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Blog Post: Jean Stafford & Robert Giroux Correspondence

“These letters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jean Stafford (July 1, 1915 – March 26, 1979) to Farrar, Straus & Giroux (FSG) publishing house editor and her personal friend Robert Giroux (April 8, 1914 – September 5, 2008), are from our partially processed The Papers of Robert Giroux collection and our special collection of Robert Giroux’s books.”

Check out images of these letters and the full blog post over on our Special Collections & Archives Tumblr page:

Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code, Hosted by Loyola’s Monroe Library

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Public domain image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Animation. Decryption. Data Mapping. A growing number of technologies are constantly being developed and working together in both the virtual world and the actual world. From the images in your favorite Pixar movie to hurricane track prediction, we’ve benefitted from the advancements of software programming in ways our parents and grandparents could only have dreamed of. And for many, the coding that makes it all possible has often seemed shrouded in mystery as part of an arcane realm, accessible only to computer science professionals and tech prodigies. For more and more people, though, coding is coming out from within the closed circles of whiz kids at all-night hackathons. You don’t have to be an ace at HTML5 or JavaScript to take part in this event. In fact, you don’t even need to know what either of those things are to find a place at our table. Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code™, sponsored by the Monroe Library, invites you to spend your first hour (or thousandth hour!) of learning about coding with us. It’s sixty minutes of hands-on introduction to some basic coding skills using a variety of concepts and approaches. You’ll be able to choose the activity most interesting to you, and you’ll even get to see what the other groups in the Hour of Code™ come up with, as well.

So come code with us on Thursday, September 21 from 12:30-1:30 pm in the library’s second floor computer lab (room 229). All you need to bring is your curiosity!

SC&A Digest: Dialogue

From 1981-1997 K. Brad Ott self-published Dialogue, a news journal for the progressive New Orleans community. A complete run of Dialogue is found in the K. Brad Ott Papers and details local concerns, such as the practices of New Orleans public utilities, workplaces and prisoner rights, as well as larger issues such as nuclear power and Apartheid.


The K. Brad Ott Papers also contain letters Mr. Ott received from prisoners who were being held in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, more commonly known as Angola Prison. Take a look at the K. Brad Ott Papers and Dialogue in Special Collections & Archives.

See more of Dialogue and more posts from our week in Special Collections & Archives on Tumblr, and follow us on Instagram @loynosca !

August 15, 1534: Jesuit Society Formed

Today in honor of the founding of the Jesuit Society we are highlighting our Jesuit Scrapbook from our Digital Archives.

The scrapbook is a record of the men who served in the Society of Jesus, and the churches, schools, and institutions they established in the South.
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The photographs in the scrapbook include numerous portrait photographs of the Jesuits working in the South, group photographs of Jesuit Communities, and major houses such as the College of the Immaculate Conception in New Orleans and St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, La. This scrapbook can be viewed in its entirety can be viewed via the Louisiana Digital Library by following this link.

Physical rights are held by Loyola University New Orleans, Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus.

The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer

A book that recently migrated from the stacks to Special Collections is a translation of Antonio Mediz Bolio’s The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer: Folksong of the Maya. This English edition of the work includes several illustrations by renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Best known for his controversial murals, Marxist ideals, and tumultuous marriage to Frida Kahlo, Rivera remains a central figure in Mexican and 20th century art.

The prologue to this edition reads:

“The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer” by Antonio Mediz Bolio is an example and a lesson for the literature of America. In its pages- as Emerson said- thought itself has created the style. As they are being read the grace of their reasoning ripens in the spirit. The soul enters, avid and bold, into dimly visualized realms, and it gradually discovers in advancing the sense of relation that mates and binds together the races in our Continent. Their voices seem to bathe in waters of dream, of breeze, of ocean. The poet’s word breaks in the shadow or glares under the bronzy sky. Behind it the outcry of the maya chorus raises the stem of its elegance and of its prophecy.”

The author, Anthony Mediz Bolio, was born in 1884 to a wealthy family, and spent most of his childhood at his father’s hemp plantations. On the plantations, he was surrounded by Mayan people, who did not speak Spanish. Bolio was exposed to the colorful Mayan language this way. In this work, which he wrote in Spanish, he tried to emulate the phrasing of the Mayan language. In the dedication, he writes:

“I am from the land of the Mayab. She is my mother. To my mother dedicate I this book, too little for her, too much for me.

“To the woman whose eyes tenderly watched upon this offspring of my heart.

“To the sons of the Mayab, my brothers in blood and in hope.”

The stories can also be read in Spanish here.

You can view this book in Special Collections. During the summer session, we are open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, and Monday and Friday by appointment only.

Hiring: Information Resources Specialist

The Monroe Library is hiring! Please visit the Loyola Human Resources Employment Opportunities page to apply for the Information Resources Specialist position.

Information Resources Specialist – University Library – Job posted 8/7/2017

The Information Resources Specialist manages print and electronic journals and packages, and manages books orders through vendor’s website. Develops monthly expenditure reports and usage statistics for annual review of information resources. Manages donations of books and music to the Monroe Library and the government documents collection. Works with others to maintain print collections and order replacements for missing and lost materials.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree. Familiarity with library information resources. Computer skills in an online multi-tasking environment. Comfort with the use of technology for data analysis, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and patrons. Ability to work productively in a team environment. Collaborative analytical and problem-solving skills and initiative. Project planning and implementation skills. High degree of accuracy in complex, detailed work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Academic library experience. Supervisory experience, especially with college-age employees.

