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Collection Spotlight: Janet Mary Riley Papers

Collection Spotlight: Janet Mary Riley Papers

Janet Mary Riley is pictured on the top row, at left.

This photograph, along with over 6,700 others, is part of the Loyola University Photographs Collection which is available to view online through the Louisiana Digital Library.

Janet Mary Riley was the first woman to hold a full-time law school faculty position in New Orleans and is credited with helping to change Louisiana law to make women equal partners in their marriages. Janet Mary Riley was born in New Orleans in 1915. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans in 1936. After a short time teaching in public schools, Riley earned her B.S. in Library Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She returned to New Orleans as an assistant in the circulation department of the New Orleans Public Library and later as an assistant librarian at Loyola University. In 1943, during World War II, Riley left Loyola to serve as Post Librarian at Camp Plauche and LaGarde General Hospital, both in New Orleans.

After the war, Riley returned to Loyola to work as a law librarian and, in an effort to become familiar with the language and literature of law, began taking courses at the law school. This led to her work as a substitute law instructor. In 1952, Riley graduated third in a class of 28 from Loyola Law School. In 1956, she was hired as the first full-time female law professor in New Orleans and the seventh in the United States. At the age of 43, in 1960, she earned an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia. In 1971, after teaching for 15 years, she achieved the rank of Professor of Law. Riley retired in 1986, but continued to teach seminars until 1997.

During her tenure as a law professor, Riley wrote the first casebook on Louisiana community property law, Louisiana Community Property – Cases and Materials on Louisiana Property Law and Marriage, which was published in 1972. The following year, the Louisiana State Law Institute appointed Riley to lead a committee to draft proposed revisions to the Louisiana Civil Code on matrimonial regimes, community property and all Louisiana legislation which unreasonably discriminated on the basis of sex. Until then, Louisiana’s community property laws made the husband “head and master of the community” and thus granted him total control of his wife’s assets. Riley’s proposed “equal management” approach to the community, which let either spouse manage the property of the marriage, was adopted by the Louisiana legislature in 1978 and formally incorporated into the Civil Code in 1980.

In addition to her efforts on behalf of women, Riley worked to eliminate racial discrimination. She was a member of the Commission on Human Rights of the Catholic Committee of the South, which assisted in the implementation of the New Orleans Archbishop’s 1953 order forbidding any further racial segregation in Catholic Churches. She was a member of the Community Relations Council, a bi-racial group in New Orleans, which worked toward the integration of playgrounds, restaurants and other public spaces.

Riley was an attorney of record and wrote the Petitioners’ Brief in Lombard v. Louisiana, a pivotal sit-in case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1960s. In that case, four students, three of whom were black and one of whom was white, were arrested and convicted of trespassing after refusing to leave a New Orleans lunch counter reserved for whites only. The state court upheld the convictions, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and held that the Louisiana decision enforced racial discrimination and therefore could not stand.

Riley was a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Way, a secular organization of employed unmarried women that followed the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, taking vows of chastity, obedience and poverty, and striving to find a balance between worship of God and life in the world.

In 2000, Riley received the Adjutor Hominum award, presented annually to an outstanding alumnus of Loyola whose life exemplifies moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Two years later, the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professorship was established. In 2004, Riley received the St. Ives Award, presented annually to a Loyola Law School graduate who has volunteered services to the law school or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession, and furthered the mission of the alumni association. In 2005, Loyola Law School gave Riley an honorary doctorate. She died in 2008 at the age of 92.


The arrangement of this collection is alphabetical and based on Janet Mary Riley’s own organization. The collection spans from 1934 until 1991, with the bulk spanning from 1965 until 1979.

The Papers primarily reflect Riley’s academic career, including documents on the courses she taught: Community Property, Canon Law, Constitutional Law, Donations, First Amendment, Insurance Law, Juvenile Law, Legal Bibliography, Obligations, Persons, Successions, and Trusts and Estates. Also included are papers reflecting Riley’s vast university service on the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Council, Faculty Handbook Negotiating Committee, Institutional Self-Study / Steering Committee, Loyola Law Review, Rank and Tenure Committee, Student Petitions Committee for Admissions and Readmissions, St. Thomas More Law Club and the University Senate.

