While perusing the Booth-Bricker Special Collections and Archives Reading Room shelves, it is easy to stumble upon seldom-seen gems.

In addition to beautiful marbled endpapers, The History and Antiquities of the Abbey and Cathedral Church of Peterborough features a vibrant, disappearing fore-edge painting!

To discover your own “hidden treasure,” visit Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of Monroe Library Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


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

Collection Spotlight: 111th Anniversary of Hearn’s Death

Today is the 111th anniversary of the death of the indomitable Lafcadio Hearn.

In honor of this day, please checkout this prior post on our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence Collection.

This collection is housed in our Special Collections & Archives and available for your viewing Monday – Friday from 9:00-4:30.

lafcadio hearn

October 1: #AskAnArchivist Day

October 1 is #AskAnArchivist Day! Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives staff are eager to respond to any and all questions you have about archives and archival work. Tag us at @MonroeLibLoyno and use #AskAnArchivist.

What questions can be asked?
No question is too silly . . .

  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve come across in your collections?
  • If your archives had a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?
  • What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?

. . . and no question is too practical!

  • What should I do to be sure that my emails won’t get lost?
  • I’ve got scads of digital images on my phone. How should I store them so I can access them later on?
  • How do you decide which items to keep and which to weed out from a collection?
  • As a teacher, how can I get my students more interested in using archives for projects?

For more information, see the news release from the Society of American Archivists.

Found in the Stacks

Top picks for good reads from the library inventory project

Over the summer, Monroe Library staffers and librarians took advantage of the hiatus in the semester calendar to make headway on our ongoing inventory project. One of the main goals of this process is to ensure that every book shelved in the stacks has a complete record entered into the library catalog as well as a matching barcode for checkout. It also gives our staff a chance to get up close and personal with the main library collection, which has new books being added to it every day! Here are some titles of interest from the education section:

For students:

Armstrong, Elizabeth A. (2013) Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

  • Call Number: LC1756 .A76 2013

Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us

  • Call Number: LB3051 .K667 2008

Pekar, Harvey. (2008). Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History. New York: Hill and Wang.

  • Call Number: LB229 .P395 2008

Peril, Lynn. (2006) College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds, Then and Now. New York: W. W. Norton.

  • Call Number: LC1756 .P47 2006

Vye, Christopher. (2007) Under Pressure and Overwhelmed: Coping with Anxiety in College. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

  • Call Number: LA229 .V94 2007

For faculty:

Blount, Jackie M. (2005) Fit to Teach: Same-Sex Desire, Gender, and School Work in the Twentieth Century. Albany: State University of New York Press.

  • Call Number: LC192.6 .B56 2005

Boyles, Deron, ed. (2005) The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Call Number: LC1085.2 .C664 2008

Donoghue, Frank. (2008) The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities. New York: Fordham University Press.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .D66 2008

Kirp, David L. (2013) Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Call Number: LB2822.83 .N5 K57 2013

X., Professor. (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. New York: Viking.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .P76 2011

From the Faculty Development section:

These books are shelved at a special location just outside the elevators on the third floor of the library.

Palfrey, John and Gasser, Urs. (2008) Born Digital: Understanding the First-Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books.

  • Call Number: HM851 .P34 2008

Palloff, Rena M. and Pratt, Keith. (2013) Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching. 2nd ed.

  • Call Number: LB1044.87 .P34 2013

Kezar, Adrianna, ed. (2012) Embracing Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Changing Campuses for the New Faculty Majority. New York: Routledge.

  • Call Number: LB2331.72 .E54 2012

And our favorite title is…

La Mancusa, Katherine C. (1966) We Do Not Throw Rocks at the Teacher! Scranton: International Textbook Company.

  • Call Number: LB2011 .L214

This post was written by Learning Commons & Stacks Assistant, Victoria Elmwood.

#marbledmonday is here!

Welcome to #marbledmonday, an occasional look at beautiful marbled end papers found in Monroe Library’s Special Collections and Archives!

Albert Henry Payne, Payne’s Royal Dresden Gallery. London: Payne & French, 1845.

Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica: The Christian Life. London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, 1868.;

Alexander Charlmers, The British Essayists. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1855

G. Maspero, History of Egypt. London: The Grolier Society, 1903.

Come see these, and other, beautiful books for yourself! Special Collections and Archives is open Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Bonus video — watch how marbled paper is made!

The Angolite: The Prison News Magazine

The Angolite is one of our most unique periodicals at Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Its uniqueness comes in part from the fact that the publication is inmate produced at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA.


The Louisiana State Penitentiary AKA Angola (also known as “The Farm”) is the largest correctional facility in the United States by population and has the highest number of inmates with life sentences. It is a working farm, has a prison rodeo, a museum, and an inmate operated radio station KLSP. This publication covers the history of the Louisiana Prison System as well as internal events and programs, creative writing and poetry, outreach events, and initiatives to help the formerly incarcerated and families of those who are incarcerated.


This award winning magazine is published bimonthly and can be viewed in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

If you are interested in learning more about Angola, there is a fascinating documentary called The Farm: Angola USA available for check out from Monroe Library.

