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#ForgottenBookmarks : Ask Dad, he knows

Today, Library Lagniappe is tracking the origin of one of our forgotten bookmarks.

When I first came across this 1.5 inch x 2.5-inch card between the pages of a German Bible months ago, I figured it was advertising something related to religion – possibly a hand out from a church service. A Google search months later revealed that the phrase ”Ask Dad, he knows” was actually an advertising tagline for a once popular brand of cigarettes called Sweet Caporal. As I researched further I found that this phrase was a key plot point in the Frank Capra film It’s A Wonderful Life.

The phrase can be seen on a sign hanging on the wall during the pivotal scene where George Bailey discovers his boss has accidentally mixed poison into a customer’s prescription.

Stay tuned for future #ForgottenBookmarks finds and other cool stuff found in our archives and be sure to come check out the Special Collections & Archives in person, Monday through Thursday 9-4:30.

And in the spirit of finding the wonder in the world, enjoy this musical lagniappe:

Making Gris-gris In 1943

Today we look to a student thesis from 1943 for our “How to Tuesday” inspiration.

“The Ramifications of Voodoo and Gris-Gris Into Some New Orleans’ Drug Stores” was written by a Loyola Pharmacy undergraduate. One aspect of this thesis looks at the uses, creation, and purchase of gris-gris in New Orleans as related to the pharmacy industry.

Gri-gris is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as:  an amulet or incantation used chiefly by people of black African ancestry.  This definition is a simplification of a practice that is part belief, part folk medicine, part magic and more.

Here are a few recipes pulled from the thesis research:

A highlight of the thesis is the inclusion of some ephemera and personal photographs related to their research.

Here are two photographs of oils and stones used in gris-gris creation:

And a business card advertisement from Billon’s Pharmacy in Gonzales, LA:

This thesis and many other cool and interesting finds are viewable in the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives Monday- Thursday 9:00 – 4:30.

Here’s a fitting musical lagniappe for you. Enjoy!

Lafcadio Hearn Letters

Today 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, and world traveler who was born in Greece, spent his childhood in Dublin, Ireland, England, and emigrated to the United States living in Cincinnati, New York, and New Orleans to eventually live and be laid to rest in Japan. He is a truly fascinating literary figure known not only for his writing about the darker sides of life, black culture, Japanese ghost stories, and the macabre, but also his life spent as an outsider and traveler.

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.

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 his travel south is obvious as found in the prose of the letter.

Below you will find a transcription of the last 3 pages of the letter. Hearn writes Baker conjuring his connection to New Orleans  “I think I will feel when the steamer cuts the line of parallel with N. O.”   And writes further looking beyond the city with expectation of what he will experience during his travels “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….”

Letter 24, pages 5-7

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 AM to 4:30 PM in the Special Collections & Archives located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.

Singin’ in the Rain

It’s that time of year again! Registration and research papers are on everyone’s mind as we finish out the semester. If nothing else, the flash floods outside might give us a good reason to stay inside and study for our upcoming finals (or maybe they’re just good for showing off your rain boots!). A good way to spend some time indoors is at one of the upcoming performances from CMFA! The calendar of upcoming concerts can be found here:

All of the performances listed below are *free* for Loyola students!

If reading about music is more your thing, head on up to the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library to Special Collections! We have a variety of interesting materials that cover the multifaceted music field.

Excerpt, from “Orchestra” by William Carlos Williams. From The Desert Music and Other Poems.

The Loyola Symphony Orchestra performs this Saturday, April 18th, at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

“The Dukes of Dixieland,” from Music in the Street: Photographs of New Orleans by Ralston Crawford

The Loyola Jazz Band performs April 28th at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

This tiny volume is Te Deum Laudamus from the Rosalee McReynolds collection.

Hear the voices of CMFA and the New Orleans Vocal Arts chorale at the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass this Sunday, April 19th, at 7:30 pm at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Excerpt from Acadian Folk Songs compiled by Irene Therese Whitfield.

The Loyola Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

From Escuela de composición, Tratado primero, De la armonía by Hilarión Eslava.

Hear music by CMFA student composers at Recital Hour this Thursday at 12:45 pm in Nunemaker Hall, which is accessible on the third floor of Monroe Hall.

From La Scienza de’suoni e dell’armonia by Giuseppe Pizzati.

See the Loyola Opera Department perform A Musical Menagerie on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm in Nunemaker.

From Oeuvres complettes by Joseph Haydn.

See the University Chorus and the Loyola Chorale perform this Saturday, April 18th, at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

These books can all be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd floor, Monroe Library.

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

LibQUAL Survey and a chance to win Jazz Fest Tickets!

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The Loujon Press

Staples of the New Orleans arts scene, Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb and Jon Webb started the Loujon Press in 1960 and published their first literary magazine, The Outsider, the following year. The husband and wife team worked hard to establish their press. Gypsy Lou sold paintings on pirate’s alley during the day and set pages of type at night while Jon recruited literary talent and marketed subscriptions. The publication soon gained notoriety for the quality of the hand-printed editions and its larger runs of up to 3,100, which guaranteed a wider audience. Though sold at only one or two dollars a copy, the little magazine became an important part of the beat movement, publishing poetry by poetry by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg among many others.

The Outsider volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, cover with a photo of Gypsy Lou

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, page 67, poem by LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, back cover with photos of featured poets

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, cover with photos of Gypsy Lou, Willie Humphrey (top) and Dee Dee Pierce (left)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, title page with image of Loujon Press location on Royal Street

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, page 24 and 25 with a poem by Ray Bremser and drawing by Ben Tibbs

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, cover with photo of Charles Bukowksi

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, back cover with photo of a second line; The second and third volume include “jazz documentary” chapters that detail the history of jazz in new orleans and the careers of many of the musicians of that era.