Papers on academic conferences, association affiliations, articles authored by Riley, awards and honors received by her, general correspondence and faculty meeting minutes and memorandums can be found within the collection.

A significant portion is dedicated to her efforts with the Louisiana State Law Institute to revise antiquated community property laws contained in the Civil Code. The collection includes materials and drafts of her book, Louisiana Community Property – Cases and Materials on Louisiana Property Law and Marriage. A copy of this book can be found in Special Collections, Monroe Library, Loyola University (KFL 97 .R5 1972).

Riley’s work on outside cases, issues and organizations is represented but is a small minority of the collection. These include federal contempt proceedings, divorce law, the Equal Rights Amendment, Equal Credit Opportunity Law, family law, First Amendment rights, juvenile justice, the League of Women Voters, the Louisiana Library Association, and the Louisiana State Bar Association Admissions Advisory Committee.

To view an oral history video of Janet Mary Riley, visit the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s website.

Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


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


Fifty Years of Dr. Joseph Hebert

Dr. Hebert conducting the Loyola Jazz Band, circa 1975. From Founded on Faith by Bernard Cook.

This semester marks the end of a long chapter in Loyola history. Dr. Joseph Hebert, Director of Bands, is retiring after teaching for fifty years in the Loyola College of Music. Before becoming one of the most beloved professors in the college, Dr. Hebert graduated from Loyola in 1963 with his B.M.E., and then went on to get his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. A world renowned conductor and performer, he has performed under Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stowkowski, as well as commercially with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, and others. The Loyola band department has flourished under his baton, and he recently was awarded the Citation of Excellence, the National Band Association’s highest honor.

Dr. Hebert in 1960 and 1963. From the Wolf Yearbook.

The band in 1963, with Hebert on tuba. From the Wolf Yearbook.

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Concert Band in 1978. (

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Wind Ensemble. (

Thank you, Doc.

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

Monroe Library accomplishments spring 2013

Please join me in congratulating our staff and faculty on the following achievements for spring 2013.

Elizabeth Joan Kelly.
Attended Digital Library Forum, Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2012. Passed four course exams towards completing Digital Archives Specialist certification.
Member University Centennial Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, LOUISiana Digital Library Committee, LOUISiana Digital Library Strategic Planning Committee, Society of Southwest Archivists Local Arrangements Committee

Michael Olson
Elevate New Orleans and Today’s Monroe Library, St. Stephen Central School, December 10, 2012 (* = participation with intent to raise funds for the Monroe Library).
The Monroe Library in Loyola’s Second Century, Atlanta Chapter of the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Hall, February 9, 2013.
Experienced Library Fundraisers Starting Anew: Which Best Practices Should We Continue, What Must We Relearn and Recreate?, Annual Conference of the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN), University of Pittsburgh, May 22, 2013.
Social Media 101, [Loyola] Alumni College, June 8, 2013. Attending June 7-9.
Sustaining Ethical Values and Educational Standards at American Jesuit Colleges and Universities, 4th Annual Jesuit Heritage Celebration, Charlotte, April 2014.
“A Library for a New Century,” LOYNO Magazine, Spring 2013, pp. 20-21.

Malia Willey.
Hutchings, J., Lercher, A., Seidel, K., Stahr, B., & Willey, M. (2012). Integrating Information Literacy into the General Education Curriculum: Resources for Louisiana Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from

Faculty Development Grant to attend the Assessment Track of the ACRL’s [Association of College and Research Libraries] Institute for Information Literacy’s Immersion Program
Member LALINC [Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium]
Information Literacy Committee (2011-2013 term)
Member Center for Faculty Innovation Advisory Committee, Member Engaging in Science Lab Workgroup, Member First Year Experience Steering Committee, Member First Year Seminar Workgroup, Member Natural Science in Context Workgroup, Member Standing Committee on the Common Curriculum, Member Student Support and Career Services for Student Success Initiative, Member Student Success Summit

Congratulations to each and every one of you on your outstanding accomplishments! – Posted by Jim Hobbs

Bolivian Research Review

The Monroe Library is a proud partner with the Bolivian Studies Association/Asociación de Estudios Bolivianos in the publication of the open source scholarly journal Revista Boliviana de Investigación/Bolivian Research Review (formerly the RevistaE/Bolivian Studies Journal).  The association’s web site is at and is bilingual with Spanish and English language equivalent pages.  The multilingual Revista is published twice a year and contains peer-reviewed articles from scholars the world over about the peoples, languages, cultures, economy, and politics of the South American nation of Bolivia.

