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Dating back to 1983 all the way through 2009, the Loyola University New Orleans library put out a periodical newsletter that documents the history of the libraries and librarians throughout the time. In the Summer 1995 issue, one of the cover page articles is focused on the library’s search for a newer, more efficient computer system that came along with the plans for building the library. The January 1999 issue first reveals the floor plans of the new library building, as well as a helpful fact sheet detailing the plans for the update.
The Fall 2000 issue explains the layout of the floors of the library in regards to the noise policy, as well as some of the new and upcoming (at the time) features the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library has to offer.
Posted by Student Worker Samantha
Forty-eight years ago this week, Loyola’s campus was a-buzz with activity.
As we are today, the nation, and the campus, were focused on presidential politics. President Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not seek another term in office. The Maroon reported that, in a visit arranged by Tulane and Loyola students, Robert F. Kennedy would be speaking at Tulane’s campus. (Kennedy would be assassinated at a campaign event in California one month later.)
Edgar “Dooky” Chase was the first African-American student to be elected to Loyola’s Student Council.
In entertainment news, The Beach Boys and Buffalo Springfield were about to play on campus.
Check out more of what was happening on campus any year in Special Collections & Archives or The Maroon archives online.
Bonus video: Buffalo Springfield, live!
Dawson Ann Forman Gaillard Keefe was born on September 25, 1938, in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in Monroe (Ouachita Parish), Louisiana, graduating from Neville High School. She earned a B. A. in Social Studies and English at Louisiana State University (1959) and both a Master’s (1965) and Doctorate in English (1970) from Tulane University. Gaillard was a member of the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans from 1968 to 1983, and served as chair of that department from 1974 to 1977. She also edited the New Orleans Review from 1973 to 1979.
She worked as copy manager for the LSU Press from 1979 to 1981 and wrote the copy for the advertisements and book jackets of Confederacy of Dunces and other titles. Gaillard authored a book entitled Dorothy L. Sayers (1980) on the English mystery writer and (with colleague John Mosier) co-edited a groundbreaking anthology of short fiction, Women and Men Together (1978).
Her battle with multiple sclerosis contributed to her eventual departure from academic and professional life, and on October 1, 1985 she died in an accident at her home in Metairie, Louisiana. The annual Dawson Gaillard Writing Awards are held in her honor at Loyola University, recognizing student work in the categories of expository writing, creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and script.
The Dawson Gaillard Papers consist primarily of the personal and professional writings of Dr. Dawson Gaillard. These include…
Her personal diaries from 1951 to 1985:
Academic work and research papers written as a student and teacher:
Samples of her copyediting work from LSU Press, and a small amount of original nonfiction, fiction and poetry:
Also included is research related to the 1927 murder trial of Ada LeBouef and Dr. Tom Dreher, including two audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by Gaillard with Murphy Dreher, Tom Dreher’s nephew, and Mrs. Waleer Hamlin, the wife of Ada LeBouef’s lawyer.
We just can’t get enough of Irish literature and history books in Special Collections & Archives (previously here, here, here, and here). To celebrate another St. Patrick’s Day, here are some more images of rare books about St. Patrick and Ireland in our collection.
From St. Patrick’s Day Sermon:
From History of Ireland:
These and many more can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.
It’s Pi Day! Here are Loyola students from days of yore enjoying some pi(e) related activities.
These images and more can be viewed in the Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.
Special Collections & Archives holds many copies of the works of New Orleans writer George Washington Cable (1844-1925) including these cool publisher’s bindings. Come and check them out for yourself in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30
Welcome to another week, and another edition of #marbled monday! Take a look at these beautiful end-papers from volumes in Special Collections & Archives.
Plutarch’s Lives, 1727 [DE7 .P45 1727]
The Masterpieces of George Sand, Amandine Lucille Autore Dupin, baroness Dudevant : now for the first time completely translated into English, 1900. [PQ2397 .I8]
Plutarch’s Lives, 1905. [DE7 .P5 1905]
These beautiful volumes are available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.
Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of American playwright Tennessee Williams.
Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After spending his later childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams eventually moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing. Williams wrote notable plays as The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he earned the Pulitzer Prize, and is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the Twentieth Century.
In 1941, Williams moved to Key West, Florida. After decades of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as struggling with mental illness, William’s brother Dakin came to visit in 1969. Having recently been converted to Catholicism himself, Dakin convinced Williams to meet with a Catholic priest, Father Joseph L. LeRoy, S.J. of St. Mary of the Sea church. Five days later Williams was baptized into the Catholic church, even though he had previously been baptized and raised as an Episcopalian. According to LeRoy, Williams said he believed he had always been a Catholic, in spirit. Williams claimed later to have never taken his conversion seriously.
In the aftermath and publicity, it was determined that since Williams was likely already baptized as an Episcopalian, Father LeRoy had violated guidelines set forth by the Vatican in 1947 which stated, “indiscriminate conditional Baptism . . . cannot be approved” unless “reasonable doubt persists” as to the previous baptism of the person. Father LeRoy was unaware of these guidelines at the time of the baptism and was thus called forth to explain his actions to Church leaders.
Tennessee Williams died on February 25, 1983, in New York City, apparently from an accident resulting from too much drug and alcohol use.
Father Joseph L. LeRoy, S.J. was a member of the New England Province, had been a missionary to Jamaica and was the Reverend at St. Mary, Star of the Sea church in Key West, Florida.
Series I of the collection includes postcards that consist of true photographs, both hand colored and black and white, as well as hand drawn images of Catholic structures and locations throughout the state of Louisiana, including postcards of Loyola University in New Orleans. The majority of the postcards depict the exterior of churches, but there are several interior images and other exterior subjects included. A majority of the postcards in this series are addressed to Mrs. Lena Sawyer, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana.
This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at the Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives.
Series II of the collection features postcards and postcard booklets from foreign locations, mainly in France and Switzerland. None of the postcards in this series are addressed.
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.