Karate at Loyola

Wolfpack baseball player Luis Anguizola was just drafted by the San Diego Padres in the MLB draft. This isn’t the first time a Loyola student has gone on to an illustrious athletics career, and one surprising example from the archives comes from a sport that just keeps coming back to campus.

Karate Club advertisement, 1964-04-17

Rumblings of a Karate Club at Loyola began as early as 1964, but it wasn’t until 1969 that the club took on full force. Ferdinand Bigard, a junior journalism major and black belt in karate, began offering free instructional classes for all students.

1972-03-24 Maroon

Unfortunately, once Bigard graduated, the program was in danger of being cancelled. Karate Club was allowed to continue only if student fees would not be used to pay Bigard as an instructor. The Karate Club prevailed and not long afterward, the Loyola club won 2nd place in a regional Karate tournament:

1972-11-03 Maroon

At some point the club disbanded, but it has been revived numerous times including in 1982, 1987, and 1997. And it lives on, even today!

But whatever happened to Bigard? According to their official Facebook page, Bigard founded the Official Kuro Bushi Kai Karate Do Kempo International club in 1972, and in 1989 he was inducted into the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2003, and his Times-Picayune obituary (Loyola login required) also notes his accomplishments as co-founder and teacher of many local and regional Karate associations and clubs, flag boy of the Young Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians (Bigard’s father, Frederick Sr., was Big Chief of the Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians and a noted Mardi Gras Indian costume designer and maker), founder of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians Performance Troupe, member of the Congo Square Drummers for Life and board member of the Umoja Institute.

Congratulations to Luis Anguizola, who follows in the footsteps of many great Loyola Athletics stars such as Ferdinand Bigard .

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Rainy archival images

Students with umbrellas on a rainy day in front of the library with "Fallout Shelter" sign.

Blurry image of a rainy street scene.

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

History of Mass Tourism collection

Special Collections & Archives is very excited to announce that Adam Matthew Digital recently released The History of Mass Tourism, a collection of primary sources from around the world. The digital collection includes two from Special Collections & Archives: the Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection and the Anthony J. Stanonis Collection of New Orleans tourism.

From their website:

“This resource presents a multi-national journey through well-known, little-known and far-flung destinations unlocked for the average traveller between 1850 and the 1980s. Guidebooks and brochures, periodicals, travel agency correspondence, photographs and personal travel journals provide unique insight into the expansion, accessibility and affordability of tourism for the masses and the evolution of some of the most successful travel agencies in the world.”

Partnering with Adam Matthew enabled nearly the entirety of both Stanonis collections to be digitized in full, and we are in very good company along with:

  • Blackpool Central Library Local History Centre
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • California Historical Society
  • The Camping and Caravanning Club Archive
  • John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Duke University
  • George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
  • Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Michigan State University Libraries
  • New Hampshire Historical Society
  • The Newberry Library
  • The New York Academy of Medicine Library
  • Thomas Cook Archives
  • The National Archives, UK
  • University of Westminster Archive

The site requires a subscription, but the Monroe Library has trial access through July 8. Please visit the front desk to be logged in.

Image from The Bachelor in New Orleans, included in The History of Mass Tourism

We are thrilled that so many people will be able to use these collections digitally. Thank you to Adam Matthew for including us in this resource.

Loyola, Legacy, & You at Alumni Weekend

Last weekend, Special Collections & Archives hosted Loyola, Legacy, and You, a course on our collections, digitization work, and personal archiving, for participants in Alumni Weekend. Alumni found themselves in yearbooks and commencement programs, searched the digitized Maroon, browsed University Photographs,  and watched videos like this one of the first ever Loyola Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

Alumni left with a personal archiving starter kit including instructions for Preserving Your Personal and Family Archives, Preserving Your Digital Memories, and determining the lifespan of your storage media.

Links to the resources shared in the course can be found on the Loyola, Legacy, and You Research Guide. We had a blast sharing stories with the alumni who came–thank you!

Dublin Players of 1955

In a few weeks, some Loyola students will be headed off to Ireland for the Loyola Summer Program. A half century ago, however, Loyola hosted its own Irish visitors.

Dublin Players, downtown New Orleans

According to the 1955 Wolf Yearbook, the Dublin Players were an internationally known theater troupe established in 1947 by actor Ronald Ibbs. The Dublin Players were popular performers invited for a number of years to the Loyola Forum, an annual series of speakers, music, and theater performances. These images from 1955 show the Dublin Players around New Orleans and during their performance.

Dublin Players in front of St. Louis Cathedral

Dublin Players in Dr. Lennox Robinson's "The Far Off Hills"

Dublin Players in George Bernard Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple"

More images of the Dublin Players and the Loyola Forum are in the University Photographs Collection.

