Special Collections & Archives presents our poster exhibit, LOYNOOA: Loyola University and Opera in New Orleans, located on the first floor of Monroe Library facing the library’s music collection. Using photos and information from the Loyola University Archives, student worker and vocal performance major Gloria Cosenza researched the relationship between the New Orleans Opera Association and Loyola’s opera education programs in conjunction with our 3rd floor exhibit featuring highlights from the New Orleans Opera Association archive. She assembled a timeline of instructors, alumni and notable events, which was translated into posters by SCA project assistant Sara White. Gloria is photographed here hanging some of the posters before vinyl decals were added to illustrate the three eras depicted in the timeline. If you are unable to see the exhibit in person, you may now view many of the posters individually on SCA’s Tumblr.
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Win a college student pass for the New Orleans Opera’s 2016/2017 Season
A Seek and Find Questionnaire & Giveaway to support
the Encore! Encore! Bravi! Exhibit Introducing the New Orleans Opera Association Archives
Print this post out to enter or get an answer sheet in Special Collections & Archives.
- Answer all 6 questions correctly.
- Fold & Place your answer sheet in the designated box in Special Collections & Archives.
- Wait until October 5. We will call/email you if you’re a winner!
Though you’re already a winner, anyway…
The Special Collections and Archives Department is located on the third floor of the Monroe Library. Start your search inside the Introduction Case near the third floor elevator. Continue to the Display Window. From there, make your way inside the Booth-Bricker Reading Room and enjoy scanning each of the remaining three cases for more answers.
There is one question for each case, one question from the display window timeline, and one question from the exhibit title poster. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff for assistance! Good luck! And happy hunting!
- How long is the exhibit “on view”?
- There are 7 programs on display in the introduction case. List the titles of three operas from those programs.
- On the timeline poster in the Window Display above the introductory case – what notorious soprano had a brief nude scene in the 1973 production of Thais?
- From the stage design case – give the name and year of at least one of the set design sketches or photographs in the case.
- From the Faust cue sheet found in the supporting roles case – in Scene 2 (The Kermesse) what is the FIRST light cue?
- In the photos of “Performance for Students” May 1979 – one of the students may have fallen asleep… True or false?
Stay tuned for an upcoming first-floor exhibit by the Special Collections & Archives team: “LOYNOOA: Loyola University and Opera in New Orleans.” In conjunction with “Encore! Encore! Bravi! Introducing the New Orleans Opera Association Archives” exhibit on view now in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library, we will soon be hanging numerous posters outlining the history of opera at Loyola. Thanks to extensive research conducted by student intern Gloria Cosenza, the exhibit will showcase notable alumni, instructors and events since the inception of the College of Music at Loyola University New Orleans. The show will be hung in the next week on the first floor of the library, across from the library’s music collections.
One of my more exciting projects this summer is working in the Loyola Special Collections & Archives department at Monroe Library. I first learned how to navigate a library via the Dewey Decimal System during my kindergarten year at Hynes Elementary School in Lakeview. There is nothing quite like the thrill of researching, seeking, and finding sources in the library. Those moments when you get lost in shelves because there are more books than you thought there would be on your topic or even a topic you had not considered; the sounds of silence; the scents of the books…I could go on forever about the joys of ‘the library’! Monroe Library at Loyola is an unforgettable one. There has always been a special little place in my heart, where I’ve imagined myself a librarian. Here I am. Tucked away on the third floor, in a quiet and magical place is: The Special Collections and Archives Department. I was hired to take on this part time position as a student worker and am receiving a music industry internship credit. The people I work with are as lovely as they are intelligent (and librarians are very smart, duh!). We all wear sweaters not because sweaters complete the “adorable librarian” look, but because most of the collections in our in our department are extremely old and in order to best preserve them, temperatures are set very low.
My journey in the archives began and will end with the New Orleans Opera Association. My primary job this summer is to search through the extensive New Orleans Opera Association archives and find interesting photos, documents, programs, etc. to display in the New Orleans Opera Association exhibit coming this Fall 2016! What seemed a daunting and vague task (as SA&C has almost 100 boxes of NOOA historical content) has turned into one of the most interesting and exciting research projects I’ve ever encountered! The timeline I am working with is from February 1943 – the beginning of the New Orleans Opera House Association – to the early 2000′s. This collection is over flowing with unique photographs, hand painted or sketched set designs, amusing correspondence, quaint scrapbooks, and reel to reel recordings of performances as old at 1947!
This is my Grandfather. He is one of my most favorite people and he was active with the New Orleans Opera Association for over thirty-five years. From the 1953-54 season as a supporting baritone role; through the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s as stage and/or artistic director; and from 1998 until his death in 2005 he served as the Emeritus Director of the association. What a handsome guy! Though he always told me, “Everyone looks better when they’re younger.”
This project has only just begun. I am looking forward to another month in the Monroe Library researching, seeking, and finding…
Written by Student Worker and Intern, Gloria S. Cosenza.
