LSU Libraries exhibits 'Tempest' collection on Louisiana storms _lowres

Photo provided by LSU Libraries Special Collections -- The Audubon Sugar School after a 1915 hurricane. This photo is part of the LSU Libraries Special Collections' exhibit, "Tempest: Storms in the Archives," which runs through Sept. 12 at Hill Memorial Library.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, LSU Libraries’ Special Collections division presents the exhibition “Tempest: Storms in the Archives” at Hill Memorial Library on campus.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, runs through Sept. 12.

Louisiana hurricanes have left their mark in correspondence, photographs, fictional accounts, federal legislation and oral histories housed in LSU Libraries Special Collections.

Archival materials such as these make it possible to take a long view of these storms, revealing recurring themes that can inform social, political and environmental policy making.

“Tempest” features a selection of historical materials from Louisiana achieving statehood in 1812 and through the mid-2000s in a variety of formats and languages, including personal correspondence, political papers, literature and audio excerpts from more than 40 oral history interviews.

For a sample of some of the audio narratives featured in this interactive exhibit, visit

The samples include a 2009 interview with Allen Ensminger about his experiences in Hurricane Audrey; a 2010 interview with John Doucet about his experiences in Hurricane Betsy; 2003 interview with Dolores Parker also about Hurricane Betsy; a 2007 interview with Victoria Webb about Hurricane Katrina; and a 2009 interview with David Richard about his memories of hurricanes Rita and Ike.

The interviews were pulled from four collections in LSU’s T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History: Louisiana Sea Grant Project with Carl Brasseaux and Don Davis, the Bayou Lafourche Project with Michael Pasquier, Hurricane Betsy Survivor Stories by Nilima Mwendo, and Pointe Coupee’s Voices in the Storm.

For information on the exhibit and on LSU Libraries Special Collections, visit