Archive for May, 2008

Bookbinding Exhibit

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Sample of books from exhibit

You can’t judge a book by its cover… or can you?

Visitors to LSU Special Collections’ new mini exhibit, “A Brief History of European Bookbinding from the Middle Ages to 1900,” will have a chance to ponder that question. In the days before mass-produced publishers’ bindings, books were often bought with no covers on them at all, leaving their owners to have them bound as they saw fit. The result was a wide and colorful range of binding styles that varied from time to time and place to place. The exhibit also introduces visitors to some of the work and materials that go into binding a book. Did you know, for example, that scraps of medieval manuscripts are often “hidden” in the bindings of later books? Have you ever wondered how marbled paper is made? Did you know that there are books bound in ivory, velvet, and even Scottish tartan?

Come and find out more about these and other fascinating aspects of the history of the book. The new exhibit will be on display in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall from May 9 through June 30. The library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and Tuesday evenings (while classes are in session) until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Taylor at (225) 578-6547 or

Lady Tigers Trivia

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Last time we asked a couple of questions about the history of the Lady Tigers basketball team.

Q: When did the Lady Tigers basketball team begin intercollegiate play?
A: 1973 and had a 3-8 season.

Q: Who was their first coach?
A: Jinks Coleman.

Barry Cowan of University Archives writes

Intercollegiate play for the Lady Tigers, also known at the time as the Ben-Gals, began in 1973 as a club sport, but women played intramural basketball as early as 1908.

Jinks Coleman, head coach from 1973-1979, taught kinesiology classes and was also volleyball coach until 1977. Coleman was the first coach in Louisiana to offer athletic scholarships to women athletes.

In their first seasons, the Lady Tigers had to drive their own cars to away games, stay in dormitories, and had no medical help for minor injuries. Coleman said “well, you just had to live through the blisters.”

The Lady Tigers and other women’s teams played under the auspices the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) until the early 1980s when the NCAA began sanctioning women’s athletics. Although the Southeastern Conference started holding postseason women’s basketball tournaments after the end of the 1979-80 season, the SEC finally recognized women’s basketball at the beginning of the 1982-83 season.

The 1908 Intramural Varsity team was made up of Annie Boyd, Louise Thonssen, Ena Paulsen (Capt.), Elizabeth Bott, Allie Spyker, Gladys Doherty, Jesse Turnage and Essie Guithreaux.

The 1908 Intramural “Scrubs” were Thera Nicholson (Capt.), Lida Coleman, Lulie Norwood, Lucille Scott, Ida Howell, Margeret Schoenbrodt and Mary Clarke.

Unfortunately we have no roster for the 1975 team.
Sources: Lady Tiger Basketball 1978-79 and 1982-83 GV 885.43 L68 L19
Gumbo 1908 and 1975 LD 3113 .G8

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