Archive for May, 2010

LSU Graduating Classes from the past

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Congratulations 2010 Graduates!

As LSU hosts its 271st commencement ceremony today, Friday May 21st, let’s look at some photographs of graduating classes in the early years of the university. They were quite a bit smaller!

The vignette in the center of the image is of the Louisiana Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Asylum, LSU’s home from 1869 to 1886.

The vignette in the center of the image is of the Louisiana Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Asylum, LSU’s home from 1869 to 1886.

Due to financial and political difficulties in Louisiana, the five members of the class of 1874 would be the last to receive diplomas until 1882.

Due to financial and political difficulties in Louisiana, the five members of the class of 1874 would be the last to receive diplomas until 1882.

The Class of 1893 on the downtown campus. In the back ground are the homes of the treasurer (left) and commandant of cadets (right).

The Class of 1893 on the downtown campus. In the back ground are the homes of the treasurer (left) and commandant of cadets (right).

The class of 1897 produced four lawyers, three engineers, a physician, a preacher, a merchant, a US Army officer, a bookkeeper, and LSU’s treasurer. Note the dog in the foreground!

The class of 1897 produced four lawyers, three engineers, a physician, a preacher, a merchant, a US Army officer, a bookkeeper, and LSU’s treasurer. Note the dog in the foreground!

Class of 1898

Class of 1898

View these and many other unique items in the LSU Sesquicentennial exhibition, “Campus Chronicle: 150 Years of LSU”, on exhibit until May 29 in the Hill Memorial Library galleries.

Hill Memorial Library Closed May 26

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Disasters are much on our minds these days, some caused by human error, some occurring due to natural forces.  For those of us who are involved inoilslick/photo from NOAA historic preservation, avoiding the former and mitigating the latter is something we strive for.  With that in mind, we are closing Hill Memorial Library for one day — Wednesday, May 26 — so that staff of the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division can participate in disaster preparedness and recovery training and carry out collection maintenance work. 

The Society of American Archivists sponsors an annual MayDay observance, urging archivists and other cKatrina/photo from NOAAultural heritage professionals to do something that can be accomplished in a day and that will have a significant impact on an a repository’s ability to respond to disasters.  The May 26 closure will give our staff a full, concentrated day for training and collection maintenance.  With hurricane season just around the corner, we need to make sure we’re ready to protect the materials we hold in trust for the people of Louisiana.  When we  re-open to the public  May 27, we’ll be better prepared to do that.  Anyone with questions about the closure can contact me via email (esmyth@lsu.edu) or telephone (225-578-6552).

– Elaine Smyth, Head, Special Collections

NDNP Coordinator to Visit LSU Libraries

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Extra! Extra! Hear all about it!

Join us Friday, May 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library lecture hall for a presentation by Deborah Thomas, National Digital Library Program (NDNP) Coordinator at the Library of Congress.

NDNP home page

NDNP home page

In 2009, LSU received an NDNP grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities allowing us to participate in NDNP and add Louisiana newspapers to Chronicling America, a website hosted by the Library of Congress that enhances access to America’s historic newspapers.

This site currently allows users to search and view more than 2 million newspaper pages from 1880-1922—for free! Currently NDNP has 22 state partners. Louisiana is one of seven added in 2009, to digitize 100,000 newspaper pages.

Ms. Thomas’s presentation will be a great way to learn about the program’s goals for digitizing historical newspapers from all over the country.

Refreshments provided.

Questions? Contact:
Athena N. Jackson
Project Manager – Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers
LSU Libraries Special Collections
Hill Memorial Library
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
(p) 225-578-6529
athenaj@lsu.edu

Learn more about the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project.


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