Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

Collection Spotlight: Kate Holmes Collection of Southern Stories and Poems

Kate Holmes was the daughter of a sea captain and a writer from New Orleans who produced poems and stories about New Orleans and Southern history. Her writings were published in both local newspapers and other Southern periodicals such as the Times- Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Dixie-Roto Magazine (New Orleans, LA), Cycle-Flame Poetry Magazine (San Angelo, TX), and Scimitar & Song Poetry Magazine (Sanford, NC). She died in New Orleans on March 10, 1975 at the age of 79.

The collection consists of twenty poems, three song lyrics, and eight newspaper articles written by Kate Holmes and published from 1947 through 1974.

“Camel-Back” Homes-1909

Lagniappe: The Camelback Shotgun is essentially a Shotgun single or a Shotgun double with a second story rising at the rear portion of the building. To read more about building types and architectural styles prevalent in New Orleans, click here!

To view the Kate Holmes Collection of Southern Stories and Poems visit Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of Monroe Library 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.


The above marbled endpapers are located (listed left to right, top to bottom) in Plutarch’s Lives in Eight VolumesThe Works of Thomas Carlyle in Thirty Volumes, The Novels of Jane Austen in Ten Volumes, and The Masterpieces of George Sand, Amandine Lucille Autore Dupin, Baroness Dudevant.

Special Collections & Archives 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.

War Letters

The Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Diary and Scrapbook Collection contains a very interesting series: a collection of letters written by a soldier to his girlfriend (later fiancée) while he was stationed at an airbase during World War II. Hollis M. Alger – stationed at Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama – penned almost daily letters to his darling Ellen, who was still in their hometown of Portland. The pain of being away from her was clearly the most distressing aspect of military life for Hollis. He fills her in on the aspects of his daily life on the base, though he never forgets to announce how much he misses her.

These letters offer a truly insightful glimpse into the past and life during the war.

To read these letters and many, many more, come and check out the Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Diary and Scrapbook Collection here in Special Collections & Archives!

–Posted by intern Katie Atkins

Collection Spotlight: Catholic Brochures

This collection of ecclesiastical publications covers questions and answers about a wide range of topics for curious Catholics, dating throughout the 40′s, 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s. Consisting mostly of works from Liguori Publications and its affiliates, the brochures guide young Catholics through a myriad of everyday dilemmas and situations such that they may adhere strongly to their faith throughout each decision they make.

Of course, today these pamphlets are more likely to inspire a chuckle than anything else…

These pamphlets are prime examples of ideas aging, shall we say…ungracefully.

To see these silly and sometimes even outrageous pamphlets for yourself, come and visit the Loyola University Special Collections and Archives, located on the third floor of the Monroe Library!

– Posted by intern Katie Atkins

Ghosts of Loyola

Most students at Loyola have heard vague reports of strange activity around campus, but almost everyone has heard something different. It seems that few can really agree on what spooky visitors may be haunting the campus, and perhaps we may never really know until we see them for ourselves. However, there are a few ghost stories that continue to make recurring appearances in campus lore. Perhaps these are the true tales, courtesy of the Loyola Maroon…


Loyola’s most famous ghost story, which begs the question: could a demonic entity possibly be making its home in a Catholic school? Possibly. Buddig Hall has been at the center of most paranormal claims, though most people don’t know the real story of what happened there. Allegedly, a pair of students’ experimentation with a Ouija board unleashed some sort of spirit that required an exorcism to tame.

Click here and here for the full articles about Buddig 813.

There have also been reports of strange activity on the tenth floor, as well as in Room 1108.


Marquette Hall, the oldest building on Loyola’s campus, has also been the scene for several unexplained occurrences. The building used to house a morgue on the fifth floor that would store cadavers for the anatomy lab.

Click here for article.

Spooky entities have also been reported at Greenville Hall on the Broadway Campus, as well as in Nunemaker inside Monroe Hall.

Click here for article.


–Posted by intern Katie Atkins

Collection Spotlight: College of Music programs


Guy Bernard was a 1935 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music after which he immediately joined the faculty as Associate Professor of Analysis and Appreciation. He soon became a full professor and Chairman of the Departments of History and Piano under Schuyten’s leadership. Bernard went on to teach at Loyola for almost 35 years, becoming Professor Emeritus of Music in 1979. The Guy Bernard Collection of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music Productions consists primarily of scrapbooks containing programs from various Loyola University New Orleans College of Music productions during the latter half of the 20th century. The programs document the repertoire and performances of many prestigious College of Music alum as well as ensembles and visiting artists. The collection also contains several photographs.


To see more from the Guy Bernard Collection of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music Productions, look through the finding aid online and then come visit Loyola University Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of Monroe Library  Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Panoramic Photograph – “New Orleans Oratorio Society & Symphony Orchestra,” January 21, 1922

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

Huey P. Long’s First Days in the White House

The debates for the 2016 Presidential election are in full swing. While candidates attempt to impress upon voters their suitability for the presidency, none have gone so far as to publish a fictionalized account of their  first 100 days in office. When Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long announced his candidacy, however, that is exactly what he did.

My First Days in the White House was “presented as a prophecy by its Author, the late Huey Pierce Long, wherein he endeavored to portray what he would have done had he become President and how he would have conducted the national government; setting forth his impressions of what he believed would be the reaction of the people referred to and the public, generally.”

Read our previous post about this volume here, or come see My First Days in the White House Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30 at the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives.

