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Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras day 2014 will go down in history as one of the coldest. (And the rain didn’t help, either.)  Let’s look back on some sunnier Mardi Gras moments from The Wolf.

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

Temporary LC Research Assistant

Learning Commons Research Assistant

The temporary Learning Commons Research Assistant will provide research, circulation and technology assistance from an active Learning Commons desk. The schedule includes nights and weekend hours. This position will be scheduled to work approx. 28 hours per week through the end of July 2013.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; actively pursuing MLS degree from an ALA accredited program, with reference course work completed, or, Masters of Library Science Degree from an accredited library school; highly motivated and organized, with excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills; demonstrated commitment to responsive and innovative service; demonstrated ability to work in an active and user-centered environment and can juggle multiple tasks. Flexibility is highly valued in this position; fluency in the use of Microsoft Office and other computer applications; comfortable learning new technologies and enjoys teaching others; ability to troubleshoot basic computer, printer, photocopy machine issues. Preferred qualifications include: Experience working in an academic library service environment; general knowledge of circulation services; computer lab experience; supervisory experience; experience with Blackboard or other course management software.

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Feeling the Midterms Blues?

Though today is the last day of mid terms, many of you may already feel like a failure or have midterm grades posted on LORA that you are not proud of. The good news is they are only midterm grades! There is still time to improve your grades before finals! If you feel as if you need to improve your study strategy, read this article from the 2009 Maroon for suggestions.

Maroon 2009 page 8

Maroon 2009 page 9

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

19th Century Shipbuilding Scrapbook

Today Found in the Archives highlights the Arthur L. Freret Shipbuilding Scrapbook.  The scrapbook documents Mr. Freret’s work in shipbuilding in the Sunderland area of the United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland, and Nantes, France. The scrapbook appears to have been compiled from 1866 – 1868.

The scrapbook contains several publications, including a booklet titled, “A Short Description: Modern Floating Docks,” by Clark & Stanfield of Westminster, England, as well as full page issues of The Illustrated London News and The Engineer, both published in London, England.

Advertisement from Freret Scrapbook

"The Engineer", 1866, Freret Scrapbook

Additionally, the scrapbook contains hand written articles, graphs, plans, drawings, and experiment result tables referring specifically to the innovation of adding plating to the sides of iron ships.

“When I came thro Glasgow, in late fall of 1866, I got from a Danish friend, Mr. Ortman, head draught man of the Napier’s Ship Yard, the tracings & notes, on “Development plan” of outside plating to Iron Ships.

This development plan was then, still in its infancy, & unknown in French yards, where I introduced it in 1867-

A. L. Freret”

The Freret Scapbook is written in French and English, and contains a carefully preserved record of one man’s shipbuilding career. As always, it is yours for the viewing in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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

Black History Month: Loyola’s BSU Established

In light of Black History month, here is an article in the 1970′s Maroon that commemorates the establishment of Loyola University’s Black Student Union. BSU is a student organization that is open to all students and encourages the understanding of African American culture and history through various activities on campus. This organization, among many others, contributes significantly to cultural understanding and the diversity of the Loyola community.

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

When archives get personal

The scrapbook of Lise Mary Magdalen Tallant is a delightful object to peruse. Assembled when Ms. Tallant, who lived from 1888-1972, was a girl, it is full of images that caught a young girl’s fancy at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth: pictures of flowers, children, animals, and fashionable young women abound. While the book itself is quite fragile, the items that are pasted in have been well preserved, and the colors have maintained their luster.  [The entire scrapbook has been digitized and can viewed here.]

When I first examined the book the inscription of the creator struck me. Tallant is my mother-in-law’s maiden name. I’ve never met another Tallant in New Orleans. Could they be related?

When I told my mother-in-law about my find, she thought so. She had a great-aunt Lise. The scrapbook contained Lise’s address: 727 Lowerline Street in New Orleans. A check of the census records revealed that the Tallant family that resided there was indeed my mother-in-law’s family. Her grandfather Walter is listed on the 1900 census alongside Lise – they were brother and sister.

