Archive for May, 2017

Summer School – 1977!

As our students begin summer school this week, we take a look back to summer school…40 years ago.

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The summer of 1977 offered a plethora of classes to Loyola Students, as well as a robust offering of classes for the community in the City College division. Take a look at the Summer Bulletin here and enjoy these photos of campus from 1977.

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And make sure to check out Loyola’s campus in 1977!

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“Letters Read” performance series debuts in New Orleans

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Loyola University Special Collections is proud to have provided research materials for a new performance series in New Orleans, Letters Read , which made its debut last night at a local independent book store, Crescent City Books. This series features local actors reading from “historically important personal letters vital to the culture of New Orleans.” Letters Read is the brainchild of a nationally-renowned expert in stationery engraving and New Orleans resident, Nancy Sharon Collins, and is sponsored by local arts organization, Antenna. Nancy, who occasionally teaches classes in letter-writing and stationery history was pleased to discover our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection, which may be viewed in its digitized form here. Below is an excerpt from Nancy’s introduction to last night’s performance:

…The letters read tonight are by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, written during his 1886 summer on Grand Isle, Louisiana to mentor and editor Page Baker…Hearn was a writer, journalist, wanderer and urbane observer and commentator of human civilization. He moved to New Orleans the year Reconstruction ended and lived here for a decade. Hearn is credited with putting New Orleans on the map as a cultural destination. As with many, he loved our fair city.

The Grand Isle letters provide an unedited glimpse into a small, highly personal corner of Hearn’s New Orleans experience, composed of language and thoughts that may offend.

Hearn’s Grand Isle letters were chosen for the first Letters Read event because of their content. By bringing Hearn’s inner-most thoughts to a wider audience we can, perhaps, understand what brings a man to express feelings of this kind…

-Nancy Sharon Collins

The reading of the letters was preceded by a brief talk by social psychologist, Dr. Adrienne McFaul, who encouraged the audience to consider what it means to dehumanize another human being. Because of the anti-Semitic language in some of Hearn’s letters, contextualization and critical thinking were key to this innovative performance concept, which gives striking insight into the letters’ author and illustrates the complexities and contradictions of human thought processes and prejudices.

We at Loyola SC&A look forward to future iterations of this series and congratulate Nancy on the debut of Letters Read! You can find Nancy’s book, The Complete Engraver, here.

2016-2017 Student Research Competition Winners

Monroe Library is happy to announce the winners of its 2016-2017 Student Research Awards! The following are the awardees in four categories:

1. Graduate Student Research: Kathryn Domyan (Master of Music in Performance)
2. Senior Capstone/Thesis Research (tie):
Molly Mulroy (English, Writing)
Adam Stagg (Asian Studies)
3. Junior/Senior Research: Marley Duet (English)
4. Freshman/Sophomore Research: Elizabeth Barbour (English)

Each received a $200 award for the superlative and innovative research projects submitted. Monroe Library holds the contest each spring and is happy to honor the outstanding research conducted at Loyola. Congratulations to all five student scholars!

Ben Jonson Online new resource

The Monroe Library is pleased to announce a new electronic resource: the Cambridge Univeristy Press Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online contains all works, major and minor, of the English renaissance writer Ben Jonson (1572-1637) in full text, with both contemporary and modern spelling. There are many additional essays and reference material, including a play performance archive and music based on Jonson. Added to the collection using funds from the Alyssa Taylor Endowment.

Primary sources on slavery and nineteenth-century US

The Monroe Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Gale Primary Sources Starter Bundle. The bundle consists of three collections of historical, archival material. These collections can be used individually or as a group. There are:

19th Century US Newspapers: A collection of newspapers from the United States and its territories published between 1800 and 1899. Not every issue of every newspaper is available. Users can search the entire collection at once; advanced search focuses by individual paper, type of article, and publication dates. There are five New Orleans papers.

Slavery And Anti-Slavery: Consists of four parts: Debates, Slave Trade, Institution, and Emancipation. An international archive of over 5 million pages from books, magazines, manuscripts, court records, and reference materials on slavery, the anti-slavery movement, and emancipation. Each of the four parts can be searches separately. Covers the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

Times (of London) Digital Archive 1785-2011 Archive: The Times (of London), the newspaper of record for the United Kingdom, covering England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The newspaper is in full page image from 1785 through 2011. Advanced search limits by type of article.

In all, they are a treasure trove of nineteenth-century history for North America and Western Europe. Off-campus access is not yet available as of May 9, 2017, but should be set up within two to four weeks. The addition of these collections was made possible through endowment funds. Please contact your liaison librarian for more information or Online Services Coordinator Jim Hobbs, with questions, concerns, and compliments.

New Orleans Review Online

Special Collections & Archives at the Monroe Library hosts scanned back issues of the New Orleans Review, Loyola’s literary journal, in the Louisiana Digital Library. The NOR, for short, was started in 1968 by English department faculty Miller Williams, and has included advisory editors such as Joseph Fichter, S.J., and Walker Percy. In addition to the online collection, Special Collections & Archives also holds the NOR archive which includes correspondence, copy-edits, historical records, and more.

