Collection Spotlight: Anthony J. Stanonis Collection

Anthony J. Stanonis received a B.A. in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, then an M.A. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in history, from Vanderbilt University. Stanonis’s research interests have centered on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism. While researching the history of tourism in New Orleans for his dissertation, he acquired an assortment of artifacts generated by that city’s tourist industry. His research resulted in the publication of his book, Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945, published in 2006 by the University of Georgia Press.

This collection comprises Stanonis’s personal acquisitions of materials pertaining to the New Orleans tourist industry. It includes guides, maps, brochures, books, and other literature put out by public and private groups and businesses, spanning roughly from 1902 to 1960.

Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.


The following (utterly charming) film, Art of the Marbler, allows us to follow the production of marbled paper as executed by William Chapman, an artist employed by Douglas Cockerell and Son.

The video was produced by the Bedfordshire Record Office in 1970 and published via the Bedfordshire Archives Youtube channel in 2013.

To examine a selection of beautifully marbled papers firsthand, drop by Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Charles Bukowski

This is such a cool book, I don’t even know where to begin.

So, there’s this couple- John and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb. They founded a publishing company called “Loujon Press” in the early 60s which created this magazine called “The Outsider” which was responsible for much of the popularization of the work of Charles Bukowski (I’ll talk about him later).

During the day, Gypsy Lou would sell paintings on street corners, but at night- her and John were setting the type on an outdated 19th century clamshell press for what became Bukowski’s first published collection of works. Each and every page of the 777 copies was hand printed and crafted in their crummy apartment on Royal St. in the Quarter. One of the last pages in this book is an account from John and Louise, discussing the conditions they were working in- how “bugs flew & walked into the running press to be ground up into ink” and “lovemaking rodents scattered alphabets in the typecases” and how the walls caught fire multiple times due to aged wiring. So bohemian. Ultimately, they very much valued the experience,”-we’ve nothing at all to complain about: the experience was unforgettable, one that could not be bought for gold – nor sold to the devil.”

Bukowski was a prolific, underground writer- a cult hero of sorts- whose work was usually an allegorically auto-biographical perception of the depravity the urban and downtrodden in American society. His language was direct and he often made use of violent and sexual imagery. This style and content was seen by some as offensive, others called it a satire on the “machismo attitude”. I think it is merely the result of an artist drawing from his vernacular. This really gave his poetry such a sense of realism and humanity, though, you read it and it speaks like a human, like an old friend. John William Corrington (literary critic) called it “the spoken voice nailed to the paper.” Bukowski’s colloquialism and evasion of standard convention allowed him a flexibility and versatility that few poets had, that is to say no topic was beyond or below his ability- he could really write about anything.

Either way, his “offensive” style and vocabulary led him away from larger companies and into the arms of Loujon Press. This, to me, seemed like a very fortunate happenstance- for both parties.

The copy we have in Special Collections and Archives is signed by Charles Bukowski himself and even includes a thank-you-note written by him to Jon and Louise Webb.

Cool, cool stuff. Shout-out to Trish for showing me this book.

This post was compiled by student worker Dylan J. Tran.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

52nd anniversary of JFK assassination

This Sunday, November 22nd, marks the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. While it may be widely known that Lee Harvey Oswald spent time, on and off, living in New Orleans, there is a whole string of other connections that may not be as well known. Two books in the Special Collections and Archives are focused completely on the ties New Orleans has to the assassination of President Kennedy beyond Lee Harvey Oswald. And oh, what a tangled web it is.

Mafia Kingfish: Carlos Marcello and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy”, by John H. Davis, focuses on the Mafia boss Carlos Marcello and his feud, and eventual deep-seeded hatred for Attorney General Robert Kennedy. A hatred that ran so deep, it may have sparked the revenge plan to have President Kennedy assassinated and enlisted Oswald as a scapegoat.

False Witness: The Real Story of Jim Garrison’s Investigation and Oliver Stone’s Film JFK”, by Patricia Lambert, tells the entire story of Clay Shaw, “who was arrested and charged with conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” Jim Garrison’s determination to pin down Shaw for conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy is discussed in great detail. Many years after the hype died down, in 1990, Oliver Stone’s film JFK was released with Kevin Costner playing Garrison, reigniting the world’s interest in this case.

We have a few other interesting pieces in the Special Collections and Archives. There is an issue of The Loyola Maroon from December 6, 1963 featuring a few photographs of students from the days following President Kennedy’s assassination.

One final, slightly eerie, piece is “Oswald: Self Portrait in Red”, a vinyl featuring Lee Harvey Oswald speaking on a New Orleans public affairs show in the days prior to November 22, 1963.

You can listen to the audio here (side 1) and here (side 2).

Posted by student worker Samantha

Making Notes

Here in the Loyola Special Collections & Archives, we have a huge number of currently unprocessed negatives dating as far back as the 1940s.While cataloging these photos, I’ve had the chance to see how the university has changed, with different clothes and haircuts going in and out of style, buildings being built and knocked down, and a thousand faces passing in and out of photos. Thankfully, some parts of Loyola remain the same, regardless of the year. Music is one such part.

