Treasures Of The Noel

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  • Hosted by Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze

The Noel Collection was the life's work of Mr. James Smith Noel. It is the largest private collection of antiquarian books in the United States and is currently on permanent loan to Louisiana State University Shreveport. The books are still being explored--the majority are uncataloged and thus somewhat unknown, but they are believed to number between 200,000 and 250,000 volumes.

The collection encompasses 100+ 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. Our collection is particularly strong in pre-1850 European and American literature and history. 

We are a working collection. Our stacks are open to the public, although our materials do not circulate. Visitors are encouraged during regular business hours to use both our materials and our facilities. We are able to accommodate interlibrary loan requests of a reasonable size through the creation of .PDF copies--please confer with us if you have any concerns in this area.

Engraved Titlepage of Volume 1 of Burnet's History of the Reformation of the Church of England, 1679.
Gilbert Burnet / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Repeat Broadcast August 23, 2019, at 4:40 p.m.

Airs Friday, August 2, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze, we look at a rare volume of Gilbert Burnett's History of the Reformation of the Church of England, and the double fore-edge painting that graces this rare edition which is housed in the Noel Collection on the LSUS campus.

Hollywood Actress and co-founder of the United Artists studios, Mary Pickford, full length, facing left; kneeling on chair in front of mirror.
Alfred Cheney Johnston / This media file is in the public domain in the United States. This applies to U.S. works where the copyright has expired, often because its first publication occurred prior to January 1, 1924

Airs Friday, July 26, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze, we look at the life of Gladys Louise Smith, who became screen star Mary Pickford, and a single book she wrote after her film career called The Demi-Widow, a signed copy first edition is house in the Noel Collection.

Airs Friday, July 19, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze, we look at the impact of Upton Sinclair's landmark novel, The Jungle,  an exposé of the Chicago meat packing industry which led to many reforms including the Meat Inspection Act of 1906. The Noel has a first edition signed in their collection.

Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie, c. 1797
John Opie (1761–1807) - Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Shelley, 1899 to National Portrait Gallery / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Airs Friday, July 12, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze looks at the long lasting impact of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. 

Low-resolution image of poster for the movie All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Universal Pictures / This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published in the United States between 1924 and 1977 without a copyright notice.

Airs Friday, July 5, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. This week on Treasures Of The Noel with Dr. Alexander Mikaberidze looks at All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

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