The Loujon Press

Staples of the New Orleans arts scene, Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb and Jon Webb started the Loujon Press in 1960 and published their first literary magazine, The Outsider, the following year. The husband and wife team worked hard to establish their press. Gypsy Lou sold paintings on pirate’s alley during the day and set pages of type at night while Jon recruited literary talent and marketed subscriptions. The publication soon gained notoriety for the quality of the hand-printed editions and its larger runs of up to 3,100, which guaranteed a wider audience. Though sold at only one or two dollars a copy, the little magazine became an important part of the beat movement, publishing poetry by poetry by Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg among many others.

The Outsider volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, cover with a photo of Gypsy Lou

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, page 67, poem by LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 1, fall 1961, back cover with photos of featured poets

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, cover with photos of Gypsy Lou, Willie Humphrey (top) and Dee Dee Pierce (left)

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, title page with image of Loujon Press location on Royal Street

The Outsider, volume 1, number 2, summer 1962, page 24 and 25 with a poem by Ray Bremser and drawing by Ben Tibbs

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, cover with photo of Charles Bukowksi

The Outsider, Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1963, back cover with photo of a second line; The second and third volume include “jazz documentary” chapters that detail the history of jazz in new orleans and the careers of many of the musicians of that era.

With the funding of a New Orleans patron, the Loujon Press also published two books of Bukowski’s poetry. Hand-printed in an edition of 777, the first book, It catches my heart in its hands, features 65 poems and several drawings by Bukowksi. A cult-hero and prolific author, Bukowksi became known for his direct language and focus on the downtrodden in American society.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, cover

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, page 14 and 15

The publisher’s note paints a picture of the hardships Jon and Gypsy Lou endured to complete projects as well as their intense passion for their work.

Charles Bukowksi, It catches my heart in its hands, 1963, publisher’s note (photo of Bukowksi to the left on back cover)

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

How-to Tuesday: Chocolate!

Happy How-to Tuesday from the Special Collections & Archives! Today, we offer a glimpse into the history and uses of chocolate as explained by the oldest manufacturer of chocolate in the United States, Walter Baker & Co.

Founded in 1780, in Dorchester Massachusetts, Walter Baker & Co. chocolate was sold with a money back guarantee and famously known for its trademark adaptation of the Jean-Étienne Liotard painting, The La Belle Chocolatiere, (The Chocolate Girl).

–Liotard’s original painting, above.–

–An early Walter Baker’s & Co. advertisement featuring the La Belle Chocolatiere trademark.–

–Women dressed in the style of “The Chocolate Girl” as demonstrators for how to make cocoa.–

Cocoa and chocolate; a short history of their production and use, written by James M. Bugbee and published by Baker’s  in a revised edition in 1917, starts with an introduction to the cacao tree and it’s fruit

–Early depiction of cacao (cocoa) production in Mesoamerica.–

–The cacao plant.–

And follows with the methods of how it is cultivated.

And the processing of these pods into chocolate:

Followed by supporting science persuading the reader that chocolate is “a perfect food” and “the most harmless of our fashionable drinks”.

And I would think most of Library Lagniappe readers would agree that chocolate is pretty perfect.

The book has been digitized and can be viewed online through the Louisiana Digital Library at this link.

And here is a chocolate themed musical lagniappe for you from The Undertones:

Loup Garou 1999

Tommorow,  Loyola hosts Wale for the traditional spring concert series, Loup Garou! Back in 1999, Loyola hosted its 2nd Loup Garou with a performance by RUN DMC. The 1999 Loup Garou was hosted on October 24th in the Palm Court  and student tickets were $7. Below is an essay written by a Loyola student, Becky Dickinson, who was on the committee for the concert. Dickinson describes how much fun planning the concert was. Additionally,  she describes the amazing opportunity she had to meet RUN DMC and interview them. Most importantly, she notes the emphasis RUN DMC placed on the importance of educating people on the art of rap in hopes that society will recognize it as a respectable music form. Moreover, RUN DMC argues that rap music can have a positive influence on society. Maybe some of you will be lucky enough to meet Wale at the concert tomorrow, at 8pm, and disscuss the importance of rap music! You never know!



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Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was a Fireside poet, American Quaker, and abolitionist. His poetic work mainly focuses on religion and the picturesque region of Essex County, Massachusetts. In the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection, part of Loyola’s Special Collections and Archives, there is a rather interesting copy of Whittier’s collected works. The collection, which focuses on finely bound and illustrated books, contains a number of works that have the same special features as this example.

