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Spotlight on Social Justice: Exhibit

Special Collections & Archives is currently displaying selections from some of our newer social justice collections. Through protest documentation and photographs, grassroots activist literature and zine culture, the collections exhibited here exemplify Loyola’s mission of working for a more just world.

The collections on display include The Rosemary Drown Archdiocese of New Orleans and School Integration Collection, The New Orleans Social Justice and Activism Collection, and The K. (Kenneth) Brad Ott Papers.

The exhibit will be on display from February 2- May 29. Special Collections & Archives is open Monday – Thursday from 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-12pm.

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.

#howtoTuesday: Yachting

Today’s #howtoTuesday comes from the Southern Yacht Club–the second oldest yacht club in the United States. Founded in 1849 and re-organized in 1878 after the Civil War and the subsequent Reconstruction, the S.Y.C. published this volume in 1892 to cover the organization’s charter, by-laws, racing rules, and more.

The S.Y.C. clubhouses (the organization is now on its fourth structure) have been located in the West End area of New Orleans on Lake Pontchartrain since 1857. Images of the S.Y.C. from other Louisiana repositories are available in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Panorama from West End from Southern Yacht Club, Louisiana State Museum

Sailboats being prepared for a regatta on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Louisiana, State Library of Louisiana

Southern Yacht Club on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans Louisiana in the early 1900s, State Library of Louisiana

Far View of Southern Yacht Club 1919-03-16, The Historic New Orleans Collection

For more information on the S.Y.C., visit Special Collections & Archives to view the entire S.Y.C. handbook as well as The sesquicentennial of the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, 1849-1999 : 150 years of yachting in the Gulf South.

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

Backwards Dance: Loyola, 1962

While looking through our University Photographs Collection the other day I came across a series of pictures that are tagged with the phrase “Backwards Dance.”

The images depict co-eds in 1962 dressed in silly costumes and having what looks like a great time.

What is a backwards dance, you might ask? It’s basically a Sadie Hawkins dance: where girls ask boys to the dance, instead of the other way around.

The origin of the name Sadie Hawkins comes from a Li’l Abner comic strip character that decides to challenge all the unmarried men in her small town to a foot race so as to catch a husband.

Being the curious person that I am, I had to look a little further and see if there was an earlier example of this practice. It so happens that in 5th century Ireland, St. Patrick reportedly gratified St. Bridgett’s complaint that men were often too shy to ask women to marry them by sanctioning the right for women to propose to men on Leap Day.

This practice appears fairly antiquated by today’s social mores and it could be argued as either anti-feminist or feminist depending on how you frame it within the long arm of history… but it still looks like they are having a pretty good time in 1962.

And in closing, here is a little musical lagniappe of The Exciters singing “Tell Him” to a bear in a zoo!

Special Collections & Archives are open Monday through Thursday 9:00-4:30 and Friday 9:00-12:00 and are located on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library.

#howtoTuesday: Loyola style

Today’s #howtoTuesday(s) come from the Maroon newspaper, which has been distributing sage advice to our students for 91 years.

First up is how to buy your books from the bookstore:

then, how to succeed in Basketball:

Finally, we have “How to Succeed in College Without Really Trying,” a board game!

***Don’t lose points by not knowing where the library is!

Looking for more lessons from the University Archives? Come see us on the 3rd floor of the library in Special Collections & Archives.

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From Fang to Havoc: Loyola’s mascot

Loyola’s wolf mascot has been around since the early years of the university, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. The original mascot was an actual wolf cub, beloved by athletic teams and the student body. But after a disappointing year  in 1928, the wolf cub was ostracized by the football team.

1929-11-22 Maroon

Still, by 1932, the now fully grown wolf continued to be seen at Loyola athletic events.

1932-11-23 Maroon

In 1957, a new mascot was introduced in the form of a ferocious  “almost Cocker” puppy. Cheerleader Gerry Bodet held a contest to name the new mascot, and Fang was born.

1957 Wolf Yearbook

1957-02-08 Maroon

In 1966 the university once again adopted a real wolf–this time, a Canadian wolf cub.

1966 Wolf Yearbook

1966 Wolf Yearbook

But drama struck once again. Fang was donated to the Audubon Zoo in 1968, and by 1972 was “missing.”

1974-11-14 Maroon

That seems to have been the end of Loyola’s attempts to keep a live wolf as a mascot, despite rumors to the contrary in 1976 and 1986.

Our present-day mascot was named in 2006 by the ‘Pack Pride Committee as part of a marketing campaign to attract students to athletic events. And Havoc has been with us ever since.

More images like these can be found in Loyola’s digital collections and in Special Collections & Archives.

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Christmas at Loyola, 1950-1970

Christmas tree decorating

Once again, it’s almost time for Loyola students, faculty, and staff to take leave campus for winter break. As in years past, let’s take a look at Loyola students celebrating Christmas throughout the school’s history.

Santa and children

Santa driving bus with children

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Students with snowy car

Students with snowy car

Snowy nativity scene in front Marquette Hall

These photos and more like them can be found in the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library. Have a wonderful break, and come visit Special Collections & Archives in 2015.

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

50 years of ballet

1985 Society of Dance

The Loyola Ballet program kicked off its 50th anniversary season last week with its Fall Concert. In 1964, famed New Orleans dancer and choreographer Lelia Haller was asked by Loyola to institutionalize a dance program. Janet Comer and Rene Toups, the first two Loyola dance/drama majors, graduated in 1973.

Lelia Haller

Associate Professor Emerita  Gayle Parmelee succeeded Lelia Haller as Director of the Loyola Ballet in 1978.

Gayle Parmelee

Gayle Parmelee and students

Loyola graduate Laura Zambrano took over direction of the ballet after Gayle Parmelee retired in 1999. Today, it is an award-winning program.

Laura Zambrano and Enrique Martinez, 1981

1997 ballet students

These photos and others can be found in Special Collections & Archives, the Loyola University Photographs Collection, and the digitized Wolf Yearbooks.

Dancer, 1978

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

Give Thanks Loyola

With only three days left before the Thanksgiving holiday, students rush to finish up assignments, confirm their flights, clean their rooms, and pack their bags in order to return home for the holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday is the 1st opportunity students have to reconnect with their families and hometown friends during the semester. All anyone can think about at the moment is how great it will be to be back at home, eating tons of home cooked food, and taking a break from assignments and studying before we return for the storm of finals. However, Thanksgiving should also be the time in which students reflect on the semester and give thanks. Personally, I am thankful for all of the friendships I have gained this semester, the opportunity to be at such a wonderful university, and the fact that I  have survived the semester thus far. Similarly, in the 2008 Maroon, Loyola students were thankful for their friends, campus dinning, and the break from academics.

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.

#howtotuesday: Settle in LA

Today’s #howtoTuesday is for the time-traveling Louisiana settler–1911, to be exact. Louisiana for the Settler details the agricultural resources available in our state in the early 20th century.

The tome highlights our “marvelous soils,” “wonderfully fertile” fields, safe environment for raising livestock, and more. There’s even a guide to how much money in revenue different crops will produce per acre:

The images in this blog post come from a digitized copy of the book from Cornell University hosted by the Hathi Trust. You can also read the book in person in Special Collection & Archives.

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