Archive for 2014

#howtotuesday: Manage Muskrats

If you are anything like me, you haven’t given a lot of thought to the muskrat. When it comes to local semiaquatic rodents, my mind goes immediately to the nutria, the much-maligned destroyer of our wetlands. But the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has given a lot of thought to the muskrat. In fact, sixty-five years ago they wrote the book on it.

The Muskrat in the Louisiana Costal Marshes was published in 1949, and represents the work of a five-year study, conducted 1940-1945, into the “ecology, population trends…and managing and producing muskrats on the Louisiana coast.”

It is a technical text, but does provide an interesting overview of the history of the animal in the state

As well as photographs of the fieldwork of the study

And of course, the elusive muskrat himself.

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

Sports from the past

Today Found in the Archives highlights some of the lesser known athletic adventures of Loyola’s past. All of the photographs seen below were recently digitized from Special Collections & Archives collection of university photographs. Our ever-expanding online collection can be seen here.

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

#howtoTuesdays: Play piano

Today’s #howtoTuesday is a collection of 19th century piano music. The first section of the book is J. B. Cramer’s Instructions for the Piano Forte. The German Johann Baptist Cramer was born in Mannheim, Germany but spent most of his life in London, and was described as “one of the father of the church of pianoforte playing”  by pianist Edward Dannreuther. Beethoven was a fan of Cramer’s piano studies (short pieces for improving technical ability) and selected some of them for practice by his nephew, so if you decide to learn how to tickle the ivories from this volume, you’ll be in good company.

This particular volume was bound with several 19th century popular piano pieces which probably fall outside of the beginner’s abilities.

You can visit Instructions for the Piano Forte in person in Special Collections & Archives 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.

Vintage summer

It’s finally summer break for Loyola students. Enjoy these photos of Loyolians of the past taking advantage of the warm weather.

"Children's Art Classes - Cynthia Clark - teacher 1973 (summer)"

"Children's Art Classes - Summer 1973."

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

#howtotuesdays: 19th C. Engineer

Ever wondered how to be a nineteenth century engineer? We have the book for you!

The operative mechanic and British machinist; being a practical display of the manufactories and mechanical arts of the United Kingdom was published in America in 1826 by Cary and Lea of Philadelphia.

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Two volumes bound as one book, the Operative Mechanic instructs one on all manner of engineering.

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Including wind mill construction:
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As well as the basics of harnessing “Animal Strength”:

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Feel free to come and see The Operative Mechanic for yourself in Special Collections and Archives!

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

Happy Nurses Day

Today is National Nurses Day. To celebrate, here are some images of nursing students from Loyola’s history.

Wondering when these photos were taken, or who’s in them? So are we! Leave a comment to help us identify them.

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

Free 12 am snacks this week

The Residence Hall Association has partnered with the library to provide free snacks during finals. Fruit, bagels, energy bars, and other healthy treats will be served by your RHA representatives in the library at 12 am on Monday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 7. Thanks for your generosity, RHA!

Finals? Beware of “reflex nightmare!”

The front page of the The Maroon from May 5, 1935, is full of busy end-of-the-school-year news. The final student dance had been scheduled, and the senior party hosted by alumni had been set. But what really caught our attention can be found at the bottom of the page: “Dental Student Victim of Unique Reflex Nightmare.”

As the article explains, Eddie Driscoll, a junior in Loyola’s Dental School, was so nervous about his upcoming pathology exam that he awoke from a dream and was unable to move. (Perhaps a case of what is now called “Sleep Paralysis”?) If such a panic should strike you, take comfort in the fact that, as Eddie explained, “this only happens to brilliant people.”

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

#howtotuesdays: Meditate

With finals right around the corner, some of you might be looking for a way to increase your focus and spiritual well-being. Enter the Dutch Jesuit Rev. Joannes Philippus Roothaan’s How to Meditate. The volume was originally published in Latin in 1840; the version presented here was translated into English by Louis J. Puhl in 1945.

Meditation here refers not to the “New Age” definition of the word but to the most commonly used method of prayer from St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, one of the “great classics of Christian spirituality” (LEWIS, J. “Spiritual Exercises.” New Catholic Encyclopedia).

This book and others by Roothaan are available in Special Collections & Archives and the Jesuit Archives.

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

Contraflow: Senior Exhibition in Diboll

Senior Exhibition

“Contraflow” Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 24, 5 – 8 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Fourth floor, J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library

Free and open to the public

Come join us to celebrate our talented graphic design seniors in the Loyola Department of Art + Design’s annual exhibitions, featuring works by Kortney Cleveland, Blair Daspit, Jamie James, Hannah Joffray, Calder King, Nicole Luke, Eugenie McLellan, Blair Price, Alexander Smith, Rebeca Triana and David Wessel. The exhibit will run from April 24 through May 1 in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery.