Rare photographs of Loyola University in the 1930s

In 2010 the Monroe Library Archives & Special Collections was lucky enough to receive a collection of rare negatives taken on Loyola’s Campus in 1938 & 1939. This was a decade before the school hired Russ Cresson to be the official university photographer in 1949.  These images were taken by Dr. Edward W. Wynne, an Arts & Sciences graduate of Loyola University in 1939. According to his son, Michael D. Wynne, Dr. Wynne was the school’s unofficial photographer during the late 1930s. After receiving his medical degree from LSU, Dr. Wynne went on to become a pediatrician in Lafayette and the surrounding area for 40 years. A prominent member of many philanthropic and medical societies, Dr. Wynne was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Dr. Wynne died in 1989.

From autopsies and dissections performed in the biology and medical laboratories to Christmas on campus, sporting events and fraternity hazing rituals, this collection provides a unique look at student life on campus in the 1930s.

Fun in Biology Lab

Fun in Biology Lab

Fraternity hazing

Fraternity hazing

Christmas on campus

Christmas on campus

Go to the Louisiana Digital Library to see the rest of the images in this collection!

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

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