LSU Libraries Special Collections to Host “Special Collections on Parade” Exhibit Feb. 16-May 30

01/23/2015 11:13 AM

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 Selected rare books, photographs, historical documents, sheet music, art, and oral histories will be on display from all major collections, spanning seven centuries.


“The collections here represent a staggering range of materials – published and unpublished – documenting human thought, experience and expression across the globe over many centuries,” said Jessica Lacher-Feldman, head of LSU Libraries Special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. Faculty and staff members at Hill Memorial Library curated the exhibition.”


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.


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Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015