Now online: Wavelength New Orleans Music Magazine

The University of New Orleans recently completed the digitization of the full run of Wavelength New Orleans Music Magazine, a publication dedicated to telling the life stories of influential (but sometimes lesser known) New Orleans musicians. UNO borrowed several issues of the magazine from Loyola’s Special Collections & Archives and from Online Services Coordinator Jim Hobbs‘ personal collection in order to complete the scanning of every issue from the magazine’s inception in 1980 to its final publication in 1991.

The Wavelength collection is available through UNO’s Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks. A link to the collection can also be found in the record through the Monroe Library catalog (just click “View Online Content”).

Blackboard Note – Flash Streaming

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The web browser Safari no longer supports Flash streaming through our Blackboard. Until a more permanent solution is found, please use Google Chrome or Firefox when accessing streaming material on Blackboard.

If you have any questions regarding Blackboard, please contact your Online Learning Team.

Eric Wiltz,, 504-864-7139

Peyton Burgess,, 504-864-7132

Jim Dugan,, 504-864-7114.


A new exhibition showcasing our recent acquisition of the 21st Editions fine-press photographic book Southern Landscape by photographer Sally Mann opened earlier this week in the Special Collections and Archives.

Mann’s landscapes provide the viewer with a cross-section of the South’s complicated and stratified history. In seductive silver-toned black and white Mann captures the memory held in a landscape’s past and brings it into dialog with the present. From the primordial fecundity of the Louisiana bayou to the last remaining columns of an otherwise long-gone plantation home, she exposes the layers of a location’s history providing us a mirror for its present.


The exhibit of this fine-press art book and accompanying loose prints 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.

Bury the Hatchet screenings

Bury the Hatchet

The Monroe Library is a proud partner in the 2015-2016 Common Experience. The First Year Experience, with the library and Student Affairs, is instituting a “common experience” this year for incoming students. The FYE Common Experience Program begins the academic year with the screening of the film for all first-year students. The chosen film, Bury the Hatchet, follows three Mardi Gras Indians. The Mardi Gras Idians were identified as relating to the common experience because of the resilience within their own community, and the film also commemorates the 10-year anniversary of Katrina.

Continuous showings of the film will be shown for the Loyola community in Multimedia Room 2 in the library  Tue and Wed, 8/25 and 8/26.  The  showtimes are 9, 11, 1, and 3; the film runs for approximately 90 minutes.

To view the film trailer, click here: Bury the Hatchet trailer

The film will also be shown for all freshmen on Thu, 9/3 at 7pm in Roussel Hall, and additional showings for upper-class students and Family Weekend will also be scheduled soon.

For more information about the FYE Common Experience, click here. And to contribute to the Community and Resilience exhibit, click here.

A Brief History of Smoking at Loyola

When Loyola University recently became TOBACCO-FREE at the start of August we decided to look through back issues of The Maroon and see how the history of smoking on campus has played out over the years.

In the 1920’s through the 1970’s tobacco advertising was regularly found in The Maroon….

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In the 1936 article a Loyola “cigarette fiend” explained the potential economic savings of quitting smoking (based on an average of 10 packs per week!), with the motivation for quitting being all the extra cash he’d have to fund “45 or 50 more” dates each year!


In 1964 after the infamous federal report (Smoking and Health) was released indicating that smoking was indeed linked to lung cancer, Loyola students weigh-in as to whether they planned to continue to smoke, cutback, or quit. This finding was a surprise to many at the time and recently used as a major plot point in the Mad Men television series.


In 1975 The Maroon published an article on classroom smoking. Could you imaging smoking in class? Well, in 1975 you weren’t suppose to smoke in class but people were doing it anyway. There were also several letters to the editor during this time period complaining about the practice.


By 1981 efforts supporting stopping smoking start to make news with a report about the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The Smokeout was chaired that year by the popular television actor Larry Hagman who played the ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing on the then popular T.V. show Dallas.

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In 1994 indoor smoking on campus starts being limited.  In the article “The butt stops here for student smokers” we learn from an interview with the director of the Dana Center that the Orleans Room will remain a smoking area, but the St. Charles Room will become smoke free.

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In 2008 outdoor smoking starts to become limited to certain areas on campus, though enforcement proves difficult as outlined in the article “Smoking on campus still not enforced”.


Whether you agree with the campus smoking policy or not, it took over 50 years after smoking was first reported to be hazardous to your health for Loyola to become a smoke-free campus … which provides us with an excellent example of how sometimes it takes a long time for the cycle of change to occur.

Here’s a lagniappe, the 1984 Great Smokeout commercial with Larry Hagman/J.R. Ewing:

Chin-Deep in Debris

Special Collections & Archives proudly presents Chin-Deep in Debris: A Katrina Retrospect One Decade Later!

