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.






New Student Orientation Is Happening!

New Student Orientation is happening on campus right now, and that means freshman are going through some familiar experiences:


Moving in

Hanging out in the dorm

Buying books–and detergent

Checking mail

Hopefully, NOT getting hazed


And an old tradition–the handing out of the freshman beanies.

Freshman beanies

You can view all these pictures and more in the Loyola University Photographs Collection on the Louisiana Digital Library.

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

World Sea Turtle Day!

Today is World Sea Turtle Day! In celebration, we share some images from Special Collections & Archives’ copy of Louis Agassiz’s Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America Volume II Part III, “Embryology of the turtle.”


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The image above includes one of the sea turtles native to the United States, the loggerhead sea turtle (no. 13-32), as well as several freshwater softshell turtles (no. 1-7), a painted turtle (no. 8-9), and a musk turtle (no. 10-12). Several illustrators worked with Agassiz on “Embryology of the turtle:” Jacques Burkhardt, Henry James Clark, and Auguste Sonrel.

While Agassiz’s legacy includes endorsement of the theory of polygenism, a form of scientific racism, in his early career he was a well recognized biologist and geologist. The four volumes of Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America were published from 1857-1862 and detail the zoology of American turtles and jellyfish. The compendium was meant to eventually include ten volumes but was never finished.

Below are more images from “Embryology of the turtle” of both freshwater turtles and their eggs and embryos.










Additional images from Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America can be found in the fully digitized volumes in HathiTrust and in a digital exhibit from the Gould Library at Carleton College, or come view the volume in person in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library.

Happy day, world sea turtles! Do you like turtles?

Letters from Iceland

It’s summer–what are your vacation plans? Perhaps a trip to chilly Iceland? For travel tips, look no further than W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland, previously detailed on the blog here.

Bon voyage!

Djuna Barnes in the Giroux Collection

Djuna Barnes, 1905. Public domain photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Djuna Barnes, a writer and artist whose novel Nightwood is considered one of the earliest prominent American novels to portray lesbian relationships.

Djuna Barnes' The Antiphon, Nightwood, and Ryder from the Robert Giroux Book Collection

The Robert Giroux Book Collection in Special Collections & Archives contains several novels by Barnes.


Search the library’s collections for more info on Barnes, or come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives Tuesday-Thursday, 9-12 or 1-4:30, to view the books pictured above.

Nexus Press Collection


One of the pioneer artist’s book and fine press publishers in the South was Nexus Press, which was born out of an artists’ co-op in Atlanta, GA in 1976. Nexus Press was known for collaboration – artists from around the world were often invited to participate in residencies resulting in a small editions of artist’s books. The books were usually offset-printed, which lent itself to Nexus Press’ bold and spontaneous style. Although the organization shut down its presses in 2006, Nexus Press books continue to be prized by libraries collecting artists’ books. We are lucky to hold a few titles from this esteemed press; you can view more photos and information about some of these books here and here or come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of the library to see the Nexus Press collection in person!