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Oil and the Wetlands – a Q&A with Jason Theriot

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

American Energy book high res cover Jason P. Theriot, author of American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands (LSU Press, 2014), will participate in an informal Q&A session regarding the petroleum industry in Louisiana and its impact on the coastal wetlands at Hill Memorial Library at LSU on Monday, June 9 at 4:00 pm. Books will be available for sale. This free public program is held in association with the exhibition “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance” currently on display at Hill Memorial Library.

Following the session, Dr. Theriot will present a lecture at 5:15 pm in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building, sponsored by the LSU Center for Energy Studies.

The travelling exhibition “I Remember” was produced by the Coastal Wetlands Protection, Planning and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force, in conjunction with LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. While on display at Hill Memorial Library, the exhibition is supplemented with materials from the holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections related to Louisiana’s wetlands.

For more information on CWPPRA, visit

CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting over 112,000 acres in Louisiana.

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May 2nd – Lecture on Coastal Communities

Friday, April 25th, 2014

On Friday, May 2 at 3:30 pm, Hill Memorial Library will host a talk by Dr. Don Davis as part of the Friday Forum Series of the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology.

Dr. Davis of the Louisiana Sea Grant Program, an expert on the diverse coastal communities in the Louisiana wetlands, will present the topic: “In Louisiana’s Coastal Zone, the ‘Folks’ are the same as the ‘People.’”

The talk will be held at Hill Memorial Library in association with the travelling exhibition “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance,” a project of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force and LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.

For more information about the Friday Forum Series, contact Kent Mathewson at 578-6073 or

Image: Shrimpers, c. 1920. From the Colonel Joseph S. Tate Photograph Album, Mss. 4963.

Planting the Seed of Commemoration: 100 Years of Cooperative Extension

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Assembled in front of the original Hill Memorial Library in downtown Baton Rouge, these attendees, agents, and instructors of the Fourth Annual Short Course for Boys and Girls travelled to LSU as part of an Agricultural Extension Service program in 1917. The original panorama photograph, made by Jasper Ewing, is housed in LSU Libraries Special Collections.

This image and related items are currently on display in the lecture hall in a preview of the Fall 2014 exhibition commemorating the centennial of Cooperative Extension at LSU.

Making a Difference in Coastal Restoration: CWPPRA Travelling Exhibition at Hill Includes Archival Materials from Special Collections

Monday, March 31st, 2014

What do Father Louis Hennepin (member of La Salle’s first expedition), naturalist John James Audubon, celebrated poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and former U.S. Senator John B. Breaux all have in common? Evidence of their work documenting, illustrating, and preserving the Louisiana coastal wetlands are all on display at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library as part of the exhibition, “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance.” The exhibition is open from March 31 – August 30, 2014, and is free and open to the public.


The travelling exhibition “I Remember” is the product of a partnership between the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act Task Force and the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, LSU Libraries. “I Remember” is composed of oral histories, photographs and original art depicting individuals who work, live, and play in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The exhibit features environmental portraits and landscape photographs by Lane Lefort and oil paintings by Marian Brister Martinez (pictured above). Both artists are Louisiana natives and have used their artistic talents to capture the culture and heritage of the communities in coastal Louisiana. This interactive art show also includes QR codes that allow visitors to hear the stories of 11 coastal stewards on their smart phones and an interactive kiosk that includes video and audio clips from wetlands steward.

Click here to access oral histories and links to the artists’ works online.

The travelling exhibition is supplemented with materials from the holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections, among them Hennepin’s Description de la Louisiane (Paris, 1683), an octavo edition of Audubon’s Birds of America (Philadelphia, 1840; pictured above), Longfellow’s Evangeline (Boston, 1847), and Senator Breaux’s speech and first issue of the federal legislation that would eventually become known as the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (1986). For a full description, visit the exhibitions page at

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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.

Integrating LSU

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The story of the integration of LSU transcends black and white. It is a tale of human perseverance; a shared, unwavering belief in the ideals of democracy; and ultimately, justice. The Relentless Pursuit of “Equal:” Integrating LSU commemorates the work of many individuals over many years to open the doors of Louisiana State University wide, for all and forever.

From LSU Libraries Special Collections/University Archives: Excerpt from LSU Board of Supervisors reaffirmation of its segregation policy, 1958; Letter from law firm to LSU advising rejection of applications, 1964; A.P. Tureaud, Sr. correspondence soliciting reason/policy for his client’s rejected application, 1964.






