Archive for June, 2017

Wavelength!

This Wednesday we share some colorful covers from our collection of Wavelength, a New Orleans music magazine published from 1980-1991.

The entire run of Wavelength has been digitized by the University of New Orleans, and is available here.

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New Student Orientation Is Happening!

New Student Orientation is happening on campus right now, and that means freshman are going through some familiar experiences:

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Moving in

Hanging out in the dorm


Buying books–and detergent


Checking mail


Hopefully, NOT getting hazed


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And an old tradition–the handing out of the freshman beanies.

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You can view all these pictures and more in the Loyola University Photographs Collection on 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.

World Sea Turtle Day!

Today is World Sea Turtle Day! In celebration, we share some images from Special Collections & Archives’ copy of Louis Agassiz’s Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America Volume II Part III, “Embryology of the turtle.”

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The image above includes one of the sea turtles native to the United States, the loggerhead sea turtle (no. 13-32), as well as several freshwater softshell turtles (no. 1-7), a painted turtle (no. 8-9), and a musk turtle (no. 10-12). Several illustrators worked with Agassiz on “Embryology of the turtle:” Jacques Burkhardt, Henry James Clark, and Auguste Sonrel.

While Agassiz’s legacy includes endorsement of the theory of polygenism, a form of scientific racism, in his early career he was a well recognized biologist and geologist. The four volumes of Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America were published from 1857-1862 and detail the zoology of American turtles and jellyfish. The compendium was meant to eventually include ten volumes but was never finished.

Below are more images from “Embryology of the turtle” of both freshwater turtles and their eggs and embryos.

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Additional images from Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America can be found in the fully digitized volumes in HathiTrust and in a digital exhibit from the Gould Library at Carleton College, or come view the volume in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library.

Happy day, world sea turtles! Do you like turtles?

Letters from Iceland

It’s summer–what are your vacation plans? Perhaps a trip to chilly Iceland? For travel tips, look no further than W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland, previously detailed on the blog here.

Bon voyage!

Djuna Barnes in the Giroux Collection

Djuna Barnes, 1905. Public domain photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Djuna Barnes, a writer and artist whose novel Nightwood is considered one of the earliest prominent American novels to portray lesbian relationships.

Djuna Barnes' The Antiphon, Nightwood, and Ryder from the Robert Giroux Book Collection

The Robert Giroux Book Collection in Special Collections & Archives contains several novels by Barnes.

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Search the library’s collections for more info on Barnes, or come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives Tuesday-Thursday, 9-12 or 1-4:30, to view the books pictured above.

Nexus Press Collection

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One of the pioneer artist’s book and fine press publishers in the South was Nexus Press, which was born out of an artists’ co-op in Atlanta, GA in 1976. Nexus Press was known for collaboration – artists from around the world were often invited to participate in residencies resulting in a small editions of artist’s books. The books were usually offset-printed, which lent itself to Nexus Press’ bold and spontaneous style. Although the organization shut down its presses in 2006, Nexus Press books continue to be prized by libraries collecting artists’ books. We are lucky to hold a few titles from this esteemed press; you can view more photos and information about some of these books here and here or come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library to see the Nexus Press collection in person!

Special Collections Summer Hours

Summer is here, and Special Collections & Archives will have new hours.

Monday: By appointment only

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00; 1:00 -4:30

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00; 1:00 -4:30

Tuesday: 9:00-12:00; 1:00 -4:30

Friday: By appointment only

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Photo from 1967 Wolf available here.