Portrait of Whittier, from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier

Upon looking at the book, you can first notice the beautiful gilded cover and binding, as well as the marbled endpapers.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the binding, however, is what is called “fore-edge painting.” Notice the gilded edges of the book:

Now, when the book is opened so that the pages can stretch, we can see a picture previously hidden by the gilding!

Whittier’s Home in Amesbury, MA; fore-edge painting from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier.

Whittier’s Home, 86 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA. Photograph from Wikipedia.

More examples of this technique can be found in many of the books in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection, or online here:

Whittier’s poem “Our River” is about the Merrimac River that flows through his hometown of Amesbury, MA. This poem, along with all of Whittier’s other published work, can be found in The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier as part of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd Floor, Monroe Library.

“Our River” by John Greenleaf Whittier, from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier.

For more information about Whittier, visit the Whittier Museum’s page here:

This book, and others like it, can be viewed in Special Collections & Archives.

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Lush Landscapes of Ireland and a Ballad for St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s day parades are right around the corner! To get you in the Irish spirit here are some images from The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland. Written in 1840, the two-volume work follows the travels of J. Stirling Coyne (1803–1868), a British playwright and journalist. The engravings after drawings by W.H. Bartlett illustrate a variety of attractions in Ireland from cityscapes to wooded glens to castle ruins.

“Kilkee, (County Clare)”

Coyne writes, “Kilkee is a beautiful watering-place, situated on a little creek, which runs in off Malbay. It has risen considerably in importance within the last few years, and is now the most fashionable resort for bathers on the whole line of this romantic coast.”

“Youghal Abbey (The Residence of Sir Walter Raleigh)”

“Cove of Malbay”

“Natural Bridges Near Kilkee”

Coyne artfully describes the formation of the bridges: “…the ceaseless action of the Atlantic waves have worn away, and scooped the stratified cliffs into Natural Bridges, caverns, and chasms, so as to give the shores here the appearance of stupendous ruins, or the fragments of a half-formed world thrown into the wildest confusion by the hand of nature.”

“Turk Cascade (Near Killarney)”

In addition to outlining the history and industry of many locations, Coyne also describes his experience in detail, inserting observations and advice to the locals at times: “A small gate on the left of the road was opened by a person of no peculiarity except outside pockets in the arm-pits of his coat, and following him along the borders of a brook, through young plantations of fir and larch, I came presently in sight of the fall, – a sheet of white foam falling, as well as I could judge forty or fifty feet, but so inlaid in the chasm through which it descends as to have very much the advantage of most falls of equal height. After breaking on the rocks the steam resumes its rapid course through the ravine, and soon empties into the lake. Mr. Herbert’s plantations on the sides and edges of the ravine serve to give the Turk Cascade an American wildness, which struck me very agreeably. I wish he would also give it a prettier name.”

“Carrigogunnell Castle (Near Limerick)”

Coyne explains that the castle began as a house for knights templar and then in 1691 sheltered troops after the battle of Aughrim, part of the bloody conflict between Jacobites and the forces of William III. He notes that the Dean of Limerick received one hundred and sixty pounds to blow up the castle, leaving nothing but “piles of venerable remains.”

A nearby volume, Lewis’s Atlas contains a large fold-out map of Ireland, in addition to smaller maps of each county. Interestingly, the atlases show measurements in Irish miles, which were in use until about 1856 and measured 2,048 meters instead of the official 1,609.

In case you were wondering about the origins of St. Patrick, here is a song version from The Ballads of Ireland by Edward Hayes:

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

#howtotuesday: Dance!

Sometimes new items make their way into Special Collections & Archives that take a little (or a lot of) research to identify. A recent example is this tiny box that was recently donated along with other primarily German 18th and 19th century books.

Neue Anglaisen inscription

Neue Anglaisen title page

Thanks to the diligent research of Associate Dean for Technical Services Laurie Phillips, we think we’ve got this one figured out. Printed sometime in the late 1700s, this little packet contains music scores and dance directions for the Danse Anglaise, or Anglaisen in German, an 18th century form of English country dancing where partners faced each other in lines.

Neue Anglaisen flute and clarinet parts

Neue Anglaisen violin part

Very little information is available about the composer, Carl Jonne, but he is mentioned in Performing Operas for Mozart as performing in the Leipzig opera orchestra in the summer of 1786 and promoting 2 performances of Mozart’s Requiem in April and May of 1800.