From LSU Libraries Special Collections: Telegram from Lutrill Payne regarding successful registration, 1954; Lutrill Amos Payne Sr. Scrapbook, LLMVC, Mss. 5086; Clippings from Daily Reveille: A. P. Tureaud, Sr. and Jr., upon latter’s impending registration as first African-American undergraduate, 1953. Student letter to the editor in support of Tureaud, 1953.














Oral Histories Help Tell the Story

Oral histories are a unique way to understand the role of Louisiana citizens in the advancement of the civil rights movement both locally and nationally.  Interviews document ordinary people becoming extraordinary agents for change, risking their lives for simple justice, so that future generations could experience freedom and equality.

Enrolled by court order as the first African-American undergraduate at LSU, A. P. Tureaud Jr. felt isolated and unwanted on campus. In one of many oral histories presented in the exhibition The Relentless Pursuit of “Equal,” Tureaud recounts a touching moment that brought the meaning of his presence on campus into sharp focus:

“One morning, I came out . . . I couldn’t sleep and I came out just to be outside and to get away from that crazy dormitory with all the noise and stuff.  It was like six o’clock in the morning, and I was coming out of the dorm . . . but there was this black man out there sitting in a truck.  He had on bib overalls and he had a little boy with him.  As I came out the entrance, he walked over to me and . . . big smile on his face and he said . . . He asked me if I was A. P. Tureaud.  I said, “Yes.”   He said, “I thought you were.”  He said that he had been to the campus a few times, but he hadn’t seen me.  He lived somewhere in the Baton Rouge area, and he had brought his son who was six or seven years old to meet me because he wanted his kid to remember that this was possible.”

Explore The Relentless Pursuit of “Equal” to learn more about the experiences of A. P. Tureaud Jr. and many others during the Civil Rights Era in Baton Rouge.

“Merry Christmas Y’all”: The Gleason Collection

Friday, December 20th, 2013

GleasonOverBRLAXmasDavid King Gleason Papers and Photographs, MSS 4520-2013

David King Gleason worked as a photographer in Baton Rouge from the 1950s through the 1990s. Like most photographers, Gleason made a living though studio portraiture and wedding photography in the early years of his career. Beginning in the early 1960s, he added to a new line of images – antebellum homes of the south.

In the late-1960s he published “Louisiana plantation homes, a portfolio,” which included twelve plates of plantation homes with text describing the homes and their history. Over the next fifteen years he expanded upon this theme ultimately having at least seventeen books published, each one covering the plantation homes of a particular area of Louisiana and farther afield.

Beginning in the 1980s Gleason took to the air to create a series of aerial photography books illustrating individual cities. His first was “Over New Orleans : aerial photographs” published in 1983. Over the next eleven years he added a revised “Over” New Orleans and new works for Boston, Miami, Baton Rouge, and Atlanta.

During this same eleven year period – 1983 to 1994 – he added to his plantation homes series with visits to Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. One volume, “Antebellum homes of the Gulf Coast,” covered more than one state.

On April 22, 1992, while shooting photographs in Atlanta for another book in the “Over . . . “ series, the helicopter Gleason was riding in crashed in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood. He died in the crash.

Four years later his wife and heirs gave Gleason’s archive of photographic work to the LSU Libraries Special Collections. His widow, Josie Gleason, worked on organizing the collection for a number of years until her failing health prevented her visiting the archives. With her death in May 2013 the collection in its entirety became part LSU Libraries Special Collections.

Vampires! At Hill!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

LSU Libraries Special Collections is expanding upon and growing a new collecting area — we are looking at the world of Vampires!  This collection builds on vampire fiction by Louisiana authors or with a Louisiana setting already held in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection (LLMVC), of which there are more than 100 titles, including DVDs (True Blood) and other works of fiction.  Recent acquisitions include over 400 volumes of Anne Rice vampire fiction translated into numerous languages.  Special Collections’ growing Vampire Collection also complements the library’s existing holdings of 18th and 19th-century Gothic fiction, tales of mystery and the macabre, science fiction and fantasy, early occult science, and “outsider” literature (i.e. the Codrescu collection).  Academic fields of study that it would support include literature, history, folklore, psychology, religion, foreign languages, art history, graphic design, GLBT studies, film studies, and popular culture.


Vampire literature is a publishing phenomenon that has been growing since at least the 1720s.  Originating in central Europe, it spread to England in the mid eighteenth century. The first major work on vampires published in English, in 1759, was a translation of the French Benedictine monk Augustin Calmet’s treatise on apparitions and vampires. The work proved popular and was retranslated in 1850, helping to cement the notion of vampires in the Western European consciousness.  Special Collections holds both of these volumes.



The late eighteenth century saw the rise of Gothic fiction. In the early 1800s, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron were including vampires in their poetry. The first major work of vampire fiction in English was The Vampyre, a novella published in 1819 by Bryon’s personal physician, John William Polidori.  Special Collections recently acquired a copy of the work.

