Archive for 2014

Christmas at Loyola, 1950-1970

Christmas tree decorating

Once again, it’s almost time for Loyola students, faculty, and staff to take leave campus for winter break. As in years past, let’s take a look at Loyola students celebrating Christmas throughout the school’s history.

Santa and children

Santa driving bus with children

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Christmas carol singing

Students with snowy car

Students with snowy car

Snowy nativity scene in front Marquette Hall

These photos and more like them can be found in the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library. Have a wonderful break, and come visit Special Collections & Archives in 2015.

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

Now hiring: Special Collections & Archives Projects Assistant, Part Time

Special Collections & Archives Projects Assistant, Part Time – University Library

The Special Collections & Archives Assistant collaborates with library faculty and staff in Special Collections & Archives duties, including reference assistance, processing of collections, digitization, exhibit preparation, and preservation activities on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills in project management, customer-focused service, team collaboration, and have an interest in archival description and digitization. The position is temporary, and expires in December 2015.

Qualifications: B.A. degree, or equivalent; excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and patrons; ability to work productively in a team environment; computer skills in an online, multi-tasking environment; high degree of accuracy and focus concerning complex, detailed work; collaborative and creative problem-solving ability; ability to manage multiple projects in a time sensitive environment.

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To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: resumes@loyno.edu or print an application and mail signed application to:

Human Resources Department
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New Orleans, LA 70118

More information is available on the Human Resources website.

New Orleans Traffic: Then and Now

Our how-to today is inspired by A traffic survey of New Orleans metropolitan area, 1944-1945. This report located in the stacks of our Special Collections & Archives was produced in a time before I-10 existed and when the main airport for New Orleans was located on Lake Pontchartrain.

Be you on foot, driving a car, biking or taking a city bus… Traffic (and getting stuck in it), is (and was) inevitable. Whether it’s the junction of I-10 and 90 around the New Orleans landmark, the Superdome, trying to get ANYWHERE during Mardi Gras or navigating the overcrowding of cars and shoppers on Magazine Street…. Everybody gets stuck in traffic.

These days we have traffic information available on our smartphones that automatically re-route us based on real-time geolocation data. In 1944,  these were the results of the timely endeavor of gathering and mapping traffic patterns…

Versus the ease of getting the flow of traffic this morning…

So, how did traffic flow in 1944 New Orleans?

Here is what car traffic looked like…

And transit based traffic…

Currently, a section of I-10 called the Claiborne Expressway is on a list of Freeways Without Futures with active proposals seeking its removal.

This area was once a thriving commercial area and greenbelt that became decentralized through the bisecting of the neighborhood by the interstate.

“Claiborne Avenue: Past, Present, and Future” from Congress for the New Urbanism on Vimeo.

Good luck getting around and a here’s a lagniappe of Ringo Star making sure you take the time to stop and smell the roses!

A traffic survey of New Orleans metropolitan area, 1944-1945 is available for viewing at the Special Collections and Archives, Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 4:30.

21st Amendment Anniversary

This Saturday, December 6, marks the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the nationwide prohibition on alcohol.

Image from the National Archives

Beneath the headline “Return of Liquor Taken Quietly by City, Celebrants,” the Times Picayune reported:

Formal prohibition repeal became effective in New Orleans Tuesday night in a surprisingly unobtrusive manner.

A number of private or semi-private “repeal” celebrations were held in homes and clubs, but a glimpse into one of this city’s more popular saloons or larger restaurants Tuesday night would scarcely have indicated that the 13-year drought was just ended.

It was scarcely mentioned in barroom conversation that repeal, one of the most widely discussed questions in American during the past few years, had at last become a fact. An occasional, casual, “Well, Joe, It’s legal now,” was all that as usually heard.

The nonchalant tone of repeal extended to the Loyola Maroon as well. A review of the archived issues shows that the repeal was not mentioned in the student newspaper at all immediately after it’s passage.

In contrast to the calm repeal of prohibition, the passage of the Eighteenth amendment, banning the sale of alcohol in 1919, was a fraught one. Opposing Views: The Battle Among Louisiana’s Urban Newspapers During the Ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment, held in Special Collections and Archives, documents the public battle waged across the state on the issue. Can you guess which side the New Orleans press supported?

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

Cookies!

Keep your eyes open for pop-up cookie parties in the library starting on December 8th!

50 years of ballet

1985 Society of Dance

The Loyola Ballet program kicked off its 50th anniversary season last week with its Fall Concert. In 1964, famed New Orleans dancer and choreographer Lelia Haller was asked by Loyola to institutionalize a dance program. Janet Comer and Rene Toups, the first two Loyola dance/drama majors, graduated in 1973.

Lelia Haller

Associate Professor Emerita  Gayle Parmelee succeeded Lelia Haller as Director of the Loyola Ballet in 1978.

Gayle Parmelee

Gayle Parmelee and students

Loyola graduate Laura Zambrano took over direction of the ballet after Gayle Parmelee retired in 1999. Today, it is an award-winning program.