From the NOR website, authors published in the NOR include:

Walker Percy, Pablo Neruda, Ellen Gilchrist, Nelson Algren, Hunter S. Thompson, John Kennedy Toole, Richard Brautigan, Joyce Carol Oates, James Sallis, Jack Gilbert, Paul Hoover, Tess Gallagher, Sherman Alexie, Valerie Martin, Annie Dillard, Everette Maddox, Julio Cortazar, Gordon Lish, Robert Walser, Mark Halliday, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Harper, Angela Ball, Diane Wakoski, Dermot Bolger, Ernest J. Gaines, Roddy Doyle, William Kotzwinkle, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Arnost Lustig, Raymond Queneau, Yusef Komunyakaa, Michael Martone, Matthea Harvey, Bill Cotter, D.A. Powell, Rikki Ducornet, Ed Skoog, and many others.

Current issues of the New Orleans Review can be ordered through their website.

Vintage commencement

Commencement is this weekend…congratulations to the class of 2017! As you wait to walk across that stage and receive your diploma, enjoy these images of Wolfpack grads from the past.

1950s commencement in front of the "Old Library"

1950s Baccalaureate Mass in Holy Name of Jesus Church

1950s commencement on the steps of the "Old Library"

Saints/Hornets owner Tom Benson preparing to receive Honorary Degree from President James Carter, S.J. in 1987

Students at commencement, 1987

The Landrieu family celebrating after Mitch (third from the left) Landrieu's graduation from Loyola Law, 1987

President James Carter, S.J. (left) with Honorary Degree recipient Mildred Jefferson (center) and Archbishop Hannan (right), 1979

Students at commencement, 1970

Students at commencement, 1970

1950s students at commencement

Commencement, 1981

View more historic commencement photos in the University Photographs collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Happy National Nurses Week!

May 6–12 is National Nurses Week. In commemoration, here are images from Loyola nursing students and staff from the past.

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

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1950s nursing students on Marquette Hall steps

1950s/1960s nursing students on park bench

2 nursing students setting up "February Heart Month" display

Nursing student getting a freshman beanie on the front steps of Marquette Hall

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Dance of the Flyers AKA Voladores ‘Flying Men’

Today in celebration of Cinco De Mayo, we bring you an excerpt of the Mexican Jesuit Francesco Saverio Clavigero’s book, The history of Mexico. Collected from Spanish and Mexican historians, from manuscripts and ancient paintings of the Indians. Illustrated by Charts and other copper plates. To which are added, critical dissertations on the land, the animals, and inhabitants of Mexico.

This book is available for research M-F 9-4:30 and is part of our Archives & Special Collections as well as available electronically as part of the Internet Archive.

I chose to highlight pages 402 through 404 from Volume 1 that give a description of the mesoamerican ritual called the Dance of the Flyers AKA Pole Flying AKA Ceremony of the Voladores (Flying Men). The reason I chose to highlight this section is because I had the opportunity to see a performance of this ritual recently outside of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

This dance has been awarded a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity distinction and is described as follows on their website:

“The ritual ceremony of the Voladores (‘flying men’) is a fertility dance performed by several ethnic groups in Mexico and Central America, especially the Totonac people in the eastern state of Veracruz, to express respect for and harmony with the natural and spiritual worlds. During the ceremony, four young men climb a wooden pole eighteen to forty metres high, freshly cut from the forest with the forgiveness of the mountain god. A fifth man, the Caporal, stands on a platform atop the pole, takes up his flute and small drum and plays songs dedicated to the sun, the four winds and each of the cardinal directions. After this invocation, the others fling themselves off the platform ‘into the void’. Tied to the platform with long ropes, they hang from it as it spins, twirling to mimic the motions of flight and gradually lowering themselves to the ground. Every variant of the dance brings to life the myth of the birth of the universe, so that the ritual ceremony of the Voladores expresses the worldview and values of the community, facilitates communication with the gods and invites prosperity. For the dancers themselves and the many others who participate in the spirituality of the ritual as observers, it encourages pride in and respect for one’s cultural heritage and identity.”

Here is part of Clavigero’s description of the ritual:

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And the copper plate illustration of the ritual that faces page 4o2:

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As an added bonus, here is a short video I shot on my phone while experiencing the performance in February:

Russell Gerard Cresson, 1921 – 2017

Russell Gerard Cresson, for 40-years the official photographer of Loyola, passed away last month on April 23rd at the age of 96.

From 1949 until 1987, Cresson (also an alumnus of the University), documented Loyola’s campus, faculty, staff, students, and events. Much of this record is in our Loyola University Photographs Collection. Not all of our Cresson images have been digitized, but you can view the 8230 currently available through the Louisiana Digital Library.

We here in the Special Collections & Archives extend our deepest sympathies to Cresson’s family and friends and offer our sincere gratitude for his years of dedication to documenting the life of Loyola University.

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Wolf Yearbook picture editor Bob Reso (left) with University photographer Russ Cresson (right)