Tiny texts, powerful prayers.

Today we glimpse into one of the smallest objects in Special Collections & Archives, a miniature volume measuring a mere 12 cm (4 13/16 in.). The devotional text entitled “Prières au saint sacrement de l’autel pour chaque semaine de l’année: avec des méditations sur divers psaumes de david” or “Eucharistic Prayers for Every Week of the Year with Meditations on Diverse Psalms of David,” was published in Tours, France in the year 1848.

The book contains four small, engraved illustrations, each measuring only 6.8 x 4.4 cm (2 11/16 x 1 3/4 in.).

Until approximately the 1870’s creating book illustrations required two steps: first, an artist produced a composition or design on paper; subsequently, an engraver transferred the desired picture to wood or cooper for printing. Therefore, beneath each illustration within the 1848 publication are the inscriptions “L. J. Hallez del.” and “A. Oleszczynski sc.” identifying Louis-Joseph Hallez, a French author and illustrator, as delineator or designer of the composition and Antoni Oleszczynski, a Polish engraver best known for his work as a portraitist, as sculptor, or in this case, engraver of the image.

Without further ado, below is a transcription of this week’s Eucharistic Prayer (as translated into English by Rachel Masters):


Only Son of God, who are one with your Heavenly Father, who want your disciples to be one with you, all formed of the same blood, who yourself have opted to unite with this blood, we present here the same earthly bread outside, the same heavenly bread within, so that you are in each of us, and each of us complete in you, and together a single body with you! Oh! How can you suffer amongst your brethren, amongst your children, even amongst your members, such fatal divisions? Sacrament of peace, sacrament of union, will you handle the matter of our wars and our discords? It is not just, Lord, that you descended from the cross to convert those who do not believe in you; their hardness is an obstacle to make them see your miracles. The miracle to do, Lord, for them and for us, is in their heart and in ours. Covert these hearts of stone into hearts of flesh, these hearts of flesh into hearts of spirit, and filled with your spirit, and then, Lord, we will worship you together at your alters and in your church, as your Angels worship you in heaven.

This and many other miniature books are available for viewing in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:30.

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Summer Fun

Summer classes are in full swing, but hopefully Loyolans are still finding time for some fun this summer.

The original versions of these photos, and many more, can be found in the Loyola University New Orleans Photograph Collection.

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#ForgottenBookmarks : Ask Dad, he knows

Today, Library Lagniappe is tracking the origin of one of our forgotten bookmarks.

When I first came across this 1.5 inch x 2.5-inch card between the pages of a German Bible months ago, I figured it was advertising something related to religion – possibly a hand out from a church service. A Google search months later revealed that the phrase ”Ask Dad, he knows” was actually an advertising tagline for a once popular brand of cigarettes called Sweet Caporal. As I researched further I found that this phrase was a key plot point in the Frank Capra film It’s A Wonderful Life.

The phrase can be seen on a sign hanging on the wall during the pivotal scene where George Bailey discovers his boss has accidentally mixed poison into a customer’s prescription.

Stay tuned for future #ForgottenBookmarks finds and other cool stuff found in our archives and be sure to come check out the Special Collections & Archives in person, Monday through Thursday 9-4:30.

And in the spirit of finding the wonder in the world, enjoy this musical lagniappe:

Be a Bachelor (or Bacheloress) in New Orleans

#howtotuesday: Be a Bachelor (or Bacheloress) in New Orleans

With the arrival of summer holidays, pleasure-seekers descend upon New Orleans in full force. Whether you are an “unattached gentlemen or lady of spirit visiting” or perhaps a long-time “resident in the Paris of America,” The Bachelor in New Orleans provides a candid guide to the Crescent City. The charming handbook, printed in 1942 and illustrated with vibrant block prints throughout, launches directly into heart of the matter with “Chapter 1: Of Drink and the Devil,” a guide to New Orleans’ most potent beverages and notable bars (many of which are still in operation today).

Additional chapters provide the Bachelor with instruction on fine dining (“be kind to your food, and it will love you…so will the chef”), curing loneliness, surviving Mardi Gras, and my personal favorite, how not to be a tourist.

