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06/21/2020

For Father's Day, some guidance from history:

"Dear Child be a good Boy & try & make your self a man of talent do by everyone as you wish to be done by. let no one impose on you & never impose on no one, let this be your motto always, & take it as the advice from your Father"

Frank Bennett to his son, Robert, 1872

Podcasts can be another type of primary source. The Archivist listens to several history podcasts, and will add this one...
06/18/2020
LETTERS READ • A podcast on Anchor

Podcasts can be another type of primary source. The Archivist listens to several history podcasts, and will add this one. And upcoming subject will be Pineville's Skip Ward. We'll post information as it becomes available.

Now in its fourth consecutive season, LETTERS READ is the series of live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities and is an ongoing series presented by stationer Nancy Sharon Collins and Antenna.

KALB News Channel 5
06/10/2020

KALB News Channel 5

These photos come from yesterday's peaceful protest that started at the Alexandria courthouse.

SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST ARCHIVISTS STATEMENT CONDEMNING RACIAL VIOLENCE – Society of Southwest Archivists
06/04/2020
SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST ARCHIVISTS STATEMENT CONDEMNING RACIAL VIOLENCE – Society of Southwest Archivists

SOCIETY OF SOUTHWEST ARCHIVISTS STATEMENT CONDEMNING RACIAL VIOLENCE – Society of Southwest Archivists

The Society of Southwest Archivists condemns the continued racist acts of violence committed against members of our Black communities by law enforcement across the country and abetted and supported by public officials at all levels of government. As a professional organization, we are outraged and s...

The Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University
06/02/2020

The Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University

Tulane Public Health launches “The Skin You’re In” campaign

“The Skin You’re In: Coronavirus and Black America” is a multi-platform campaign developed to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the African American community.

https://sph.tulane.edu/news/tulane-public-health-launches-skin-youre-in

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal
06/01/2020
National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to empower individuals, families, and communities discuss racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and p...

06/01/2020

We are living in interesting times, to say the least. Archives document human activity. If you have any fliers, banners, signs, stickers, pins, pens, tee shirts, photographs--any artifact or document from a #BlackLivesMatter protest held in Central Louisiana please consider donating it to the archives. Oral histories and personal stories are also welcome.

If you are doing something that you believe matters then know that thing is worth documenting. The future is watching.

05/05/2020
Reaching out to me from 1865, Frank's final line: "I am afraid you will not be able to read more than half of this." Wel...
04/30/2020

Reaching out to me from 1865, Frank's final line: "I am afraid you will not be able to read more than half of this." Well, sir, I was able to read most of it. I do have a few questions...
#CenLaArchives
#TranscriptionBlues

LSUA Library
04/28/2020

LSUA Library

Tomorrow is Denim Day, so wear your jeans! Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began in 1999 after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Now we wear jeans every year to protest sexual violence, end victim blaming, and support survivors! #30DaysOfSAAM #BelieveSuvivors #SupportSuvivors #sexualviolence

In appreciation of our front-line health care professionals:From Memory Book of Camp Claiborne by Nurse Barbara Glass, n...
04/28/2020

In appreciation of our front-line health care professionals:

From Memory Book of Camp Claiborne by Nurse Barbara Glass, nurses and medical personnel during WWII

LSUA Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement
04/23/2020

LSUA Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement

Last night several devastating tornadoes swept through our area. Our hearts go out to those affected. We are so grateful that the Oaks was spared major damage. If you were affected and need help, please let us know! Call at 318-767-2604 or text (318) 319-0434‬.
#LSUAstrong #GoGenerals #allinthistogether #wearefamily

04/23/2020
LSU Alexandria

LSU Alexandria

#update on campus. All resident students safe. There is damage to DeWitt Livestock building and a camper flipped over. The Oaks and students are ok, but no power on campus.

04/22/2020

Transcribing the letters between Frank and Columbia Bennett while Frank was away working for the Confederacy. A little nugget from today's letter: "I have been agreeably disapointed [sic] in finding my pants." I think Frank speaks for us all.
#COVIDdiaries

History and Political Science Department; LSU Alexandria
04/21/2020

History and Political Science Department; LSU Alexandria

Here’s the latest in HIPS (History & Political Science) news.

