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The Louisiana and Special Collections Department seeks materials that contribute to our understanding of bygone times. Of particular interest are materials that uniquely illuminate local business activities, ethnic groups that settled in this region, and other portrayals of life and culture in Louisiana generally and the New Orleans area particularly. Gifts such as the following may be appropriate for inclusion in special collections:
Manuscripts—personal and family papers, including but not limited to letters, diaries, and scrapbooks
Archives—the records of businesses, agencies, and organizations, including minute books, correspondence, operations manuals, memorabilia
Certain printed materials—sheet music; ephemera (a broad range of minor—and sometimes major—everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use) such as broadsides, product labels, advertisements, trade cards, billheads, carrier’s addresses, greeting cards, invitations, menus, political campaign giveaways, timetables, etc.
Publications by UNO Faculty Authors—copies of contributions to scholarship, including articles, textbooks, and works of fiction and nonfiction, written by faculty members while teaching at UNO.
Visual and three-dimensional materials—photographs, postcards, slides, posters, prints, original cartoons, and Carnival memorabilia, including parade papers, ball invitations, dance cards, and favors
Rare books and pamphlets—those which survive in limited number, yet remain significant to today’s researchers because of their intellectual content or research potential. Particularly desirable are nineteenth-century pamphlets printed in New Orleans, many of which contribute to our knowledge of daily life in an ever-changing milieu
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Out of Print, Perhaps, But Not Without Value
The library welcomes books, audio CDs, and DVDs in usable condition that can be added to the general collection in support of the academic programs at UNO. Please refer to the library’s Gift Policy.