Friend of the Month: Luka Bahra

The Monroe Library Friend of the Month for March is Luka Bahra!  Luka is a sophomore majoring in Spanish from New York City.

Luka uses many of the library’s services, but mainly uses laptops provided by the library for students to borrow and other electronic equipment. In case you didn’t know, the library offers headphones, cameras, calculators, digital recorders and a whole host of other electronic equipment to our students. To see all the equipment available for check out, please feel free to look through our Equipment Page.

Luka is happy with the library’s services and doesn’t think the library has much to improve on. He states, ‘It’s a pretty good library!’

Thank you for using the Monroe Library, Luka, and congratulations on being our Friend of the Month!


Walker Percy Papers

Special Collections & Archives is pleased to announce that the Walker Percy Papers are now available. Walker Percy was born on May 28, 1916 in Birmingham, Alabama. His first novel, The Moviegoer (1961), won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1962. Percy continued to publish fiction and nonfiction covering subjects such as philosophy, semiotics, religion, science and life in the South.

This collection originated from Walker Percy’s office at his home in Covington and was donated by his daughter after the death of his wife, Mrs. Mary “Bunt” Percy. Handwritten notes, typescripts with marginalia, drafts of speeches and lectures, and correspondence and photocopies of correspondence make up the majority of the collection. There are a number of collected articles and academic journals that contain pieces written about Percy as well as unpublished academic papers and theses about him and his writing. The range of the material in the collection focuses mainly on the latter half of Percy’s life.

Other materials in Special Collections & Archives relating to Percy include the Percy-Walsh Correspondence, the Percy-Romagosa Collection, the Walker Percy and Charles Suhor Letters, and the Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers. UNC Chapel Hill also has Walker Percy papers.

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John P. Clark Papers

Summer study abroad in Bir, a village located in the west of the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a spiritual and meditation center with several Buddhist monasteries and a Tibetan refugee settlement. Professor Clark leading a hike to a spiritual site.

The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives has recently finished cataloging the papers of Loyola’s distinguished professor of Philosophy, John P. Clark. Clark has served as a lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans since 1970. He is currently the Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor of Humane Letters and the Professions, Professor of Philosophy, and member of the Environmental Studies faculty at Loyola University New Orleans. He has authored and edited numerous books and is active in the Green Movement and other political and philosophical movements whose goals involve grassroots democracy, world peace, social justice, and ecological sustainability. This collection consists primarily of correspondence and publications. These materials include correspondence with political thinkers and book publishers, independently published political pamphlets and zines, and serial periodicals such as “Our Generation”.

Click here to view the full finding aid for the collection. To find out more about John P. Clark, check out his personal webpage!

#howtotuesdays: fish!

Welcome to #howtotuesdays, our new Found in the Archives feature offering how-tos from our historical holdings in Special Collections and Archives. First up: fishing tips, anyone? Look no further than The Compleat Angler.

Originally published by Izaak Walton in 1653, The Compleat Angler offers practical advice on various fishing techniques, as well as ruminations, poetry, and songs celebrating the outdoors. Indeed the full title says it all: The Compleat Angler, or a Contemplative Man’s Recreation: Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing.

The Compleat Angler was incredibly popular, and in print for well over two hundred years. It was added to and expanded over the years, including a large addition added by Charles Cotton in 1676. (Our copy was published by Samuel Bagster in London, 1815.)

Indeed, as Charles Lamb wrote to Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1796:

“Among your quaint readings did you ever light upon Walton’s ‘Complete Angler?’ I asked you the question once before; it breathes the very spirit of innocence, purity, and simplicity of heart; there are many choice old verses interspersed in it; it would Christianize every discordant, angry passion; pray, make yourself acquainted with it.”

You can make The Compleat Angler’s acquaintance anytime in Special Collections and Archives.

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Interlibrary Loan

What Is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) gets books, articles and other materials not owned by the Monroe Library for your use.  There is no charge for requests.  ILL is available to Loyola current faculty, students, and staff engaged in scholarly research. (Law students and faculty are required to use services provided by the Law Library.) You must have a library-issued bar code on your Loyola ID and less than $15.00 in current library fines.

The length of time to obtain material varies.  Articles can arrive within two to five days, but may take longer. Books usually arrive within one to six weeks. The sooner you request them, the sooner you’ll have them!

Requests go through ILLiad, a web-based system. You can even use ILLiad to track the status of your requests, edit requests and request renewals online!  To become an ILLiad user, create an account by clicking on the “First Time Users” link on the ILLiad main page. You must select a username and password. You’ll only need to do this once.

