LOUISiana Digital Library

The Louisiana Digital Library

About the LOUISiana Digital Library

The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library containing photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more that document history and culture. Libraries, museums, archives, historical groups, and other institutions across the State contribute materials to the LDL. This state-wide digital library is used by anyone with access to the internet and an interest in the materials.

About the Contributing Institutions

There are currently 22 participating libraries, archives, museums, and historical centers participating in the LDL. Each institution contributes the digital items and the descriptive text for their collections. You will find that some of the collections, such as the GUMBO Project and the Teaching History in Louisiana Project, are collaborative projects that include materials from many institutions.

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LOUIS: the Louisiana Library Network, provides technological support for the institutions who participate. LOUIS combines the resources of Louisiana's public and private academic libraries, along with a centralized support staff located on the LSU campus, to produce a dynamic library consortium. The central support staff, commonly referred to as "LOUIS", provides many services to consortium members such as library automation, a union catalog, a digital library, electronic resources, authentication, training, consulting, and hosting related listservs and websites. Established in 1992 by the Board of Regents, LOUIS has 43 members and receives approximately $3.5 million annually in contracts and membership fees to support consortium members.

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Title: Portrait U-505 crew
Collection: Camp Ruston

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Title: Gun mounted on a mound in Fort William which used to be the cemetery for the officiers of the regular army (ca.1863)
Collection: G. H. Suydam Photograph Album

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Title: Abstract
Collection: Paintings in Louisiana from the Louisiana State Museum

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