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.

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.

*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!

Born On This Day: Aldous Huxley

Born on July 26th, 1894, Aldous Huxley who is most famously known for his book Brave New World, was an award winning author of over 50 books of fiction and non-fiction, a screenwriter, poet, and late-life philosopher of spirituality.


In celebration of his birthday, we offer a look at Essays New and Old (1926). Published by Chatto & Windus, the oldest continuous imprint at Penguin UK, this letterpress printing by The Florence Press was limited to 650 copies and is signed by the author.



This collection’s essays are a varied assortment covering such topics as pop music, advertising, Breughel, and travel.


“The tourist who has no curiosity is doomed to boredom.”


Come peruse this item and some of the other interesting and unique collections housed within the Special Collections & Archives in Loyola University’s Monroe Library, Tuesday – Thursday from 9-4:30 (Summer Hours).

Here’s a little something extra, a BBC broadcast interview with Huxley from 1958, where he shares his thoughts on the art of writing.

Here is an additional animated interview created from a source interview conducted by Mike Wallace produced by PBS Digital Studios from May 18, 1958, where Huxley explains Technodictators.

Cornet Collection

One of the many digitized collections in Special Collections and Archives is the Joseph-Aurélien Cornet, FSC collection. The collection is comprised of Frère Cornet’s field notebooks and over 500 binders containing extensive research on Congolese art and culture. You can read a detailed description of the collection here. The collection is primarily in French and Congolese.

The following images are from Cahier (field notebook) 24, which covers Mission Bawoyo on March 8th to 12th, 1979, and Mission Mapangu ou Bashiliele on June 24th to 27th of the same year. The photographs below document a visit to the village of Muanda-Tende, and includes photos of house types, types of dance, and village residents.

You can view the collection online here at the Louisiana Digital Library. You can also check out some of the other digitized collections from Special Collections and Archives on our website.

During the summer session, we are open Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, and Monday and Friday by appointment only.

Works of Jane Austen

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today. We’re sharing some images from The Works of Jane Austen in Ten Volumes published by The Dial Press and held in Special Collections & Archives.






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#Feathursday !

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This week’s #feathursday post is brought to you by Diderot’s Encyclopédie.

We at Special Collections & Archives hope you enjoy the plumage and the remainder of your week!

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July from Special Collections & Archives!

[Students in front of Loyola’s Library. University Photographs Collection. Photo by Russ Cresson, circa 1955]


This Wednesday we share some colorful covers from our collection of Wavelength, a New Orleans music magazine published from 1980-1991.

The entire run of Wavelength has been digitized by the University of New Orleans, and is available here.