We are unable to accept requests for materials that are owned by the Loyola University Library. These include books on reserve, books checked out, and non-circulating material. We will request books that have been declared lost or copies of articles from journals that are missing or at the bindery.  We do not borrow textbooks currently in use. Before filling out a request, be sure to check the library’s online catalog to make sure Loyola doesn’t own the material you need.  Or ask a reference librarian for help in finding material on your topic.

New Manuscript Collection

Walker Percy and Patrick Samway, S.J., at the Percy home in Covington, LA. Taken during their first meeting in 1978.

Special Collections & Archives is very pleased to announce the availability of a new manuscript collection. Patrick Samway, S.J. is an ordained Jesuit priest, teacher and author. Samway’s scholarly and academic interests include Darfur, Sudan, Chad, genocide, Haiti, and literature of the American South. He is the author of Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit’s Efforts in Chad (2007) and Walker Percy: A Life (1997).

The Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers include a range of material related to Samways’ interest in and research on Southern literature with an acute focus on his biography of Walker Percy published in 1997. Other writers represented in the collection include William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Andre Dubus. Material regarding Samway’s humanitarian work in Haiti and Africa can also be found. The types of material in this collection include correspondence, monographs, essays, speeches, ephemera, photographic prints, negatives and audiocassettes. Samway corresponded with a number of writers, scholars, and members of the Percy family.

This collection is complemented by the Samway book collection which includes rare, out of print, and international editions of books primarily by Southern writers and donated by Fr. Samway, and by several other manuscript collections containing materials about Walker Percy.

The finding aid for this collection is online, and the collection may be viewed Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm in Special Collections & Archives.

Spring in New Orleans

Spring is finally here! It’s time to go outdoors and enjoy all the activities in the city. New Orleans has great festivals, parks, museums and others activities that you can utilize during this season.  Not sure where to go specifically? Read this article from the 2007 Wolf Magazine. It suggest places such as Audubon Zoo, The New Orleans Museum of Art, and much more. In addition to the attractions in this article, I encourage everyone to grab a snowball and  take afternoon stroll in the various antique shops in the Marigny. Don’t like searching for hidden treasures? Go to City Park instead. The park includes mini golf, paddle boats, and outdoor movie showings in the sculpture garden. Most importantly, everyone should go to French Quarter Fest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Farewell #minibookmonday

Found in the Archives is retiring #minibookmonday. For our last look at some of our tiny treasures, we offer two miniature books from the Nineteenth Century especially appropriate for the Lenten season.

The first, Considerations and Devout Meditations for Every Day During the Season of Lent was published in 1866 in Dublin. Written by an anonymous member of the Society of Jesus, the small volume (3.5X6 inches) offers daily thoughts and quotes from the scriptures.

The second volume, Méditations sur la vie de N.S. Jésus-Christ was published in 1841 in French.  At 2.5 X 4 inches, the Méditations were truly pocket-sized.

We hope you have enjoyed #minibookmondays. Stay tuned for the debut next week of our new feature, #howtotuesdays.

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Over 4,000 University Photographs!

The Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives has spent over a year digitally scanning a vast collection of photographic prints and negatives taken here on campus and of university events since the 1940s. To date over 4,000 images are now available in the Loyola University Photographs Collection which is found on the Louisiana Digital Library. This is only a fraction of the total images in the physical collection. The staff intends to scan and add images to the digital collection until the entire collection has been digitized. It will take years!

Did you ever wonder what the old football stadium looked like from ground level?

It covered the area where the Danna Center and the residence quad now sit, as is shown in this 1925 aerial photograph of campus:

Or perhaps you’ve wondered what the baseball team uniforms looked like in the 1950s?

Did you know that the interior of the Holy Name of Jesus church looked drastically different in the early half of the 20th century than it does today?

Or that it once snowed so much on campus that students were able to make snowmen and have a snowball fight?

Discover even more historical gems from Loyola’s past by browsing the collection here!

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am referring to academic advising and registration, of course! I know that is what everyone was thinking. If not, start thinking about it now because it is fast approaching, March 24th to be exact. It is one of two times during the academic school year in which you can reflect on the semester and consider the advantages and disadvantages of your schedule. If you are like me, this probably involves thinking something along the lines of “DO NOT TAKE A 8 AM CLASS EVER AGAIN. SLEEP IS A VALUABLE THING.” More importantly, it’s the time of year to consider all of your remaining course requirements and options. When doing so, I know there is one main concern on everyone’s mind. The professor. Everyone wants to take the course with the nice, flexible, and interesting professor who grades “easy”. In efforts to do so, I know that everyone scurries over to sites that rate professors, but what if there was another way to select the best class?  In 1983, Loyola issued a “Course Consumer Guide.” Though the 1983 Maroon claimed that it was flawed, it seemed to include great information, such as everything from teaching style to a student’s perspective of the class. I wonder if this could be a useful tool to Loyola students once again. Maroon 1983 page 6

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.