Dr. Jerry Sanson, Chair of History and Political Science, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the LSUA Undergraduate Journal of Teaching and Research (UJTR).

https://www.lsuajournal.org/

Congratulations, Dr. Sanson!

LSUA Library
04/20/2020

LSUA Library

April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week! Even though this year's celebration looks a little different, we can still celebrate libraries' contributions during the pandemic. Public libraries, presidential libraries, and academic libraries have worked hard to continue to provide for their communities through virtual assistance and encouragement.

How has the library helped you during the pandemic? Comment with your answer and check back with us tomorrow to celebrate your fellow library workers! #NationalLibraryWeek #LibrariesTransform #ThankYouLibraries #LSUALibrary

LSUA's Virtual Scholar Day
04/20/2020
LSUA's Virtual Scholar Day

LSUA's Virtual Scholar Day

Dr. Sandra Gilliland previews the upcoming LSUA Virtual Scholar Day.

LSUA Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement
04/20/2020

LSUA Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement

Perpetuating Rape Culture
Rape culture is normalized beliefs and behaviors around sexual violence and aggression. We should reflect on the way our language tacitly endorses sexual aggression or condones sexual advances without consent. Rape culture can empower assailants, make survivors feel isolated, and communicate to children that sexual assault is acceptable. Everyday actions can have a big effect. For some recommendations on analyzing your words and actions, go to staradvocates.blog #30DaysOfSAAM #BelieveSuvivors #SupportSuvivors #sexualviolence

Making lemonade from lemons (neither of which are allowed in the physical archives but encouraged in the virtual one!): ...
04/03/2020

Making lemonade from lemons (neither of which are allowed in the physical archives but encouraged in the virtual one!): this time outside my office has opened my mind to new ways of doing. I hope to begin delivering some new content and new programming in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, here's a photo from Central Louisiana Collections of Redeemer Lutheran Church on Masonic. It was designed by the late Eugene Glankler. He was a talented architect and a lovely man.

04/01/2020

Early afternoon, and it's been a productive day of collegial discussion, reference, and committee work. Just as I reached for my laptop to make this post, my coworker (fun Internet game of citing children or pets as one's coworker in this new working from home reality) just climbed in my lap. I am typing while twisting to the side and stretching to keep laptop from disturbing my sweet, cuddly cat.

My efforts will be short-lived, alas. I will get up in a few minutes and ponder some programming ideas and think of the types of professional development in which I'd like to engage over the next few weeks. This situation is an opportunity for me to really engage with my profession and the ways it's changing and how to meet my patrons where they need me to be. And I'll be doing this while I mow the yard, because oh boy is my grass getting tall!
#COVIDDiaries

03/31/2020

March 31
Glad to be working from home today: still feeling subpar, and I would have called in sick if I were still going to the archives. But, at home I can take things easy and still get work done. Win-win!

I've been thinking about the nature of communication. Letters are often the bulk of manuscript (meaning personal papers and not drafts of works like essays, poems, songs, or books) collections. The telephone forever altered the reliance upon letter writing to communicate with someone from afar. Technological innovations have changed so much about how we communicate. Specifically, I was thinking about emojis and Civil War letters. I may do something with that thought later. Would it be too silly? Disrespectful? We'll see what I come up with. It seems like more of a Twitter sort of post. If I can remember my collections site password, that is.

I've had two meetings today, one of which was a committee for which I serve as secretary. Off I go to transcribe those minutes. And, yes, I take them by hand EVEN THOUGH I was meeting via computer and could have taken minutes on a Word doc. I'm still a little old-fashioned, y'all.

It's a cold one outside today--a chilly 63F. Stay warm.

#COVIDDiaries

03/30/2020

WFH Day...3? 4?

I've lost track of time, and I haven't been posting. Please excuse my absence. Whilst in quarantine mode I actually a nasty bug (from where??? from whom???) and was sick all last week. I'm better now and back to documenting.

I never thought an archivist could telecommute. I find all of this remote business challenging. It's hard to get in a work headspace at home. I am currently very distracted by the very unkempt state of my yard, which is my view. Weeds. Weeding the collection. Deaccessioning. Selecting items in manuscript collections that do not meet the Acquisitions Policy guidelines or tell the story of the entity (person, family, organization) to which the papers pertain and discarding them. Making sure my bias does not enter the deselection process. Making sure the story is preserved and made accessible.

