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Letterpress in the Archives: “Citizens’ Bank & Trust of Louisiana” 1916

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There is no reason to doubt that it was the Citizens’ Bank that gave the name “Dixie” to the South. The origin of that word has never been positively determined, but the tradition that gives the credit to the Citizens’ Bank is certainly stronger than any of the other claims advanced. When the country was flooded with wild-cat money and counterfeiting was so common as to cast suspicion on nearly every species of paper money, the notes of this bank commanded respect throughout the great valley, and, in fact, everywhere in the country, and its ten-dollar notes were the standard of value. These notes in ante-bellum days were printed in the French language, and instead of bearing the numeral in English, they bore the French word “dix.” It became common when one was passing down the great river to trade at the Southern metropolis for him to say that he was going South to acquire some dixes. Thus it happened that the lower stretches of the river became known as the land of the dixies, or “Dixie land.”

“Citizens’ Bank & Trust of Louisiana”, New Orleans, 1916, p. 11

As the new project assistant in Special Collections & Archives here at Loyola, I have thoroughly enjoyed perusing the stacks as I better acquaint myself with the collection. Since my academic background is in printmaking and book arts, I naturally gravitate towards the rare books on our shelves, and I am continuously fascinated by the bindings and material qualities of these old books. Today I would like to share with you this small letterpress-printed pamphlet: “Citizens’ Bank & Trust Company of Louisiana,” New Orleans, 1916.

A modest book at first glance, “Citizens’ Bank..” is a lovely example of early twentieth century letterpress-printing. Although there is no press information on the title page of this pamphlet, there are clues in the tactile quality of the book that reveal how it was printed and what materials were used. It is sewn with a silky cord, and a knot tied on the spine of the book allows the pamphlet to close flat.  It is composed of a high-quality mould-made paper, which is evident in the paper’s strong, visible fibers and deckled edge, as well as watermarks that are visible when certain pages are held up to bright light. If you were to lightly brush your finger along the text of this book, you’d notice a texture, an imprint, which occurs because of the amount of pressure applied in the printing process. At close inspection you’d see that some of the text is over-inked in places, which creates a small puddle around individual letters. I could go on and on about the letterpress process, but instead I’ll refer you to this resource if you’d like to learn more.

This book was letterpress printed on high quality paper because its materials were likely intended to reflect the history of a wealthy institution: the Citizens’ Bank & Trust Company of Louisiana. Its brief 31 pages outline the history of the bank, and the book serves as a well-crafted advertisement for the financial institution. You can view more images of this book (and many more) on our tumblr, or come in for a visit on the third floor of Monroe Library!

Constitution Day Sept. 17

In preparation for Constitution Day, Bea Calvert (Information Resources and Government Documents Librarian) distributed Pocket Constitutions from the U.S. Government Publishing Office to Professor Chris Screen’s First Year Seminar, Investigating the Constitution.

View the Constitution Day Research Guide for more resources!

Egyptian Vulture :: John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain

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John Gould, a British zoologist active throughout the mid-19th century, is known chiefly for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs he produced throughout his career. The first volume of one of his most successful publications, The Birds of Great Britain, can be found in Special Collections & Archives at Loyola’s Monroe Library.

Position Announcement

Position Announcement: Assistant to the Dean of Libraries

The Assistant to the Dean of Libraries ensures that all functions of the Dean’s Office are performed efficiently and effectively. The Assistant to the Dean functions as office manager and assists the Dean in administrative functions of the library, including personnel, budgeting, planning, assessment, facilities management, fundraising and outreach.

Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required; college degree preferred; a minimum of three years administrative experience required; ability to operate standard office equipment and routine administrative functions including word processing, filing, and reports; budget management experience; ability to handle financial information with accuracy and strong analytical reasoning; strong organizational and planning skills; ability to plan and organize individual and group work to effectively meet desired outcomes; knowledge of software packages including Word and Excel; technological savvy and motivated to learn new tools and applications; excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills; ability to develop friendly and productive working relationships; ability to maintain and respect confidential information required. Additional preferred qualifications include: formal bookkeeping and/or accountancy training; experience using financial record systems; library work experience; file management experience; familiarity with academic library operations; familiarity with fundraising and outreach; and supervisory experience desired.

