Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

On this day in 1910: Marquette cornerstone

On November 13, 1910, prominent Catholics from around the country gathered here on Loyola’s campus for the laying of the cornerstone of Marquette Hall. According to the Times Picayune of November 14, the cornerstone contained the following items: A cross blessed by Pope Pius X, the names of ecclesiastical and civil authorities, the names of members of the Marquette Association, the names of benefactors and founders, the names of the members of the college faculty, the history of the Jesuit Fathers in Louisiana, the history and charter of the Marquette Association, a button signifying New Orleans as the logical point of the Panama Exposition, newspapers of the city and a letter from President Taft.

This image features the visiting dignitaries performing the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony in the shadow of the construction scaffolding for Marquette Hall. The building took less than a year to build, as classes were held there in September, 1911.

Here are some more images of Marquette in its early years from the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Catholic Education Association on Marquette steps, 1913

Loyola University classes of 1912 and 1913

Students on Marquette, 1920s

Circa 1920 radiotelegraph class in the WWL station, housed at Marquette

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

New Norman Treigle exhibit

Treigle as Boito's Mefistofele

Dr. Valerie Goertzen’s Intro to Graduate Studies class has been hard at work this semester researching the life and career of Loyola graduate and local and international opera star Norman Treigle with archivists Trish Nugent and Elizabeth Kelly. The culmination of this project is the exhibit “The Golden Voice of New Orleans,” now available for viewing outside Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.

The students in Intro to Graduate Studies did original research using the manuscript materials in the Norman Treigle Papers as well as secondary research using Brian Morgan’s biography Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle.

There will be an Opening Reception Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 11:30 a.m., outside Special Collections, Monroe Library 3rd floor. All are welcome to join us for snacks.

Treigle studied at Loyola from 1949-1951 and went on to an illustrious career in North America and Europe. The exhibit explores Treigle’s career as well as his personal life through the variety of materials in his collection including journals, performance scores, costumes, images, correspondence, and more.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of the Fall semester. Thank you to the first-year Master of Music in Performance students for their great work on this project.


Intro to Graduate Studies class with Special Collections staff


Today’s selections include both marbled endpapers and book covers.



Cover and endpapers from John L. Stoddard’s Lectures.


Prose Works of Sir Walter Scott


The Life and Death of John of Barneveld

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.

Collection Spotlight: Loyola Athletics Collections

In support of the Wolf Pack in today’s exhibition basketball game against Tulane University’s Green Wave we shine the spotlight on our Loyola Athletics collections.


Loyola University Athletics Image Collection

Is a University Archives collection consisting of photographs and negatives that document athletics at Loyola. Images primarily date from two time periods, the 1950’s to 1970’s and 1990’s to early 2000’s.



Loyola University Athletics Collection

This is an artificial collection consisting of Loyola University New Orleans athletics programs, media guides, clippings, and other ephemera created to promote and support sport teams at Loyola University between the years of 1908 – 1992. Archery, basketball, baseball, boxing, football, golf, soccer, and tennis are represented as well as Hall of Fame awards and items detailing the discontinuation of intercollegiate sports in 1972.


Come peruse one of our varied and fascinating archival collections in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Monday-Friday, 9-4:30.



Marie Laveau: Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

When a devout Catholic becomes history’s most infamous practitioner of Voodoo, where does fact slip away and fiction reign? The life and legacy of Marie Laveau, immortalized as “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans,” is shrouded in mystery.

Portrait of Marie Laveau, Frank Schneider (after George Catlin), Louisiana State Museum

A skeptical Bill Murphy, writer for The Maroon Vol. 42 No. 11 (1966), briefly discusses Marie Laveau as both a historical figure and legendary character of New Orleans. The few known facts about Marie Laveau as provided by Murphy are as follows:

1. Marie Lavoux (as it was then written) was a free mulatto, born to the family of Charles Lavoux, at New Orleans, in 1794.

2. At the age of 15, she married a free mulatto carpenter named Jacques Paris. The marriage was preformed by the famous Pere Antoine on August 4, 1819.

3. The couple resided at a house in the 1900 block of North Rampart Street until the death of Paris in 1822.

4. Widowed, Laveau became a hairdresser to the wealthy women of New Orleans as a means of support.

5. In 1826 Laveau became the common-law wife of Captain Christopher Duminy Glapion, a free person of color and an officer in the Company of Men of San Domingo.

6. At the beginning of her second marriage, Laveau entered the Voodoo cult which already existed in New Orleans. By the time she was 32, she had assumed both the title and power of the city’s Voodoo Queen.

7. Laveau bore 15 children from her second marriage and lived with Glapion at their home on Saint Ann Street until his death in 1855.

For an in-depth look at Voodoo culture in New Orleans, peruse Robert Tallant’s Voodoo in New Orleans. Tallant, an author not swayed by outlandish rumors, dedicates a full 100 pages to Marie Laveau (and Marie Laveau II) in chapters as fantastically titled as “She Brought Them Gumbo and a Coffin” and “They All Danced Naked as Jaybirds.”

Voodoo in New Orleans endpaper

Marie Laveau has simultaneously terrified, inspired awe, and generally fascinated the public for nearly 2 centuries. Now 134 years after her death, the Voodoo practitioner holds a firm place in popular culture as the topic of chart-topping songs and basis of numerous fictional characters appearing in print and film, alike (most recently on American Horror Story: Coven).

Watch “Marie Laveau” by Bobby Bare on Youtube

Watch “Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone on Youtube

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.

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