the 1920s including lumbering and shrimping operations, city scenes, and a number of scenic bayou images. It is not known whether Joseph S. Tate was the photographer, but it is known that the album was his property.

Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP)

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP) includes 78 newspaper titles published between 1836-1922, a total of 220,000 pages. By the end of 2015, 49 additional titles will be available. LSU has participated in the NEH National Digital Newspaper Program since 2009. Digitized collections are available through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site.

Donn Young Photographs

Photographs by New Orleans photographer, Donn Young, salvaged from his Lakeview home after Hurricane Katrina. These images are a sampling of the over 32,000 images saved from his home and studio after floodwater damage.

Doussan family papers, 1827-1872

The Doussans were an émigré French family who settled in East and West Baton Rouge Parish, La., in the wake of Napoleon's downfall. Comprised of correspondence, financial papers, and personal papers of family members, the collection, which dates 1827-1872, reflects the Doussans's planting operations in West Baton Rouge Parish, financial and legal transactions in Louisiana and France, family activities, interests, and concerns, and the experience of French émigrés in Louisiana as they encountered Anglo-American culture and society. Correspondence includes letters to and from friends and family in France.

Early Louisiana French Correspondence

The Early Louisiana French Correspondence collection is a digital corpus of 100 handwritten French letters, personal and letters of business, written in Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries. These letters, showing the living conditions and social and political climate of the time, were transcribed and digitized to provide greatest access to the information through a collaboration between LSU's Center for French and Francophone Studies and Special Collections.

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.

Lettres de Louisiane

This collection was compiled by the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies and funded by the French government , includes letters written in French by Louisianans about the French Revolution. This corpus highlights Louisiana's strong cultural, linguistic, and social ties with France. The ongoing collaborative project will enhance access to rare and understudied French documents held in the LSU Libraries Special Collections and Tulane University.

Louisiana Coastal Ecology, Richard J. Russell Collection

Maps, aerial photographs, audio files, geographic surveys, and interpretative materials on Louisiana's coastal zone. Materials were used by geologist and geographer Richard J. Russell. Russell, who established a reputation as a world expert on the Mississippi and other delta regions, as well as on coastal erosion and coastal ecology.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - LSU Libraries

This collection contains digitized versions of the Louisiana Conservationist and associated titles from 1930 to 2010. The historical LDWF documents were digitized through a partnership between the LSU Libraries and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2010.

Louisiana Early English Corpus

This collection was compiled by the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies and funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents. It includes documents spanning the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 through the end of the 19th century from LSU Libraries Special Collections and Tulane University Special Collections. The documents were written by Louisiana farmers, planters, transporters, sawmill operators, and lawyers; the subject matter ranges from personal and family gossip to long business letters and news from across the Atlantic.

Louisiana images from the Standard Oil Collection, Univ. of Louisville

This collection contains Louisiana images from the University of Louisville Libraries Special Collections and Archives Standard Oil New Jersey Collection. The University of Louisville provided LSU Libraries permission and some digital surrogates of Louisiana related images in this important collection. Researchers Dr. Don Davis and Dr. Carl Brasseaux digitized the remainder of the Louisiana images on-site in Louisville.

Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Collection

The materials in this collection consist of primary sources that document the heritage, peoples and cultures of the area that was to become the state of Louisiana during a critical and tumultuous period in its history, 1800-1815. Collection contributors include LSU Libraries Special Collections, New Orleans City Archives, and the New Orleans Public Library and was funded by IMLS in 2001.

Louisiana Railroad Depot Photograph Collection

The scene of comings and goings in small towns and large across Louisiana and a hub for their commerce, train stations and railroad depots were at the crossroads of community social and economic life. This collection is comprised of images of 129 stations in the state from Houma to Bastrop and points in between, and dates from 1905 to 1984, reflecting the heyday of rail travel to its decline. Railroads represented in the collection include the Illinois Central, Kansas City Southern, Louisiana and Arkansas, Missouri Pacific, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Texas and New Orleans, and Texas and Pacific, among others.

Louisiana Sugar Resources Digital Collection

This collection is comprised of LSU Libraries materials related to the agriculture and manufacture of sugar. The LSU Sugar Research Station facilitated the selection of the items found in LSU Libraries. The American Sugar Cane League and the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists provided funding. A near complete run of the historic <em>Sugar Bulletin</em> is available in the collection.

LSU Libraries Civil War Collection - Civil War: Context and Conflict

To mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, LSU's Special Collections digitized selected items from the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC). This collection represents the cultural and political aspects of the conflict, and life in antebellum Louisiana. Sources include books, periodicals, maps, manuscripts, state documents, and microfilm that support scholarly research in many areas, including religion, plantation management, slavery, French Creole identity and relations, and Southern nationalism.

LSU Libraries Mardi Gras Collection

The collection is an assortment of Mardi Gras-related materials from 1875 to 1980. Mardi Gras celebrations in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge are represented in the photographs, programs, invitations, and other selected items availabe in several manuscript collections found in Special Collections.

LSU Libraries Postcard Collection

This collection contains two different postcard collections found in the LSU Libraries Special Collections Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley manuscript collections. The Mississippi and Louisiana Postcard Collection contains 93 items and spans from 1906-1939 and the Louisiana Postcard Collection contains 517 items from 1904-1951. Many landmarks in Louisiana and Mississippi are featured in the postcards.

LSU University Archives Photographs Collection

The photographs in this collection provide a rich look into LSU's past. Focusing on the years 1886-1925, the collection shows the buildings and grounds, students and student life, athletic teams, faculty and administrators, classrooms, and laboratories at the "Ole War Skule."

LSU University Archives Print Materials Collection

This collection of printed LSU materials includes early catalogs and commemoration programs of anniversaries, dedications, and other significant events.

Marshall Dunham Photograph Album

Photograph album compiled by Sgt. Marshall Dunham of the New York 159th regiment consists of photographs taken in Louisiana during the Civil War.

Mingo Family African American Photographs, 1887-1955

The collection consists of 32 photographic images of unidentified African Americans, believed to be members of the Mingo family of Port Allen, La. Includes cabinet card portraits of men, women, and children, real photo postcards made in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and photographic prints created in Cairo, Illinois; New Orleans, La.; and St. Cloud, Minnesota. It is possible that some of the individuals in the images are members of an African American theatrical troupe specializing in minstrel shows.

Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Photograph Album

A visual record of one of the worst natural disasters to occur in the U. S. The flood took the lives of thousands, made refugees of hundreds of thousands, and caused vast destruction. The photo album was prepared for O. K. Allen (1882-1936), Chairman, Louisiana Highway Commission and later Governor, and presumably used for securing Federal disaster aid.

Native Flora of Louisiana - Watercolor drawings by Margaret Stones

Watercolor drawings of Louisiana's native plants by botanical artist Margaret Stones from the E.A. McIlhenny Collection at Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections.

New Orleans Centennial Exposition Stereoscopic Views

Stereoscopic views of the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans, 1884-5.

New Orleans Image Collections at the LSU Libraries

The majority of the images are from the New Orleans French Quarter Scenes, circa 1900, collection and the Vieux Carre photographs. Other manuscript collections represented include: New Orleans Dock Views, Horticultural Hall at World's Cotton Centennial and Industrial Exposition Photographs, New Orlean's Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, and an assortment of Mardi Gras images. The original images are located at the LSU Libraries Special Collections Library.

New Orleans Negative Exposures and Prints, circa 1900-1930

The majority of the images document New Orleans architecture and famous buildings such as the Cabildo, the Presbytere, the Pontalba Building, the Old Absinthe House, the Hotel Monteleone, and others, urban public spaces, and boats on the river near Girod Street pier just upriver from the French Quarter. A minority of the images documents private residences and United Fruit Company pier-side operations. The original images are located at the LSU Libraries Special Collections Library.