The Soldier in Our Civil War

Are you a student of history? Are you an artist? Perhaps you’re a little of both? Then come on up to the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives department to view a copy of The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865.

Each of the two volumes in this over-sized set measures 12″ x 17″ and is filled with intricate, hand-drawn illustrations.

Almost every major aspect of the four year War Between the States is depicted in these volumes.


The key players….

Home front politics….


And of course, battle scenes….

The book is filled with hundreds of illustrations. Come see it today in the Special Collections & Archives!

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Letters from Iceland

On what would have been his 107th birthday, Special Collections & Archives presents W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland.

Part letter, part travel book, and part poetry collection, Letters commemorates three months Auden and co-author Louis MacNeice spent in Iceland in 1936.

The book includes travel advice such as what to drink:

The beer is weak and nasty, and the lemonade unspeakable

and how to get around:

There are excellent bus services to all parts of the Island…Where there are no official buses, there are often milk-cars which will take you very slowly but cheaply. Those who are car-sick will have, I’m afraid, a rough time. (The drivers are excellent.)

Trivia is provided:

Haestarjettarmalaflutunesmanskifstofustulkonutidyralykill–a latch-key belonging to a girl working in the office of a barrister.

Much of the book is in verse:

The reason for hereness seems beyond conjecture,
There are no trees or trains or architecture,
Fruits and greens are insufficient for health
And culture is limited by lack of wealth.
The tourist sights have nothing like Stonehenge,
The literature is all about revenge.
And yet I like it if only because this nation
Enjoys a scarcity of population…

and both photos and graphs are used as illustrations.

This book is part of Special Collections & Archives’ Robert Giroux Collection of 20th century American writers.

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Goofy Photos from the Past

As part of an ongoing project to catalog, preserve, and digitize Loyola University’s vast collection of University Photographs, the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives staff often come across wacky and unexplainable images. This is especially true of a series of basketball photos taken in the 1950s & 1960s. Do you have any idea what’s going on in these photographs?

I'm not sure what this student did to be punished so severely....

Is there something really special about that basketball?

Synchronized basketball dunking?

This is a series of images featuring Wolf Pack Hall of Famer Eddie Galvin….in a top hat and cape?

He looks pretty serious about this.

Not sure what he's going for here....

Ball = wand maybe?

Oh my gosh! That looks like real magic!

To view more of the University Photograph collection, please visit our site on the Louisiana Digital Library!

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Friend of the Month: Alliciyia George

The Monroe Library Friend of the Month for January is Alliciyia George!  Alliciyia is a freshman Journalism major from Zachary, Louisiana, and is active on campus as a member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, First in the Pack, Crescent City Radio, and as a work study student for the library.  Alliciyia enjoys writing and after graduation plans to enter the journalism field.

Alliciyia studies, attends meetings, conducts research, and writes papers in the Monroe Library, as well as makes good use of the computers, scanners, and graphic design software.

Alliciyia thinks that the library should consider offering more outreach events and displays for the students. Some of her suggestions include producing displays featuring books which were turned into movies, having movie nights at the library for those titles as well, offering a student book club, and having trivia nights. Alliciyia also suggested a student council to advise and assist the library on student outreach initiatives. While the library once had a Student Library Advisory Committee, it has not been active in several years. Thanks Alliciyia for reminding us what a great idea it is!

Thank you for using the Monroe Library, Alliciyia, and congratulations on being our Friend of the Month!

19th Century Shipbuilding Scrapbook

Today Found in the Archives highlights the Arthur L. Freret Shipbuilding Scrapbook.  The scrapbook documents Mr. Freret’s work in shipbuilding in the Sunderland area of the United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland, and Nantes, France. The scrapbook appears to have been compiled from 1866 – 1868.

The scrapbook contains several publications, including a booklet titled, “A Short Description: Modern Floating Docks,” by Clark & Stanfield of Westminster, England, as well as full page issues of The Illustrated London News and The Engineer, both published in London, England.

Advertisement from Freret Scrapbook

"The Engineer", 1866, Freret Scrapbook

Additionally, the scrapbook contains hand written articles, graphs, plans, drawings, and experiment result tables referring specifically to the innovation of adding plating to the sides of iron ships.

“When I came thro Glasgow, in late fall of 1866, I got from a Danish friend, Mr. Ortman, head draught man of the Napier’s Ship Yard, the tracings & notes, on “Development plan” of outside plating to Iron Ships.

