Archive for August, 2013

Zachary Harris “David” Opening Reception

Zachary Harris


Opening Reception:

Thursday, Sept. 5, 5 – 8 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Fourth floor

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library

Free and open to the public

“In building this exhibition, I have learned that the true calling of the artist is to carve out an idea in the viewer’s mind. The artist’s service is to give body and manifestation to ideas that we may overlook or even neglect as men. The viewer should be sacred to the artist, for through the viewer the artist achieves his worth.” ~ Zachary Harris

The exhibit title is intended to bring to mind the story of the Biblical hero David, a young shepherd boy who courageously faced the mighty Philistine giant, Goliath. Harris wants this exhibit to reflect faith in the ability of man to build with courage. He aims to build on the work of great artists before him to reflect “man’s stalwart ability to define himself and be reborn with strength and goodness.”

A native of North Carolina, Harris studied art at Harvard University.

After graduation, he worked in South Carolina, Morocco and New York, diligently focusing on the techniques of the abstract expressionists. He currently works in his studio in New Orleans.

This exhibit 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 |

Monroe Library: A Top Twenty Library

Princeton top 20

Read about the Monroe Library’s Princeton Ranking

Restoring Archival Documents with Digital Magic!

The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives often deals with fragile and damaged historical documents. As material ages, especially paper, it often becomes brittle and easily torn. Additionally, materials sometimes come to us in a damaged condition. It is not always within our means to restore the document to its original physical form. However, the magic of digital reconstruction can produce a nearly perfect image which preserves the information on the document for future researchers. While not the most ideal option, creating a digital composite of the independent pieces of the document essentially provides a complete version of the document which may not have otherwise been possible.

This photograph composite of the 1947 graduates of the Loyola College of Pharmacy arrived in Special Collections & Archives in six pieces. As you can see, the pieces appear to have been cut apart with scissors.

Pharmacy Graduate Composite Before Digital Reconstruction

Pharmacy Graduate Composite Before Digital Reconstruction

After some expertly applied digital magic, this image was created which hides the tears and rips almost completely!

Pharmacy Graduate Composite Post Digital Reconstruction

Pharmacy Graduate Composite Post Digital Reconstruction

If there are any digital artists out there who would like to assist the Special Collections & Archives in reconstructing documents such as this, please contact us at

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

August 15, 1534

Today marks an important date in the history of St. Ignatius and the Society of Jesus. On August 15, 1534, Ignatius and six other men took vows of poverty and chastity at a crypt in Montmartre, outside of Paris, laying the groundwork for the founding of the Society of Jesus. Only three years later Ignatius was ordained a priest, and the Jesuits were formally constituted as a religious order in 1540.

Special Collections & Archives has many items related to the life of St. Ignatius and the founding of the Jesuits. One of the oldest of these materials is the Constitutiones Societatis Iesu cum earum Declarationibus, published in 1583, only 43 years after the Society of Jesus was founded. This volume can be found in the Jesuit Archives which are housed at Loyola and contains the official Latin version of St. Ignatius’ own Spanish revision. The contents concern the laws of the Society of Jesus, including who may be admitted, grounds for dismissal, general health care, guidelines for founding and administration of schools, and the vows of poverty.

Constitutiones Societatis Iesu, Title Page

Constitutiones Societatis Iesu, Publication Info

Constitutiones Societatis Iesu, Page 1

The Constitutiones Societatis Iesu has been digitized by many institutions. The 1583 publication is digitized in full and available in La Biblioteca Virtual de Patrimonio Bibliográfico. The University of Wisconsin – Madison has digitized the 1838 version which includes an English translation.

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

Welcome back, Wolf Pack!

We’ve got all kinds of great stuff for you in the Monroe Library!

Did you know that you can check out laptops and other equipment at the Learning Commons desk? There are headphones, voice recorders, cameras, video recorders, webcams, flip cams, and calculators. You can also check out lockers and group study rooms.

Do you need resources for a paper? Our librarians can help you locate scholarly articles, books, and even DVDs that are relevant to your research.

Do you need a textbook for your class? Check with us at the Learning Commons desk to see if your professor put it on reserve.

So come on over to the Learning Commons desk and let us know what you need. Your success starts with us!

Russian Folk Tales

Evgenii Rachev was an illustrator primarily of Russian folktales. Born in Siberia, he attended the Kiev Institute of Arts and began publishing in the 1940s. He spent the majority of his adult life in Moscow except for during World War II when he fought and also illustrated a front-line paper. The following colored plates are from the 1971 publication Russkie narodnye skazki (roughly translated to Russian folk tales) located in Special Collections & Archives.

More information about Rachev can be found on this website.

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

Southern Songs of the Confederacy

In 1923, the United Daughters of the Confederacy offered a prize for the best compilation of “Old Southern Songs of the Period of the Confederacy.” This award was won by Mrs. Kate E. Stanton of the William Dorsey Pender Chapter of the U.D.C. out of Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Mrs. Stanton compiled by hand almost 200 songs along with as much history she could discover about their origins and creators.

The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives is fortunate to have a copy of this 1926 compilation in its collection. Within its pages, the book contains such well known songs as Dixie’s Land and The Bonnie Blue Flag along with their accompanying histories. The songs in this compilation truly express the Southern sentiments at the time in regards to everything from states’ rights, to fear in battle, to missing one’s mother. Come by and check it out anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 – 4:45!

The Bonnie Blue Flag Lyrics

The Bonnie Blue Flag

The Bonnie Blue Flag History

The Bonnie Blue Flag History

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

2013 Honors Theses Online

Theses written by 2013 graduates of the University Honors Program are now available for viewing online through Loyola’s Digital Library. Students elected whether they wanted their theses available worldwide or only from Loyola’s campus. This year’s batch straddles a broad range of topics and shows the high level of excellence, as well as the academic diversity, of our Honors students.

The collection can be browsed here ( To search for a specific topic, title, or author, click “Advanced Search” at the top. The collection also includes theses from Loyola graduate and undergraduate students dating back to 1958.

More information about the Honors Program and the Honors Thesis/Senior Project can be found here (

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