Archive for October, 2013

Cornet Archives Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture

Yaëlle Biro, assistant curator of African arts at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will examine the role of archival research within the field of African art history during a free lecture at Loyola University New Orleans Thursday, October 17th.

“Mining Archives: Contributions to African Art History,” the inaugural event of the Cornet Archives Lecture Series, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114.

Drawing upon her work as a curator and art historian on recent exhibitions, Biro will discuss how she uses archival resources to uncover when and how objects from Africa were introduced as art to European and North American audiences in the early 1900s. Such resources include photographic holdings, key dealers’ accounting books and inventories, collectors’ acquisition ledgers, and personal and institutional correspondence.

Recent exhibitions she has worked on include “African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde,” which closed in September, and “The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas,” on display at the Met Oct. 8, 2013 to Oct. 5, 2014.

Biro’s lecture is made possible with the support of Loyola’s Françoise Billion Richardson Distinguished Professorship of the Frere Joseph Cornet Archives. Cornet studied indigenous art, music and ethnography in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Included in the archives are as many as 150 field notebooks and 20,000 photographs. Cornet’s archive is considered one of the most important African visual archives in the world and is housed in Special Collections and Archives at Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

A reception will follow in the Monroe Library Living Room where numerous examples of Cornet’s photography are on display.

Troy Thayer: Friend of the Month

“The Monroe Library gives students every opportunity to succeed as long as they have the drive to enter through the doors.”

The Monroe Library Friend of the Month for September is Troy Thayer!  Troy is a junior Biology major with a double minor in Math and Chemistry.  A native of Tacoma, Washington, Troy decided to come to Loyola to experience a culture different from his home.  Troy’s many on-campus activities include: Concert Band, Swimming Club, TriBeta, Pi Mu Epsilon Math Club, and First in the Pack. Troy also volunteers at the Hope Lodge and is an Eagle Scout.

Troy plans on studying abroad for part of his senior year.  After graduation, Troy wants to become a dentist, earn his PhD, and become a professor of dentistry.

Troy uses the Monroe Library as a refuge to focus on work.  He utilizes many of our resources including reserves, computers, study rooms, and the library’s many quiet study spaces, often studying until the library closes at 2am!

Troy thinks that the Monroe Library can help further student success by extending hours on Saturday.  “When students have exams on Monday, it is difficult to study because the library is only open until 6pm.  If the building were open later, that would be ideal.”  Troy also stated, “The Monroe Library gives students every opportunity to succeed as long as they have the drive to enter through the doors.”

Thank you for using the Monroe Library, Troy, and congratulations on being our Friend of the Month!

#minibookMonday

Title Page

Today’s #minibookMonday is an 1877 Catholic Child’s Prayer Book. Published in Baltimore by John Murphy Co., the book was “compiled with the view of placing within the reach of Catholic children, a complete Prayer Book for Daily Use, in the most compact and attractive form.”

Page 62

It is indeed attractive, with 36 illustrations included within.

Page 126

At 10cm it is one of the smallest non-fine-art books in Special Collections & Archives.

Hand holding book

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

Postcards of Louisiana’s Catholic Sites

The Special Collections & Archives Department of the Monroe Library has recently uncovered a collection of historic postcards featuring numerous Catholic sites and structures from around the state of Louisiana. These postcards date from the early 1900s and feature both black and white images and hand colored images, as well as artistic renditions of the featured sites.

A large portion of the collection features sites and structures here in New Orleans. You may recognize some of them!

Historic Photograph of Jackson Square

A true image of Jackson Square around the turn of the century.

Artistic rendition of Jackson Square

An artistic rendition of Jackson Square.

The backside of the above postcard featured a tagline for the city: “New Orleans – America’s Most Interesting City.”

These sites should be especially familiar to Loyola students:

Hand colored photograph of Loyola University Campus

A hand colored photograph of Loyola's Campus.

An historic photograph of St. Mary's Dominican Academy at Broadway and St. Charles

St. Mary's Dominican Academy at Broadway and St. Charles. The central building is now Greenville Hall on Loyola's Broadway Campus. The building to the right is no longer in existence.

These structures might be a little harder to recognize:

The 3rd Ursuline Convent building in the 9th Ward at the turn of the century.

The 3rd Ursuline Convent building in the 9th Ward at the turn of the century.

Hotel Dieu - once run by the Sisters of Charity, this structure is now a part of the Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital.

Hotel Dieu - once run by the Sisters of Charity, this structure is now a part of the Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital.

The collection also features sites from outside of New Orleans:

Catholic churches in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

Catholic churches in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana

St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana

Interior of St. Michael's Convent Order of the Sacred Heart, Convent, Louisiana

Interior of St. Michael's Convent Order of the Sacred Heart, Convent, Louisiana

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