Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

Greek Life in the 50s and 60s

Sorority recruitment happened at Loyola earlier this month, and fraternity recruitment is going on right now. Our newest batch of digitized photos in the University Photographs Collection includes some of Greek life at Loyola in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sigma Alpha Kappa (SAK)

Alpha Delta Gamma (ADG)

Alpha Delta Gamma (ADG)

Epsilon Kappa Sigma (EKS)

Epsilon Kappa Sigma (EKS)

Homecoming, 1959

BEGGARS (Beta Epsilon Gamma Gamma Alpha Rho Sigma)

ADG (Alpha Delta Gamma), 1962-1963

There are many more photographs in the collection related to fraternities and sororities; just search for “Greek life” or the name of the organization you’re interested in. You can also browse the entire collection for photos which may be unlabeled and leave us a comment at the bottom of the image page.

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

#howtotuesdays : Learning to Spell in 1865

With the start of a new school year it’s always good to brush up on your spelling and here at Loyola’s Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives we have found just the primer : Chaudron’s Spelling Book: Carefully prepared for family and school use

In 1865, Madame Adelaide de Vendel Chaudron (writer, translator, and resident of Mobile, Alabama) created a slight volume of spelling instruction. Though the book small, Chaudron and her publisher S.H. Goetzel’s aspirations for the volume were somewhat sizable. They likened the lack of standardization in schoolbooks in the United States to an “evil” that the Civil War had at least temporarily delivered the publishing industry due to the “scarcity of materials”.

Those concerns aside, the volume’s rustic woodblock illustrations and lively and somewhat nonsensical verses make enjoyable use of the vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation lessons therein.

Enjoy several of its charming pages below.

This volume is housed in the Special Collections and Archives of the Morgan Library.

For a more in-depth look at this volume you can peruse it in its entirety over at the Internet Archive.

Freshmen Beanies

We’ve talked about freshmen traditions at Loyola before, but the beginning of the school year seems like a good time to highlight more freshmen beanies.

All freshmen used to be issued beanies.

Freshmen were also subjected to Hell Week…

…but weren’t too despondent to do some posing in front of the Loyola sign.

To enjoy more photos of Loyola students of yesteryear, peruse the Loyola University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Welcome, Loyola freshmen (and other students new to campus). We hope you’ll come by and see us in Special Collections on the 3rd floor of the library.

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

Souvenir : New Orleans of to-day

Still figuring your way around town? A.J. Hollander’s Souvenir : New Orleans of to-day gives an idea of what a smaller New Orleans looked like in the late 19th century.

The book includes photographs and drawings of New Orleans as well as profiles of well-known architects who helped shape the city into what we see today.

Some sights haven’t changed much…

…some look a little different now…

…while some “ain’t dere no more.”

Even the ads are pretty snazzy:

The book has been digitized and is available through the Louisiana Digital Library. It can also be viewed in Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of the library Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.

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

#howtotuesday: Speak New Orleanian

New to town? You will find that New Orleanians have a unique way of speaking, and it can sometimes take some getting used to. Today’s Found in the Archives is here to help.

First things first: How to pronounce New Orleans. For the “correct” way, let us turn to the The Yat Dictionary by Christian Champagne.

It may be useful to review “Actual Dialogue Heard of the Streets of New Orleans” by consulting F’Sure! published in 1978 by New Orleans cartoonist Bunny Matthews.

And last, but certainly not least, every New Orleanian should watch “Yeah You Rite!” , a gloriously 1980s documentary on the variety of New Orleans accents and dialects. The Monroe Library has a DVD copy you can check out. But in the meantime, enjoy dis lagniappe, dahlin’! 


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

Freshmen/Sophomore “Tug-o-War”

Hausmann Trophy Tug-of-War

From 1927-1961, the Hausmann Trophy competition was an annual Loyola tradition in which freshmen and sophomores competed in feats of strength and intellect. Events were as varied as a tug of war, basketball, debate, essay-writing, volleyball, and football. In the inaugural contest, students had to submit essays on “The Future of the Railroad.”

The Maroon Vol. 30 No. 14

The trophy itself was a gift from local jeweler Gabe Haussman.

The Hausmann Trophy

Unfortunately, lack of interest led the Student Council to discontinue the competition in 1962. Luckily we still have remembrances of the event in Special Collections & Archives.

The Maroon Vol. 38 No. 15

Hausmann Trophy Case

Hausmann Trophy Tug-of-War

More information about the Hausmann Trophy can be found in the Maroon and the University Archives Photographs in 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.

College of Music Collection

1885 drawing of Mr. W.B. Schmidt’s house, later the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art

Special Collections & Archives recently finished processing an artificial collection containing materials related to the College of Music (now the College of Music and Fine Arts) at Loyola University New Orleans. Violinist and composer Ernest Schuyten established the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in 1919. Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music was established when the Conservatory was incorporated into the university in 1932 with Schuyten as the first dean.

Materials in the collection include written histories of the College; documents relating to persons associated with the College; programs of musical performances; newsletters; and music scores both by College faculty and written for the university.The finding aid for the collection is available here. Some items from the collection have been digitized and are available in 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.

Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection

"Sketch of My Trip," by Minnie Sage. From Los Angeles to Vancouver via train and boat, photograph album with handwritten captions.

Special Collections & Archives recently finished processing the Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection. Anthony J. Stanonis received a B.A. in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, then an M.A. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in history, from Vanderbilt University. In 2007 he began teaching Modern United States History at Queen’s University in Belfast where he continues to teach and reside.

Stanonis’ research interests have centered on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism. Around 2004, in an effort to collect primary sources related to tourism from the perspective of the tourist, Stanonis began purchasing travel diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence from eBay.  This collection contains correspondence, daily calendars, diaries, journals, pocket notebooks, photograph albums and scrapbooks related to travel, tourism and daily life as recorded by the creators of the items.

Special Collections & Archives is also home to Stanonis’s ephemera collection.

Scrapbook: Pictures and Journals, circa 1926

Florida 1945 Ado + Neva

"Trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas," by Mrs. Fred Trieber

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

More sports from the past

Summer means recreation for some. Enjoy these photos of Loyola students engaging in a variety of activities.

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

#howtotuesday: Manage Muskrats

If you are anything like me, you haven’t given a lot of thought to the muskrat. When it comes to local semiaquatic rodents, my mind goes immediately to the nutria, the much-maligned destroyer of our wetlands. But the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has given a lot of thought to the muskrat. In fact, sixty-five years ago they wrote the book on it.

The Muskrat in the Louisiana Costal Marshes was published in 1949, and represents the work of a five-year study, conducted 1940-1945, into the “ecology, population trends…and managing and producing muskrats on the Louisiana coast.”

It is a technical text, but does provide an interesting overview of the history of the animal in the state

As well as photographs of the fieldwork of the study

And of course, the elusive muskrat himself.

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