With the funding of a New Orleans patron, the Loujon Press also published two books of Bukowski’s poetry. Hand-printed in an edition of 777, the first book, It catches my heart in its hands, features 65 poems and several drawings by Bukowksi. A cult-hero and prolific author, Bukowksi became known for his direct language and focus on the downtrodden in American society.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, cover

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, page 14 and 15

The publisher’s note paints a picture of the hardships Jon and Gypsy Lou endured to complete projects as well as their intense passion for their work.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, publisher’s note (photo of Bukowksi to the left on back cover)

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

How-to Tuesday: Chocolate!

Happy How-to Tuesday from the Special Collections & Archives! Today, we offer a glimpse into the history and uses of chocolate as explained by the oldest manufacturer of chocolate in the United States, Walter Baker & Co.

Founded in 1780, in Dorchester Massachusetts, Walter Baker & Co. chocolate was sold with a money back guarantee and famously known for its trademark adaptation of the Jean-Étienne Liotard painting, The La Belle Chocolatiere, (The Chocolate Girl).

–Liotard’s original painting, above.–

–An early Walter Baker’s & Co. advertisement featuring the La Belle Chocolatiere trademark.–

–Women dressed in the style of “The Chocolate Girl” as demonstrators for how to make cocoa.–

Cocoa and chocolate; a short history of their production and use, written by James M. Bugbee and published by Baker’s  in a revised edition in 1917, starts with an introduction to the cacao tree and it’s fruit

–Early depiction of cacao (cocoa) production in Mesoamerica.–

–The cacao plant.–

And follows with the methods of how it is cultivated.

And the processing of these pods into chocolate:

Followed by supporting science persuading the reader that chocolate is “a perfect food” and “the most harmless of our fashionable drinks”.

And I would think most of Library Lagniappe readers would agree that chocolate is pretty perfect.

The book has been digitized and can be viewed online through the Louisiana Digital Library at this link.

And here is a chocolate themed musical lagniappe for you from The Undertones:

Loup Garou 1999

Tommorow,  Loyola hosts Wale for the traditional spring concert series, Loup Garou! Back in 1999, Loyola hosted its 2nd Loup Garou with a performance by RUN DMC. The 1999 Loup Garou was hosted on October 24th in the Palm Court  and student tickets were $7. Below is an essay written by a Loyola student, Becky Dickinson, who was on the committee for the concert. Dickinson describes how much fun planning the concert was. Additionally,  she describes the amazing opportunity she had to meet RUN DMC and interview them. Most importantly, she notes the emphasis RUN DMC placed on the importance of educating people on the art of rap in hopes that society will recognize it as a respectable music form. Moreover, RUN DMC argues that rap music can have a positive influence on society. Maybe some of you will be lucky enough to meet Wale at the concert tomorrow, at 8pm, and disscuss the importance of rap music! You never know!



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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.

We’re Hiring! PT Learning Commons & Stacks Assistant

The Monroe Library seeks a Part-time Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant who will provide basic circulation, reference, and technology assistance in an active learner-centered environment. The Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant is responsible for conducting collection inventory and stacks maintenance. The Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant is also responsible for opening the library Monday through Friday.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or two years of college and two years of library experience; excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with library users and colleagues; excellent customer services skills; skills and experience in the use of computer applications for word processing, scanning, printing, spreadsheets; comfort with the use of technology for data analysis; collaborative problem-solving skills and initiative with a high degree of accuracy in complex, detailed work.

Physical Requirements: Access upper library shelves with a step stool and bend to lower shelves; lift and carry equipment, supplies, or materials weighing up to 30 lbs; push a fully loaded, wheeled, book cart, up to 100 lbs.; sustain long periods of standing/walking back and forth; bend, stoop, and reach equipment and materials.

For info on how to apply, see:

The New Orleans Water Cure

Sometimes when browsing the books in our Special Collections & Archives a title just beckons you to pluck it from the shelf.

Today it was a volume entitled New Orleans Water Cure, by Father François Rougé. Written around 1887, this book outlines and explains how to use Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp’s, “Water Cure” to treat illnesses.

Sebastian Kneipp

Kneipp’s Water Cure was by no means exclusive to New Orleans, nor was it created here. The “Kneipp Cure” was essentially Kneipp’s take on hydrotherapy combined with naturopathic medicine.

The volume pits Kneipp’s hydrotherapy against the use of medicines to treat illness and outlines the processes involved in seeking and administering the cure.

Here is an excerpt illustrating the anti-medicine stance of the Kneipp Water Cure:

One of the more whimsical seeming requirements (part of Kneipp’s “hardening process”) was walking in the dew barefoot.  This actually became a (somewhat ridiculed) fad in Central Park in New York City, where gentlemen and ladies were seen walking barefoot in the morning dew or winter snow.

Kneipp’s methods (called Kneippism) combine hydrotherapy with diet, exercise, and herbal medicine. He was the most famous nature doctor of his time whose clients included Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Pope Leo XIII.

Franz Ferdinand

Pope Leo XIII

The Kneipp Water Cure located in New Orleans opened to the public on July 11th, 1896  in the area of Flood St. and Levee St. (Peters St. and Flood St.), and was initially run by Father Rougé, the author of book.

Daily Picayune advertisement from July, 31, 1898

Above is an image of the New Orleans Kneipp Water Cure (Cure D’Eau) from around 1905-1910. (Note the large water tower.)

Kneippism still flourishes today with a popular line of Kneipp naturopathic products available as well as locations where you can undergo Kneipp derived therapies.

Please feel free to come to visit the Special Collections & Archives to check out this book in our reading room Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm.