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Robert Hayne Tarrant was originally born in South Carolina and came to New Orleans as a young man where he became a well-known impresario, bringing artists such as Anna Pavlova, Geraldine Farrar, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Isadora Duncan Dancers to the stage.

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Tarrant was considered handsome and described as having a dramatic persona. He was also a stylish man, once being named the “Best Dressed Man In New Orleans” in a New Orleans Item contest.

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He was a subject of fascination for Orleanians, with the local conversation surrounding him being divided between his colorful dress, the artists and performers that he brought to town, and the various lawsuits he was involved in.

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The most famous of these lawsuits pertained to the handling of the proceeds for The French Trades Ball. The ball was a fundraising event conceived by Tarrant and seven prominent New Orleans socialites over lunch at Antoine’s for the rebuilding of the French Opera House previously lost to a suspicious fire in 1919. The successful and well-publicized event went sour when the socialites did not receive the monies raised from Tarrant.

The local newspapers covered the case frequently, often as front-page news. The reports often included courtroom high jinks surrounding Tarrant’s outfits (his cravats where of particular interest). The case of the “Seven Suing Socialites” v. Tarrant stretched on for years (with Tarrant counter-suing) and went all the way to the Louisiana State Supreme Court were Tarrant eventually lost the case.

Click HERE to read a full-page article with photos detailing a surprise raid by the New Orleans Police that befell Tarrant’s home on April Fool’s Day, 1923. The tone of the writing is sensationalistic, with the police chief citing Tarrant’s “dramatic temperament” as an indicator of the possibility of a hidden wall-safe!

A local interest in Tarrant continued until after his death at the age of 83 in 1965, including the contents of his will being written about in the local paper. He was a life-long bachelor and has no gravesite, having requested his remains be scattered on his sisters grave in Houston, Texas. He was a fascinating character in the history of the City of New Orleans and this collection gives researchers a glimpse into not only Tarrant’s work and life but also into a particular aspect of New Orleans’ entertainment landscape and social-life from 1912 to 1930.

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To view the Robert Hayne Tarrant Papers and other special collections, please visit the Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.

And for an extra little something, click HERE to hear the great soprano Rosa Ponselle sing Pace, pace mio Dio!

FAST FACTS: Monroe Hall Rededication

In celebration of our newly improved Monroe Hall and in preparation for its rededication on Thursday the 8th at 12:30 PM we offer you some FAST FACTS about the building:

  • Monroe Hall was originally the brainchild of Rev. Francis Benedetto, a physics department chair and CEO of the local WWL radio and television stations. Our Loyola University Physics Department Collection consists of correspondence between Benedetto and the world-renowned physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Victor Hess.
  • Monroe Hall is named after J. Edgar Monroe, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist, who gave generously to Loyola University New Orleans and other Catholic institutions. Click HERE for access to our Monroe Collection.
  • Monroe Hall houses both the sciences and the arts at Loyola, with approximately 40% of all the courses taught being conducted within its walls.
  • Monroe Hall’s 1960’s original avant-garde design was by modernist architect, Ismay Mary Mykolyk and debuted as a cutting-edge science complex intentionally designed with windows resembling portholes so as to look like a boat.


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The collections linked above can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

The Complete Angler, Or Contemplative Man’s Recreation

Izaak Walton was a British Biographer and author most recognized for his work The Complete Angler, or Contemplative Man’s Recreation: Being A Discourse On Rivers, Fish-ponds, Fish, and Fishing.


The book is written as a dialogue between an angler, Piscator, a hunter, Venator, and a falconer, Auceps. It also includes, quotations, poems, songs, as well as illustrations of country life, fishing, angling gear, and fish.



This book is not a straightforward “how-to” manual but instead an example of seventeenth-century genera mixta (mixed genre), where Walton weaves the text together pulling from a myriad of traditions. There is also an element of political allegory running through, that can be concisely illustrated by the pun found between the words angler and Anglican.