Neue Anglaisen dance diagram

Neue Anglaisen dance instructions

The work is dedicated to “Dem Hochgebohrnen Grafen und Herrn, Herrn Heinrich dem LXII, jüngern Reufs Grafen und Herrn zu Plauen, Herrn zu Greitz, Krannichfeld, Gera, Schleitz, Lobenstein unterthänigst gewidmet.”

Neue Anglaisen dedication

Bonus: Here’s a video of a danse Anglaise at the 2010 Grand Napoleonic Ball:

This book, and others like it, can be viewed in Special Collections & Archives.

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Flowers Native To The Deep South

Spring is almost here and with it comes flowers.  Our daily routes to and from work that had lost some of their vibrancy during the winter months are slowly and then suddenly awash with new bursts of color.

With the spirit of spring in mind, enjoy these images painted by Caroline Dorman the author of Flowers Native to the Deep South and follow the links for more information on this fascinating woman and her work.

Flowers Native to the Deep South was written by Caroline “Carrie” Dorman in 1958. Dorman (1988-1971) was a native Louisianan artist, author, botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, and conservationist. She is considered by many to be the mother of the Louisiana conservationist movement having made many monumental contributions to the conservation of our natural, as well as cultural resources.

One of her many contributions to the preservation and conservation of Louisiana’s natural treasures was created as the first female member of the Society of American Foresters. As a member, she almost single-handedly lobbied for years to finally influence state and federal leaders to establish the Kisatchie National Forest, consisting of over 600,000 acres of public lands located in Northeastern Louisiana.

In addition, she willed the public her ancestrial home and gardens to the people upon her death. This home named Briarwood in now the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve and is known as a “mecca” for horticulturalists and naturalist.

Image of Dorman’s log cabin house at Briarwood, by Rosenthal, James W. (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood – more photos follow the link), 1959

At Briarwood Dorman collected and replanted native plants in the gardens to preserve the native ecology of Louisiana.

“The Louisiana iris was of particular importance to Dormon and this species is featured at Briarwood today in the iris bog that is called the Bay Garden. Dormon began her Bay Garden in the 1940s as a place to nourish her seedlings and to record the successes and failures of her cross-pollination experiments with irises found in the wild.”  - From the Library of Congress cataloging notes for images taken at Briarwood.

View of Bay Garden (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood)

Flower Native to the Deep South by Caroline Dorman is available for viewing Monday-Friday 9-4, in our Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library

Here’s a little flower-themed lagniappe to get you dancing: Psycho Daisies, by the Yardbirds

History of Theater at Loyola

Loyola recently announced new programs in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre. While this will provide the opportunity for students to earn degrees in these areas, performing students are not new to the university.

Thespians were a popular student organization from the early years of the university, but it wasn’t until 1967 that the Department of Speech added Drama to its concentration.

More images like these can be found in Loyola’s digital collections and in Special Collections & Archives.

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Let’s Keep the Good Times Rolling: Jazz Fest 2015

Mardi Gras is over and now we all have to return to our regular lives. There is no longer an excuse to party in the streets of New Orleans or is there? Fortunately, the residents of New Orleans cannot survive too long without another excuse to dance, party, and have amazing food. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gives New Orleanians the perfect opportunity to indulge in all of these things once again. In 1970 the first Jazz Festival kicked off in Congo Square. Believe it or not, only 50 people were in attendance, according to Michael P. Smith and Allison Miner’s “Jazz Fest Memories”. This memoir focuses on the life of Allison Miner, one of the festival’s founders, and her experience watching Jazz Fest progress year after year. She includes a multitude of photographs from the festival over the years. She highlights artist such as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and Gladys Knight (below). Mark your calenders wolfpack. This year’s Jazz Fest starts April 24th! Unfortunately, Jazz Fest occurs extremely close to final exams, but is that going to stop Loyola students? Did Mardi Gras? Why not have a little fun before you have spend a week imprisoned in the library? A little advice for first time goers: In previous years it has rained a lot during the festival. Wear a rain coat and rain boots and party on! Or do are these past attendees did and embrace the mud (below).

Nelson (above)

Knight (above)

Wonder (above)

To view the book mentioned in this blog post and other books about the history of music in New Orleans, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd Floor of the Monroe Library .

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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

Now more local newspaper articles online!

We have recently added the New Orleans Advocate newspaper and Times-Picayune web-only content to our America’s News subscription. The New Orleans Advocate articles are often unique and don’t always appear in the Baton Rouge Advocate, which was always included in our America’s News subscription.  Give it a try to locate more local information!