Collection Spotlight: The Basil Thompson Papers

Basil Thompson (1892 – 1924) was born and raised in New Orleans and was a prominent literary figure in the city post World War I until his untimely death at the age of 31 from pneumonia. He was a published poet as well as an editor and founder of the small but influential New Orleans literary magazine, The Double Dealer.


(Picture of Basil Thompson in 1908 2nd from left in the front row. Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola in 1910.)

Our Basil Thompson Papers collection housed in our Special Collections & Archives at Monroe Library offers insight into Basil’s literary career, his early childhood, and his family’s history. Through correspondence, personal diaries, scrapbooks, and ephemera, details of Thompson’s life emerge. The contents of this collection not only come from Basil Thompson’s hand but also from other family members such as his father New Orleans insurance man, T. P. Thompson, his sister Ida Marie Thompson Zorn, and Susan Blanchard Elder, the mother of T.P. Thompson’s first wife and a writer and lyricist of some note.

Postcards, letters, publications, diaries, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs flesh out this collection offering fascinating insight into the life and work of a well-known member of the New Orleans literary community and a family’s history.

Here are some images of one of Basil Thompson’s childhood scrapbooks (an analog version of a modern day Facebook or Tumblr page). These are filled with pictures of exotic locations, cards, ticket stubs, poetry, antidotes, and members of his favorite baseball team.





(Images of one of Basil Thompson’s childhood scrapbooks from The Basil Thompson Papers, Box 4, Folder 4)

For further research on Thompson we also have some original issues of his The Double Dealer magazine as well as a 4-volume complete reprint available in our holdings in the Special Collections & Archives. This distinctive publication sought to establish literary legitimacy for the South (as directly motivated by H.L. Mencken’s scathing essay from 1917 on the culture of the South, “The Sahara of the Bozart”) while rooted in the unique character specific to the city of New Orleans.

Published in New Orleans on Baronne Street from 1921 to 1926, The Double Dealer was exceptional during its time not only due to its publication of women writers and African American writers, but also for its printing of modernism and experimental writers framed within a purposefully classical context. This balance bolstered The Double Dealer‘s intentions (as characterized by its subtitle) of being “A National Magazine From The South”.


The Double Dealer was a significant part of the Southern Renaissance that occurred between the wars with a roster of contributors that include William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, Sherwood Anderson, Djuna Barnes, Ernest Hemmingway, Robert Penn Warren, among many notable others. Its contributions to the literary culture of New Orleans can be traced to the creation of other magazines such as The Southern Review and The Outsider.

The Basil Thompson Papers and The Double Dealer are available for viewing in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library, Monday – Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Sept. 11, 1987: PJPII in New Orleans

Pope John Paul II in New Orleans, September 1987

From September 11 through September 13, 1987, New Orleans hosted  Pope John Paul II. The Vatican selected New Orleans as one destination in an only ten day tour of the United States, sending the Archdiocese of New Orleans into a planning frenzy. The pope’s visit included a youth gathering at the Superdome, an outdoor Mass at the Lakefront with an estimated 130,000 worshippers, a prayer service with thousands of clergy at St. Louis Cathedral, a speech to Catholic university presidents at Xavier University, and a ride from the French Quarter to the Superdome in the “popemobile.”

Pope John Paul II in the "popemobile," New Orleans, September 1987

B. Raynal Ariatti (aka “Shorty” or “Ray”) was there to capture the events. Ariatti was the official photographer for the Louisiana AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations) and a staff photographer with the Loyola University Institute of Human Relations. He was a frequent attendee of civil rights rallies and marches, participating in the 1963 and 1983 marches on Washington and the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. He was also a frequent collaborator with Louis J. Twomey, S.J., a social reformer and Loyola faculty member. Special Collections & Archives houses the B. Raynal Ariatti Papers which are primarily comprised of photographs such as those here.

Crowd to see Pope John Paul II, New Orleans, September 1987


Prayer card for Pope John Paul II

His Holiness’s visit has continued to influence New Orleans history and culture with an exhibit at NOMA and a bronze medallion embedded in the flagstones in front of St. Louis Cathedral renaming that section of Chartres Street “Place Jean Paul Deux” (from nola.com). To view more photos of Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Crescent City, come to the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.

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

Thank you letter from Archbishop Hannan to Ariatti

Faulkner’s “The Bear”

Today is National Teddy Bear Day! Which one of these bears would you most want to cuddle with?





Book covers are from translations of William Faulkner’s “The Bear” from the Patrick Samway Collection.

Bonus bear: the great “cubnapping” debate from the 1982 Maroon.

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

Meet our collections: Moon Landrieu

Landrieu home video

The Moon Landrieu Collection documents Landrieu’s career as mayor of the City of New Orleans.  Moon Landrieu was born July 23, 1930, in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, the son of Joseph and Loretta (Bechtel) Landrieu. Moon Landrieu received a BBA (1952) and his LLB (1954) from Loyola University New Orleans. Moon Landrieu served as Mayor of New Orleans from 1970 until April of 1978. He is also the father of current New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. The papers of Moon Landrieu deal with the administration of New Orleans and facets of state and national activities.

More info is available in the finding aid for the Moon Landrieu Collection. To see this collection and otherscome see us on the third floor of the Monroe Library.

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