Vintage Sweethearts

Happy Valentine’s Day! Though it seems that the holiday frequently gets overshadowed by Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Loyola students have still found a way to celebrate with their beloved every February 14. From 1953-1971, Loyola held a Sweetheart Cotillion in February to honor the Freshmen Sweetheart Court.





More vintage sweethearts and other Loyola history can be found in the Loyola University Maroon collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

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Black History Month: Loyola’s BSU Established

In light of Black History month, here is an article in the 1970′s Maroon that commemorates the establishment of Loyola University’s Black Student Union. BSU is a student organization that is open to all students and encourages the understanding of African American culture and history through various activities on campus. This organization, among many others, contributes significantly to cultural understanding and the diversity of the Loyola community.

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.


Today’s #minibookmonday is an 1823 printing from Chiswick Press.

Measuring 13.4cm, the volume includes Robert Blaire’s “The Grave,”  Beilby Porteus’s “Death,” Robert Glynn’s “The day of judgment,”  E. Young’s “The last day,” and Samuel Boyse’s “Deity.”

It’s not the most uplifting work.

Like our last #minibookmonday, however, it does have a secret…

The pages at first glance are gold-edged, but held in the right way one can see a painting of Salisbury Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral built in the early 1200s.

This book is part of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection of finely bound and illustrated books. As always, it can be seen in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library.

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When archives get personal

The scrapbook of Lise Mary Magdalen Tallant is a delightful object to peruse. Assembled when Ms. Tallant, who lived from 1888-1972, was a girl, it is full of images that caught a young girl’s fancy at the end of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth: pictures of flowers, children, animals, and fashionable young women abound. While the book itself is quite fragile, the items that are pasted in have been well preserved, and the colors have maintained their luster.  [The entire scrapbook has been digitized and can viewed here.]

When I first examined the book the inscription of the creator struck me. Tallant is my mother-in-law’s maiden name. I’ve never met another Tallant in New Orleans. Could they be related?

When I told my mother-in-law about my find, she thought so. She had a great-aunt Lise. The scrapbook contained Lise’s address: 727 Lowerline Street in New Orleans. A check of the census records revealed that the Tallant family that resided there was indeed my mother-in-law’s family. Her grandfather Walter is listed on the 1900 census alongside Lise – they were brother and sister.

From my mother-in-law I know just a little bit about Lise. She never married and lived her entire life in the family home on Lowerline Street, along with another unmarried  sister, Mary.  So much about Lise is unknown to me, but her scrapbook remains. I can only assume that it was an object she treasured.  It came to Special Collections and Archives as a part of a donation of New Orleans related material collected by Ben C. Toledano. What Mr. Toledano saw in it, and why he donated it to Loyola is not clear, although he may have been influenced by the fact that Lise was Aunt to well known New Orleans writer Robert Tallant, author of Voodoo in New Orleans, Gumbo-Ya-Ya, and others. (Robert Tallant’s extensive archive is held by the New Orleans Public Library.)

When I first saw the Lise Tallant scrapbook, I saw it simply as an historical object: What does it tell us about American girlhood in the late nineteenth century? What does it contain of interest in the field of graphic arts and design?  Does it tell us anything about New Orleans of 1900? All of those interests remain, but now that I know its place in my family when I hold the book in my hands it means so much more.  It means that one day I can I say to my now two-year-old son, “You had a great-great-great-aunt Lise. When she was a little girl she kept a scrapbook. Would you like to see it?”

-Trish Nugent, Special Collections and Archives Coordinator

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

Ecological Awareness 101

On Tuesday February 4, Professor Timothy Morton of Rice University will be visiting Loyola to give a public lecture entitled “Ecological Awareness 101″ at 5:30pm in the Whitney Presentation Room in Thomas Hall.

Prof. Morton’s talk will be geared toward undergraduate students and Loyola’s Common Curriculum — in particular in terms of making ecological connections across the disciplines. (Here is a link to Morton’s most recent book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy & Ecology after the End of the World.)

Prof. Morton’s visit is made possible through the generous support of the Loyola Environment Program, the Monroe Library, the English Department, the Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Common Curriculum.

Mardi Gras: Are You Ready Wolfpack?

Whether a commuter student or out of state student, every student on campus looks forward to experiencing the Mardi Gras season. From multi-colored beads to costumes, Mardi Gras is the one holiday in New Orleans where it is perfectly acceptable to have King Cake for breakfast and going home before midnight is unheard of. For those students who aren’t from here, I suggest finding a commuter/ Mardi Gras pro to show you all the great spots to see the parades. Also, take a look at these photos of Loyola students enjoying the festivities to see what you have to look forward to! The first parade is on February 15th. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll!

