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Special Collections on Parade

February 16 – May 30, 2015

in Upper and Lower Main Galleries

The Yellow BookA 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 Selected rare books, photographs, historical documents, sheet music, art, and oral histories will be on display from all major collections, spanning seven centuries.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.

Red and Yellow Maccaw
“The collections here represent a staggering range of materials – published and unpublished – documenting human thought, experience and expression across the globe over many centuries,” said Jessica Lacher-Feldman, head of LSU Libraries Special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. ProteusExamples 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 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



in the Reading Room

Lawrence Mann, Jr. was born February 12, 1926 to Lawrence Mann, Sr. and Sophie Mendelsohn Mann of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended public schools in Baton Rouge, graduating from high school in 1942. He entered Louisiana State University in the fall of 1942. In 1943, at the age of seventeen, he joined the United States Army Air Corps. He was called to active duty in 1944, serving in the United States for the duration of the war. While stationed at Pyote Air Force Station in Texas he began corresponding with Suzanne Alcus. After the war, he was stationed in Germany as part of the Allied
occupation forces. It is during this period that the letters he wrote to Suzanne Alcus depict post-war Germany. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to his studies at LSU and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He continued his postgraduate studies at Purdue University. After receiving a master’s degree, he returned to Baton Rouge and began working as an engineer in the oil industry. Mann joined LSU in 1959 as an industrial engineering instructor. In 1962, he enrolled in the doctorate program at Purdue University, and after receiving his PhD, he joined the engineering
faculty at LSU.

The finding aid for the Lawrence Mann Papers is available here.

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.

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