Vampires appear in many works of Victorian fiction, culminating in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897).  The genre was popular in France and Germany as well, important examples including Paul Féval’s Le Chevalier Ténèbre (1860), La Vampire (1865), and La Ville Vampire (1874);  Marie Nizet’s Le Capitaine Vampire (1879); and Hans Wachenhusens Der Vampyr – Novelle aus Bulgarien (1878).

In the twentieth century, vampire literature crossed from traditional Gothic fiction into science fiction.  As early as 1908, we find vampires in outer space in Gustave Le Rouge’s Le prisonnier de la planète Mars.  Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend (1954) is set in a futuristic Los Angeles.  Multi-volume vampire epics, of which more than 200 have been published in English alone, trace their origin to Marilyn Ross’s Barnabas Collins series, published from 1966 to 1971.  Anne Rice’s 10-book Vampire Chronicles (1976-2003) has sold 80 million copies worldwide.

Scholars in a variety of disciplines use vampire literature to explore a myriad of themes, from feminism to post-colonialism.  Gay vampire fiction is largely a recent development, but vampire fiction has always been charged with sexuality, and even Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novella Carmilla featured a female vampire with lesbian inclinations.  The genre has also crossed into juvenile literature, comic books, and graphic novels.  Several magazines have been published, featuring interviews with actors, stories about vampire films, and news of book releases and vampire-related events.  To see a bit more about the Vampire Collection at Hill Memorial Library, watch our new and exciting YouTube video.    For questions about the collection, contact Michael Taylor, Assistant Curator of Books.

What will these become?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Hello, and welcome to our ongoing examination of one architecture seminars’ experience with 3D scanning and printing technology! The class—ARCH 5004—explores the translation of digital models into physical models through analog (wood shop, hand craft) and digital fabrication tools (laser cutting, 2D/3D CNC milling, 3D printing). Class assignments will focus on the process and production techniques for designing with each set of tools (software and hardware). Students will simultaneously develop an understanding of best practices for each set of tools and will explore the limits of these tools. Particular attention will be paid to the feedback provided by the translation from a ‘perfect’ digital model into a physical model (analog and/or digital).

My name is Mark E. Martin. I work in the Special Collections Library located in Hill Memorial Library, a division of LSU Libraries. My specialty is photographic materials and the history associated with photography. I also serve as the Aerospace Studies and Louisiana Historic Photograph Collections subject specialist.

During the fall 2013 semester, I have the pleasure of working with Marty Miller, the LSU School of Architecture, and their Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) liaison on a project involving the 3D capture, manipulation, and 3D printing of objects.


My name is Marty Miller and I’m the Art and Design Librarian  at Troy H. Middleton Library.  Like my colleagues in the Research and Instruction department, I tend to be a ‘Jill of all trades.’  I assist students with research assignments, teach research skills in one-shot sessions for a wide variety of classes,  as well as serving as liaison to the Art and Architecture students and faculty.

This is my first up-close experience with 3D scanning and printing.  I’m excited by the creative potential inherent in this assignment.   The final projects will be displayed in the open space between  Room 141 and the circulation area of Middleton Library.  Stay tuned for more updates—this is going to be a fantastic show!

Who else is involved and what do they do?

Shelby Elizabeth Doyle, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, takes the lead in this project. Her Architectural Design Seminar students will be capturing 3D scans from a number of objects from the LSU Libraries—Special Collections located in Hill Memorial Library.  Vincent Cellucci, LSU College of Art + Design CxC studio coordinator, will be overseeing the technology used for this project. Vincent will be assisting students gain first hand experience using advanced visualization technology. 3D Scanning and digital fabrication are currently redefining the professional disciplines of art and design and learning to use them as tools for critical thinking and effective communication. He will be doing so by leading the students in the use of the Creaform VIUscan scanner hardware and the VXElements and Rhino software used to manipulate the digital files.

What objects will the students work with?

We looked around LSU Libraries’ Special Collections – located in the Hill Memorial Library—for interesting objects that had potential for manipulation. It turns out we found them!

b fish ball for Mark

A coconut, the surface of which is carved with M. C. Escher’s tessellated fish . . .

a bird for Mark

 An impressionistic sculpture of a heron or egret . . .

d small bird skull for Mark

A bronze reproduction of a bird’s skull . . .


d skull for Mark

 A reproduction of an ancient canid (dog) skull . . .


e large bird skull for Mark copy

 A different bronze bird’s skull reproduction . . .


 We hope you will follow along with us as we learn . . .

What Will These Become?

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!

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