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Albrizio, Conrad - Painting - Detail of fresco in the Union Passenger Terminal, New Orleans
Noted Louisiana muralist Conrad Albrizio (1894–1973) designed the murals in New Orleans's Union Passenger Terminal to depict the history of Louisiana. Divided into four chronological panels, the works represented four ages of Louisiana: exploration, colonization, struggle, and modernity. View »
Albrizio, Conrad - Photograph - Black-and-white photo of the artist with a sketch for a mosaic
In addition to the many murals Conrad Albrizio painted through the WPA, he was commissioned by Governor Huey P. Long to paint the murals in the Louisiana state capitol. He taught art at LSU from 1935 until his retirement in 1954. ZoomifyView »
America Septentrionalis - Map - c.1653 map of North America by Dutch cartographer Jan Jansson
Dutch cartographer Jan Jansson drew this map of North America in 1653. ZoomifyView »
Audubon, John James - Watercolor engraving - "Barred Owl", 1821
John James Audubon completed this image of a male Barred owl in 1821. In his notes, Audubon indicated that this type of owl seemed to be particularly abundant in Louisiana. ZoomifyView »
Audubon, John James - Watercolor engraving - "Carolina Parrot", 1820.
“Carolina Parrot” was one of 435 hand-colored engravings that John James Audubon included in “The Birds of America.” This scene was based on field observations made in Louisiana, reportedly near Bayou Sarah. ZoomifyView »
Audubon, John James - Watercolor engraving - "Swallow tailed Hawk", 1829.
John James Audubon's life-size image of a swallow-tailed hawk, completed in 1829, was included in his monumental study, “The Birds of America.” ZoomifyView »
Carte de l'isle de Saint Domingue dressee en 1722 pour l'usage du Roy sur les memoires de Mr. Frezier, ingenieur de S. M. et autres, assujetis aux observations astronomiques par G. de l'Isle - Map - Historical
Guillaume De Lisle created this map of Santo Domingo in 1722. Meticulously prepared and detailed, the map indicates the island's French and Spanish “Quartiers,” as well as the surrounding islands, shoals, and reefs. ZoomifyView »
Carte de la Louisiane et du cours de Mississipi dressée sur un grand nombre de mémoires entrautres sur ceux de Mr. le Maire, par Guillme. de Lisle - Map - c.1718 map of French Colonial Louisian by cartographer G
This 1718 French map of North America, drawn by cartographer Guillaume De Lisle, shows the routes of several early explorers. It includes De Soto's 1539 and 1540 expeditions, as well as La Salle's fatal 1687 journey. ZoomifyView »
Carte reduite des costes de la Louisiane et de la Floride - Map - Color map of the Gulf Coast, c.1764 by Jacques Nicolas Bellin.
French cartographer Jacques Nicolas Bellin drew this map of the Gulf Coast region in 1764. 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 »
de la Houssaye, Sidonie - Ephemera - Funeral notice dated 1894 Feb. 19
Funeral notice for Louisiana author Sidonie de la Houssaye. She died in 1894. ZoomifyView »
de la Houssaye, Sidonie - Ephemera - School Opening Announcement-back
Writer Sidonie de la Houssaye and Miss A. Wallis sent this invitation to the opening of a French-English school in Franklin in 1882. ZoomifyView »
Eola Hotel - Photograph - Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, Architects
Black-and-white photograph, by Norman Studio Photographers, of the Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi. The hotel was designed by Louisiana architectural firm Weiss, Dreyfous, and Seiferth. ZoomifyView »
Farragut, David - Photograph - Pictured with Percival Drayton
Union Admiral David Farragut and Commodore Percival Drayton c. 1864. ZoomifyView »
Indian (Native American) Removal - photograph - Camp Goodyear Smoke Signals
The camera looks toward a group of boys in boy scout uniform standing around a raised platform on which the Choctaw creates smoke signals. Tents may be seen in the tree line at the edge of the clearing. ZoomifyView »
Indian (Native American) Removal - photograph - Choctaw Man
The camera looks toward a Choctaw man dressed in native garb with feathered headress, 1924. ZoomifyView »
Louisiana Hayride - Photograph - Cast performing on stage
The cast of the country music radio and television show, Louisiana Hayride. ZoomifyView »
Lytle, Andrew - photograph - "Baton Rouge: Aerial View"
Itinerant photographer Andrew David Lytle arrived in Baton Rouge in 1858, on the eve of the Civil War, and for the next half-century chronicled the capital city from his Main Street studio. This photograph, "Baton Rouge: Aerial View" is an example of Lytle's style. ZoomifyView »
Marsh, Edward N. - Ephemera - Civil War letter home, dated December 18, 1862
In this December 18, 1862, letter to his sister, Edward N. Marsh writes about his experience of the Civil War in Baton Rouge. Marsh describes his unit's landing and the town's deserted appearance, as well as the treatment of “contrabands;” slaves who fled to the federal encampments. ZoomifyView »