#Feathursday

It’s #feathursday again! These ostriches can be found in the circa 1900 Basil Thompson Childhood Scrapbook in the Louisiana Digital Library.

World Day of the Snowman

It’s not often that we get to celebrate winter with a snowman, but these historic photographs from the University Photographs Collection show us Loyola students doing just that…

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ILLiad out Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

The ILLiad interlibrary loan request and delivery service will be unavailable Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:59 am through 1:00 pm for software upgrade.  Please plan to use the service before or after the outage.  If you have questions, contact the interlibrary loan office at 504-864-7137 or intlloan@loyno.edu.  You can also contact the interlibrary loan supervisor, Jim Hobbs, at 504-864-7126 or hobbs@loyno.edu.

Gloria’s Top 5 archives picks

The Special Collections and Archives department at Monroe Library is a safe place for history according to literature, correspondence, and documentation. On Loyola’s campus, there are several galleries, and many individual buildings that display art and framed history on the walls in the hallways; but on the third floor of the Monroe Library is a condensed and magical museum of information. If my introduction has not enticed you to explore the archives, maybe my “Top 5 Favorite Collections in the Archives” list will.

5. Germany’s Wild Medicinal PlantsThis collection is digitized, but in order to view the actual book in its entirety, you can request to see it via the in person in Special Collections. It is a collection of antique illustrations of each wildflower and their medicinal properties. The images are beautiful.

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4. The Samway Book Collection – Patrick Samway, S.J. has donated a large portion of his personal book collection to Special Collections & Archives. Made up of almost 3,000 books primarily by Southern writers, I find his particular collection of William Faulkner literature most interesting. On the shelves is at least one of every piece written by William Faulkner; but for most, there made be 6 to even 12 different editions. One title in several languages, print editions, different cover art, etc. For the right kind of person, this is an impressive and fascinating collection of Faulkner literature!

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3. The Marguerite Piazza Papers – A small collection donated by the family of Ms. Piazza, I discovered it while organizing the New Orleans Opera Association exhibit. Ms. Piazza graduated from Loyola in what we called the golden Age of Opera Education. She was one of the first to graduate from the Vocal Performance department in opera studies. However, her life after Loyola was lived among the stars of Hollywood. Known for her talents as a vocalist, dancer, and actress she was stunningly beautiful and very popular. Her personal life was just as interesting. While going through her collection, it’s easy to get lost in her story (previously blogged here).

Piazza aboard American Airlines flight to Memphis after receiving the "Golden Stocking Award" from the hosiery industry for having the most glamorous legs in American, 1956.

2. John Kennedy Toole Manuscript – Yes, this is one of the Toole’s manuscripts – wrapped in a beautiful archive safe box and tied with a brown piece of yarn. There is no definitive “first manuscript” for A Confederacy of Dunces. However, this manuscript was, “donated by Lyn Hill Hayward, a longtime friend of Walker Percy’s, and described by her as the manuscript given Percy by Thelma Toole”.

1. First Edition Copy of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel – Sylvia Plath’s posthumous Ariel was initially published in 1966. This printing is part of the Robert Giroux Collection. Giroux was vice president and partner of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and his book collection contains many first editions and signed copies of works by 20th century American writers.

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Posted by student worker Gloria S. Cosenza

Fake News

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The news is full of reports of fake news these days. How can you spot fake news? What criteria or tools can help you? Who should you ask for help? The Monroe Library can provide you with the answers to these questions and more. For more info, see our research guides on Fake News and Evaluating Web Pages, or contact your library liaison for help.

Book Repair: Syr Perecyvelle of Gales // Kelmscott Press

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Today I completed a series of minor repairs to one of the most fascinating books in our collection, Syr Perecyvelle of Gales. This book was printed in the late nineteenth century at William Morris’ Kelmscott Press, which was famous for its emphasis on hand-craft in bookmaking. You can read more about this book here. If you’re interested in the full scoop on how I completed a resewing and spine repair on this lovely book, please follow this link to Special Collections & Archives’ Tumblr.

Weather in New Orleans

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If you live in New Orleans, you know that the weather can change drastically day to day, especially in the winter. I’ve compiled a few photos from our Loyola University Photographs collection to illustrate the weather one might experience in a single week in January. Happy Monday, everyone! Stay warm! (or dry, or cool, depending..)

National Bird Day

To celebrate National Bird Day, this very special #feathursday is brought to you by the majestic Snowy Owl. You can find this beautiful bird and many others in the fully digitized volume John Gould’s 1873 Birds of Great Britain in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Happy New Year!

2017 is here! Happy New Year 9and almost Carnival) from Special Collections and Archives!

New Orleans Directory ads, 1852

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Here’s a little holiday treat for lovers of New Orleans history and typography. I’ve been making enclosures to preserve our collection of New Orleans Directories, and have enjoyed that these books are all interspersed with type-set ads of many colors. You can glean much about the culture of the time period from these ads. (i.e. the note about a hospital for slaves at the bottom the first ad depicted.) This particular book, Cohen’s New Orleans and Lafayette Directory, 1852, was printed in the office of the Delta Daily newspaper. As you can see, letterpress printers in the nineteenth century would often show off the type in their shops by using every single typeface available when setting ads and title pages. Fun fact: the engraved image facing the title page depicts the first mayor of New Orleans, A.D. Crossman (1846-1854).