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1960s Midterms

It’s the middle of the semester, and for many of you that means midterm exams. Take solace in the fact that Loyola students have been working hard at their exams for over 50 years…

Uh-oh…

Wait, wake up!

Persevere! (And stay awake). Fall Break is just around the corner!

These photos and many more are available in the Loyola University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library. Some of our favorites are currently on display in Special Collections & Archives in our Candid Campus exhibit. Stop by between 9 and 4:30pm, Monday – Friday to check it out.

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

Memorial Monday, September 26, 1881: New Orleans mourns a president

On Monday September 26, 1881 our 20th President James A. Garfield was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio after complications from a gunshot wound took his life.  Though the disillusioned Federal office seeker Charles J. Guiteau had attempted to assassinate Garfield on July 2, 1881, it is widely believed that the gunshot wound would not have been fatal and had the medical care of the 1880’s truly understood the correlation between germs and infection.

Though one of the most lavish funerals to date was held in Cleveland, other cities around the country also held funeral rites. New Orleans was one of these cities.

In A history of the proceedings in the city of New Orleans, on the occasion of the funeral ceremonies in honor of James Abram Garfield, late president of the United States, which took place on Monday, September 26th, 1881 these funeral rites are presented in detail.

This volume contains a comprehensive account of the day’s proceedings as it recounts the many ceremonies presented throughout the city. Including transcripts of speeches, sermons, and detailed descriptions of the funerary decorations and the various processions.

One religious service was held at Seaman’s Bethel. A congregation that was located at 2218 Saint Thomas Street, a location that is still in religious service to this day.

In his memorial sermon, Rev. Dr Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Witherspoon, a former Confederate chaplain and founder of church, offered to his congregation of seamen the potential for Garfield’s death at “reuniting North and South, East and West”. His address surmised that Garfield’s goal as president could now be realized in his death  -–to bring peace to a post-civil war United States.

One impromptu river procession, The River’s Homage to The Dead President, recounts the gathering of tugboats adorned by black and white drapery, with whistles eerily echoing as they traveled from Morgan’s Ferry to Canal Street.

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

There are full text scans available through Internet Archive and Google Books.

#howtotuesday: Creole Cooking

Today’s #howtoTuesday teaches us how to cook classic Creole dishes circa the early 20th century.

The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book has been published periodically since the early 1900s. Special Collections & Archives has the fourth edition, published in 1910.

“The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book is not designed for chefs of cuisines; it has been prepared with special appreciation of the wants of the household and of that immense class of housekeepers who, thrown upon their own resources and anxious to learn, are yet ignorant of the simplest details of good cooking…”

Recipes include classics, like Cafe au Lait, as well as less common dishes, like Stingaree (stingray), “a fish that the Americans laugh at, not dreaming of the possibilities for a delicate dish that lurks within its wings.”

In keeping with the slow food movement, the book also includes lists of seasonal meat and produce as well as menu ideas.

The book has been digitized in full by Cornell University and is available in the Internet Archive. Other editions have also been digitized (1916, 1922).

The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book is available to view in Special Collections & Archives Monday -Friday between 9am and 4:30pm.

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

Candid Campus Exhibit

Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives has a new exhibition on view!

The exhibit takes a candid look at campus life over the last 70 years as told through photographs.

The images on view are only a small sampling of the more than 6,000 that have been digitized and uploaded to the Loyola University Photographs Collection as part of an ongoing project.

If you have any friends or family that are Loyola University alumni (or know anyone with knowledge and memories of Loyola), please share this link to the collection. A simple browse of the images online could potentially help us identify people, places, dates, and events.

The exhibit is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday located inside the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives reading room on the 3rd floor.

Feel free to stop by and take a look!

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.