In conjunction with the Women’s Resource Center, the Feminist Festival, and Women’s History Month, the Monroe Library is presenting a display of faculty works outside of the Living Room on the 1st floor of the library. Works included may focus on women and gender issues or may show the progress women have made in various academic, business, and artistic areas. The display includes books, journals, and select articles and will be available through March 31.
A full list of the materials included in the display is available here.
Currently on view in the Library Living Room (Room 101):
The Golden Ratio
An Analogical Study of Creation
Linda Hexter, ‘16
From the artist’s statement:
My portfolio consists of eleven pairs of silver gelatin prints. The photo on the left in each pair displays an appearance of the Golden Ratio in divine creation. This includes the environment, animals, and the human body. The picture on the right presents an appearance of the Golden Ratio in man’s creation. This includes logo design, artwork, musical instruments, etc. I argue that the Golden Ratio appears in all of creation, and all of creation can be described by applying the ratio in the following manner:
creation/(divine creation)=ϕ=(divine creation)/(human creation)
I believe that the artist’s goal is to recreate nature’s divine beauty. Man’s limitations will allow only imperfect representations of the Golden Ratio to exist in art and architecture. This is why there is so much debate over whether or not the Golden Ratio exists in things like the Parthenon and the Mona Lisa. Humans attempt to use God’s mathematical tool to imitate natural beauty and leave our own mark of beauty in this world. This thesis is my attempt to create art with and about the Golden Ratio in order to shed light on our innate search for divine structure and beauty.
“Look on earth and sky and sea…they have forms because they have numbers: take these away, they will be nothing. And even human artificers, makers of all corporeal forms, have numbers in their art to which they fit their works; and they move hands and tools in the fashioning till that which is formed outside, carried back to the light of numbers which is within, so far as may be attains perfection, and through the mediating sense pleases the inner judge looking upon the heavenly numbers.”
–St. Augustine of Hippo
Loyola University Special Collections & Archives proudly presents Media Traditions: Scrapbooking, Memory Archives, and Self-Presentation.
On view in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, the exhibit draws correlations between memory archives of the past and contemporary modes of self-presentation.
Collections included within the exhibit are the Anthony Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection, Ben C. Toledano New Orleans Collection, Basil Thompson Papers, and University Publications Collection.
We sincerely hope that you join us on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library this semester! Special Collections & Archives is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.
Dr. Valerie Goertzen’s Intro to Graduate Studies class has been hard at work this semester researching the life and career of Loyola graduate and local and international opera star Norman Treigle with archivists Trish Nugent and Elizabeth Kelly. The culmination of this project is the exhibit “The Golden Voice of New Orleans,” now available for viewing outside Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.
The students in Intro to Graduate Studies did original research using the manuscript materials in the Norman Treigle Papers as well as secondary research using Brian Morgan’s biography Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle.
There will be an Opening Reception Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 11:30 a.m., outside Special Collections, Monroe Library 3rd floor. All are welcome to join us for snacks.
Treigle studied at Loyola from 1949-1951 and went on to an illustrious career in North America and Europe. The exhibit explores Treigle’s career as well as his personal life through the variety of materials in his collection including journals, performance scores, costumes, images, correspondence, and more.
The exhibit will be on display through the end of the Fall semester. Thank you to the first-year Master of Music in Performance students for their great work on this project.
The Monroe Library is a proud partner in the 2015-2016 Common Experience. The First Year Experience, with the library and Student Affairs, is instituting a “common experience” this year for incoming students. The FYE Common Experience Program begins the academic year with the screening of the film for all first-year students. The chosen film, Bury the Hatchet, follows three Mardi Gras Indians. The Mardi Gras Idians were identified as relating to the common experience because of the resilience within their own community, and the film also commemorates the 10-year anniversary of Katrina.
Continuous showings of the film will be shown for the Loyola community in Multimedia Room 2 in the library Tue and Wed, 8/25 and 8/26. The showtimes are 9, 11, 1, and 3; the film runs for approximately 90 minutes.
To view the film trailer, click here: Bury the Hatchet trailer
The film will also be shown for all freshmen on Thu, 9/3 at 7pm in Roussel Hall, and additional showings for upper-class students and Family Weekend will also be scheduled soon.
Special Collections & Archives proudly presents Chin-Deep in Debris: A Katrina Retrospect One Decade Later!
Scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Chin-Deep in Debris: A Katrina Retrospect One Decade Later is a multi-media exhibit highlighting Loyola University’s resilient response to the Category 3 storm and the destruction left in its wake.
Featured within the exhibit are photographs by Harold Baquet and select publications of The Maroon and The Wolf. In addition, a number of interviews of the Hurricane Katrina Oral Histories Collection are available for viewing.
To read further on the topic of Hurricane Katrina as it relates to Loyola University, full editions of The Maroon published during the Spring 2006 semester can be accessed online here. Likewise, The Wolf (2006) can be viewed in its entirety here.
We sincerely hope that you join us on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library this semester! Special Collections & Archives is open for research and quiet study Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:30 and Friday, 9:00-12:00.