Dragons eat sun! Eclipse coming!

Dragons eat sun! Eclipse coming!

It’s not the coming of Daenerys Targaryen, but, weather permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible at Loyola University New Orleans on Monday, August 21, 2017. It begins at 11:57 am, is at its peak at 1:29 pm and will be over at 2:57 pm. All times are Central U.S. The eclipse will not be total in New Orleans, but about 80% of the sun will be obscured by the moon.

Remember not to look at the sun straight on without proper eye protection. Regular sunglasses are not enough to prevent eye damage. Be sure any glasses are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Or look opposite the sun for projected images through a pinhole camera, like a tiny hole in an index card, or among leaf shadows for a projected image.

If the weather’s cloudy, then watch the eclipse by livestream. Linda Hall Library 2017 solar eclipse guide.

Books in our collection:

Nordgren, Tyler E. (Tyler Eugene). Sun moon Earth : the history of solar eclipses from omens of doom to Einstein and exoplanets. Call number QB541 .N67 2016.

Mobberley, Martin. Total solar eclipses and how to observe them [electronic resource]. Call number E-BOOK. Publication date 2007.

Ways to Watch the 2017 solar eclipse – from NASA

Update!  August 15, 2017:  The Physics Department at Loyola will have two telescopes with solar filters stationed in the quad in front of the Monroe Building to view the eclipse safely.  They will also have a live, streaming feed on a large monitor in the Physics lab on the first floor of Monroe.  Contact Dr. Martin McHugh for more information.

And a one-hour course The Sun and the Total Eclipse of August 2017 from Dr. Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Born On This Day: Aldous Huxley

Born on July 26th, 1894, Aldous Huxley who is most famously known for his book Brave New World, was an award winning author of over 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, a screenwriter, poet, and late-life philosopher of spirituality.


In celebration of his birthday, we offer a look at Essays New and Old (1926). Published by Chatto & Windus, the oldest continuous imprint at Penguin UK, this letterpress printing by The Florence Press was limited to 650 copies and is signed by the author.



This collection’s essays are a varied assortment covering such topics as pop music, advertising, Breughel, and travel.


“The tourist who has no curiosity is doomed to boredom.”


Come peruse this item and some of the other interesting and unique collections housed within the Special Collections & Archives in Loyola University’s Monroe Library, Tuesday – Thursday from 9-4:30 (Summer Hours).

Here’s a little something extra, a BBC broadcast interview with Huxley from 1958, where he shares his thoughts on the art of writing.

Here is an additional animated interview created from a source interview conducted by Mike Wallace produced by PBS Digital Studios from May 18, 1958, where Huxley explains Technodictators.

Cornet Collection

One of the many digitized collections in Special Collections and Archives is the Joseph-Aurélien Cornet, FSC collection. The collection is comprised of Frère Cornet’s field notebooks and over 500 binders containing extensive research on Congolese art and culture. You can read a detailed description of the collection here. The collection is primarily in French and Congolese.

The following images are from Cahier (field notebook) 24, which covers Mission Bawoyo on March 8th to 12th, 1979, and Mission Mapangu ou Bashiliele on June 24th to 27th of the same year. The photographs below document a visit to the village of Muanda-Tende, and includes photos of house types, types of dance, and village residents.

You can view the collection online here at the Louisiana Digital Library. You can also check out some of the other digitized collections from Special Collections and Archives on our website.

During the summer session, we are open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, and Monday and Friday by appointment only.

“Letters Read” performance series debuts in New Orleans

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Loyola University Special Collections is proud to have provided research materials for a new performance series in New Orleans, Letters Read , which made its debut last night at a local independent book store, Crescent City Books. This series features local actors reading from “historically important personal letters vital to the culture of New Orleans.” Letters Read is the brainchild of a nationally-renowned expert in stationery engraving and New Orleans resident, Nancy Sharon Collins, and is sponsored by local arts organization, Antenna. Nancy, who occasionally teaches classes in letter-writing and stationery history was pleased to discover our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection, which may be viewed in its digitized form here. Below is an excerpt from Nancy’s introduction to last night’s performance:

…The letters read tonight are by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, written during his 1886 summer on Grand Isle, Louisiana to mentor and editor Page Baker…Hearn was a writer, journalist, wanderer and urbane observer and commentator of human civilization. He moved to New Orleans the year Reconstruction ended and lived here for a decade. Hearn is credited with putting New Orleans on the map as a cultural destination. As with many, he loved our fair city.

The Grand Isle letters provide an unedited glimpse into a small, highly personal corner of Hearn’s New Orleans experience, composed of language and thoughts that may offend.

Hearn’s Grand Isle letters were chosen for the first Letters Read event because of their content. By bringing Hearn’s inner-most thoughts to a wider audience we can, perhaps, understand what brings a man to express feelings of this kind…

-Nancy Sharon Collins

The reading of the letters was preceded by a brief talk by social psychologist, Dr. Adrienne McFaul, who encouraged the audience to consider what it means to dehumanize another human being. Because of the anti-Semitic language in some of Hearn’s letters, contextualization and critical thinking were key to this innovative performance concept, which gives striking insight into the letters’ author and illustrates the complexities and contradictions of human thought processes and prejudices.

We at Loyola SC&A look forward to future iterations of this series and congratulate Nancy on the debut of Letters Read! You can find Nancy’s book, The Complete Engraver, here.