Jim Hobbs of the Monroe Library and Dr. Josefa Salmón of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences display the newest volume of Revista Boliviana de Investigatión (Bolivian Research Review). Jim provides website assistance to Dr. Salmón, who edits the series for the Bolivian Studies Association.

Jim Hobbs & Dr. Josefa Salmón

Jim Hobbs & Dr. Josefa Salmón


The newly digitized Maroon was the most accessed collection in the Louisiana Digital Library in the month of April. The Louisiana Digital Library is an online library of Louisiana institutions that provides over 144,000 digital materials. The Maroon had 24,850 views last month. The most accessed item was the March 24, 1972 issue with 158 views. Election code violations, a new common curriculum, and the Girls’ Intramural Basketball Tournament were all on the docket.

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

Thank You Phonathon Callers

Dean of Libraries Mike Olson participated in the phonathon in support of the Monroe Library. Student callers (photo), working in the Office of Institutional Advancement, raised over $900 in gifts and pledges for the Monroe Library. Please consider making a gift to Loyola University New Orleans and the Monroe Library at Thank you!

Mardi Gras at Loyola, 1983

Mardi Gras in New Orleans has been in full swing since the Phunny Phorty Phellows took to the street(cars) on Twelfth Night, January 6. King cakes are for sale everywhere you look, and calendars are full of parades for the next month.

In 1983, Loyola got even more into the spirit of carnival than usual thanks to the West Bank Krewe “The Knights of King Arthur.” Loyola alumnus Philip Fricano saluted his alma mater with the parade theme “Halls of Memories…a Salute to Loyola University.” Click here for a full story from the 1983 Wolf Yearbook.

Fr. Carter receiving a commemorative plaque from Philip Fricano

The cape worn by Fricano, as well as a commemorative doubloon throw, are stored 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.

New Orleans student-athletes & the Monroe Library

Last week Washington Wizards and former UConn star Emeka Okafor and Dean of Libraries Mike Olson spoke at an Elevate event ( Thanks to the leadership efforts of Sky Hyacinthe, Malia Willey, and many others, the academic collaboration between Elevate and Loyola’s Monroe Library is just concluding its first semester. Elevate’s 7th-12th grade student-athletes meet in the Library with tutors to work on homework and build skills for college preparedness.

Emeka Okafor & Mike Olson

Welcome Elevate New Orleans

The Monroe Library welcomed Elevate New Orleans fall. Elevate is an after-school program for inner-city middle and high school students who excel at basketball. The program provides academic, athletic, and social training to help ensure the students attend college and ultimately give back to their community. This mission aligns with the Jesuit vision of education, which includes educating the whole person and acting as men and women for others.

The library is home to the academic program. Loyola students engage in tutoring through the Community-Based Federal Work Study program. Malia Willey (Instruction Coordinator) works with Sky Hyacinthe (Executive Director of Elevate) to develop and implement the curriculum, which includes information literacy and college preparedness. Elevate has also partnered with other Loyola groups, such as the Lindy Boggs Center, the Office of Service Learning, and the University Honors Program.

Welcome Elevate!

New volume: Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe

The Monroe Library is proud to add a new volume of the Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe (Complete works of Johannes Brahms), edited by our own Dr. Valerie Goertzen, Associate Professor of Music History. Dr. Goertzen’s volume covers Brahms’ arrangements for piano, four hands, and two pianos of works by other composers.

Being asked to edit a critical edition/complete works volume for a major composer is a coup among scholars in the field. Even beyond the prestige, it is truly a labor of love, with the work taking place over several years. Sixty five volumes are planned and 18 have been published. The Monroe Library is thrilled that our volume has arrived and is available for our students and faculty to use.

Congratulations, Dr. Goertzen!