Archive for the ‘LSU History’ Category

Raising the Flag – Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 26th, 2014


Flag raising ceremony in front of LSU president’s home. This image is from the University Archives, and can be viewed with other historical images on the Louisiana Digital Library here.

Collection Spotlight: The Papers of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Dupuy Anderson

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

WWII-portraitWorld War II veteran, dentist, civil rights activist. Dr. Dupuy Anderson’s biography reads like that of many African American civil rights leaders of the mid-20th century. That common history, however, does not diminish his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments, and his papers, now available for research in Hill Memorial Library, provide an important resource for the study of that chapter of Baton Rouge and indeed American history.

Anderson graduated from McKinley High School, Baton Rouge’s earliest African American high school and anchor of the city’s black community for much of the 20th-century. He received a B.S. degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, and a D.D.S. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. Anderson enlisted in 1941 and served with the U.S. Army Air Force, rising to the rank of major. He participated in the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott, ran for mayor of Baton Rouge in 1960 (when African Americans did not run for such offices), and filed suit to desegregate the undergraduate division of Louisiana State University. As a result, his daughter Dr. Freya Anderson Rivers was one of six African-American undergraduates to integrate LSU in 1964. Dr. Anderson passed away in 1999.

campaign-letterThe papers, which were donated by Dr. Rivers last year, date from 1935-1996 and include personal photographs, speeches and printed items from his run for mayor-president and correspondence, printed items, and other documents related to his community service, professional activities, and involvement in education and social issues and desegregation of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and LSU. A full description of the collection is available online. Oral histories conducted with Anderson and Rivers in the 1990s under the auspices of the T. Harry William Center for Oral History are also housed in Hill Library.

Hoops and History at Hill: Saturday, February 1st

Monday, January 27th, 2014



Where: Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall, LSU Campus
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 2-3 p.m.
Before 4 p.m. tip-off at the PMAC
Hoops and History: talk show host Jim Engster interviews former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown (1972-1981) and LSU basketball legend Rudy Macklin (1976-1981)

The event is free and open to the public and will include a reception and giveaway.

For more information contact Hill Memorial Library at 225-578-6544 or

LSU Libraries Special Collections is the place to learn about the university’s history, and this pre-game library event is all about a historical era in Tiger’s basketball.

Rudy Macklin played at LSU between 1976 and 1981, going on to play in the NBA, first for the Atlanta Hawks, then for the New York Knicks. Macklin is one of only four men’s basketball players to have his jersey retired by LSU. Macklin, under coach Dale Brown, led LSU to the Final Four in 1981, and was the 1981 SEC Player of the Year. Macklin retired from basketball to become a banker in Baton Rouge. He is also involved in the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Coach Dale Brown retired from LSU in 1997 after twenty-five years as men’s basketball coach. Leading teams to seventeen consecutive non-losing seasons, and to fifteen straight national tournaments, Coach Brown was named SEC Coach of the Year or runner up nine times, and was twice named National Basketball Coach of the Year. In his retirement, he has made numerous public appearances, speaking to groups of all kinds.

Hill’s own Barry Cowan Shares New LSU Book 12/21

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Louisiana State University by Barry CowanJoin us on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10:30 am – noon for an exciting event celebrating the publication of Assistant University Archivist Barry Cowan’s new book, “Louisiana State University.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10:30 am to noon in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

During this special event, Cowan will offer a short talk about the book and share images and anecdotes. Copies of the book will be on sale and Barry will be signing copies for visitors. A reception will follow the talk. “I hope the book will provide not only entertainment, but also the opportunity for people to learn about LSU’s long and colorful history in an interesting and accessible way,” Cowan said. “The book is certainly meant to educate, but it is also my hope that the photographs herein will bring back fond memories and allow people to reminisce about their times at LSU.”

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series, “Louisiana State University” features a foreword by former LSU System President and Chancellor William L. Jenkins. The 128-page, soft-cover book boasts more than 200 vintage images of the LSU campus throughout its history. For the book, Cowan selected images from the LSU Archives and the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley collections in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library.

Highlights of the book include, among others, displays of rarely seen before images, most of which came from the collections in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library; highlights the four campuses since LSU’s inception in 1860; how the university had mandatory ROTC until 1969; how the baseball team – not the football team – was the first to wear the school’s signature purple and gold in 1893.

The book is a perfect holiday gift for any LSU fan or friend, young and old, and is an informative and interesting look at the long and fascinating history of Louisiana State University.  The event also marks the closing of our current Lecture Hall exhibition, which Cowan co-curated, Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium, which ends on December 23, 2013.

Ample parking is available behind Hill Memorial Library for the event.   For more information contact us at 225-578-6544 or via email at



Shake It Up and Read All About It!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013




Join us at Hill Memorial Library for a fascinating night of football and earthquake talk with two speakers! Sam King, longtime Baton Rouge sportswriter, and LSU Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics Juan Lorenzo will come together to talk about LSU Football, seismology, and the legendary “Earthquake Game” of October, 1988.

