Collection Spotlight: Dawson Gaillard Papers

Dawson Ann Forman Gaillard Keefe was born on September 25, 1938, in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in Monroe (Ouachita Parish), Louisiana, graduating from Neville High School. She earned a B. A. in Social Studies and English at Louisiana State University (1959) and both a Master’s (1965) and Doctorate in English (1970) from Tulane University. Gaillard was a member of the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans from 1968 to 1983, and served as chair of that department from 1974 to 1977. She also edited the New Orleans Review from 1973 to 1979.

She worked as copy manager for the LSU Press from 1979 to 1981 and wrote the copy for the advertisements and book jackets of Confederacy of Dunces and other titles.  Gaillard authored a book entitled Dorothy L. Sayers (1980) on the English mystery writer and (with colleague John Mosier)  co-edited a groundbreaking anthology of short fiction, Women and Men Together (1978).

Her battle with multiple sclerosis contributed to her eventual departure from academic and professional life, and on October 1, 1985 she died in an accident at her home in Metairie, Louisiana.  The annual Dawson Gaillard Writing Awards are held in her honor at Loyola University, recognizing student work in the categories of expository writing, creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, and script.

The Dawson Gaillard Papers consist primarily of the personal and professional writings of Dr. Dawson Gaillard. These include…

Her personal diaries from 1951 to 1985:

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Academic work and research papers written as a student and teacher:

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Samples of her copyediting work from LSU Press, and a small amount of original nonfiction, fiction and poetry: Gaillard-Superbug

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Also included is research related to the 1927 murder trial of Ada LeBouef and Dr. Tom Dreher, including two audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by Gaillard with Murphy Dreher, Tom Dreher’s nephew, and Mrs. Waleer Hamlin, the wife of Ada LeBouef’s lawyer.

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The Dawson Gaillard Papers are available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Rare Irish Books

We just can’t get enough of Irish literature and history books in Special Collections & Archives (previously here, here, here, and here). To celebrate another St. Patrick’s Day, here are some more images of rare books about St. Patrick and Ireland in our collection.

From St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland:
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From St. Patrick’s Day Sermon:

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From History of Ireland:

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These and many more can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.

Pi Day

It’s Pi Day! Here are Loyola students from days of yore enjoying some pi(e) related activities.

These images and more can be viewed in the Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

The New Orleans Mint, March 8th, 1838

Today in celebration of the 178th anniversary of the opening of the New Orleans Mint, we bring you some images and info from the book Illustrated History of the United States Mint.

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Published in 1892, the book gives a complete overview of the American coinage history and production at the time.

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Here are the pages specific to the the New Orleans Mint:

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If you would like to take a closer look at this volume or other books on the history of New Orleans, come visit the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.

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Here’s a Library Lagniappe for you. A film from 1940 showing how coins are minted!

Open Education Week 2016

March 7 through 11, 2016 is Open Education Week around the world. It seeks to spread recognition and use of free and open educational materials and promote an understanding of how these materials can benefit students and teachers. Ask us or your teacher about using open textbooks at Loyola. As the Open Education Week website says: “The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats.
Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license.”

Visit the Monroe Library’s Open Access guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/openaccess and the Open Textbook guide at http://researchguides.loyno.edu/opentextbooks.

Feminist Festival Faculty Display

In conjunction with the Women’s Resource Center, the Feminist Festival, and Women’s History Month, the Monroe Library is presenting a display of faculty works outside of the Living Room on the 1st floor of the library. Works included may focus on women and gender issues or may show the progress women have made in various academic, business, and artistic areas. The display includes books, journals, and select articles and will be available through March 31.

A full list of the materials included in the display is available here.

Now Online: Informed Sources

Since 1984, WYES, New Orleans’ public television station, has been broadcasting Informed Sources, a program devoted to in-depth discussion of the news by local journalists.

The WYES Informed Sources Archive is now now available for viewing online, and offers a look at thirty years of local history through conversations about crime, politics, education and life in New Orleans. Take a look!

G.W. Cable Bindings

Special Collections & Archives holds many copies of the works of New Orleans writer George Washington Cable (1844-1925) including these cool publisher’s bindings. Come and check them out for yourself in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30

#marbledmonday

Welcome to another week, and another edition of #marbled monday! Take a look at these beautiful end-papers from volumes in Special Collections & Archives.

Plutarch’s Lives, 1727 [DE7 .P45 1727]

The Masterpieces of George Sand, Amandine Lucille Autore Dupin, baroness Dudevant : now for the first time completely translated into English, 1900. [PQ2397 .I8]

Plutarch’s Lives, 1905. [DE7 .P5 1905]

These beautiful volumes are available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Collection Spotlight: Tennessee Williams Baptism Collection

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. After spending his later childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams eventually moved to New Orleans, a city that would inspire much of his writing. Williams wrote notable plays as The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he earned the Pulitzer Prize, and is considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the Twentieth Century.

In 1941, Williams moved to Key West, Florida. After decades of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as struggling with mental illness, William’s brother Dakin came to visit in 1969. Having recently been converted to Catholicism himself, Dakin convinced Williams to meet with a Catholic priest, Father Joseph L. LeRoy, S.J. of St. Mary of the Sea church. Five days later Williams was baptized into the Catholic church, even though he had previously been baptized and raised as an Episcopalian. According to LeRoy, Williams said he believed he had always been a Catholic, in spirit. Williams claimed later to have never taken his conversion seriously.

In the aftermath and publicity, it was determined that since Williams was likely already baptized as an Episcopalian, Father LeRoy had violated guidelines set forth by the Vatican in 1947 which stated, “indiscriminate conditional Baptism . . . cannot be approved” unless “reasonable doubt persists” as to the previous baptism of the person. Father LeRoy was unaware of these guidelines at the time of the baptism and was thus called forth to explain his actions to Church leaders.

Tennessee Williams died on February 25, 1983, in New York City, apparently from an accident resulting from too much drug and alcohol use.

Father Joseph L. LeRoy, S.J. was a member of the New England Province, had been a missionary to Jamaica and was the Reverend at St. Mary, Star of the Sea church in Key West, Florida.

The Tennessee Williams Baptism Collection is available for viewing in Special Collections & Archives Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.