LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL)
The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library containing photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, and oral histories documenting history and culture. Its purpose is “to make unique historical treasures from the Louisiana institutions’ archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories in the state electronically accessible to Louisiana residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.” Twenty-two libraries, archives, museums, and historical centers contribute digital items from their collections to the online library. Currently LDL contains more than 144,000 items. The participating institutions include: Amistad Research Center, Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University (LSU), Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans City Archives, New Orleans Public Library, State Library of Louisiana, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Tulane University, and University of New Orleans.
The collections in the LOUISiana Digital Library can be browsed or searched. You can browse by Topic, Institution, Media Format, Geographic Focus, Time Period, and Collection Name. If you want to browse by institution, click on Institution in the collections list on the left side of the page. This will open a new page with links to the participating institutions’ collections. Click on the institution’s name to access its collections.
To search the collections you can enter keywords in the search box, which is located in the upper-right side of the page, or you can run an advanced search by clicking on the Search All Collections link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. With Advanced Search you can search across all fields, selected fields, by proximity or by date. You can also search specific collections from this page.
Louisiana State University contributed forty-six collections, which include photographs, oral histories, newspapers, maps, and letters that could be of interest to family history researchers. They include the following:
Civil War Photograph Album
This album contains portraits of military personnel who fought during the American Civil War, 1861–1865. Most of the photographs are cartes-de-visite of Confederate enlisted men and officers.
George C. Strong Photograph Album
This album contains two photographs of sites around the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and forty-two photographic portraits of cadets in the classes of 1857 and 1858.
Hermann Moyse Sr. World War I Collection
This collection contains letters written by Hermann Moyse, Sr. (1891–1985), a native of St. Gabriel, Louisiana, when he was a soldier in World War I.
The Louisiana Newspaper Access Program
This collection contains digitized images of select regional Louisiana newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Click on the View All Items in the Collection link to access them. There are seventy-one different newspapers in this collection.
LSU Libraries Civil War Collection
This collection “represents the cultural and political aspects of the conflict, and life in antebellum Louisiana.”
Maps of Louisiana Collection
This collection consists of important original maps associated with the French colonization of the territory of Louisiana, and the Louisiana Purchase.
Marshall Dunham Photograph Album, ca. 1861–1865
This photograph album, which contains photographs taken in Louisiana during the Civil War, was compiled by Sgt. Marshall Dunham of the 159th New York regiment.