Archive for September, 2012

A Collection of Creepy Creatures

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Frightful Fauna: A Spooky Sampling of Works from the E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection” is now on display in the Lecture Hall at Hill Memorial Library.

The exhibition is free and open through November 21, 2012.

Image: Turkey Buzzard from Mark Catesby’s The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands.

LSU Libraries Special Collections to Curtail Hours

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Beginning next Monday, Sept. 17, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections and the Hill Memorial Library building in which it is located will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. , Monday through Friday. In addition, the Special Collections will be open Tuesday evenings till 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the library will be open 9 to 1 unless there is a home football game.

The shortened hours are due to the renovation work being done on Hill’s HVAC system, which is failing and no longer provides acceptable temperature and humidity level for the university’s archives and rare books.

“The shortened hours may need to continue for the remainder of this semester,” reports assistant dean of Libraries Elaine Smyth, “though we hope that the work will go smoothly and allow us to go back to our regular schedule soon.”

Updates will be posted on the Special Collections website at http://lib.lsu.edu/special/ or call 225-578-6544 during business hours for additional information.

Searching for Past Lives: The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project Presents an Introduction to Chronicling America for Genealogists

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project is pleased to accept an invitation to the September 2012 meeting of GENCOM, the Genealogical Computer Society of North Louisiana. As part of the meeting, project manager Laura Charney will deliver “Searching for Past Lives” a presentation on the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project, the browse and search features of Chronicling America, and the application of both to genealogical research. The event will take place at 2:00 PM on September 23, 2012 at the Broadmoor Branch of the Shreve Memorial Library.

For more information on GENCOM, please visit: http://gencomla.wordpress.com

For directions and other information about the Broadmoor Branch, please visit Shreve Memorial Library’s site at www.shreve-lib.org

Pliny’s History of the World

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Special Collections recently made an exciting new acquisition: the first English edition of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History. Translated by Philemon Holland (1552-1637) and published in London in 1601 as The Historie of the World, this compendium of ancient knowledge about the natural world and man’s place in it exposed many English readers for the first time to Greek and Roman ideas about everything from physics, astronomy, and zoology, to agriculture, physiology, and the arts. Despite its many fanciful elements (such as the claim that men could live to 800 years of age) and dubious ideas about medicine (“the braines of a wild boar is highly commended against the venom of serpents”), Pliny’s work had been much admired in its original Latin form throughout the Middle Ages, and with the birth of printing in the fifteenth century, it became one of first books to be produced on a large scale and in scholarly editions. Holland’s tranlsation came to be admired in its own right. Pliny would not be translated into English again until the nineteenth century, and some still consider Holland’s version to be the most charismatic. “If he seldom echoed the sound of Greek and Latin,” one commentor has written, “he never missed the sense, nor did he fear a comparison of his own work with the classical texts.”

This volume will make a welcome addition to the library’s already strong collection of early modern works on natural history.


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