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#howtotuesday: Gardening

George Washington Cable (1844-1925) is well known for his writing depicting Creole life in nineteenth century New Orleans (most notably Old Creole Days and The Grandissimes). Less well known, perhaps, is his penchant for gardening, and his 1914 book The Amateur Garden. Illustrated with many photographs of home gardens, Cable’s book asks such important questions as “Where to Plant What?”

Hence the initial questions – a question which every amateur gardener must answer for himself. How much subservency of nature to art and utility is really necessary to my own and my friends’ and       neighbors’ best delights? For – be not deceived – however enraptured of wild nature you may be, you do and must require of her some  subserviency close about your own dwelling.

Cable offers additional advice and encouragement to the amateur:

“Muffle your architectural angles in foliage and bloom”

And from Cable’s own garden:

“Some clear disclosure of charm still remote may beckon and lure”

The entire book The Amatuer Garden has been digitized and made available on the Internet Archive.

More recent gardening help can be found in “Gardening in New Orleans: A Publication of the New Orleans Gardening Society”.

Published in 1952, this volume walks the home gardener through all manner of foliage, including chapters on ferns, flowering vines, and azaleas, just to name a few.

Encourage your green thumb and come in to Special Collections and Archives to view these books for yourself!

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

Identifying Microscopic Fungi

When I was looking through our stacks for a special volume to blog about, I came across Mordecai Cubitt Cooke’s Rust, Smut, Mildew and Mold: an introduction to the study of microscopic fungi.

I was initially impressed by the illustrations…

Then, I found written imagery that showed signs of an eccentric at work, which peaked my interest…

Made curious, I did a little research… and found a man with a truly fascinating life!

M.C. Cooke did not have much in the way of a formal education but wrote hundreds of articles and books on botany and mycology. Collected roughly 46, 000 specimens, contributed over 20 years of service to museum collections, while editing journals and founding societies.

Mordecai, was a busy guy!

Rust, Smut, Mildew and Mold: an introduction to the study of microscopic fungi, is viewable in its entirety at the Internet Archive online, or by visiting the Special Collections and Archives anytime Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 4:30.

#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.

#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.

#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’! 


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#howtotuesday: Manage Muskrats

If you are anything like me, you haven’t given a lot of thought to the muskrat. When it comes to local semiaquatic rodents, my mind goes immediately to the nutria, the much-maligned destroyer of our wetlands. But the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has given a lot of thought to the muskrat. In fact, sixty-five years ago they wrote the book on it.

The Muskrat in the Louisiana Costal Marshes was published in 1949, and represents the work of a five-year study, conducted 1940-1945, into the “ecology, population trends…and managing and producing muskrats on the Louisiana coast.”

It is a technical text, but does provide an interesting overview of the history of the animal in the state

As well as photographs of the fieldwork of the study

And of course, the elusive muskrat himself.

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

#howtoTuesdays: Play piano

Today’s #howtoTuesday is a collection of 19th century piano music. The first section of the book is J. B. Cramer’s Instructions for the Piano Forte. The German Johann Baptist Cramer was born in Mannheim, Germany but spent most of his life in London, and was described as “one of the father of the church of pianoforte playing”  by pianist Edward Dannreuther. Beethoven was a fan of Cramer’s piano studies (short pieces for improving technical ability) and selected some of them for practice by his nephew, so if you decide to learn how to tickle the ivories from this volume, you’ll be in good company.

This particular volume was bound with several 19th century popular piano pieces which probably fall outside of the beginner’s abilities.

You can visit Instructions for the Piano Forte in person in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the Monroe Library.

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#howtotuesdays: 19th C. Engineer

Ever wondered how to be a nineteenth century engineer? We have the book for you!

The operative mechanic and British machinist; being a practical display of the manufactories and mechanical arts of the United Kingdom was published in America in 1826 by Cary and Lea of Philadelphia.

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Two volumes bound as one book, the Operative Mechanic instructs one on all manner of engineering.

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Including wind mill construction:
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As well as the basics of harnessing “Animal Strength”:

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Feel free to come and see The Operative Mechanic for yourself in Special Collections and Archives!

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#howtotuesdays: Meditate

With finals right around the corner, some of you might be looking for a way to increase your focus and spiritual well-being. Enter the Dutch Jesuit Rev. Joannes Philippus Roothaan’s How to Meditate. The volume was originally published in Latin in 1840; the version presented here was translated into English by Louis J. Puhl in 1945.

Meditation here refers not to the “New Age” definition of the word but to the most commonly used method of prayer from St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, one of the “great classics of Christian spirituality” (LEWIS, J. “Spiritual Exercises.” New Catholic Encyclopedia).

This book and others by Roothaan are available in Special Collections & Archives and the Jesuit Archives.

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#howtotuesdays: Cuisine De l’Amour

“We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks.” Owen Meredith.

So begins Cuisine De l’Amour, or the Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual. This 1942 cookbook and guide was compiled by Charles F. Heartman, a German émigré and book collector. Heartman and his family moved to New orleans in 1935  where he founded The Pelican Galleries in the French Quarter. More information about Heartman is available from USM where the Heartman Papers are held.

While oysters are often touted for their aphrodisiac qualities, Cuisine also suggests using eggs, vegetables, and fish to entice the object of your desire.

The manual includes recipes as well as historical anecdotes and general advice.

If you’re looking for Henry IV’s “prowesses in duels of love,” Aphrodisiac Culinary Manual is available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives.

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