Archive for August, 2016

Retro-computing on Campus

Over the years Loyola has has a variety of computer systems, including this IBM 1620 Data Processing System. The 1620, considered to be a small, affordable model, was manufactured by IBM between 1959-1970, during which time 2,000 were produced.

Check out the IBM 1620 in action in the 1966 film The Story of Technology:

I.T.U. – Story of Technology – 1966 from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

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

National Parks @100: Moments

America’s National Parks have kicked off their centennial year! To celebrate 100 years of our nation’s unique park system and natural wonders, Found in the Archives will offer an occasional #natioanlparkmoment. Today’s installment, from the Anthony Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection, is from a 1936 scrapbook by an unknown author detailing their trip to South Dakota’s Badlands National Park.

Come see this scrapbook for yourself in Special Collections & Archives!

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

2016 Position Announcement

This position was posted on August 25, 2016 and has since been filled.

Position Announcement:  Part-time Learning Commons Assistant

The Monroe Library is seeking a part-time Learning Commons (LC) Assistant to provide basic circulation, research, and technology assistance Thursday-Sunday. The position is responsible for managing library facilities during the evening and weekend hours and maintains library printers, copy machines, and other equipment. The LC Assistant participates in the training, supervision, and mentoring of LC student employees.  The position requires a high level of interaction with students and members of the Loyola community requiring excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to handle complex situations with tact, discretion, and equity; and demonstrate good judgment in interpreting and applying policies and procedures.

Qualifications: College degree; or two years of college and two year of library work experience. Excellent customer service skills, demonstrated ability to work in an active learning environment and juggle multiple tasks; excellent interpersonal skills, communication and writing skills, and clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with faculty, staff, students and others; demonstrated problem-solving skills, motivated to learn new things.

Work schedule: The Part-time Learning Commons Assistant’s work schedule during the Fall and Spring semesters are: Thursday: 4pm-9pm, Friday: 4pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm. Summer and intersession hours vary depending on the academic calendar and the library hours.

To apply, please visit Loyola University Human Resources at:

Light in August Around the World

Set in Mississippi and Alabama, William Faulkner’s Light In August traces the journey of pregnant Lena Grove to find Joe Brown, the father of her child, as well as the exploits of Joe Brown’s bootlegging partner Joe Christmas. When asked about the book’s title, Faulkner said, “…in August in Mississippi there’s a few days somewhere about the middle of the month when suddenly there’s a foretaste of fall, it’s cool, there’s a lambence, a luminous quality to the light, as though it came not from just today but from back in the old classic times. It might have fauns and satyrs and the gods and—from Greece, from Olympus in it somewhere. It lasts just for a day or two, then it’s gone. . .the title reminded me of that time, of a luminosity older than our Christian civilization” (from Reading Faulkner: Light in August: Glossary and Commentary by Hugh Ruppersburg).

Light in August was published in 1932, and the first translation was published in French in 1935. Special Collections & Archives has copies of the novel translated into over 10 languages in the Patrick Samway Collection.

English First Printing, 1932

Danish 1981

Spanish 1970

Croatian 1977

Romanian 1973

Portuguese 1973

Japanese 1967

Italian 1974

Hungarian 1964

German 1949

French 1935

Bonus: the University of Michigan has a 1975 Russian version.

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

Wolfpack Olympians

The 2016 Summer Olympics are in full force, so now seems like a good time to remember some of Loyola’s Olympians of years past.

1933 Wolf Yearbook picture of Emmett Toppino and Tad Gormley

Emmett Toppino and Tad Gormley in the 1933 Wolf Yearbook

Emmett Toppino, “the Loyola flash,” won gold in the 4×100 m relay team at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Toppino, with teammates Bob Kiesel, Hec Dyer, and Frank Wykoff, set a new world record under associate coach Tad Gormley, Loyola’s boxing, basketball and track coach and football trainer.

Picture of Tad Gormley with football team

Tad Gormley with the Loyola football team, 1938

Gormley also coached Olympic gold medalist and Loyola alum Eddie Flynn, welterweight boxing champion at the 1932 Summer Games.

1933 Wolf Yearbook pictures of Eddie Flynn and Rolland Romero

Eddie Flynn and Rolland Romero in the 1933 Wolf Yearbook

Also pictured above is Rolland Romero, a Loyola triple jumper who competed in both the 1932 and 1936 Olympics.

Eugene Henry “Gene” Walet, III competed in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics in sailing. Walet was a product of the Southern Yacht Club (previously blogged about here).

1955 Wolf Yearbook feature on Gene Walet

1955 Wolf Yearbook feature on Gene Walet

2002 saw another Wolfpack connection. Ashley Muir, a junior psychology major, was chosen as one of the torchbearers through New Orleans preceding the Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

2002-01-18 Maroon article about Ashley Muir

2002-01-18 Maroon article about Ashley Muir

Do you know of any other Wolfpack/Olympic connections? Let us know in the comments!

Collection Spotlight: Deiler Papers


from J. Hanno Deiler Papers Box 1 Folder 5, "Church and Parish Records: Carrollton, 1848-1900"

Today marks 167 years since the birth of J. Hanno Deiler, creator of Special Collections & Archives’ J. Hanno Deiler Papers. Deiler was born at Altoetting, Upper Bavaria on August 8, 1849. In 1871 he accepted a position as principal of a German school in New Orleans.  He arrived in New Orleans early in 1872, and in 1879 he became professor of German at the University of Louisiana, which later became Tulane University.

It was Deiler’s ambition to cultivate a taste for German literature, culture, and song in New Orleans and to improve the condition of Germans in the United States.  He served for many years as director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft, an immigrant aid society.  He started the German Archives for the History of the Germans in the South.  In 1882 he founded and served as president of the New Orleans Quartette Club,  which was dedicated to the preservation of German culture and song.  He was president of the New Orleans German Gazette Publishing Company and wrote extensively about Germans in the United States, especially in Louisiana,  contributing to numerous German and American periodicals and authoring one book, The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent (available in digitized form here and here at the Internet Archive).  In 1898 the German Emperor recognized Deiler’s literary achievements and his services to the German people in the U.S. by conferring upon him knighthood in the Order of the Crown. Deiler died at his summer home in Covington, Louisiana on July 20, 1909.


from J. Hanno Deiler Papers Box 1 Folder 2, "Census of German Villages, 1724 "

These papers consist principally of notes Deiler took while researching the history of Germans and German-Americans in Louisiana.  They also contain writings by Deiler, a small amount of correspondence, and miscellaneous items.  Much of the material is undated; most items probably originated between 1890 and 1909.

Additional materials relating to Deiler are available at the Historic New Orleans Collection, including the Deutsches Haus Collection.


from J. Hanno Deiler Papers Box 1 2 Folder 14, "Count de Leon, Duke of Jerusalem and the Colony 'Germantown,' Webster Parish, Louisiana"

This collection is available for research in the in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.