Northwestern Louisiana

Absalom Autrey House Museum

Absalom Autrey House Museum - Photograph - Exterior view

The town of Dubach in Lincoln Parish claims the title "Dogtrot Capital of the World." The Autrey House is an example of the dogtrot, so named because a dog could trot through the house's central breezeway that separates two or more flanking rooms. ZoomifyView »

Autrey House

Autrey House - Illustration - From the Historic American Building Survey

This measured drawing shows a section of Absalom Autrey's dogtrot house, built in 1849. The house is an example of the log dogtrot, with rooms raised on stone piers. ZoomifyView »

Autrey House

Autrey House - Illustration - From the Historic American Building Survey

The Autrey House near Dubach is believed to be the oldest building in Lincoln Parish. In 1849 Absalom Autrey and his sons hewed pine logs and set the house on raised piers. It is one of the few remaining examples of a dogtrot house, the early vernacular building style in the hill country of north Louisiana. ZoomifyView »

General Nathaniel P. Banks

Banks, General Nathaniel P. - Photograph - General Nathaniel P. Banks

This stereograph showing General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks was taken as part of the series: The War for the Union, a Photographic War History between 1861–1865. In this image Banks sits for a head and shoulders portrait, facing left. ZoomifyView »

Hotel Bentley Lobby

Bentley Hotel - Postcard - Interior, Lobby

This color postcard shows the lobby of Alexandria's Hotel Bentley in 1912. ZoomifyView »

Vida Blue

Blue, Vida - Photograph - Vida Rochelle Blue Jr.

During his 17-year career, Vida Blue pitched for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals. View »

Arnaud

Bontemps, Arna - Photograph - Black-and-white head and shoulders portrait c.1945.

Arna Bontemps, respected Harlem Renaissance poet and scholar, was born in Alexandria in 1902. His birthplace, located at 1327 Third Street, has been restored and converted for use as the Bontemps African American Museum. View »

James Burton With Geroge Jones at The Louisiana Hayride

Burton, James - photograph - Performing at the Louisiana Hayride with Gerorge Jones

James Burton Performing with George Jones at the Louisiana Hayride. View »

Caddoan Mississippian Culture

Caddo Nation - Illustration - Caddoan Mississippian Culture

A map showing the geographical extent of the Caddoan Mississippian culture of prehistoric southeastern North America as well as some important sites. ZoomifyView »

Louis Juchereau de St. Denis

Caddo Nation - Photograph - "Louis Juchereau de St. Denis"

Born in Quebec, Louis Juchereau de St. Denis ventured throughout French and Spanish colonial territories. Acting for the French, he established Natchitoches, where this memorial stands. St. Denis also forged alliances with Hasinai (Caddo) Native Americans, was imprisoned twice in Mexico City for illicit trading, married the step-granddaughter of a Spanish colonial commandant, helped found Spanish missions in Texas, and fought for the French in Pensacola. While serving as French commandant in Natchitoches, he ignored a Spanish embargo and traded with soldiers and settlers in nearby Los Adaes and other presidios in the province of Texas. ZoomifyView »

Flag of the Caddo Nation

Caddo Nation - Photography - Flag of the Caddo Nation

The Caddo Indian Flag is a culmination of several Caddo tribes, their history and spiritual beliefs. The flag depicts life stages, spiritual journey, authentic dress and customs. The flag, though updated, continues to reflect historical and modern day Caddos. ZoomifyView »

Camp Beauregard

Camp Beauregard - Photograph - Panoramic, aerial view

A 1941 panoramic photograph of Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. ZoomifyView »

Ada Jack Carver at Melrose Plantation

Carver, Ada Jack - Photograph - Black-and-white reproduction of a photograph of Ada Jack Carver at Melrose Plantation

Photograph of writer Ada Jack Carver, a short story writer originally from the historic city of Natchitoches. ZoomifyView »

Ada Jack Carver and Cammie G. Henry at Melrose Plantation

Carver, Ada Jack - Photograph - Pictured with Cammie Henry

Louisiana writers Ada Jack Carver and Cammie G. Henry at Melrose Plantation. ZoomifyView »

Ada Jack Carver and Lyle Saxon on Melrose Plantation

Carver, Ada Jack - Photograph - Pictured with Lyle Saxon on Melrose Plantation

Louisiana writers Ada Jack Carver and Lyle Saxon at Melrose Plantation near Natchitoches. The mistress of Melrose, Cammie Henry, provided a respite for many writers and artists. ZoomifyView »

Chopin, Kate - Book Cover - Color reproduction of the cover of "Bayou Folk" c.1894

Complete 1894 first edition of Bayou Folk by Kate Chopin. This copy includes a manuscript poem and her signature on the front fly leaves. ZoomifyView »

Chopin, Kate - Ephemera - 1884 Inscription in the book, "Bayou Folk"

The inscription from a copy of Chopin's second book, Bayou Folk. She has written and signed a version of her poem “White Oaks,” substituting the phrase “live oaks” for “white oaks. The poem reads, “Of all the places on earth I know/ I'd rather stay where the live oaks grow/ From dawn till night, the whole day long/They sing their musical, mystical song/Of rest, rest for the time is flying/Dream, dream for the day is dying!/Oh! That tomorrow were far away/And all forever a long today/When the world stands still and the soft winds blow/In the beautiful land where the live oaks grow!” ZoomifyView »

Kate Chopin

Chopin, Katherine "Kate" O'Flaherty - Photograph - Black-and-white standing portrait

Writer Kate Chopin set many of her stories in Louisiana, drawing on her experiences living in the state with her husband and children. ZoomifyView »

Van Cliburn Backstage

Cliburn, Van - Photograph - Van Cliburn backstage

A rare photograph capturing Van Cliburn backstage waiting to take the stage, 1962. ZoomifyView »

Van Cliburn during the Tchaikovsky Competition

Cliburn, Van - Photograph - Van Cliburn during the Tchaikovsky Competition

Van Cliburn commanding the stage of the Moscow Conservatory during the Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, April 1958). ZoomifyView »