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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


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:

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:

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.”
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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


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.

Lorraine “Lorena” Dureau

Lorraine Dureau Newsham graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 1955 with a Bachelor of Music. She had become somewhat of a local celebrity, praised for her ability to be both a wife and student, but more importantly for her voice.  She was an up and coming opera singer, having performed with Norman Treigle during the 1940s and an active member of NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department), and was accepted to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House after finishing her time at Loyola but was unable to attend after suffering from a broken rib that put her out of work for the opera season.
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Devastated by her missed opportunity she sought out other options and was encouraged by Miguel Bernal, the dean of the College of Music at the time, to try her hand in Mexico where the opera scene was growing in popularity and was performing year round.  It is not clear by our records the exact time she left, but by 1957 Lorraine was in Mexico, apparently leaving everything behind, including her husband at the time, John Newsham. Her collection is full of photos and articles from her time in Mexico, giving us a picture of what her life was like and all of the people she met and grew close to.


In Mexico she became a star and her music career soared while earning herself a new name in the process, Lorena Dureau. She preferred performing repertoire of her favorite songs rather than complete operas but excelled in both, appearing on stage, radio, and television, all while also furthering her career as a writer.

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She wrote articles for many publications around the world both during her time in Mexico and after returning to New Orleans in 1978. She had been writing short stories and poems since she was a little girl and took up the skill again as she led her singing career away from performing and in the direction of teaching and turned to novels.  While her first unpublished manuscript was titled By the Sword (date unknown) and written under the pen name Lorry Newman, her first published work was a book titled The Last Casquette Girl (1981), starting her on the trend of romance novels that would follow which included Lynette (1983), Iron Lace (1983), and Beloved Outcast (1987).

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After returning to New Orleans she captured the attention of a local businessman by the name of George Lehleitner, famous for his work both in the New Orleans community and his actions in helping both Alaska and Hawaii achieve statehood. George had seen an article about Lorraine that was written by an old family friend and contacted the friend to say that he was interested in meeting this fascinating woman. Persistent in his desire to meet Lorraine she eventually accepted his offer for lunch, starting the beginning of a wonderful relationship as the two were soon married and lived our their lives with each other, traveling to many places together as Lorraine also re-visited Mexico many times.


Interesting cannot even begin to describe this woman as her collection takes you on a wild tale of one woman’s journey through life. From her days at NORD and Loyola to Mexico and opera, writing of romance novels and articles on voodoo, dolls, Mexican culture, and more.

This information is from the Lorraine Dureau collection, which is currently being processed at Loyola University New Orleans in the Special Collections & Archives by students.

Blog Post by Caitlin Page, a Special Collections Student Worker.