Papier-mâché tigers, riots on the field, Chinese bandits, tailgating before a trip to the stadium nicknamed “Death Valley”—all these things and more describe the events, places, and people associated with over 100 years of football at Louisiana State University. From its beginnings in 1893 on the Parade Grounds of the University’s downtown campus, to Huey Long’s intervention in expanding the football stadium on the current campus, to the fully enclosed Death Valley of today, LSU football and its die-hard fans have played a very large role in the life of the university, the city of Baton Rouge, and the state itself.
Telling the team’s story through stunning black-and-white images, Historic Photos of LSU Football presents nearly 100 years of LSU football history as only the camera can. Join us in reliving some of the most thrilling moments in LSU sports history. Geaux Tigers!
About the Authors:
Mark E. Martin graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He then took a master’s degree with a concentration in archival enterprise, specializing in photographic archives, from the University of Texas at Austin’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. For the past 18 years, he has worked as an archivist and has been actively involved with the archival profession at the local, state, regional, and national levels, including serving as chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Visual Materials Section. He is the editor of Andrew D. Lytle’s Baton Rouge: Photographs, 1863–1910, published 2008.
Barry Cowan was born in Denver, CO but has spent most of his life in Baton Rouge as a Tiger fan. He has bachelor’s degrees from Louisiana State Unversity in history and German and is the assistant university archivist at LSU.
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