Archive for July, 2014

College of Music Collection

1885 drawing of Mr. W.B. Schmidt’s house, later the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art

Special Collections & Archives recently finished processing an artificial collection containing materials related to the College of Music (now the College of Music and Fine Arts) at Loyola University New Orleans. Violinist and composer Ernest Schuyten established the New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art in 1919. Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music was established when the Conservatory was incorporated into the university in 1932 with Schuyten as the first dean.

Materials in the collection include written histories of the College; documents relating to persons associated with the College; programs of musical performances; newsletters; and music scores both by College faculty and written for the university.The finding aid for the collection is available here. Some items from the collection have been digitized and are available in the Louisiana Digital Library.

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

Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection

"Sketch of My Trip," by Minnie Sage. From Los Angeles to Vancouver via train and boat, photograph album with handwritten captions.

Special Collections & Archives recently finished processing the Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection. Anthony J. Stanonis received a B.A. in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, then an M.A. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in history, from Vanderbilt University. In 2007 he began teaching Modern United States History at Queen’s University in Belfast where he continues to teach and reside.

Stanonis’ research interests have centered on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism. Around 2004, in an effort to collect primary sources related to tourism from the perspective of the tourist, Stanonis began purchasing travel diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence from eBay.  This collection contains correspondence, daily calendars, diaries, journals, pocket notebooks, photograph albums and scrapbooks related to travel, tourism and daily life as recorded by the creators of the items.

Special Collections & Archives is also home to Stanonis’s ephemera collection.

Scrapbook: Pictures and Journals, circa 1926

Florida 1945 Ado + Neva

"Trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas," by Mrs. Fred Trieber

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