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

1920s Freshmen Rules

With midterms winding down and Fall Break over, Loyola’s newest members have hopefully settled into their new lives as college students. The University has always made every effort to help first year students assimilate into college life, but their methods have changed over Loyola’s 100+ year run.

Take, for example, the 1925 Freshmen Rules approved by the Student Council:

We’ve posted previously about the required freshmen beanies, but what is this snake dance that “girl members” of the Freshmen class could not participate in?

While the snake dance is mentioned many times throughout the Maroon, particularly in the 20s, there are unfortunately no photos of the dance in the University Photographs Collection. Loyola does not appear to be alone in its enthusiasm for the snake dance, however, as St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin River Falls, and Bowling Green State University (who boast the longest snake dance ever–3,376 students–from their 1975 Homecoming) all have photos online of their respective snake dances. The dance appears to simply involve students linking arms and “snaking” around.

The Freshmen Rules were strictly enforced at Loyola–freshmen who did not participate in the snake dance or wear their beanies were arraigned in Kangaroo Court and even made to wear bald caps around campus. Similarly, upperclassmen who wore beanies were similarly reprimanded.

Still, the snake dance was generally a cause for celebration rather than an underclassmen punishment. When Loyola narrowly avoided beating football powerhouse Notre Dame in South Bend in 1928, Loyola students snake danced through the town in preparation.

While the snake dance doesn’t seem to be caught on film, we have plenty of pictures representing the general excitement of a Loyola football game.




What traditions are freshmen involved in now? Is it time to bring the snake dance or beanies back?


These items and more can be found in the University Archives and many are available in our Digital Collections.


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


Robert Hayne Tarrant was originally born in South Carolina and came to New Orleans as a young man where he became a well-known impresario, bringing artists such as Anna Pavlova, Geraldine Farrar, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Isadora Duncan Dancers to the stage.

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Tarrant was considered handsome and described as having a dramatic persona. He was also a stylish man, once being named the “Best Dressed Man In New Orleans” in a New Orleans Item contest.

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He was a subject of fascination for Orleanians, with the local conversation surrounding him being divided between his colorful dress, the artists and performers that he brought to town, and the various lawsuits he was involved in.

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The most famous of these lawsuits pertained to the handling of the proceeds for The French Trades Ball. The ball was a fundraising event conceived by Tarrant and seven prominent New Orleans socialites over lunch at Antoine’s for the rebuilding of the French Opera House previously lost to a suspicious fire in 1919. The successful and well-publicized event went sour when the socialites did not receive the monies raised from Tarrant.

The local newspapers covered the case frequently, often as front-page news. The reports often included courtroom high jinks surrounding Tarrant’s outfits (his cravats where of particular interest). The case of the “Seven Suing Socialites” v. Tarrant stretched on for years (with Tarrant counter-suing) and went all the way to the Louisiana State Supreme Court were Tarrant eventually lost the case.

Click HERE to read a full-page article with photos detailing a surprise raid by the New Orleans Police that befell Tarrant’s home on April Fool’s Day, 1923. The tone of the writing is sensationalistic, with the police chief citing Tarrant’s “dramatic temperament” as an indicator of the possibility of a hidden wall-safe!

A local interest in Tarrant continued until after his death at the age of 83 in 1965, including the contents of his will being written about in the local paper. He was a life-long bachelor and has no gravesite, having requested his remains be scattered on his sisters grave in Houston, Texas. He was a fascinating character in the history of the City of New Orleans and this collection gives researchers a glimpse into not only Tarrant’s work and life but also into a particular aspect of New Orleans’ entertainment landscape and social-life from 1912 to 1930.

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To view the Robert Hayne Tarrant Papers and other special collections, please visit the Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.

And for an extra little something, click HERE to hear the great soprano Rosa Ponselle sing Pace, pace mio Dio!

Collection Spotlight: J. Gentil Papers

Jean Sylvain Gentil (1829-1911)*, a native of France and lifelong proponent of democratic principles, left his country in 1850 as a political exile following imprisonment and expulsion by Emperor Napoleon III. Gentil settled in Saint James Parish, Louisiana in 1853 and obtained a professorship of foreign languages at Jefferson College, a small Catholic school. Following the Civil War, Gentil continued his political activism by partnering with Armand Victor Romain to produce the weekly Le Louisianais. In 1881, Gentil sold Le Louisianais to André Roman and Paul Grima, who continued producing the newspaper until 1883. Gentil subsequently owned La Démocratie française of New Orleans and wrote articles for various other publications. In addition to political pieces, Gentil composed a great deal of poetry throughout his life.

The J. Gentil Papers consists of three handwritten documents, all of them in French. The leather-bound volume, titled “Chants de L’exil,” includes sixteen poems or songs. It is unclear if the entries are gathered or the original work of Gentil; entries list a geographic location and date. The other two documents, “Instruction et Avenir” and an untitled manuscript, refer to “College de la Louisiane” and “University de la Louisiane” respectively, suggesting the texts are commencement speeches.

Researchers can view the documents online here or request the original manuscripts by consulting with archives staff. Loyola University Special Collections & Archives is located on the third floor of Monroe Library and is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


*In his book Les écrits de langue française en Louisiane au XIXe siècle, Edward Larocque Tinker presents Gentil’s full name as Jean-Sylvain Gentil; however, Gentil signed himself “J. Gentil” or used one of his noms de plume, which included Jean Gribouille, J. Gringoire, J. Gueux, J. G. jardinier (or, jardinier louisianais), and Simplex.


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