According to The Bachelor in New Orleans, in order to avoid the horror of being mistaken as a tourist, one should keep the following don’ts in mind:

  • Never, never kick garbage cans! This is a cardinal sin for Bachelors in New Orleans.
  • Never stand and stare at any happening, no matter how rare, outrageous, unseemly, or unconventional it may strike you. If an unusual happening is pleasant or gay, a New Orleans Bachelor unobtrusively takes part in it; if it is unpleasant, the Bachelor in New Orleans unobtrusively takes part in something else.
  • Never raise your voice above Martha Raye’s level. People across the river and in adjoining parishes have to sleep. In the French Quarter, of course, no one could sleep if a sudden quiet fell in the streets. Bed-occupiers would sit bolt upright, in a cold sweat!
  • Never ask an interesting looking individual if he is an artist. He might be one, in which case he will resent you. And if he is not, he may cause you some embarrassment.
  • Do not attempt to direct traffic or dance bands while over-intoxicated. You will not do your best job if you have had one too many, and a most remarkable and unpleasant snarl may result.

And finally,

  • If you are a male Bachelor, never make what could be considered the first pass at any woman you have not known all your life. If she is interested, or can be satisfactorily interested, she will make the first pass—and if you are a Bachelor in New Orleans, you will know when it happens. This rule does not apply to female Bachelors in New Orleans: being females, they have their own rules about these matters and do what they’re going to do anyway.

At any rate, don’t be a tourist.

For further tips on thriving in 1940’s New Orleans, visit the Special Collections & Archives to peruse The Bachelor in New Orleans in full.

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Bateman Team 1997-

Loyola’s Bateman Team, a group of public relations students from the School of Mass Communication, has just received yet another first place win in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)’s Bateman Case Study Competition. Loyola’s team has consistently placed in the top 3 for the past 15 years. Below are articles from the Maroon covering some of the team’s illustrious history.

1997 Maroon

2000 Maroon

2003 Maroon

2005 Maroon

2010 Maroon

2012 Maroon

Bonus: Bateman bocce ball

2003 Wolf Yearbook

Congratulations to the team!

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Making Gris-gris In 1943

Today we look to a student thesis from 1943 for our “How to Tuesday” inspiration.

“The Ramifications of Voodoo and Gris-Gris Into Some New Orleans’ Drug Stores” was written by a Loyola Pharmacy undergraduate. One aspect of this thesis looks at the uses, creation, and purchase of gris-gris in New Orleans as related to the pharmacy industry.

Gri-gris is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as:  an amulet or incantation used chiefly by people of black African ancestry.  This definition is a simplification of a practice that is part belief, part folk medicine, part magic and more.

Here are a few recipes pulled from the thesis research:

A highlight of the thesis is the inclusion of some ephemera and personal photographs related to their research.

Here are two photographs of oils and stones used in gris-gris creation:

And a business card advertisement from Billon’s Pharmacy in Gonzales, LA:

This thesis and many other cool and interesting finds are viewable in the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives Monday- Thursday 9:00 – 4:30.

Here’s a fitting musical lagniappe for you. Enjoy!

Monroe Library Student Research Competition Winners

Left to right: winners Tasnim Shah, Meredith Faulkner, Denise Powell, Laurel Taylor

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Monroe Library Student Research Competition! Winners were awarded in four categories:

Winner: Meredith Faulkner, “A Guide to Writing Dialogue”
Honorable Mention: Hayley Risse, “Poisoned Beef”

Winner: Denise Powell, “Drug War or Race War? The Effects of Illegal Drug Distribution on Violence in and against the African-American community”
Honorable Mention: Yunuen Cacique-Borja, “Role of CD45RO Signaling in Modulation of HIV Infection”

Senior Capstone/Thesis Project
Winner: Laurel Taylor, “Making Monsters of Men; or, The Stigma of Incarceration in Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels”
Honorable Mention: Mara Steven, “Woody Guthrie: Instrument of Change”

Winner: Tasnim Shah, “Thecla and the Rejection of the Acts of Paul”

The Monroe Library Student Research Competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work. Information about the competition criteria and awards is available at http://library.loyno.edu/services/instruction/competition/. Once again, congratulations to the winners!

Lafcadio Hearn Letters

Today we are highlighting pages 5-7 of Letter 24 from our Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence collection. This collection primarily consists of letters written between the years 1840-1896 from Hearn to Page Mercer Baker, a New Orleans newspaper founder, reporter and editor.

