Archive for November, 2012

Official and Illustrated War Record

Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day, a holiday meant to honor those who fought in World War I. The holiday was officially renamed “Veterans Day” by Congress in 1954 in order to acknowledge all those who have served in the armed forces in the Unites States. But long before any of this, the Confederate Veterans’ Association published the Official and Illustrated War Record, “embracing nearly one thousand pictorial sketches by the most distinguished American artists of battles by land and sea, camp and field scenes, insignia of rank, and leading characters in the Civil War … portraits and biographies of Northern and Southern leaders … authentic articles by eminent officials on the uses of a navy, closing days of conflict, origin and meaning of corps badges, object and status of the Grand Army of the Republic and Confederate Veterans’ Association.”

To view the volume in its entirety, contact Loyola University Special Collections & Archives at archives@loyno.edu or come 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.

Loyola, in Kenner?

As strange as it may sound, at one time a plan was afoot to move Loyola’s campus away from St. Charles Avenue to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, in Kenner, Louisiana.

Recognizing the limitations of Loyola’s relatively small campus, the Very Rev. Patrick Donnelly, President of Loyola from 1952 to 1961, sought room for the growing university to expand and found it in the then undeveloped area near the airport and the future interstate highway. Despite the merits of additional space, the value and charms of Uptown New Orleans prevailed, and the plan to make Loyola a suburban campus was abandoned in 1960.

Although the university would not be moving, J. Edgar Monroe still granted the Kenner tract to Loyola, as this page from the 1961 Wolf demonstrates.

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

Join us for Election Night Coffee, Nov. 6 9:30pm

Stop by the Learning Commons tonight to watch election night news coverage and enjoy some free coffee. Coffee will be served at 9:30pm. Don’t miss it!

November Friend of the Month: Chantel Jackson

Friend of the Month

Meet Chantel Jackson, our Library Friend of the Month!

Chantel was born in Illinois but has lived in Baton Rouge prior to
enrolling at Loyola. She’s a sophomore majoring in English Writing with
a minor in Sociology.

She enjoys surfing the internet and watching movies and is also a student
employee you might find behind the desk at Monroe Library.

She uses the library to check out DVD’s as well as the study rooms and
is a big fan of using the lockers to keep her stuff secure. “The library
is almost like a second home to me.”

To further student success, Chantel would like to see more books on
reserve from professors and more study rooms available.

Thanks, Chantel!

All Saints’ Day: 168 Years Ago

Across New Orleans today many will celebrate All Saints’ Day by visting the graves of loved ones. New Orleanians have marked this day for centuries, as The Weekly Picayune from November 1, 1844, held in Special Collections and Archives, attests.

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