From my mother-in-law I know just a little bit about Lise. She never married and lived her entire life in the family home on Lowerline Street, along with another unmarried  sister, Mary.  So much about Lise is unknown to me, but her scrapbook remains. I can only assume that it was an object she treasured.  It came to Special Collections and Archives as a part of a donation of New Orleans related material collected by Ben C. Toledano. What Mr. Toledano saw in it, and why he donated it to Loyola is not clear, although he may have been influenced by the fact that Lise was Aunt to well known New Orleans writer Robert Tallant, author of Voodoo in New Orleans, Gumbo-Ya-Ya, and others. (Robert Tallant’s extensive archive is held by the New Orleans Public Library.)

When I first saw the Lise Tallant scrapbook, I saw it simply as an historical object: What does it tell us about American girlhood in the late nineteenth century? What does it contain of interest in the field of graphic arts and design?  Does it tell us anything about New Orleans of 1900? All of those interests remain, but now that I know its place in my family when I hold the book in my hands it means so much more.  It means that one day I can I say to my now two-year-old son, “You had a great-great-great-aunt Lise. When she was a little girl she kept a scrapbook. Would you like to see it?”

-Trish Nugent, Special Collections and Archives Coordinator

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

Ecological Awareness 101

On Tuesday February 4, Professor Timothy Morton of Rice University will be visiting Loyola to give a public lecture entitled “Ecological Awareness 101″ at 5:30pm in the Whitney Presentation Room in Thomas Hall.

Prof. Morton’s talk will be geared toward undergraduate students and Loyola’s Common Curriculum — in particular in terms of making ecological connections across the disciplines. (Here is a link to Morton’s most recent book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy & Ecology after the End of the World.)

Prof. Morton’s visit is made possible through the generous support of the Loyola Environment Program, the Monroe Library, the English Department, the Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Common Curriculum.

University Cancels Classes

Loyola cancels classes, suspends operations for Wednesday due to severe winter weather

Due to severe weather forecasts of freezing rain and snow for the greater New Orleans area, all classes and events at Loyola University New Orleans have been cancelled for Wednesday, Jan. 29. Classes and events remain cancelled today.

The winter storm is expected to impact the New Orleans area Tuesday through Wednesday morning, but dangerous road conditions may persist through Wednesday evening. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected.

All buildings on campus will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday with the exception of residence halls and the Danna Student Center, which will remain open to serve student needs. All non-emergency employees are asked to remain at home Tuesday and Wednesday. Access to buildings will be limited to emergency personnel only.

Please continue to monitor the Loyola homepage for official updates. You may also call Loyola’s Emergency Information Line at 504-865-2186.

Collection Curiosities

Special Collections and Archives presents “Collection Curiosities,” an exhibit of unusual and rarely seen items from Special Collections and Archives.

This exhibit is loosely inspired by Cabinet of Curiosities (also called Wunderkammer or Kunstkammer) which were early museums in Renaissance Europe showcasing collections of unusual and exotic items. The “cabinets” were actually rooms that showcased wonders of the natural world, art works, and items of unusual or unknown origin.

For over 100 years, Loyola University has been collecting books, personal papers, and original materials related to the Society of Jesus, Loyola University New Orleans, the city of New Orleans, and specific fields in which Loyola faculty and alumni have excelled or in which Jesuit values have found expression. While some of the items found in this exhibit fall into these categories, many were preserved simply due to their rare and unique characteristics. Occasionally, even the provenance, or origin, of the item is unknown, making their presence in the collection even more remarkable. These unconventional objects will be on exhibit in the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives until May 31.

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

It’s Carnival Season!

With the arrival of Twelfth Night on January 6th, carnival season has officially begun. In New Orleans this means that carnival balls, parties and parades will occur until the season culminates on Mardi Gras, which this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Special Collections and Archives has many materials relating to the celebration of carnival in New Orleans. Today’s edition of “Found in the Archives” will focus on some of the carnival ball invitations found in our New Orleans Carnival Collection.

Lords of Misrule, 1899

Comus, 1878

Atlanteans, 1902

Momus, 1891

As always, you can view these – and much more – for yourself in Special Collections & Archives!

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