Archive for the ‘Found in Archives’ Category

Over 4,000 University Photographs!

The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives has spent over a year digitally scanning a vast collection of photographic prints and negatives taken here on campus and of university events since the 1940s. To date over 4,000 images are now available in the Loyola University Photographs Collection which is found on the Louisiana Digital Library. This is only a fraction of the total images in the physical collection. The staff intends to scan and add images to the digital collection until the entire collection has been digitized. It will take years!

Did you ever wonder what the old football stadium looked like from ground level?

It covered the area where the Danna Center and the residence quad now sit, as is shown in this 1925 aerial photograph of campus:

Or perhaps you’ve wondered what the baseball team uniforms looked like in the 1950s?

Did you know that the interior of the Holy Name of Jesus church looked drastically different in the early half of the 20th century than it does today?

Or that it once snowed so much on campus that students were able to make snowmen and have a snowball fight?

Discover even more historical gems from Loyola’s past by browsing the collection here!

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

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am referring to academic advising and registration, of course! I know that is what everyone was thinking. If not, start thinking about it now because it is fast approaching, March 24th to be exact. It is one of two times during the academic school year in which you can reflect on the semester and consider the advantages and disadvantages of your schedule. If you are like me, this probably involves thinking something along the lines of “DO NOT TAKE A 8 AM CLASS EVER AGAIN. SLEEP IS A VALUABLE THING.” More importantly, it’s the time of year to consider all of your remaining course requirements and options. When doing so, I know there is one main concern on everyone’s mind. The professor. Everyone wants to take the course with the nice, flexible, and interesting professor who grades “easy”. In efforts to do so, I know that everyone scurries over to sites that rate professors, but what if there was another way to select the best class?  In 1983, Loyola issued a “Course Consumer Guide.” Though the 1983 Maroon claimed that it was flawed, it seemed to include great information, such as everything from teaching style to a student’s perspective of the class. I wonder if this could be a useful tool to Loyola students once again. Maroon 1983 page 6

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Special Collections & Archives is no stranger to Irish history and literature texts. Here are a few from our collection.

From Ireland Illustrated (1840):

From Killarney: Sunny memories of Ireland’s scenic beauties (1867):

And, finally, Picture of Dublin (1828):

We have many more rare volumes about Ireland. As always, you can come to Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library to see them.

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

Spanish Music Textbook – 1782

One of the many wonders of the collections in the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives is this leather bound music textbook dated 1782. Hand written in Spanish, the book’s provenance is a mystery. However, the beauty and mastery of its contents cannot be denied.

Along with the usual scales, staffs, and notes…

…the book features incredible drawings…

…as well as a few 18th century doodles inside the cover.

It’s nice to see that school children aren’t all that different even when separated by different continents and over 200 years!

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

Louisiana Purchase in Cartoon Form

Today is the 210th anniversary of the formal ceremony to transfer ownership of the Louisiana territory from France to the United States. As part of the Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial celebration, New Orleans Item cartoonist John Churchill Chase created Louisiana purchase: an american story told in that most american forms of expression… the comic strip in 1953. Originally syndicated across the country, the comic was later reprinted in 1954.

One of Special Collections & Archives’ (SC&A) copies contains a letter from Chase to Father Patrick Donnelly, S.J., President of Loyola from 1952 to 1961 , thanking him for suggesting that the comic be compiled in book form.

John Churchill Chase also authored 40 cartoons in wartime (available in SC&A) and Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, and other streets of New Orleans, in words and pictures (one copy in SC&A and one in the circulating stacks).

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

Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras day 2014 will go down in history as one of the coldest. (And the rain didn’t help, either.)  Let’s look back on some sunnier Mardi Gras moments from The Wolf.

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

Feeling the Midterms Blues?

Though today is the last day of mid terms, many of you may already feel like a failure or have midterm grades posted on LORA that you are not proud of. The good news is they are only midterm grades! There is still time to improve your grades before finals! If you feel as if you need to improve your study strategy, read this article from the 2009 Maroon for suggestions.

Maroon 2009 page 8

Maroon 2009 page 9

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

Steinbeck and East of Eden

Google’s Doodle today commemorates the birthday of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968).

(Images above are static, but if you go to Google you can see the interactive graphic).

Special Collections & Archives has a signed first edition of Steinbeck’s East of Eden, considered by the author to be his greatest work. Steinbeck said about Eden, “It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years.”

This book is part of Special Collections & Archives’ Robert Giroux Collection of 20th century American writers.

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

The Soldier in Our Civil War

Are you a student of history? Are you an artist? Perhaps you’re a little of both? Then come on up to the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives department to view a copy of The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865.

Each of the two volumes in this over-sized set measures 12″ x 17″ and is filled with intricate, hand-drawn illustrations.

Almost every major aspect of the four year War Between the States is depicted in these volumes.

Including:

The key players….

Home front politics….

Weaponry….

And of course, battle scenes….

The book is filled with hundreds of illustrations. Come see it today in the Special Collections & Archives!

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

Letters from Iceland

On what would have been his 107th birthday, Special Collections & Archives presents W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland.

Part letter, part travel book, and part poetry collection, Letters commemorates three months Auden and co-author Louis MacNeice spent in Iceland in 1936.

The book includes travel advice such as what to drink:

The beer is weak and nasty, and the lemonade unspeakable

and how to get around:

There are excellent bus services to all parts of the Island…Where there are no official buses, there are often milk-cars which will take you very slowly but cheaply. Those who are car-sick will have, I’m afraid, a rough time. (The drivers are excellent.)

Trivia is provided:

THE LONGEST WORD IN ICELANDIC
Haestarjettarmalaflutunesmanskifstofustulkonutidyralykill–a latch-key belonging to a girl working in the office of a barrister.

Much of the book is in verse:

The reason for hereness seems beyond conjecture,
There are no trees or trains or architecture,
Fruits and greens are insufficient for health
And culture is limited by lack of wealth.
The tourist sights have nothing like Stonehenge,
The literature is all about revenge.
And yet I like it if only because this nation
Enjoys a scarcity of population…

and both photos and graphs are used as illustrations.

This book is part of Special Collections & Archives’ Robert Giroux Collection of 20th century American writers.

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