Collection Curiosities

Special Collections and Archives presents “Collection Curiosities,” an exhibit of unusual and rarely seen items from Special Collections and Archives.

This exhibit is loosely inspired by Cabinet of Curiosities (also called Wunderkammer or Kunstkammer) which were early museums in Renaissance Europe showcasing collections of unusual and exotic items. The “cabinets” were actually rooms that showcased wonders of the natural world, art works, and items of unusual or unknown origin.

For over 100 years, Loyola University has been collecting books, personal papers, and original materials related to the Society of Jesus, Loyola University New Orleans, the city of New Orleans, and specific fields in which Loyola faculty and alumni have excelled or in which Jesuit values have found expression. While some of the items found in this exhibit fall into these categories, many were preserved simply due to their rare and unique characteristics. Occasionally, even the provenance, or origin, of the item is unknown, making their presence in the collection even more remarkable. These unconventional objects will be on exhibit in the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives until May 31.

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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