Shake It Up and Read All About It! LSU Football and the “Earthquake” at Tiger Stadium will touch upon  the memorable 1988 “Earthquake Game”,  LSU Sports coverage in general through the eyes of legendary Baton Rouge sportswriter, Sam King, and a glimpse at seismology and athletic events with Dr. Lorenzo and his Seismeauxbile.

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library.  The event is free and open to the public.

Held in conjunction with our exhibit, “Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium”, the exhibit, including our first ever touchscreen display, will be available to view. See the real seismogram from the 1988 Earthquake game. Copies of Sam King’s new book, Tiger Beat: Covering LSU Sports for 35 Years (Acadian House, 2013) will be available for purchase and signing. A reception and signing will follow the talks.  This event will surely have something for everyone! Also in attendance, the famed SEISMEAUXBILE, which will be parked in front of Hill Memorial Library just for this event!


Tales from the Gridiron: Exhibition features photos and oral history interviews with LSU players, coaches and fans

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Abe Mickal

Abe Mickal: LSU Photograph Collection,
RG #A5000,Louisiana State
University Archives, LSU Libraries,
Baton Rouge, LA.

Did you know that Governor Huey P. Long once tried to appoint a tailback from the LSU football team to the State Senate?

Abe Mickal was born in Talia, Lebanon, grew up in McComb, Mississippi, was a Collegiate All Star, a National Football Hall of Fame inductee, a doctor and very nearly a Louisiana state senator while still in college.

Learn more about Abe Mickal and more about LSU Football in the exhibition Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium: Reflections on 120 Years of LSU Football, now on display in the Lecture Hall in Hill Memorial Library.

An excerpt from the exhibition:
Abe Mickal reminiscing about Governor Long’s attempt to make a politician out of him.

Abe Mickal: When Huey had me elected to a state senators’ job as a student at LSU, I was not eligible. But I remember [Coach Lawrence] “Biff” Jones and Troy Middleton, “Don’t get involved because he just did it as a prank.” What he wanted to do was have me elected as state senator from Baton Rouge and he wanted me to come to the legislature and pass legislation benefitting the LSU football team.

So we had . . . You had those kind of people to fall back on and guide you, but Huey was a great guy. I had a beautiful relationship with him. Because here I was a country boy from Mississippi and here was this . . . the Governor of Louisiana, State Senator, who took a liking to me. He . . . When I got hurt in the Tulane game, he came the next day to the Infirmary and visited with me for over an hour; telling me what his dreams and plans were for LSU. He just . . . He aspired to be an athlete, but he never was. But he would have given . . . I think he would’ve almost given up his governorship if he could have been a good football player.

Mickal’s interview is housed in the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU Libraries Special Collections. Mickal, Abe, interview by Jennifer Abraham, audio recording, 1998, 4700.1051. Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Earthquake Game Anniversary Button Giveaway!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


In honor of the 25th anniversary of the famed “Earthquake Game”, and our new exhibit opening Monday, “Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium”, LSU Libraries Special Collections is giving away some commemorative buttons and magnets today and tomorrow. Spread the word. All you need to do is Like us on Facebook, and then come to Hill Memorial Library and tell the person at the reception desk that you have “liked us on Facebook” — and they will give you a pin or a magnet celebrating the anniversary of the Earthquake game against Auburn. Wear to to the game on Saturday!

Our button giveaway is today and tomorrow (9/19 and 9/20) only and supplies are limited. We want to get to 1000 likes by Friday at 5 pm. Let’s make that happen! Geaux Tigers! And we will be making more cool buttons to give away in the future.  Stop by and see us!

LSU Trivia – Lady Tigers Basketball

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Although the season is over, let’s take a look at how the Lady Tigers basketball team began. Before you get the history, however, you get two trivia questions.

Q: When did the Lady Tigers basketball team begin intercollegiate play?

Q: Who was their first coach?

Come back next week for the answers and for some background on women’s basketball at LSU.

Basketball Trivia

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Last week we asked two questions about the origins of LSU’s 100 year old basketball program. If you gave the following answers, you were correct:

Q: When was LSU’s first basketball game played?

A: January 30, 1909.

Q: Which Louisiana team did they play?

A: Dixon Academy in Covington, LA.

100 years of LSU Basketball

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

LSU’s Athletic Department recently started a year long celebration to commemorate 100 years of LSU basketball (1909-2009). Barry Cowan of University Archives writes

LSU’s brand-new basketball team “had not more than two weeks’ practice” before playing its first game. The opposing team had been, according to a post-game article in The Reveille, “for two years champions of the State” and had “engaged in interscholastic games for several years. The L.S.U. spirit, however, conquered, and the Tigers once more landed on top.” The final score was LSU 35, opponents 20. The Tigers’ leading scorer was forward J.R. Keeny with 8 field goals. This first game was played on the road and the Tigers were “royally entertained” by the principal of the opposing school. Following this game LSU played Mississippi A&M (now Mississippi State University) and faced a rematch against the Tigers’ first opponents.

Here are this week’s trivia questions:
Q: When was LSU’s first basketball game played?
Q: Which Louisiana team did they play?


  • Quotes and background information from The Reveille MF 632 Reel 1 and Gumbo LD 3118 .G8.
  • Photograph of the team from the LSU Photograph Collection RG #A5000, Range AA:29, Box 1.

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