Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

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.

Sports from the past

Today Found in the Archives highlights some of the lesser known athletic adventures of Loyola’s past. All of the photographs seen below were recently digitized from Special Collections & Archives collection of university photographs. Our ever-expanding online collection can be seen here.

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

#howtoTuesdays: Play piano

Today’s #howtoTuesday is a collection of 19th century piano music. The first section of the book is J. B. Cramer’s Instructions for the Piano Forte. The German Johann Baptist Cramer was born in Mannheim, Germany but spent most of his life in London, and was described as “one of the father of the church of pianoforte playing”  by pianist Edward Dannreuther. Beethoven was a fan of Cramer’s piano studies (short pieces for improving technical ability) and selected some of them for practice by his nephew, so if you decide to learn how to tickle the ivories from this volume, you’ll be in good company.

This particular volume was bound with several 19th century popular piano pieces which probably fall outside of the beginner’s abilities.

You can visit Instructions for the Piano Forte in person in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the Monroe Library.

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