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Detail of Fresco in the Union Passenger Terminal

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 »

Conrad Albrizio

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 »

Plano de la villa de Baton Rouge

Beauregard Town - Map - Plano de la villa de Baton Rouge

The plan shows the layout of the area of the city know as Beauregard Town. This is a certified copy made in 1809 of the original plan drawn in 1806. ZoomifyView »

Hotel Bentley Lobby

Bentley Hotel - Postcard - Interior, Lobby

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

Carte de l'isle de Saint Domingue

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, which indicates the island's French and Spanish “Quartiers,” as well as the surrounding islands, shoals, and reefs. The map was titled "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." 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

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

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 »

Sidonie de la Houssaye's funeral notice, 19 February, 1894

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 »

School Opening Announcement

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 »

Delacroix Island

Delacroix Island - Photograph - Fishing boat

This photograph from 1925 shows two men in a boat anchored at Delacroix Island, a coastal fishing community in southeastern Louisiana. ZoomifyView »

Edwin Edwards

Edwards, Edwin - Photograph - Portrait

Louisiana photographer Donn Young made this photograph of former governor Edwin Edwards. A reality television series about the popular Edwards and his family debuted in 2013. View »

Eola Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi

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 »

Admiral David Farragut & Commodore Percival Drayton

Farragut, David - Photograph - Pictured with Percival Drayton

Union Admiral David Farragut and Commodore Percival Drayton c. 1864. ZoomifyView »

Camp Goodyear Smoke Signals

Indian (Native American) Removal - photograph - Camp Goodyear Smoke Signals

This group of Boy Scouts was photographed by Percy Viosca Jr. while observing a Choctaw Indian sending smoke signals. ZoomifyView »