Many a boy — and perhaps quite a few girls — have dreamed about finding a treasure chest and seeing what’s inside.

That dream came true for faculty at LSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology recently when the department acquired a sea chest belonging to the late Evelyn Lord Pruitt, a longtime supporter of the department who died in 2000. The chest had probably belonged to Pruitt’s grandfather, William A. Lord, who commanded ships that sailed to China, India, Europe and around Cape Horn.

Faculty members have been poring over the contents of the sea chest, and so far, they’ve found shipping logbooks dating to the 1850s, diaries from shortly before and after the Civil War, period newspaper clippings, and personal items, such as eyeglasses, photographs and engraved silverware.

As treasure chests go, Pruitt’s sea chest sounds like a real find. The contents revealed so far seem more than enough to keep LSU’s scholars busy for a while.

We’re happy that LSU officials were able to get such a gift, and we’re also a little envious.

The news has us wishing that we’ll somehow find a treasure chest of our own.

The dreams of childhood, it turns out, can be quite durable.