Laura Zambrano and Enrique Martinez, 1981

1997 ballet students

These photos and others can be found in Special Collections & Archives, the Loyola University Photographs Collection, and the digitized Wolf Yearbooks.

Dancer, 1978

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

Extended Study Begins December 5th

The Monroe Library’s Extended Study Hours begin this Friday, December 5th. The library will be open continuously starting Friday, December 5th at 7:30 AM and will close Tuesday, December 16th at midnight.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Starting at midnight each night, the library will be open only to members of the Loyola community. Please be sure bring a valid Loyola ID in order to enter the building. The front doors will be locked, so use the side entrance near the computer lab wing to access the building.
  • Free coffee and tea will be served starting at midnight!
  • Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there are people on the waiting list.
  • Help us make the library conducive to all types of studying: the first floor is great for group study; the second floor is meant for quiet study (whispers only!); and the third floor is reserved for silent study.

This is the first semester we’ll be open continuously for eleven nights straight! (That’s right, we’re even open on Friday and Saturday night.) Love it? Hate it? “Meh” about it? Let us know what you think via our suggestion box.

Give Thanks Loyola

With only three days left before the Thanksgiving holiday, students rush to finish up assignments, confirm their flights, clean their rooms, and pack their bags in order to return home for the holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday is the 1st opportunity students have to reconnect with their families and hometown friends during the semester. All anyone can think about at the moment is how great it will be to be back at home, eating tons of home cooked food, and taking a break from assignments and studying before we return for the storm of finals. However, Thanksgiving should also be the time in which students reflect on the semester and give thanks. Personally, I am thankful for all of the friendships I have gained this semester, the opportunity to be at such a wonderful university, and the fact that I  have survived the semester thus far. Similarly, in the 2008 Maroon, Loyola students were thankful for their friends, campus dinning, and the break from academics.

log post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

#howtotuesday: Settle in LA

Today’s #howtoTuesday is for the time-traveling Louisiana settler–1911, to be exact. Louisiana for the Settler details the agricultural resources available in our state in the early 20th century.

The tome highlights our “marvelous soils,” “wonderfully fertile” fields, safe environment for raising livestock, and more. There’s even a guide to how much money in revenue different crops will produce per acre:

The images in this blog post come from a digitized copy of the book from Cornell University hosted by the Hathi Trust. You can also read the book in person in Special Collection & Archives.

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

Whitfield and the Lomaxes

John and Alan Lomax’s musical recordings of their trip to Southern Louisiana in 1934 gathering songs for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress have recently been made available online. This is a fascinating website that is entertaining as well as a user-friendly research tool. The attractive database is searchable by song indexes, interactive maps, as well as by performers’ names and parishes.

While looking around in our collections for related material, I came across a volume written by Irènè Thérèse Whitfield who collaborated with the Lomaxes during their research in Southern Louisiana.

Louisiana French Folk Songs published in 1939 was Irènè Thérèse Whitfield master’s thesis while studying at LSU. In 1934 during Irene’s research, her dean informed her of the Lomaxes (Alan was only 18 at the time) project and in turn helped establish a reciprocal relationship that benefited everyone involved. This association significantly privileged Whitfield in the successful completion of her groundbreaking book through the use of the sound recordings Lomax had made on a 300-pound portable recorder during their expeditions. While Irene’s local knowledge aided the Lomaxes in their work.

Picture of the recording equipment in the trunk of John Lomax’s car.

Here are a few selections found on the www.lomax1923.com website as well as in Whitfield’s book (click on the link or the index card to have a listen).

Jolie Blonde, from page 81.

Madame Fardueil, from page 86

Je veux me marier, from page 87

J’ai passé devant ta porte, from page 88

There is also a film by Alan Lomax about the culture of the bayous of Louisiana that is available for viewing in its entirety on Folkstreams: A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures called Cajun Country (1991).

Here is the trailer for Cajun Country via YouTube

A new study of the 1934 trip Traditional music in coastal Louisiana: the 1934 Lomax recordings by Joshua Clegg Caffery (who is also the author of www.lomax1934.com/find the time to watch the lecture at the bottom of the page – it’s fascinating) was recently published and will soon be available for checkout from the Monroe Library.

In the meantime, these other materials related to Lousiana music and folk culture are currently available at Monroe Library for further research:

Alan Lomax: selected writings, 1934-1997

Cajun and Creole music 1934 [sound recording]: the Lomax recordings

Acadian folk songs by Whitfield, Irène Thérèse

Accordions, fiddles, two step & swing: a Cajun music reader

Buying the wind: regional folklore in the United States

Louisiana French folk songs is available for research Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30 at the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives

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Additional online resources used:

Cajun Folklife, by Ryan Brasseaux

Lomax in Louisiana: Trials and Triumph, by Barry Jean Ancelet

A History of Folklife Research in Louisiana, by  Frank de Caro