Work schedule: Monday-Friday; 30 hours per week.

To apply, please visit Loyola University Human Resources at:

http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

Retro-computing on Campus

Over the years Loyola has has a variety of computer systems, including this IBM 1620 Data Processing System. The 1620, considered to be a small, affordable model, was manufactured by IBM between 1959-1970, during which time 2,000 were produced.

Check out the IBM 1620 in action in the 1966 film The Story of Technology:

I.T.U. – Story of Technology – 1966 from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

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

Position Announcement

Position Announcement:  Part-time Learning Commons Assistant

The Monroe Library is seeking a part-time Learning Commons (LC) Assistant to provide basic circulation, research, and technology assistance Thursday-Sunday. The position is responsible for managing library facilities during the evening and weekend hours and maintains library printers, copy machines, and other equipment. The LC Assistant participates in the training, supervision, and mentoring of LC student employees.  The position requires a high level of interaction with students and members of the Loyola community requiring excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to handle complex situations with tact, discretion, and equity; and demonstrate good judgment in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.

Qualifications: College degree; or two years of college and two year of library work experience. Excellent customer service skills, demonstrated ability to work in an active learning environment and juggle multiple tasks; excellent interpersonal skills, communication and writing skills, and clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, students and others; demonstrated problem-solving skills, motivated to learn new things.

Work schedule: The Part-time Learning Commons Assistant’s work schedule during the Fall and Spring semesters are: Thursday: 4pm-9pm, Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm. Summer and intersession hours vary depending on the academic calendar and the library hours.

To apply, please visit Loyola University Human Resources at:

http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

Olympic Odes

The Games of the XXXI Olympiad, known in it’s host country of Brazil as Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016, will be kicking off in Rio de Janeiro next week. To celebrate, we are looking at The Olympic and Pythian Odes of Pindar.

The Olympic Odes were written by Pindar circa 476 B.C. and celebrate the victors of the Ancient Olympic Games, “either by speed of horses, strength and dexterity on running, wrestling or boxing, or skill in music.” The edition held by Special Collections & Archives was privately printed in 1903 by Nathan Haskell Dole, Boston.

Before there was Street-View

Being a fan of travelling to new destinations but not being able to do so as often as I would like, I love being able to look at pictures of the places I wish to go.  Seeing places in a photograph allows you to imagine yourself seeing it in person for the first time, but with modern technology you can be right in front of that famous monument with just a click of a button thanks to developments such as Google’s Street-View option in their maps.

Although, in 1893 before the time of the internet, and back when travelling across the world was not as easily accessible, people relied on picture books such as Thomas Knox’s “Scenes from Every Land” to see the famous places they wished to travel. And those people who could not see these sites with their own eyes were exactly who this book was directed towards, as General Lee Wallace addresses in the introduction, “ To the few who have traveled; to the many who would like to go abroad, , but are restrained by timidity; to the lacking in funds; to the sick and convalescent who promise themselves sight of the world when health will permit; more especially, to the multitude of unfortunates, who, on account of incurable ailments of whatever kinds, can never hope to escape the narrow confines in which their lots are cast, I venture to address this introduction.”
Scenes From Every Land

This particular book holds over 500 pictures from around the world, from Syria to New Zealand and famous buildings to museum galleries, this book shows it all. But one thing that is interesting to wonder when flipping through the pages of this book is how many of these famous sites have changed since the late 1800s, and thanks to Google Street-View we are able to see just how different, if at all, things are. Just click the links below each picture to see how they are today.

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Vatican, Rome

The Vatican, Rome

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The Colosseum, Rome

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Campanile, or Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Court of Lions in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Court of Lions in the Alhambra , Granada, Spain

St. Basil

St. Basil, the Beatified, Moscow

Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Egypt

Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Egypt

Cleopatra's Needle, Alexandria, Egypt

Cleopatra’s Needle, New York

(The obelisk was originally in Alexandria, Egypt when this photo was taken but was later moved to Central Park in New York City in 1881)

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Washington Monument, Washington D.C.

Degas and New Orleans

“Louisiana must be respected by all her children of which I am almost one…”

Edgar Degas to Henri Rouart. New Orleans, December 5, 1872.