This development plan was then, still in its infancy, & unknown in French yards, where I introduced it in 1867-

A. L. Freret”

The Freret Scapbook is written in French and English, and contains a carefully preserved record of one man’s shipbuilding career. As always, it is yours for the viewing in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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Vintage Sweethearts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Though it seems that the holiday frequently gets overshadowed by Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Loyola students have still found a way to celebrate with their beloved every February 14. From 1953-1971, Loyola held a Sweetheart Cotillion in February to honor the Freshmen Sweetheart Court.





More vintage sweethearts and other Loyola history can be found in the Loyola University Maroon collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

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Black History Month: Loyola’s BSU Established

In light of Black History month, here is an article in the 1970′s Maroon that commemorates the establishment of Loyola University’s Black Student Union. BSU is a student organization that is open to all students and encourages the understanding of African American culture and history through various activities on campus. This organization, among many others, contributes significantly to cultural understanding and the diversity of the Loyola community.

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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Today’s #minibookmonday is an 1823 printing from Chiswick Press.

Measuring 13.4cm, the volume includes Robert Blaire’s “The Grave,”  Beilby Porteus’s “Death,” Robert Glynn’s “The day of judgment,”  E. Young’s “The last day,” and Samuel Boyse’s “Deity.”

It’s not the most uplifting work.

Like our last #minibookmonday, however, it does have a secret…

The pages at first glance are gold-edged, but held in the right way one can see a painting of Salisbury Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral built in the early 1200s.

This book is part of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection of finely bound and illustrated books. As always, it can be seen in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.

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When archives get personal

The scrapbook of Lise Mary Magdalen Tallant is a delightful object to peruse. Assembled when Ms. Tallant, who lived from 1888-1972, was a girl, it is full of images that caught a young girl’s fancy at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth: pictures of flowers, children, animals, and fashionable young women abound. While the book itself is quite fragile, the items that are pasted in have been well preserved, and the colors have maintained their luster.  [The entire scrapbook has been digitized and can viewed here.]

When I first examined the book the inscription of the creator struck me. Tallant is my mother-in-law’s maiden name. I’ve never met another Tallant in New Orleans. Could they be related?

When I told my mother-in-law about my find, she thought so. She had a great-aunt Lise. The scrapbook contained Lise’s address: 727 Lowerline Street in New Orleans. A check of the census records revealed that the Tallant family that resided there was indeed my mother-in-law’s family. Her grandfather Walter is listed on the 1900 census alongside Lise – they were brother and sister.

From my mother-in-law I know just a little bit about Lise. She never married and lived her entire life in the family home on Lowerline Street, along with another unmarried  sister, Mary.  So much about Lise is unknown to me, but her scrapbook remains. I can only assume that it was an object she treasured.  It came to Special Collections and Archives as a part of a donation of New Orleans related material collected by Ben C. Toledano. What Mr. Toledano saw in it, and why he donated it to Loyola is not clear, although he may have been influenced by the fact that Lise was Aunt to well known New Orleans writer Robert Tallant, author of Voodoo in New Orleans, Gumbo-Ya-Ya, and others. (Robert Tallant’s extensive archive is held by the New Orleans Public Library.)

When I first saw the Lise Tallant scrapbook, I saw it simply as an historical object: What does it tell us about American girlhood in the late nineteenth century? What does it contain of interest in the field of graphic arts and design?  Does it tell us anything about New Orleans of 1900? All of those interests remain, but now that I know its place in my family when I hold the book in my hands it means so much more.  It means that one day I can I say to my now two-year-old son, “You had a great-great-great-aunt Lise. When she was a little girl she kept a scrapbook. Would you like to see it?”

-Trish Nugent, Special Collections and Archives Coordinator

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Ecological Awareness 101

On Tuesday February 4, Professor Timothy Morton of Rice University will be visiting Loyola to give a public lecture entitled “Ecological Awareness 101″ at 5:30pm in the Whitney Presentation Room in Thomas Hall.

Prof. Morton’s talk will be geared toward undergraduate students and Loyola’s Common Curriculum — in particular in terms of making ecological connections across the disciplines. (Here is a link to Morton’s most recent book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy & Ecology after the End of the World.)

Prof. Morton’s visit is made possible through the generous support of the Loyola Environment Program, the Monroe Library, the English Department, the Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Common Curriculum.