Archive for 2013

#minibookMonday

As winter approaches, this week’s #minibookmonday is titled: A Winter Garden. This book was published by Alembic Press and is the fourth in a series of seasonal books about the events in an English garden, with hand coloured illustrations by Muriel Mallows. The narrative is written from the point of view of the garden.

Come by and see it for yourself!

A Winter Garden
A Winter Garden
A Winter Garden

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

Masonic Certificate Home At Last

Archives and museums collect their artifacts and documents based on their collection development policy. Every institution’s collection development policy is unique, as it lays out a guideline for what type of material the institution will and will not collect. The Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives department is dedicated to collecting material mainly pertaining to the history of Loyola University New Orleans, the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, and the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. You can read our complete collection development policy here.

Often, especially when an archive or museum has been in existence for a fairly long time, artifacts and other items come into their possession which don’t really fall into the collection development policy guidelines. This could be for several reasons: perhaps the collection development policy wasn’t written or enforced at the time of the donation; perhaps the donor wasn’t able to find another institution to donate the item to. Whatever the reason, historical institutions tend to occasionally find odd ball items in their collection.

Such was the case recently here at the Monroe Library. A certificate was discovered dated June of 1856 for St. John’s Lodge No. 11, a Masonic Lodge in the District of Columbia. After several communications with the lodge, which is still active, and the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, we are happy to report that the certificate has a new home in the Grand Lodge Archives. Now this historic document will be much easier to find by researchers, genealogists, and historians.

Masonic Certificate - St. John's Lodge No.11

Masonic Certificate - St. John's Lodge No.11

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

Horizon: Traveling Exhibit

Traveling Exhibition: Horizon

Opening Reception

Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Free admission

At a time when the prevalence of bookstores is declining and the popularity of e-books is steadily increasing, a new art exhibit opening at Loyola University New Orleans honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft. Horizon, a nationally touring exhibit presented by the Guild of Book Workers, features 53 works celebrating leading examples of book arts today.

Horizon Exhibit

Horizon Exhibit

The exhibition focuses on the horizon as its theme. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons or the horizon of the book as a physical object, the exhibitors created works that demonstrate conceptual integrity and the strength of a practice in craftsmanship. As more and more people consider the materiality of the book and its presence as a physical object, Horizon showcases the many handcrafts of the book form.

Founded in 1906, the current Guild of Book Workers has more than 900 members and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling and artists’ books.

Horizon first opened at the Margaret I. King Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in May 2012 and is on tour in the U.S. through March 2014.

This event is part of Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
Office Location: Monroe Library, 4th floor
Phone: 504-865-7248 | gallery@loyno.edu

News & Notes (November 2013)

The November issue of the Monroe Library’s News & Notes is now available online at: http://issuu.com/monroelibrary/docs/newsletter_november.

Ghosts of Loyola

New Orleans may be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and according to historic issues of the Maroon Loyola has its own share of ghosts. Stories of spooks on campus go back to 1962 with a tongue-in-cheek article about the Maroon Ghost, Spookum:

Maroon Ghost, Maroon 1962-02-23

A 1989 article details sightings of ghoulish goings-on in Greenville Hall (on the Broadway campus), Marquette Hall, and in Monroe Hall:

And a 1999 article also mentions Marquette’s gruesome history as a host to cadavers:

What evil spirits have you sighted around campus, Pack?

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

LC Student Employee: Julian Smissen

Learning Commons Student of the Month

The Monroe Library Learning Commons Student Employee of the Month for October is Julian Smissen!  Julian is a junior from Germany who is currently studying History, Psychology, and Middle East Peace Studies.  Julian decided to come to Loyola because of its comprehensive study abroad program offerings, and he will be studying abroad in Turkey next semester.  After graduation, Julian plans on entering a master’s degree program in Intelligence and hopes to pursue a career as an Intelligence Analyst.

Julian previously worked at the Monroe Library during his freshman year at Loyola, and we’re glad to have him back!  According to Hilary Gunnels, the Monroe Library’s Learning Commons Day Manager, “Julian is consistently polite, friendly, appropriate, and helpful to all users and to us. He is always asking, learning, and curious. When Evonne and I are at the desk together on Mondays 11-1, it’s really busy, and one of us often gets pulled away to meet with a student or help elsewhere. We feel completely comfortable with Julian at the front computer. He’s a great kid and we really enjoy working with him!”

Congratulations, Julian, and thank you for all of your hard work!

What is “Special” Enough

Yesterday a student came into the library looking for a book on the Civil War and asked why the book he was looking for was in “special archives”. I had trouble answering this question because his book wasn’t particularly old, nor was it expressly important.

The answer of why we have the books we do lies more in what the books are a part of than what they are individually. Sure we have century old books we keep climate controlled to keep them around for another hundred years, but the vast majority of the books held here are kept for other reasons like value, literary era, or importance to a patron.

Blog post by Samuel Thomas, Special Collections and Archives work-study student.

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

Confederate States of America Money

Sometimes working in an archive can feel a lot like rummaging around your grandparents’ attic. Sometimes you find things which were tucked away years ago but have great historical value. For instance, on August 8, 1980, several Confederate States of America $10 and $100 bills were apparently found in the back of the library director’s desk. While their provenance – the history of how they came to be at the library and who gave them – cannot be known, they are a valuable addition to the archival collection.

Have you ever found something of value that had been long forgotten? Tell us about it!

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

Open Access Week 2013

Oct. 21 through 27 is Open Access Week.  Open Access is a new model of scholarly publication based on sharing.   One type of Open Access resource is Open Educational Resources (OER).  OERs include open textbooks, quizzes, videos, and other materials.   Open textbooks mean little or no cost for students, adaptability and customizability, and access through print, browser, tablet and smart phone.   Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide and the Open Textbook guide.

#minibookmonday Te Deum

Today’s edition of #minibookmonday showcases one of the smallest books in our collection: Te Deum laudamus: solemn tone from the Sarum Psalter.

Measuring less than 3 inches by 3 inches, the small, fine press book was printed by Claire Bolton at The Alembic Press, Hyde Farm House, Marcham, Oxford, England in 1995. The Alembic Press produced a limited and numbered edition of 110 copies of Te Deum, of which the Monroe Library has number 40.

The Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise. The colophon of the book notes:

The music type used for printing this book came from St. Mary’s Press (the private press of the Community of St. Mary the Virgin). The type is for setting plainsong on a four-line stave: an ancient form of liturgical music with its origins party in Jewish practice of the apostolic period and partly in Early Christianity.

St. Mary’s Press began in 1854 and in 1890 was visited by Rev. GH Palmer. Together with the Sisters he set up the use and printing of plainchant and translated the texts from Latin to English. The music followed the medieval Sarum rite which had originated at Salisbury cathedral and been adopted by many cathedrals and churches throughout the British Isles.

Come in to Special Collections and Archives to view the tiny Te Deum for yourself!

Bonus video: Te Deum laudamus sung

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