Today marks the birthday of Edgar Degas (1834-1917).

Degas was born in Paris, but his mother was from New Orleans and his family was closely tied to the city.

For a few months in 1872-73, Degas lived with family, including his brother René (who had married their New Orleans cousin, Estelle Musson) at the large Musson family home on Esplanade Avenue. (The home is now a bed and breakfast.)

Degas’s stay in New Orleans resulted in multiple paintings of his family members. A Cotton Office in New Orleans, below, depicts family members, including two of Degas’ brothers, in the offices of his uncle Michel Musson. (Musson is depicted in the foreground, wearing a top hat.)

A Cotton Office, painted in New Orleans in 1873, was the first impressionist painting to be acquired by any museum and marked a turning point in Edgar Degas’ career.

Learn more about Degas and his connection to New Orleans in Edgar Degas: His Family and Friends in New Orleans, available in Special Collections & Archives.

Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence, June 1887

Today, in celebration of Lafcadio Hearn’s birthday on June 27th,  we are highlighting pages 5-7 of Letter 24 from our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence collection. This collection primarily consists of letters written between the years 1840-1896 from Hearn to Page Mercer Baker, a New Orleans newspaper founder, reporter, and editor.

The Lafcadio Hearn was a reporter, writer, wanderer, and world traveler. Born in Greece, he spent a difficult childhood in Dublin Ireland, and England. Hearn then emigrated to the United States, living in Cincinnati, New York, and New Orleans, to eventually be laid to rest in Japan. He is a truly fascinating literary figure known not only for his writing about the underbelly of life, African American culture, Japanese ghost stories, and the macabre but also for his life spent as an outsider and traveler.

The letter was written in the month of June in 1887 days before he traveled from New York City to Trinidad aboard the Barracouta on an assignment for Harper’s Magazine. The resulting article “Midsummer Trip to The West Indies” appeared in the July 1888 issue of the magazine.

Hearn’s excitement for traveling south towards the climate of New Orleans is obvious as found in the prose of his letter:

“I think I will feel when the steamer cuts the line of parallel with N. O.”

As the letter progresses, Hearn continues writing Baker, conjuring lands beyond his beloved city New Orleans and towards a new landscape that he will encounter as he travels further and closer to the lungs of the world:

“I will see New Orleans colors for awhile: – then stranger and weirder colors, and new sky, – unknown lights of another world. And it will be very hot, – as if one were getting closer to the breath of the world….”

(Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection, Letter 24, pages 5-7)

Below you will find a full transcription of these last 3 pages of the letter wherein Hearn writes to Baker of life and the transcendent qualities of light:

I am writing as usual in a hurry. One day more, Then South. I will pass you by again, and not see you, – but I think I will feel when the steamer cuts the line of parallel with N. O. Then, a few days more and I shall be more than a thousand miles south of you. All the way the sky will deepen it’s blue. – I will see New Orleans colors for awhile: – then stranger and weirder colors, and new sky, – unknown lights of another world. And it will be very hot, – as if one were getting closer to the breath of the world…. After all, I cannot say I feel glad at going. The sensation of belonging to nowhere, – of instability; – nothing solid or certain in life or work or effort, – always comes on one prior to seeking a strange latitude. You understand, as by some sudden revelation, what a monstrous whirl of dust and light all life is, and that you are but one atom of the eddy, – may be laid here, there, anywhere, – to rest a little, to struggle a little, or to shine a moment in the light; but sooner or later all the motes float into the darkness and the silence forever. Before, it will be some consolation to have seen what makes life and thought, – Light, in the most splendid aspect it can offer to human eyes.

Please don’t show my letter to anyone, outside Toledano and Prytania corner, – so that I can write to you just as I want

Always with love to you,

Lafcadio Hearn

Goodbye!

You can find this letter in its entirety along with others in our Digital Library or come and view the complete Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence collection in person Monday through Friday 9:00 – 4:30 in the Special Collections & Archives located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.

Bonus Info: Follow these links to enjoy a fascinating 2-part radio documentary produced by RTE Lyric FM in Dublin, Ireland and learn more about Hearn’s life and work.