Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

Handwriting in the Archives

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Ah, the days of handwritten notes!

This selection comes from the autograph book of Ida Marie Zorn Thompson(1861-1938), who was between the ages of 15 and 24 and living in New Orleans when the notes were compiled. Written to Ida by various girlfriends, each note sweetly dotes on Ms. Thompson (though not without a tinge of morbidity here and there).

You can view more of Ida’s autograph books as well as scrapbooks and journal entries belonging to her son, New Orleans poet Basil Thompson in the Loyola University New Orleans Scrapbook Collection.

Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

Today’s post is dedicated to Paul Morphy, a world-renown chess prodigy born in New Orleans, LA in 1837. Morphy began playing chess as a young man and became notably successful at “blindfold games,” which, yes, required playing without looking at the board.
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*selection of images and text from Life of Paul Morphy in Europe (1859) and Morphy’s Games of Chess (1916).

Morphy was a member of the Chess, Checkers, and Whist Club in New Orleans, which was housed in the Vieux Carré on the corner of Canal and Barronne st. until 1920. A marble bust of Morphy was featured prominently within the club. Join us in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room to learn more about this fascinating man and his adventures in chess!

Cornet Collection

One of the many digitized collections in Special Collections and Archives is the Joseph-Aurélien Cornet, FSC collection. The collection is comprised of Frère Cornet’s field notebooks and over 500 binders containing extensive research on Congolese art and culture. You can read a detailed description of the collection here. The collection is primarily in French and Congolese.

The following images are from Cahier (field notebook) 24, which covers Mission Bawoyo on March 8th to 12th, 1979, and Mission Mapangu ou Bashiliele on June 24th to 27th of the same year. The photographs below document a visit to the village of Muanda-Tende, and includes photos of house types, types of dance, and village residents.

You can view the collection online here at the Louisiana Digital Library. You can also check out some of the other digitized collections from Special Collections and Archives on our website.

During the summer session, we are open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, and Monday and Friday by appointment only.

Works of Jane Austen

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today. We’re sharing some images from The Works of Jane Austen in Ten Volumes published by The Dial Press and held in Special Collections & Archives.

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#Feathursday !

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This week’s #feathursday post is brought to you by Diderot’s Encyclopédie.

We at Special Collections & Archives hope you enjoy the plumage and the remainder of your week!

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July from Special Collections & Archives!

[Students in front of Loyola’s Library. University Photographs Collection. Photo by Russ Cresson, circa 1955]

Wavelength!

This Wednesday we share some colorful covers from our collection of Wavelength, a New Orleans music magazine published from 1980-1991.

The entire run of Wavelength has been digitized by the University of New Orleans, and is available here.

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New Student Orientation Is Happening!

New Student Orientation is happening on campus right now, and that means freshman are going through some familiar experiences:

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Moving in

Hanging out in the dorm


Buying books–and detergent


Checking mail


Hopefully, NOT getting hazed


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And an old tradition–the handing out of the freshman beanies.

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You can view all these pictures and more in the Loyola University Photographs Collection on the Louisiana Digital Library.

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

World Sea Turtle Day!

Today is World Sea Turtle Day! In celebration, we share some images from Special Collections & Archives’ copy of Louis Agassiz’s Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America Volume II Part III, “Embryology of the turtle.”

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The image above includes one of the sea turtles native to the United States, the loggerhead sea turtle (no. 13-32), as well as several freshwater softshell turtles (no. 1-7), a painted turtle (no. 8-9), and a musk turtle (no. 10-12). Several illustrators worked with Agassiz on “Embryology of the turtle:” Jacques Burkhardt, Henry James Clark, and Auguste Sonrel.

While Agassiz’s legacy includes endorsement of the theory of polygenism, a form of scientific racism, in his early career he was a well recognized biologist and geologist. The four volumes of Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America were published from 1857-1862 and detail the zoology of American turtles and jellyfish. The compendium was meant to eventually include ten volumes but was never finished.

Below are more images from “Embryology of the turtle” of both freshwater turtles and their eggs and embryos.

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Additional images from Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America can be found in the fully digitized volumes in HathiTrust and in a digital exhibit from the Gould Library at Carleton College, or come view the volume in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library.

Happy day, world sea turtles! Do you like turtles?

Letters from Iceland

It’s summer–what are your vacation plans? Perhaps a trip to chilly Iceland? For travel tips, look no further than W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland, previously detailed on the blog here.

Bon voyage!