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Collection Spotlight: The Art Journal

The Art Journal, published in London from 1839 until 1912, represents an influential text of the 19th century. The magazine was known for it’s honest portrayal of fine arts and opposition of both fake and mis-attributed Old Masters and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Each edition included art historical essays, engraved illustrations, and frank reviews of both exhibitions and art-related publications.

The 1878 edition of The Art Journal includes a catalogue of decorative arts displayed during the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) entitled “The Illustrated Catalogue of the Paris International Exhibition.”

The Parisian event (May 1 – November 10, 1878) celebrated the recovery of France following the Franco-Prussian War and was larger in scale than any exposition previously produced, covering over sixty-six acres. Extensive displays of architecture, fine arts, and machinery included the Avenue des Nations (Street of Nations), Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Thomas Edison’s megaphone and phonograph, and the completed head of the Statue of Liberty. A startling thirteen million people are recorded as having paid to attend the event.

Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives copy of the text is particularly fascinating with its exquisite marbled endpapers and a disappearing fore-edge painting depicting Windsor Castle and Eton, both located in Berkshire, England, as viewed from the River Thames.

The Art Journal is available for viewing in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Alternatively, “The Illustrated Catalogue of the Paris International Exhibition” portion of the text is available to view online here.


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


While perusing the Booth-Bricker Special Collections and Archives Reading Room shelves, it is easy to stumble upon seldom-seen gems.

In addition to beautiful marbled endpapers, The History and Antiquities of the Abbey and Cathedral Church of Peterborough features a vibrant, disappearing fore-edge painting!

To discover your own “hidden treasure,” 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.

Collection Spotlight: 111th Anniversary of Hearn’s Death

Today is the 111th anniversary of the death of the indomitable Lafcadio Hearn.

In honor of this day, please checkout this prior post on our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection.

This collection is housed in our Special Collections & Archives and available for your viewing Monday – Friday from 9:00-4:30.

lafcadio hearn

October 1: #AskAnArchivist Day

October 1 is #AskAnArchivist Day! Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives staff are eager to respond to any and all questions you have about archives and archival work. Tag us at @MonroeLibLoyno and use #AskAnArchivist.

What questions can be asked?
No question is too silly . . .

  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve come across in your collections?
  • If your archives had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
  • What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?

. . . and no question is too practical!

  • What should I do to be sure that my emails won’t get lost?
  • I’ve got scads of digital images on my phone. How should I store them so I can access them later on?
  • How do you decide which items to keep and which to weed out from a collection?
  • As a teacher, how can I get my students more interested in using archives for projects?

For more information, see the news release from the Society of American Archivists.

#marbledmonday is here!

Welcome to #marbledmonday, an occasional look at beautiful marbled end papers found in Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives!

Albert Henry Payne, Payne’s Royal Dresden Gallery. London: Payne & French, 1845.

Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica: The Christian Life. London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, 1868.;

Alexander Charlmers, The British Essayists. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1855

G. Maspero, History of Egypt. London: The Grolier Society, 1903.

Come see these, and other, beautiful books for yourself! Special Collections and Archives is open Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Bonus video — watch how marbled paper is made!

Sept. 11, 1987: PJPII in New Orleans

Pope John Paul II in New Orleans, September 1987

From September 11 through September 13, 1987, New Orleans hosted  Pope John Paul II. The Vatican selected New Orleans as one destination in an only ten day tour of the United States, sending the Archdiocese of New Orleans into a planning frenzy. The pope’s visit included a youth gathering at the Superdome, an outdoor Mass at the Lakefront with an estimated 130,000 worshippers, a prayer service with thousands of clergy at St. Louis Cathedral, a speech to Catholic university presidents at Xavier University, and a ride from the French Quarter to the Superdome in the “popemobile.”

Pope John Paul II in the "popemobile," New Orleans, September 1987

B. Raynal Ariatti (aka “Shorty” or “Ray”) was there to capture the events. Ariatti was the official photographer for the Louisiana AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations) and a staff photographer with the Loyola University Institute of Human Relations. He was a frequent attendee of civil rights rallies and marches, participating in the 1963 and 1983 marches on Washington and the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. He was also a frequent collaborator with Louis J. Twomey, S.J., a social reformer and Loyola faculty member. Special Collections & Archives houses the B. Raynal Ariatti Papers which are primarily comprised of photographs such as those here.

Crowd to see Pope John Paul II, New Orleans, September 1987


Prayer card for Pope John Paul II

His Holiness’s visit has continued to influence New Orleans history and culture with an exhibit at NOMA and a bronze medallion embedded in the flagstones in front of St. Louis Cathedral renaming that section of Chartres Street “Place Jean Paul Deux” (from To view more photos of Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Crescent City, come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives on the third 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.

Thank you letter from Archbishop Hannan to Ariatti

Faulkner’s “The Bear”

Today is National Teddy Bear Day! Which one of these bears would you most want to cuddle with?





Book covers are from translations of William Faulkner’s “The Bear” from the Patrick Samway Collection.

Bonus bear: the great “cubnapping” debate from the 1982 Maroon.

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

Meet our collections: Moon Landrieu

Landrieu home video

The Moon Landrieu Collection documents Landrieu’s career as mayor of the City of New Orleans.  Moon Landrieu was born July 23, 1930, in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, the son of Joseph and Loretta (Bechtel) Landrieu. Moon Landrieu received a BBA (1952) and his LLB (1954) from Loyola University New Orleans. Moon Landrieu served as Mayor of New Orleans from 1970 until April of 1978. He is also the father of current New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. The papers of Moon Landrieu deal with the administration of New Orleans and facets of state and national activities.

More info is available in the finding aid for the Moon Landrieu Collection. To see this collection and otherscome see us 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.

Now online: Wavelength New Orleans Music Magazine

The University of New Orleans recently completed the digitization of the full run of Wavelength New Orleans Music Magazine, a publication dedicated to telling the life stories of influential (but sometimes lesser known) New Orleans musicians. UNO borrowed several issues of the magazine from Loyola’s Special Collections & Archives and from Online Services Coordinator Jim Hobbs‘ personal collection in order to complete the scanning of every issue from the magazine’s inception in 1980 to its final publication in 1991.

The Wavelength collection is available through UNO’s Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks. A link to the collection can also be found in the record through the Monroe Library catalog (just click “View Online Content”).

30 years ago: Hot, humid, and back on campus

Thirty years ago Loyola students were preparing for the beginning of classes on a campus both familiar and different than today’s.

The Rec Plex/parking garage was still just a dream.

Despite the parking crisis that forced the first of the Loyola shuttle buses to begin rolling, there was a lot to do on campus. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or Harry Connick, anyone?

And,  as always at this time of year, there was the ever present heat, humidity and sweat. For one student, at least, this was cause to ruminate after time studying abroad.

See more of Loyola’s past in Special Collections & Archives in the Monroe Library or online!

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