Archive for August, 2017

Extract from the Reconstructed Constitution of the State of Louisiana

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“Extract from the Reconstructed Constitution of the State of Louisiana,” 1868, a slightly tattered treasure from our Collection of New Orleans Miscellany .

The seated man in the center of this document is Oscar Dunn, the first black lieutenant governor of the U.S. Senate elected in 1868. In the late 1800s, a monument in Dunn’s honor was slated to be erected in New Orleans, yet after his untimely and mysterious death, the monument was never created. You can listen to this man’s inspiring, yet tragic, story on this episode of “TriPod: New Orleans at 300.

August 15, 1534: Jesuit Society Formed

Today in honor of the founding of the Jesuit Society we are highlighting our Jesuit Scrapbook from our Digital Archives.

The scrapbook is a record of the men who served in the Society of Jesus, and the churches, schools, and institutions they established in the South.
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The photographs in the scrapbook include numerous portrait photographs of the Jesuits working in the South, group photographs of Jesuit Communities, and major houses such as the College of the Immaculate Conception in New Orleans and St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, La. This scrapbook can be viewed in its entirety can be viewed via the Louisiana Digital Library by following this link.

Physical rights are held by Loyola University New Orleans, Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus.

The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer

A book that recently migrated from the stacks to Special Collections is a translation of Antonio Mediz Bolio’s The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer: Folksong of the Maya. This English edition of the work includes several illustrations by renowned Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Best known for his controversial murals, Marxist ideals, and tumultuous marriage to Frida Kahlo, Rivera remains a central figure in Mexican and 20th century art.

The prologue to this edition reads:

“The Land of the Pheasant and the Deer” by Antonio Mediz Bolio is an example and a lesson for the literature of America. In its pages- as Emerson said- thought itself has created the style. As they are being read the grace of their reasoning ripens in the spirit. The soul enters, avid and bold, into dimly visualized realms, and it gradually discovers in advancing the sense of relation that mates and binds together the races in our Continent. Their voices seem to bathe in waters of dream, of breeze, of ocean. The poet’s word breaks in the shadow or glares under the bronzy sky. Behind it the outcry of the maya chorus raises the stem of its elegance and of its prophecy.”

The author, Anthony Mediz Bolio, was born in 1884 to a wealthy family, and spent most of his childhood at his father’s hemp plantations. On the plantations, he was surrounded by Mayan people, who did not speak Spanish. Bolio was exposed to the colorful Mayan language this way. In this work, which he wrote in Spanish, he tried to emulate the phrasing of the Mayan language. In the dedication, he writes:

“I am from the land of the Mayab. She is my mother. To my mother dedicate I this book, too little for her, too much for me.

“To the woman whose eyes tenderly watched upon this offspring of my heart.

“To the sons of the Mayab, my brothers in blood and in hope.”

The stories can also be read in Spanish here.

You can view this book in Special Collections. During the summer session, we are open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, and Monday and Friday by appointment only.

Hiring: Information Resources Specialist

The Monroe Library is hiring! Please visit the Loyola Human Resources Employment Opportunities page to apply for the Information Resources Specialist position.

Information Resources Specialist – University Library – Job posted 8/7/2017

The Information Resources Specialist manages print and electronic journals and packages, and manages books orders through vendor’s website. Develops monthly expenditure reports and usage statistics for annual review of information resources. Manages donations of books and music to the Monroe Library and the government documents collection. Works with others to maintain print collections and order replacements for missing and lost materials.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree. Familiarity with library information resources. Computer skills in an online multi-tasking environment. Comfort with the use of technology for data analysis, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and patrons. Ability to work productively in a team environment. Collaborative analytical and problem-solving skills and initiative. Project planning and implementation skills. High degree of accuracy in complex, detailed work.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Academic library experience. Supervisory experience, especially with college-age employees.

Dragons eat sun! Eclipse coming!

Dragons eat sun! Eclipse coming!

It’s not the coming of Daenerys Targaryen, but, weather permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible at Loyola University New Orleans on Monday, August 21, 2017. It begins at 11:57 am, is at its peak at 1:29 pm and will be over at 2:57 pm. All times are Central U.S. The eclipse will not be total in New Orleans, but about 80% of the sun will be obscured by the moon.

Remember not to look at the sun straight on without proper eye protection. Regular sunglasses are not enough to prevent eye damage. Be sure any glasses are ISO 12312-2 compliant. Or look opposite the sun for projected images through a pinhole camera, like a tiny hole in an index card, or among leaf shadows for a projected image.

If the weather’s cloudy, then watch the eclipse by livestream. Linda Hall Library 2017 solar eclipse guide.

Books in our collection:

Nordgren, Tyler E. (Tyler Eugene). Sun moon Earth : the history of solar eclipses from omens of doom to Einstein and exoplanets. Call number QB541 .N67 2016.

Mobberley, Martin. Total solar eclipses and how to observe them [electronic resource]. Call number E-BOOK. Publication date 2007.

Ways to Watch the 2017 solar eclipse – from NASA

Update!  August 15, 2017:  The Physics Department at Loyola will have two telescopes with solar filters stationed in the quad in front of the Monroe Building to view the eclipse safely.  They will also have a live, streaming feed on a large monitor in the Physics lab on the first floor of Monroe.  Contact Dr. Martin McHugh for more information.

And a one-hour course The Sun and the Total Eclipse of August 2017 from Dr. Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Handwriting in the Archives

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Ah, the days of handwritten notes!

This selection comes from the autograph book of Ida Marie Zorn Thompson(1861-1938), who was between the ages of 15 and 24 and living in New Orleans when the notes were compiled. Written to Ida by various girlfriends, each note sweetly dotes on Ms. Thompson (though not without a tinge of morbidity here and there).

You can view more of Ida’s autograph books as well as scrapbooks and journal entries belonging to her son, New Orleans poet Basil Thompson in the Loyola University New Orleans Scrapbook Collection.

Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess

Today’s post is dedicated to Paul Morphy, a world-renown chess prodigy born in New Orleans, LA in 1837. Morphy began playing chess as a young man and became notably successful at “blindfold games,” which, yes, required playing without looking at the board.
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*selection of images and text from Life of Paul Morphy in Europe (1859) and Morphy’s Games of Chess (1916).

Morphy was a member of the Chess, Checkers, and Whist Club in New Orleans, which was housed in the Vieux Carré on the corner of Canal and Barronne st. until 1920. A marble bust of Morphy was featured prominently within the club. Join us in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room to learn more about this fascinating man and his adventures in chess!