Advancing Scholarship and Learning for 80 Years: LSU Press and The Southern Review
October 19, 2015 – January 30, 2016
in Upper and Lower Main Galleries
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, “Advancing Scholarship and Learning for 80 Years: The LSU Press and The Southern Review.” The exhibition opens on October 19, 2015 and runs through January 30, 2016. There is no admission fee and the public is invited to attend.
In The Duty of An Educated Mind (LSU Press, 1936), Charles Pipkin (Southern Review founder and Dean of the Graduate School at LSU) argues that scholarship is central to human security in the larger world: “Scholarship is the great tradition of using the intelligence to gain a larger measure of freedom in human and social action…The academic world is in direct line of the great adventure of mankind. To know is to be free.” “Advancing Scholarship” illustrates how LSU Press and The Southern Review have advanced learning through the publication of original scholarly and creative works, and promoted the free exchange of ideas.
The exhibition covers the history of LSU Press and The Southern Review; an overview of what is arguably LSU Press’s most famous book, A Confederacy of Dunces; a publication case-study and human interest story profiling Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, based on an original antebellum diary among Special Collections’ holdings; decades of published works by well-known scholars and writers on a variety of topics including history, LSU, art, anthropology, geography, political science, literature, poetry and music, many of which are based on the holdings of Special Collections. The publication histories of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and The Garden Diary of Martha Turnbull are highlighted as well. The exhibition is complete with a feature on a variety of new releases from LSU Press, from cookbooks to natural history and all points in between.
“There is an integral relationship among the LSU Press, Southern Review, and LSU Libraries Special Collections; each plays a significant role in the greater university’s mission to generate, preserve, disseminate, and apply knowledge and cultivation of the arts. Not only do we hold the printed books and issues within our collections, but we also maintain the business records and correspondence of these institutions as the repository of record. In addition, Special Collections holds unique historical documents and rare books that feed the curiosity of researchers from around the globe. Many scholarly and literary works subsequently published by LSU Press and The Southern Review are based in large part on these one-of-a-kind collections,” notes Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Head, LSU Libraries Special Collections.
LSU Libraries Special Collections collects, preserves and makes accessible materials central to our collective cultural memory. These materials take the form of rare books, personal correspondence, historical photographs, maps, and business records, among others.
“We are delighted,” said Press director MaryKatherine Callaway “to have LSU Libraries Special Collections host this exhibit, which showcases our shared mission to facilitate scholarly communication and demonstrates how closely the Press and the Library have worked together over the past 80 years. From the Press’s founding–when its offices were in the basement of Hill Memorial Library–to our publishing collaborations today, the Press and Special Collections have long enjoyed a special partnership.”
LSU Press publishes award-winning works of scholarly and creative excellence and educates readers about the rich cultural assets and traditions of Louisiana in the South and beyond. The Southern Review promotes engaging, relevant, and challenging literature -including fiction non-fiction and poetry – and featuring a diverse range of the very best establish writers alongside rising stars.
“The items on exhibition reveal many rich, interdisciplinary connections among the authors, the publishers, and the collections. The scholars’ and publishers’ creative energy, hard work, and passion for discovery and sharing knowledge is evident here. “Advancing Scholarship” showcases the tangible outcomes of the application of the philosophical ideals that the university holds up as its mission. And what is featured here just scratches the surface,” said Leah Wood Jewett, Exhibitions Coordinator.
The opening of the exhibit coincides with the celebration of American Archives Month. Observed every October, Archives Month highlights the efforts of archivists and archives to preserve, catalog, care for, and make accessible records that have enduring value as reliable memories of the past.
Also on Display
JOHN MAGINNIS PAPERS, MSS. 5185
LOUISIANA AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY COLLECTIONS
in the Reading Room
John Maginnis was a Louisiana journalist, publisher, and political commentator. As a pre-law student at Louisiana State University, Maginnis served as editor of the Daily Reveille. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1970, he worked as a publisher and editor for several publications, including Gris Gris, the Baton Rouge Enterprise, the Business Report, and the Louisiana Political Review. In 1993, he started a newsletter, the Louisiana Political Fax Weekly, which later changed its title to LaPolitics Weekly. Maginnis also published three books: The Last Hayride (1984), covering the 1983 gubernatorial campaign between Edwin Edwards and David Treen; Cross to Bear (1992), which followed Edwards’ 1991 campaign against David Duke; and The Politics of Reform (2000).
The collection consists of Maginnis’ research files, newsletters, newspaper columns, a small amount of correspondence, and photographs, many of which were prepared for use in his books.