Archive for March, 2012

27 Newspapers Selected for Digitization by the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP) is pleased to announce the 27 historical newspapers selected for digitization and inclusion in the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America.  These selected titles will supplement the 55 Louisiana newspapers already available on Chronicling America —  a free, text-searchable database featuring historical newspapers from 29 states and the District of Columbia.

All Louisiana newspapers were selected by an advisory board comprised of genealogists, historians, educators, journalists and archivists with the intention of capturing the greatest wealth of Louisiana history from across the state.  The 27 newspapers currently being processed for digitization were published between 1836-1922 and 17 of these newspapers feature French and Spanish language content.

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project has been actively engaged in efforts to develop online access to historical Louisiana newspapers since receiving its initial grant for 2009-2011 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) , a partnership sponsored by the Library of Congress and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Following the successful conclusion of the two-year grant, DLNP was awarded a second grant in August 2011, allowing for further participation in this long-term effort to create a comprehensive database of U.S. newspapers.

In addition to the endeavors involved in preparing these newspapers for digitization, Project Manager Laura Charney will be promoting use of the Chronicling America site and the DLNP titles at a number of outreach events over the next 18 months.  Recent outreach events include presentations given at the Natchitoches Parish Library, Louisiana Library Association’s Annual Conference, and at LSU-Shreveport’s Noel Memorial Library. More speaking events are forthcoming.

For more information on the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project or DLNP outreach events, visit, or email Laura Charney



2011-2013 Newspaper Titles:

Baton Rouge Gazette† (Baton Rouge), 1837-1853

The Caucasian (Shreveport), 1900-1922

The Donaldsonville Chief (Donaldsonville), 1871-1922

The Feliciana Democrat (Clinton), 1855-1859

Houma Ceres†  (Houma), 1855-1858

The Houma Courier† (Houma), 1879-1922

The Lafayette Advertiser†  (Lafayette), 1869-1914

The Louisiana Cotton-Boll† (Lafayette), 1873-1879

Le Louisianais† (Convent), 1865-1881

Louisianian (New Orleans), 1870-1871

The Meridional† (Abbeville), 1877-1906

Le Meschacébé† (Lucy), 1854-1922

Le Messager†  (Bringier), 1851-1855

New Orleans Daily Crescent (New Orleans), 1851-1866

The New Orleans Daily Democrat (New Orleans), 1877-1880

The Opelousas Courier† (Opelousas), 1852-1910

El Pelayo‡ (New Orleans), 1851

Pioneer of Assumption† (Napoleonville), 1877-1895

Le Pioneer de l’Assomption† (Napoleonville), 1850-1855

The Planters’ Banner†  (Franklin), 1849-1871

Pointe Coupee Democrat†  (New Roads), 1858-1862

Semi-weekly Louisianian (New Orleans), 1871-1872

The Southern Sentinel (Winnfield), 1884-1909

The South-western (Shreveport), 1854-1870

St. Landry Clarion† (Opelousas), 1890-1921

St. Tammany Farmer (Covington), 1878-1922

Sugar Planter (Port Allen), 1856-1919

True American (New Orleans), 1835-1839

The Weekly Louisianian †  (New Orleans), 1872-1882

† Features French language content

‡ Features Spanish language content


Special Collections tells statehood story in new exhibition

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

In honor of the bicentennial of Louisiana’s admission to the Union as the 18th state, the LSU Libraries Special Collections presents “State of Transition: Louisiana Circa 1812,” a new exhibition on display from March 12 through June 2, 2012, at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library.

The exhibit details topics of daily life during Louisiana’s transformation from territory to state in the early 19th century and answers such questions as–What did people eat and wear? How did they make a living? What did they do for fun?

In addition to these topics, the exhibit examines the at times rancorous political process through which Louisiana attained statehood, established its government and became “American”; the War of 1812 and the unique role Louisiana played in the conflict, and institutions such as slavery and religion that made up the fabric of Louisianans’ daily experiences.

Prominent statesmen like William C.C. Claiborne and Julien Poydras are profiled, as are “everyday” residents found in the historical record. All contemporary inhabitants are represented in some way, reflecting the diverse ethnic, linguistic, religious, and socio-economic landscape of Louisiana in the era of early statehood.

The display draws mainly from the extensive print and manuscript holdings housed in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections of the LSU Libraries Special Collections. Notable items shown include selections from Governor William Claiborne’s correspondence, the state’s first constitution, original newspapers of the period (as well as a multi-page facsimile for exhibit-goers to peruse), important early maps, accounts of New Orleans recreation and entertainment, a retrospective on the legend of Jean Lafitte, a letter from Andrew Jackson to his wife while en route to the Battle of New Orleans, material related to early steamboat travel, and documents about the 1811 slave revolt.

The exhibition also features models of homes typical of the era, on loan from the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology’s Fred Kniffen Lab, in addition to artifacts from the LSU Textile and Costume Museum. Watercolors of the Baton Rouge riverfront are featured, courtesy of the Friends of Magnolia Mound.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Hill Memorial Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. When classes are in session, the library is open Tuesday evenings until 8 p.m. Paid parking is available at the Visitors’ Center, Memorial Tower, and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. For more information, visit the Special Collections’ Web site at

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