Everything comes back to archives in the end. Archives document human activity, and all humans and all activity deserve to be saved. To be remembered. That's why archivists do what we do. Every person is part of the fabric of his/her/their community. I love saving your stories, Central Louisiana, for others to discover anew.

I'm going to spend some quality time with Frank and Columbia Bennett, now. They're a sweet couple. I hope to introduce them to you all sometime later this year. Please forgive the ramblings from my nonfevered (and therefore not excusable) brain. This series of FB posts from during this pandemic are meant to encourage you all to similarly document your experiences and consider depositing them in my archives.I feel that I cannot ask to view your private thoughts without sharing mine with you. I'll try to keep things generally professional, though. Nobody wants to read my musings on yardwork.

Be safe. Be well. Be mindful.
#COVIDDiaries

LSU Alexandria
03/23/2020

LSU Alexandria

LSUA is now offering Free Public Wifi to those in the surrounding areas without access to broadband. Please share with anyone that needs access for school or business purposes.

03/23/2020
LSUA Library

LSUA Library

The COVID-19 may have cancelled trips for Spring Break, BUT that should not stop you from enjoying new places...in the safety of books!

If you have felt intimidated by the enormous Harry Potter series and wondered HOW you could possibly have time to finish them, the time is now. It would take you 5 days to listen/read the whole series! But, now you are probably asking how you could possibly get the books without leaving the house. Local libraries are providing online library cards, so users can access eBook and audio versions of books FOR FREE.

Now, go and explore within the safety of your home, and let us know what your reading! #COVID19 #BoltonLibrary

03/23/2020

WFH day 2: I am wearing my SAA Archivist tee shirt. Professional attire!

The library now has reduced hours per Gov Edwards' decree to limit outings.

It's Spring Break this week.

03/20/2020

We're encouraging everyone to journal their experiences durin this strange time in our country and our lives. So, your archivist will be posting daily (excepting weekends, probably) to start things off.

Day 1: I am now working from home (WFH), which is tricky and strange for an archivist. Generally, we stay in the archives, which do not transfer to remote working at all. However, with emerging access to and availability of digitized documents I can spend my time at home working on metadata for a collection of letters I've had digitized and transcribed. I hope to include this collection in the #LOUISianaDigitalLibrary soon. So, that will be my project.

On a personal note, archival work in a lone-arranger shop is isolating anyway. At home, it's somehow even more lonely. And, I hate using a laptop.

#COVIDDiaries

LSUA Archives & Cenla Collections's cover photo
03/19/2020

LSUA Archives & Cenla Collections's cover photo

03/19/2020

The Archives is closed for immediate future. I will be available for reference via this site and email: [email protected]. Starting tomorrow I'll be posting my #COVIDDiaries. I urge you all to document your experiences through this extraordinary time and consider donating your journals to LSUA Central Louisiana Collections. Be well!

03/18/2020

The LSUA Archives and Central Louisiana Collections will close to the public effective immediately. We will tentatively plan to reopen by appointment only beginning sometime in April. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your patience, and be well.

LSUA Library
03/16/2020

LSUA Library

During this time, do not hesitate to reach out if you are off campus, and we will do everything we can to assist you.

Archives, Records Management:
Michelle Riggs, [email protected] 318-619-2960

Systems, Large Format Printing services:
Michael Waller, [email protected] 318-4270102

Interlibrary Loan Services, Reference:
Rusty Gaspard, [email protected] 318-473-6442

For all other questions, call 318-473-6487.

Stay safe and well! #BoltonLibrary

Keep a journal, and then consider donating it to LSUA Archives & Central Louisiana Collections. We welcome your stories!
03/16/2020

Keep a journal, and then consider donating it to LSUA Archives & Central Louisiana Collections. We welcome your stories!

Is your museum or others you know collecting to document the pandemic? If so, what objects do you think will be significant?

Rapides Parish Library
03/12/2020

Rapides Parish Library

Cavanaugh Lecture Series Cancelled

LSUA Archives & Cenla Collections
03/02/2020

LSUA Archives & Cenla Collections

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The Central Louisiana Collections consists of records, papers, and collections of families and organizations that tell the story of life in Central Louisiana. All researchers are welcome.

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