Have a great trip, Wolfpack! Where else are you off to this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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Historic Wolfpack Bikes

Student in front of Monroe Hall bike rack, 1970s

Today’s the last day of National Bike Month. Enjoy these images of the Wolfpack on wheels.

Student on bike, 1979

Young students, 1939

Students on bikes in the academic quad, 1979

Do you ride your bike to the library? Let us know in the comments! More images like these can be found in the University Photographs Collection.

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

Happy 100th Birthday, Walker Percy!


Walker Percy receiving the Campion Award from the Catholic Book Club at Loyola in 1986. L-R: Fr. Thomas Clancy, S.J.; Walker Percy; Fr. Patrick Samway, S.J., Percy's biographer. Archives.

Saturday, May 28th, would have been the 100th birthday of author Walker Percy. Percy was born on May 28, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama, and achieved fame as the National Book Award for Fiction winner with his novel The Moviegoer. Walker Percy was raised agnostic/Protestant but later converted to Catholicism and wrote extensively about spirituality. He was a longtime Covington, LA resident and taught writing at Loyola, worked on the New Orleans Review, and was instrumental in getting John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces published in 1980, eleven years after Toole’s death.

Maroon, 1976-09-17, Page 4

Special Collections & Archives houses many materials related to Percy, including a large catalog of books (with many first editions and autographed copies, most donated by Percy’s biographer Patrick Samway, S.J.), and several archival collections of correspondence.


Autographed title page to 1st edition of The Moviegoer, reads "To Patrick Samway, S.J., with thanks & gratitude. Walker Percy, Baton Rouge, La., October 9, 1985."

Percy died in 1990, but his influence as a writer, editor, and educator continues to be felt both in Special Collections & Archives and at the Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing.

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History of the Fan

Today Found in the Archives takes a look at The History of the Fan.

This large and lavishly illustrated volume was assembled by G. Wolliscroft Rhead, and published in a limited edition of 450 in 1910.

Inspired by the fact that despite the fan’s ubiquity, “[e]ven on the continent the literature of the Fan is exceedingly scanty,” Rhead traces, in minute detail, the fan from ancient times…

…through the eighteenth century.

The volume features many beautiful examples:

As well as helpful instruction on the language of the fan:

Come see The History of the Fan for yourself in Special Collections & Archives!

Louisiana Out-Of-Doors: A Handbook and Guide

Louisiana Out-of-Doors is an illustrated handbook of Louisiana natural history and outdoor recreation published in 1933.

Louisiana Out-Of-Doors

Fully indexed, it outlines all sorts of information and statistics including the geology of the state, outdoor activities, and locations listed with addresses, photos are scattered throughout (it even has a guide to poisonous snakes and snakebite treatments).

Map of Louisiana

Physiographic Map Of Louisiana

This handbook comes with a separate foldout map that has points of interest numbered for easy reference.

Features of Interest Map

One activity that is highlighted is fishing or angling, one of Louisiana’s favorite pastimes. Of course, crawfish (Crayfish) are of special interests, but fishing, in general, is also explored.

The Creole Crayfish Net

Louisiana Swamp Crayfish

Four Jacks

This is a great book to utilize when searching for recreational activities today as well as a great resource for researching the history of recreation and outdoors adventure in mid-twentieth century Louisiana.

Come check out this and other Louisiana naturalist books Monday-Friday in the Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library.

And here us a little something extra, Dough Kershaw doing Louisiana Man:

New (old) graduation photos

Special Collections & Archives has just added another ~2000 images from to the digitized Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection. Fortuitously, many of the new batch of photos are of commencement ceremonies from Loyola’s past. Enjoy this look through over 60 years of graduation activities.

1938 graduates

Female graduates circa 1940-1950

Commencement in the Academic Quad, 1950

1952 commencement speaker Irish Ambassador John J. Hearne with Loyola President Fr. Shields

1964 Inter-American Center Graduation

1973 commencement procession through the Horseshoe

1974 Honorary Degree recipient actress Cicely Tyson with Archbishop Hannan

1980 Law School graduates

1980 Commencement at the Municipal Auditorium

1981 Honors students with President Fr. Carter

1981 graduates

1981 Law School graduates

Landrieu family at 1985 Law School commencement with graduate Mitch

1987 Honorary Degree recipients Fr. Ernest J. Burrus, E. John Bullard, and Tom Benson with Archbishop Hannan.

Finally, here’s a bonus photo of 2016 Commencement Speaker Harry Connick Jr. in the 1986 Wolf Yearbook:

See more images of Honorary Degree recipients and graduation activities in the Loyola University New Orleans University Photographs Collection, and drop us a line at archives@loyno.edu if you see someone you know!