Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries, Special Collections


The principal mission of the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division is to preserve the Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, and other special research collections, add to them, and make them available for use.  Special Collections comprises more than 200,000 volumes of published works, 10 million manuscript items, 200,000 historic photographs, 12,000 reels of newspaper microfilm, and hundreds of oral histories.  It has digitized 100,000 pages of Louisiana newspapers, 1860-1922, which are available via the Chronicling America website. Special Collections has also contributed more than 16,000 items, including manuscripts, maps, books, pamphlets, newspapers, photographs, artwork, and oral histories, to the LOUISiana Digital Library.

Special Collections offers resources for original research in many fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, the fine arts, and design.  Most prestigious among the division’s holdings are the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC),  which constitute the largest accumulation of materials on the region in existence and include extensive French language holdings.

Subject guide to LLMVC’s French language holdings: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/research/msg.php?display=multi&q%5B%5D=French-language
LOUISiana Digital Libraries website: http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/