First published in 1653, Walton revised the work for over 25 years with five revised editions. We have his last edition which includes part two of the volume containing Charles Cotton’s fly-fishing and fly-making segment. Our copy was published in 1815 and is the second edition published by Samuel Bagster in London.


Here is one of the songs, aptly titled The Angler’s Song. The song lyric is by Walton and was set to music by Henry Lawes (not to be confused with Longfellow’s poem of the same name).


Click HERE to listen to a recording of the song on YouTube.

To check out this volume and other volumes from the seventeen-century, please visit the Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of Monroe Library Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Thank you!

Thank you to all who participated in yesterday’s event, #AskAnArchivist Day! A recap of Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives contribution to #AskAnArchivist Day is available here.

If you missed #AskAnArchivist Day, never fear! At Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives, every day is #AskAnArchivist Day. If you have questions or concerns, we welcome you to contact our staff or visit the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

We look forward to shedding light on all of your future archival questions!

This digitized photograph and thousands like it belong to the Loyola University New Orleans Photographs Collection and are available to view online here.


Do you have questions? We have the answers!

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day! The staff members of Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives are eager to respond to any and all questions you may have about archives and archival work.

Contact us via Twitter using our handle @MonroeLibLoyno and don’t forget to include #AskAnArchivist!

Collection Spotlight: 111th Anniversary of Hearn’s Death

Today is the 111th anniversary of the death of the indomitable Lafcadio Hearn.

In honor of this day, please checkout this prior post on our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection.

This collection is housed in our Special Collections & Archives and available for your viewing Monday – Friday from 9:00-4:30.

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Found in the Stacks

Top picks for good reads from the library inventory project

Over the summer, Monroe Library staffers and librarians took advantage of the hiatus in the semester calendar to make headway on our ongoing inventory project. One of the main goals of this process is to ensure that every book shelved in the stacks has a complete record entered into the library catalog as well as a matching barcode for checkout. It also gives our staff a chance to get up close and personal with the main library collection, which has new books being added to it every day! Here are some titles of interest from the education section:

For students:

Armstrong, Elizabeth A. (2013) Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  • Call Number: LC1756 .A76 2013

Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us

  • Call Number: LB3051 .K667 2008

Pekar, Harvey. (2008). Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History. New York: Hill and Wang.

  • Call Number: LB229 .P395 2008

Peril, Lynn. (2006) College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds, Then and Now. New York: W. W. Norton.

  • Call Number: LC1756 .P47 2006

Vye, Christopher. (2007) Under Pressure and Overwhelmed: Coping with Anxiety in College. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

  • Call Number: LA229 .V94 2007

For faculty:

Blount, Jackie M. (2005) Fit to Teach: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century. Albany: State University of New York Press.

  • Call Number: LC192.6 .B56 2005

Boyles, Deron, ed. (2005) The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Call Number: LC1085.2 .C664 2008

Donoghue, Frank. (2008) The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities. New York: Fordham University Press.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .D66 2008

Kirp, David L. (2013) Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Call Number: LB2822.83 .N5 K57 2013

X., Professor. (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. New York: Viking.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .P76 2011

From the Faculty Development section:

These books are shelved at a special location just outside the elevators on the third floor of the library.

Palfrey, John and Gasser, Urs. (2008) Born Digital: Understanding the First-Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books.

  • Call Number: HM851 .P34 2008

Palloff, Rena M. and Pratt, Keith. (2013) Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching. 2nd ed.

  • Call Number: LB1044.87 .P34 2013

Kezar, Adrianna, ed. (2012) Embracing Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Changing Campuses for the New Faculty Majority. New York: Routledge.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .E54 2012

And our favorite title is…

La Mancusa, Katherine C. (1966) We Do Not Throw Rocks at the Teacher! Scranton: International Textbook Company.

  • Call Number: LB2011 .L214

This post was written by Learning Commons & Stacks Assistant, Victoria Elmwood.

