As of June 30, 2009, Special Collections completed cataloging of all the manuscript collections in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections previously only cataloged in the paper card catalog located at Hill Memorial Library. As a result, Special Collections’ manuscript holdings are now more accessible not only in our local catalog, iLink, but also through the union database WorldCat, which scholars around the world may access. Links to online finding aids are included in the records.
The Library stopped adding cards to the card catalog in the early 1990s when collections began to be entered instead into the online catalog. Manuscripts processing staff chipped away at the task of adding the information from the paper file to the OPAC, but no programmatic effort to recon the old card catalog was made until June of 2006 when Special Collections Cataloger Hans Rasmussen was hired. Rasmussen focused his efforts on the project, and Cataloger Joseph Nicholson and Luana Henderson, LA in Manuscripts Processing, also contributed. Together they added approximately 1839 records, bringing the total number of historical manuscript collections described in the online catalog to 4414, which represents all of Special Collections’ processed manuscript holdings.
LSU’s online catalog is accessible from the Special Collections website.