James Smith Noel Collection

Noel Memorial Library
Louisiana State University in Shreveport



The James Smith Noel Collection was the largest private collection of antiquarian books in the United States prior to its arrival at LSU–Shreveport in 1994. The collection encompasses approximately 125 different subject areas in such diverse fields as religion, travel literature, philosophy, science, cartography, natural history, moral instruction, curiosities, costumery, and the history of humor. The collection is open year-round (except for holidays) from 8:00 until 4:30 (Monday through Friday) and by special arrangement. The Noel Collection offers readers many programs and opportunities not often provided by major research collections and is the sponsor of many conferences and similar research events. Please visit some of the links below to learn more about the Noel Collection, its programs, and its offerings.


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