Scheduled to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Chin-Deep in Debris: A Katrina Retrospect One Decade Later is a multi-media exhibit highlighting Loyola University’s resilient response to the Category 3 storm and the destruction left in its wake.

Featured within the exhibit are photographs by Harold Baquet and select publications of The Maroon and The Wolf. In addition, a number of interviews of the Hurricane Katrina Oral Histories Collection are available for viewing.

To read further on the topic of Hurricane Katrina as it relates to Loyola University, full editions of The Maroon published during the Spring 2006 semester can be accessed online here. Likewise, The Wolf (2006) can be viewed in its entirety here.

We sincerely hope that you join us on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library this semester! Special Collections & Archives is open for research and quiet study Monday-Thursday, 9:00-4:30 and Friday, 9:00-12:00.

30 years ago: Hot, humid, and back on campus

Thirty years ago Loyola students were preparing for the beginning of classes on a campus both familiar and different than today’s.

The Rec Plex/parking garage was still just a dream.

Despite the parking crisis that forced the first of the Loyola shuttle buses to begin rolling, there was a lot to do on campus. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or Harry Connick, anyone?

And,  as always at this time of year, there was the ever present heat, humidity and sweat. For one student, at least, this was cause to ruminate after time studying abroad.

See more of Loyola’s past in Special Collections & Archives in the Monroe Library or online!

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

New Performing Arts collection


Special Collections & Archives recently completed processing the Charles Sens Papers and Performing Arts Collection. Charles Lee Sens Jr. was born in 1933 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 1956 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Sens had a distinguished career as a singer, dancer, and composer before undertaking a second career as a librarian in the Music Division of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This collection includes music and memorabilia related to Charles Sens’ career as a performer in New Orleans and collected performing arts programs and ephemera primarily from New York, Boston, and Washington DC.


Adelina Patti Opera Company La Traviata libretto (188?)


1884-1885 Metropolitan Opera Tannhäuser libretto


New Orleans French Opera House


Place de l’Opéra, Paris

Sens also left his large collection of opera recordings and other materials to the Monroe Library as well as an endowment to enhance the collection over time.

The Charles Sens Papers and Performing Arts Collection is available for use in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room M-F, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

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

Collection Spotlight: DIG: An Excavation at Marcham

Dig, is a small art book by Calire Bolton representing the findings from an 2001 excavation at the site of a Roman amphitheater in Marcham, Oxfordshire in England. As the volume unfolds you are greeted with the various kinds of objects found during the dig along with the plot number where they were located.

Dig: An Excavation at Marcham
Claire Bolton
Abingdon, Oxford: The Alembic Press, 2002
(Edition 35 of 40)


Some of the objects excavated included: nails, teeth, plaster, floor tiles, 20th century washers, glass, oyster shells, mortar, and bones.

Feel free to come experience other volumes in our Fine-press & Artists Books Collection in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room M-F, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Sewerage and Water…oh my!


For those of us who live in Southeastern Louisiana, the sewerage and water system has been on our minds quite a bit recently. But let us hearken back to a time when our sewage systems were new and “thoroughly equipped.” In 1914, the Hon. Martin Behrman, mayor of New Orleans, presented “A History of Three Great Public Utilities: Sewerage, Water and Drainage, and their influence upon the Health and Progress of a Big City” to the Convention of League of American Municipalities. According to Behrman’s speech, it was “not until 1900 that New Orleans could be said to have a drainage system.” Until that time, there were no sewers, and open canals and water cisterns were breeding grounds for mosquitoes–and the deadly Yellow Fever. The Sewer and Water Board and the Drainage Commission was created in 1899 to develop New Orleans’ first sewage system, and by 1900 a substantial part of the system was in operation.

New Orleans Pumping Station 1909

New Orleans Pumping Station 1909; image from Wikimedia Commons

Behrman’s speech goes on to detail the increased property value and reduced death rate in New Orleans as a result of the new system. Ironically, a year to the day after Behrman’s speech, the 1915 New Orleans Hurricane made landfall near Grand Isle and put all of the systems operated by the Sewerage and Water Board to the test. A report given by Mr. George G. Earl, General Superintendent of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, details failures by the pumping stations and recommendations for infrastructure improvements–including raising the levees.

Both reports have been transcribed in full and are available to read online:

A History of Three Great Public Utilities: Sewerage, Water and Drainage, and their influence upon the Health and Progress of a Big City

The Hurricane of Sept. 29th, 1915, and Subsequent Heavy Rainfalls

Both of these items are also available for viewing in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the third floor of Monroe Library.

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