Walking around campus today, you’ll see people carrying instrument cases, hear drums emanating from the chapel in Bobet Hall, and see people listening to headphones everywhere. The overabundance of music is one of the reasons that people attend this university.  Thankfully, music has always been a big part of Loyola life, dating back to the very start of the university.

Jazz Combos, symphonic bands, even bass trumpet ensembles (as seen above) have graced the people of New Orleans with a cacophony of different musical sounds.

Most of the photos I’ve had the pleasure of looking through capture the beauty of musical creation, and the camaraderie that comes from playing music together. Every now and then, though, you come across a rare gem that reminds you just how much time have changed .

Sometimes it is hard to remember the thousands of students that came before us, who left the legacy of musical excellence. When we visualize them, we think about classical music and poise and sometimes forget that these were young adults, too, the same age as many of us are now. So of course there has to be a kid with a ukelele.

Written by Mercedes Sandoval, freshman at Loyola University.

On this day in 1910: Marquette cornerstone

On November 13, 1910, prominent Catholics from around the country gathered here on Loyola’s campus for the laying of the cornerstone of Marquette Hall. According to the Times Picayune of November 14, the cornerstone contained the following items: A cross blessed by Pope Pius X, the names of ecclesiastical and civil authorities, the names of members of the Marquette Association, the names of benefactors and founders, the names of the members of the college faculty, the history of the Jesuit Fathers in Louisiana, the history and charter of the Marquette Association, a button signifying New Orleans as the logical point of the Panama Exposition, newspapers of the city and a letter from President Taft.

This image features the visiting dignitaries performing the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony in the shadow of the construction scaffolding for Marquette Hall. The building took less than a year to build, as classes were held there in September, 1911.

Here are some more images of Marquette in its early years from the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Catholic Education Association on Marquette steps, 1913

Loyola University classes of 1912 and 1913

Students on Marquette, 1920s

Circa 1920 radiotelegraph class in the WWL station, housed at Marquette

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

New Norman Treigle exhibit

Treigle as Boito's Mefistofele

Dr. Valerie Goertzen’s Intro to Graduate Studies class has been hard at work this semester researching the life and career of Loyola graduate and local and international opera star Norman Treigle with archivists Trish Nugent and Elizabeth Kelly. The culmination of this project is the exhibit “The Golden Voice of New Orleans,” now available for viewing outside Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.

The students in Intro to Graduate Studies did original research using the manuscript materials in the Norman Treigle Papers as well as secondary research using Brian Morgan’s biography Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle.

There will be an Opening Reception Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 11:30 a.m., outside Special Collections, Monroe Library 3rd floor. All are welcome to join us for snacks.

Treigle studied at Loyola from 1949-1951 and went on to an illustrious career in North America and Europe. The exhibit explores Treigle’s career as well as his personal life through the variety of materials in his collection including journals, performance scores, costumes, images, correspondence, and more.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of the Fall semester. Thank you to the first-year Master of Music in Performance students for their great work on this project.


Intro to Graduate Studies class with Special Collections staff


Today’s selections include both marbled endpapers and book covers.



Cover and endpapers from John L. Stoddard’s Lectures.


Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott


The Life and Death of John of Barneveld

Special Collections & Archives is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Collection Spotlight: Loyola Athletics Collections

In support of the Wolf Pack in today’s exhibition basketball game against Tulane University’s Green Wave we shine the spotlight on our Loyola Athletics collections.


Loyola University Athletics Image Collection

Is a University Archives collection consisting of photographs and negatives that document athletics at Loyola. Images primarily date from two time periods, the 1950’s to 1970’s and 1990’s to early 2000’s.



Loyola University Athletics Collection

This is an artificial collection consisting of Loyola University New Orleans athletics programs, media guides, clippings, and other ephemera created to promote and support sport teams at Loyola University between the years of 1908 – 1992. Archery, basketball, baseball, boxing, football, golf, soccer, and tennis are represented as well as Hall of Fame awards and items detailing the discontinuation of intercollegiate sports in 1972.


Come peruse one of our varied and fascinating archival collections in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Monday-Friday, 9-4:30.



Get Figgy With It!

Celebrate National Fig Week by learning a little about the fig and exploring these recipes found in our copy of the Picayune’s Creole Cook Book!


The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune


The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune

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The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune

Fig trees (Ficus carica) are one of the earliest fruit trees cultivated by humans. Figs are not only delicious, they are also a fruit of legend, literature, and the sacred.


Condit, I. (1947). The fig. Waltham, Mass.: Chronica Botanica.

The fig tree is employed in Greek (Sykeus) and Roman (Bachus) Mythology, Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son, Shakespeare’s Henry V., the Bible, and numerous others references and symbolic uses abound. Just start searching and you will find yourself following the “red thread” of the fig tree and its relationship with man.


Condit, I. (1947). The fig. Waltham, Mass.: Chronica Botanica.

Most of us primarily look to the fig for nourishment and the subtropical climate of Southern Louisiana is favorable for growing fig trees for just this purpose. These recipes take advantage of this easily grown and found bounty.

To learn more about the fig in Louisiana, follow these links from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center to learn more about Louisiana figs and how to grow them.

And of course… Bon appetit!

You can view this book and many others in our lovely Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9-4:30.