Special Collections on Parade
February 16 – May 30, 2015
in Upper and Lower Main Galleries
A provocative procession of parrots, political papers, polkas and personal reflections promises something for everyone in the new exhibition,” Special Collections on Parade.” The exhibition is on display at Hill Memorial Library from February 16- May 30, and is free and open to the public.
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents a showcase of things rare, natural, decidedly unnatural, historical, technological, literary, political, comical and otherwise of note amongst the eclectic and curious collections housed within Hill Memorial Library. Selected rare books, photographs, historical documents, sheet music, art, and oral histories will be on display from all major collections, spanning seven centuries. Faculty and staff members at Hill Memorial Library curated the exhibition.
“The collections here represent a staggering range of materials – published and unpublished – documenting human thought, experience and expression across the globe over many centuries,” said Jessica Lacher-Feldman, head of LSU Libraries Special Collections. “This eclectic exhibition gives us an opportunity to present many of our favorite, perhaps lesser-known materials to a wide audience. We invite members of the community to come take a look, and find their own favorites.”
Collections housed at LSU Libraries include – among others – J. J. Grandville’s satirical and anthropomorphic beasts, Edward Lear’s illustrations of parrots and 19th-century Mardi Gras ball invitations. Modern book arts provide a visual feast for the eyes, while 19th-century sheet music and materials related to the New Orleans opera open a window into the intellectual and social spheres of times past. Letters, diaries and manuscripts from diverse ethnic and cultural populations document Louisiana’s political, literary, intellectual, business and military history over a span of four centuries. Examples include documents penned by Louisiana governor W.C.C. Claiborne, writers Grace King and Eudora Welty, as well as local civil rights activist Dupuy Anderson. Visitors will learn what makes a book rare, and will get a taste for the LSU student experience through the years. Selected materials from collections recently digitized as part of the NEH-funded project, Free People of Color: Revealing an Unknown Past, are also on display.
To learn more, visit www.lib.lsu.edu/special or call (225) 578-6544.
Images: The Yellow Book, Rare Book Collection; Macaw, Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots, E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection; Invitation, Krewe of Proteus, 1884, LLMVC
Also on Display
DUPUY H. ANDERSON PAPERS
LOUISIANA AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY COLLECTIONS
in the Reading Room
Dupuy H. Anderson was a Baton Rouge dentist, civil rights activist, and a member of several charitable organizations. As an early leader in the civil rights movement, he participated in the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott, was a plaintiff in a lawsuit to desegregate Louisiana State University, and he initiated lawsuits to gain the right to vote for African Americans. In 1960, he entered the mayoral campaign in East Baton Rouge Parish on the same ticket as Johnnie A. Jones, the black candidate for District Attorney.
The collection consists of letters, photographs, speeches, and printed items that focus on his mayoral campaign, the integration of Baton Rouge public schools, and his community service.
The finding aid for the Dupuy H. Anderson Papers, Mss. 5114, is available here.
“A LA MILITAIRE” -
THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
A Bicentennial Commemoration
January 12 – May 16, 2015
in the Lecture Hall
Selected documents from LSU Libraries Special Collections give insight into this pivotal battle in the War of 1812, the young American nation’s first true test of military and political power.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.