The Lafcadio Hearn was a reporter, writer, and world traveler who was born in Greece, spent his childhood in Dublin, Ireland, England, and emigrated to the United States living in Cincinnati, New York, and New Orleans to eventually live and be laid to rest in Japan. He is a truly fascinating literary figure known not only for his writing about the darker sides of life, black culture, Japanese ghost stories, and the macabre, but also his life spent as an outsider and traveler.

Follow these links to enjoy a fascinating 2-part radio documentary produced by RTE Lyric FM in Dublin, Ireland and learn more about Hearn’s life and work.

The letter was written in the month of June in 1887 days before he traveled from New York City to Trinidad aboard the Barracouta on an assignment for Harper’s Magazine. The resulting article “Midsummer Trip to The West Indies” appeared in the July 1888 issue of the magazine. Hearn’s excitement for his travel south is obvious as found in the prose of the letter.

Below you will find a transcription of the last 3 pages of the letter. Hearn writes Baker conjuring his connection to New Orleans  “I think I will feel when the steamer cuts the line of parallel with N. O.”   And writes further looking beyond the city with expectation of what he will experience during his travels “I will see New Orleans colors for awhile: – then stranger and weirder colors, and new sky, – unknown lights of another world. And it will be very hot, – as if one were getting closer to the breath of the world….”

Letter 24, pages 5-7

I am writing as usual in a hurry. One day more, Then South. I will pass you by again, and not see you, – but I think I will feel when the steamer cuts the line of parallel with N. O. Then, a few days more and I shall be more than a thousand miles south of you. All the way the sky will deepen it’s blue. – I will see New Orleans colors for awhile: – then stranger and weirder colors, and new sky, – unknown lights of another world. And it will be very hot, – as if one were getting closer to the breath of the world…. After all, I cannot say I feel glad at going. The sensation of belonging to nowhere, – of instability; – nothing solid or certain in life or work or effort, – always comes on one prior to seeking a strange latitude. You understand, as by some sudden revelation, what a monstrous whirl of dust and light all life is, and that you are but one atom of the eddy, – may be laid here, there, anywhere, – to rest a little, to struggle a little, or to shine a moment in the light; but sooner or later all the motes float into the darkness and the silence forever. Before, it will be some consolation to have seen what makes life and thought, – Light, in the most splendid aspect it can offer to human eyes.

Please don’t show my letter to anyone, outside Toledano and Prytania corner, – so that I can write to you just as I want

Always with love to you,

Lafcadio Hearn


You can find this letter in its entirety along with others in our Digital Library or come and view the complete Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence collection in person Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM in the Special Collections & Archives located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library.

Fifty Years of Dr. Joseph Hebert

Dr. Hebert conducting the Loyola Jazz Band, circa 1975. From Founded on Faith by Bernard Cook.

This semester marks the end of a long chapter in Loyola history. Dr. Joseph Hebert, Director of Bands, is retiring after teaching for fifty years in the Loyola College of Music. Before becoming one of the most beloved professors in the college, Dr. Hebert graduated from Loyola in 1963 with his B.M.E., and then went on to get his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. A world renowned conductor and performer, he has performed under Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stowkowski, as well as commercially with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, and others. The Loyola band department has flourished under his baton, and he recently was awarded the Citation of Excellence, the National Band Association’s highest honor.

Dr. Hebert in 1960 and 1963. From the Wolf Yearbook.

The band in 1963, with Hebert on tuba. From the Wolf Yearbook.

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Concert Band in 1978. (loyno.edu)

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Wind Ensemble. (loyno.edu)

Thank you, Doc.

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Extended Study begins Sunday, 4/26

The Monroe Library’s Extended Study schedule begins this Sunday, April 26. The library will be open continuously starting Sunday, April 26 at 11 am and will not close until Thursday, May 7 at 12 am.

Here’s what you should know about extended study:
-Starting at midnight each night, the library will be open only to members of the Loyola community. Please be sure bring a valid Loyola ID in order to enter the building. The front doors will be locked, so use the side entrance near the computer lab wing to access the building.
-Free coffee and tea will be served starting at midnight!
-Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there are people on the waiting list.

Help us make the library conducive to all types of studying: the first floor is great for group study; the second floor is meant for quiet study (whispers only!); and the third floor is reserved for silent study.

Good luck with finals!