The Wolf 1990, page 6

The Wolf 1998, page 66

The Wolf 1998, page 67

The Wolf 1998, page 68

The Wolf 1998 page 69

The Wolf 2003, page 38

The Wolf 2003, page 39

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.

Law School Centennial

"Derbies of Dignity!" Law School

Loyola’s College of Law begins celebrating its 100th anniversary this month with a number of events celebrating current students and alumni. Established in 1914, the College of Law was initially at Baronne and Common Streets before moving onto the main campus Uptown, where it remained from 1915-1986 when it moved to its current location on Broadway.

Seton Hall

Seton Hall

Graduates from the College of Law include former mayor Maurice “Moon” Landrieu and his son, the current mayor Mitch Landrieu,

Wolf, 1950, page 73

1950 Wolf Yearbook

Xavier University President Norman Francis,

1955 Wolf, Page 136

1955 Wolf Yearbook

former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Kim Gandy,

Wolf 1977, page 76

1977 Wolf Yearbook

and many more distinguished law professionals and politicians.

Special Collections & Archives is rich in resources related to the history of the College of Law, including the personal papers of alumna and former professor (and New Orleans’ first female law professor) Janet Mary Riley.

Wolf 1948, page 72

1948 Wolf Yearbook

To see these items and others like them, check out our digital collections or come see us on the third floor of the Monroe Library.

School of Law

School of Law

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Matt Shlian: Apophenia – An Exhibit

Matt Shlian: Apophenia

Biever Guest Lecture
Thursday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
Multimedia Room 2, J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library
Free admission

Opening Reception
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery
Free admission

Matt Shlian, a paper engineer rooted in book arts, print media and design, will launch his new exhibit, Apophenia, at Loyola University New Orleans with a free, public lecture and opening reception. The Apophenia exhibit draws from Shlian’s series of the same name and refers to the artist’s perception of patterns or connections where none exists.

Through the lecture and exhibit, Shlian will explore how fine art and design inform one another, as well as how math and science relate to each other. Shlian allows his work to evolve on its own by beginning with an initial fold—a single action that then causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds—that ultimately manifest in his drawings and three-dimensional forms.

Shlian also uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture, collaborating with scientists at the University of Michigan. While researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles, he sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration, according to Shlian.

He has presented and conducted workshops across the country, and commissioners of his work include several prestigious organizations and entities, such as Apple, Ghostly International, IMTEK, The United States Mint, The University of Michigan and Queen Rania of Jordan, among many others.

The artist’s lecture is part of the Biever Grant Lecture Series.
Both events are part of Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.


Today’s edition of #minibookmonday presents the The Poems of Ossian.

This tiny treasure, measuring 3 X 5 inches, was published in London in 1819.  It retains it’s original ornate binding, and features a fore edge painting of horse-drawn carriage seen below. In it’s time, this was clearly a finely crafted book.

The Poems of Ossian themselves are less clear. Said to have been “translated” by James MacPherson (1736-1796) from ancient Gaelic texts and the oral tradition of the Scottish Highlands, doubts about the authenticity of poems began shortly after their “discovery” and publication. The charge against the veracity of the poems was largely led by Samuel Johnson, and an official inquiry by the Scottish Highland Society in 1805 supported the notion that MacPherson himself was the author.  The controversy did not do much to dampen interest in the poems themselves, as evidenced by the production of the fine volume we feature today. Indeed, the controversy may have made the poems more popular. (Napoleon was said to be a fan of The Poems of Ossian, and to carry copies with him into battle.) Whatever the ethics of Macpherson’s writings, The Poems of Ossian were  without a doubt widely read and influential on the Romantic period of the 19th century.

Bonus video: scholar Thomas M. Curley discusses his book Samuel Johnson, the Ossian Fraud, and the Celtic Revival in Great Britain and Ireland.

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University Cancels Classes

Loyola cancels classes, suspends operations for Wednesday due to severe winter weather

Due to severe weather forecasts of freezing rain and snow for the greater New Orleans area, all classes and events at Loyola University New Orleans have been cancelled for Wednesday, Jan. 29. Classes and events remain cancelled today.

The winter storm is expected to impact the New Orleans area Tuesday through Wednesday morning, but dangerous road conditions may persist through Wednesday evening. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected.

All buildings on campus will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday with the exception of residence halls and the Danna Student Center, which will remain open to serve student needs. All non-emergency employees are asked to remain at home Tuesday and Wednesday. Access to buildings will be limited to emergency personnel only.

Please continue to monitor the Loyola homepage for official updates. You may also call Loyola’s Emergency Information Line at 504-865-2186.