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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November 13–14, 2014

A Special Symposium Co-Sponsored by the James Smith Noel Foundation

The Battle of New Orleans: Real and Remembered

Click here for a Conference Prospectus!


Amy Blackburn

Amy Blackburn

Major New Catalogue Improvement Initiative

With generous support from The James Smith Noel Foundation, The Noel Collection is embarking on a major cataloguing project. In addition to its treasury of old and rare books, printed materials, maps, illustrations, and artifacts, the Collection includes a vast trove of later nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century materials that, to date, have remain unexplored. That unknown frontier of holdings will now be catalogued thanks to the efforts of two highly-trained and expertise-rich young information management specialists who have been recruited by The Noel Foundation. Joining the Noel team will be Amy Blackburn, a recent graduate of the Library Science program at Texas Woman‘s University, and Aimee Plaisance, who recently completed the Library Science program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Noel Foundation Board members anticipate that the cataloguing project will reveal an array of new srengths and emphasis areas on which the Collection will build new programs and that will inspire new research. Welcome to Amy Blackburn and to Aimee Plaisance, who are bringing into view the undiscovered deep resources of Louisiana‘s greatest research collection.

Aimee Plaisance

Aimee Plaisance