The Angolite: The Prison News Magazine

The Angolite is one of our most unique periodicals at Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Its uniqueness comes in part from the fact that the publication is inmate produced at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA.


The Louisiana State Penitentiary AKA Angola (also known as “The Farm”) is the largest correctional facility in the United States by population and has the highest number of inmates with life sentences. It is a working farm, has a prison rodeo, a museum, and an inmate operated radio station KLSP. This publication covers the history of the Louisiana Prison System as well as internal events and programs, creative writing and poetry, outreach events, and initiatives to help the formerly incarcerated and families of those who are incarcerated.


This award winning magazine is published bimonthly and can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

If you are interested in learning more about Angola, there is a fascinating documentary called The Farm: Angola USA available for check out from Monroe Library.

Collection Spotlight: The Basil Thompson Papers

Basil Thompson (1892 – 1924) was born and raised in New Orleans and was a prominent literary figure in the city post World War I until his untimely death at the age of 31 from pneumonia. He was a published poet as well as an editor and founder of the small but influential New Orleans literary magazine, The Double Dealer.


(Picture of Basil Thompson in 1908 2nd from left in the front row. Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola in 1910.)

Our Basil Thompson Papers collection housed in our Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library offers insight into Basil’s literary career, his early childhood, and his family’s history. Through correspondence, personal diaries, scrapbooks, and ephemera, details of Thompson’s life emerge. The contents of this collection not only come from Basil Thompson’s hand but also from other family members such as his father New Orleans insurance man, T. P. Thompson, his sister Ida Marie Thompson Zorn, and Susan Blanchard Elder, the mother of T.P. Thompson’s first wife and a writer and lyricist of some note.

Postcards, letters, publications, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs flesh out this collection offering fascinating insight into the life and work of a well-known member of the New Orleans literary community and a family’s history.

Here are some images of one of Basil Thompson’s childhood scrapbooks (an analog version of a modern day Facebook or Tumblr page). These are filled with pictures of exotic locations, cards, ticket stubs, poetry, antidotes, and members of his favorite baseball team.





(Images of one of Basil Thompson’s childhood scrapbooks from The Basil Thompson Papers, Box 4, Folder 4)

For further research on Thompson we also have some original issues of his The Double Dealer magazine as well as a 4-volume complete reprint available in our holdings in the Special Collections & Archives. This distinctive publication sought to establish literary legitimacy for the South (as directly motivated by H.L. Mencken’s scathing essay from 1917 on the culture of the South, “The Sahara of the Bozart”) while rooted in the unique character specific to the city of New Orleans.

Published in New Orleans on Baronne Street from 1921 to 1926, The Double Dealer was exceptional during its time not only due to its publication of women writers and African American writers, but also for its printing of modernism and experimental writers framed within a purposefully classical context. This balance bolstered The Double Dealer‘s intentions (as characterized by its subtitle) of being “A National Magazine From The South”.


The Double Dealer was a significant part of the Southern Renaissance that occurred between the wars with a roster of contributors that include William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, Sherwood Anderson, Djuna Barnes, Ernest Hemmingway, Robert Penn Warren, among many notable others. Its contributions to the literary culture of New Orleans can be traced to the creation of other magazines such as The Southern Review and The Outsider.

The Basil Thompson Papers and The Double Dealer are available for viewing in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.


A new exhibition showcasing our recent acquisition of the 21st Editions fine-press photographic book Southern Landscape by photographer Sally Mann opened earlier this week in the Special Collections and Archives.

Mann’s landscapes provide the viewer with a cross-section of the South’s complicated and stratified history. In seductive silver-toned black and white Mann captures the memory held in a landscape’s past and brings it into dialog with the present. From the primordial fecundity of the Louisiana bayou to the last remaining columns of an otherwise long-gone plantation home, she exposes the layers of a location’s history providing us a mirror for its present.


The exhibit of this fine-press art book and accompanying loose prints are available for viewing in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.