Archive for 2016

Le Scarabée D’or


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Even though Halloween is over, there’s still time to appreciate things on the creepier side! These are a few pictures from a French copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug printed in 1892. This story was one of the most popular ones during his lifetime, and was submitted for a writing contest in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper, for which he earned the grand prize of $100 dollars, or about $3,230 today. Not only that, but this popularized the idea of cryptography, because the plot is based around an epic treasure hunt, which contains a rather complex cryptogram, with an explanation on how to crack it. So if you like mysteries with a couple chills down your spine, maybe you should check it out!

Call No. PS2615 .R822

This item and more can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.

Blog by student worker Miranda Renzi.

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, check out a “Haunting Note” (above) from the October 30, 1981 issue of The Maroon.

Each year, the Loyola University New Orleans Maroon features fun, spook-tacular articles surrounding Halloween on campus and in the Crescent City.

Another holiday remembered by the Loyola Maroon is All Saints’ Day.

This article from the October 28, 1994 Maroon explains why All Saints’ Day is so important and reminds students to remember the Holiday amidst all of the Halloween celebrations.

In 2001, the Maroon published an article on the lighter side of Halloween and All Saints’ Day.

However you plan to spend your Halloween and All Saints’ Day,

The Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives would like to wish you a Happy Halloween!

Posted by student worker Samantha

Voting Information

We just wanted to remind you that Louisiana Early Voting is from Oct 25th-Nov 1st 8:30-6pm!  Get the information you need from the Geaux Vote app.

Opera Student Pass Winner!

Congratulations to Alobi, pictured here with Special Collections and Archives Coordinator Trish Nugent, for winning our New Orleans Opera Association Student Pass contest. The contest involved a seek and find questionnaire & giveaway to support the “Encore! Encore! Bravi! Exhibit Introducing the New Orleans Opera Association Archives” exhibit in Special Collections & Archives. Alobi now has a student pass to the New Orleans Opera Association’s 2016-2017 season.

Congratulations, and thanks to all who participated!

Halloween Movies from the Library

Celebrate Halloween with this list of movie recommendations! All of these can be found in the Monroe Library DVD section on the first floor. Check them out!


1931 Todd Browning


1931 James Whale

King Kong

1933 Merian C. Cooper

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1956 Don Siegel

El Angel Exterminador

1962 Luis Bunuel

The Exorcist

1973 William Friedkin

Star Wars IV A New Hope

1977 George Lucas


1978 John Carpenter


1979 Scott Ridely

The Shining “Special edition”

1980 Stanley Kubrick

The Thing

1982 John Carpenter

Beetlejuice “20th anniversary”

1988 Tim Burton

Edward Scissorhands

1990 Tim Burton


1995 David Fincher

Fight Club

1999 David Fincher

The Matrix

1999 The Wachowski Brothers

Howl’s Moving Castle

2006 Hayao Miyazaki

Sweeney Todd

2007 Tim Burton


Today’s #pagefright — this spooky fraternity page from the 1924 Wolf yearbook.

Spooky fraternity page from the 1924 yearbook.

#PageFrights is a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.

Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2016

This year Open Access (OA) Week is October 24-30.  This is the ninth year libraries, authors and others around the world are observing OA Week.  The theme for 2016 is “Open in Action.” As the OA Week website says: “International Open Access Week has always been about action, and this year’s theme encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research”

Open Access is a new model of scholarly publication based on sharing.

Open Access means free, immediate access to scholarly material in full.

It’s a reversal of the old model, where university faculty and researchers write articles, publish them in commercial journals, and the library has to buy them back for other faculty and students to read.

That’s paying for it twice–-in the researcher’s salary and the library’s money!  And the publisher owns the article and can decide when and how it’s used and reused-–the writer has very little further control over its use.  The Internet provides a quick and simple way to distribute information to the world at a minimal cost, and is paid by organizations and individuals who want to see their research get the widest possible audience.  Universities and libraries worldwide are getting behind this new model of scholarly publication.

Open Access Week is a time to learn about this powerful new model. Find more information at

Coffin, Plank, Cramps: Printing in the 19th Century

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Gallows and Sockets, Printers' Grammar
Specimen, Printers' Grammar

Enjoy this sampling of “the coffin, plank, and cramps” as well as other somewhat creepily-named parts of a 19th century platen printing press in honor of #pagefrights month. These engravings (and many more) depicting typography specimen, diagrams of type cases, ornaments, and more are located in The Printers’ Grammar, printed in London by C. Stower, 1808. Come view the book in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library!

I leave you now with the book’s curious epigraph:

Aided by thee – O Art sublime! our race

Spurns the opposing bonds of time and space,

With Fame’s swift flight to hold an equal course,

And taste the stream from Reason’s purest source;

Vice and her hydra sons, thy powers can bind,

And cast in Virtue’s mould the plastic mind.

-The Press, John M’Creery, 1803

Night in New Orleans

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Night in New Orleans (Rice-Mitchell Pub., Co., 1911)

Call no.: F379.N54 R5x

This recent acquisition by Special Collections & Archives features striking night scenes of downtown New Orleans in the early 20th Century. The black and white photomechanical reproductions of photographs feature aerial views of iconic streets and businesses near and around the French Quarter, all illuminated by windows, streetcars, and beautiful electric signs.


Today’s #pagefrights is this ferocious looking wolf (or is it a werewolf!?) from the 1949 Wolf yearbook.

#PageFrights is a month-long social media celebration of Halloween, library & archives-style.