Spanish Music Textbook – 1782

One of the many wonders of the collections in the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives is this leather bound music textbook dated 1782. Hand written in Spanish, the book’s provenance is a mystery. However, the beauty and mastery of its contents cannot be denied.

Along with the usual scales, staffs, and notes…

…the book features incredible drawings…

…as well as a few 18th century doodles inside the cover.

It’s nice to see that school children aren’t all that different even when separated by different continents and over 200 years!

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

Louisiana Purchase in Cartoon Form

Today is the 210th anniversary of the formal ceremony to transfer ownership of the Louisiana territory from France to the United States. As part of the Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial celebration, New Orleans Item cartoonist John Churchill Chase created Louisiana purchase: an american story told in that most american forms of expression… the comic strip in 1953. Originally syndicated across the country, the comic was later reprinted in 1954.

One of Special Collections & Archives’ (SC&A) copies contains a letter from Chase to Father Patrick Donnelly, S.J., President of Loyola from 1952 to 1961 , thanking him for suggesting that the comic be compiled in book form.

John Churchill Chase also authored 40 cartoons in wartime (available in SC&A) and Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children, and other streets of New Orleans, in words and pictures (one copy in SC&A and one in the circulating stacks).

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

Mardi Gras Memories

Mardi Gras day 2014 will go down in history as one of the coldest. (And the rain didn’t help, either.)  Let’s look back on some sunnier Mardi Gras moments from The Wolf.

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

Temporary LC Research Assistant

Learning Commons Research Assistant

The temporary Learning Commons Research Assistant will provide research, circulation and technology assistance from an active Learning Commons desk. The schedule includes nights and weekend hours. This position will be scheduled to work approx. 28 hours per week through the end of July 2013.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; actively pursuing MLS degree from an ALA accredited program, with reference course work completed, or, Masters of Library Science Degree from an accredited library school; highly motivated and organized, with excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills; demonstrated commitment to responsive and innovative service; demonstrated ability to work in an active and user-centered environment and can juggle multiple tasks. Flexibility is highly valued in this position; fluency in the use of Microsoft Office and other computer applications; comfortable learning new technologies and enjoys teaching others; ability to troubleshoot basic computer, printer, photocopy machine issues. Preferred qualifications include: Experience working in an academic library service environment; general knowledge of circulation services; computer lab experience; supervisory experience; experience with Blackboard or other course management software.

Cover letter and resumes should go to resumes@loyno.edu.
For more information, see: http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

Feeling the Midterms Blues?

Though today is the last day of mid terms, many of you may already feel like a failure or have midterm grades posted on LORA that you are not proud of. The good news is they are only midterm grades! There is still time to improve your grades before finals! If you feel as if you need to improve your study strategy, read this article from the 2009 Maroon for suggestions.

Maroon 2009 page 8

Maroon 2009 page 9

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.

Steinbeck and East of Eden

Google’s Doodle today commemorates the birthday of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning writer John Steinbeck (1902-1968).

(Images above are static, but if you go to Google you can see the interactive graphic).

Special Collections & Archives has a signed first edition of Steinbeck’s East of Eden, considered by the author to be his greatest work. Steinbeck said about Eden, “It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years.”

This book is part of Special Collections & Archives’ Robert Giroux Collection of 20th century American writers.

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

The Soldier in Our Civil War

Are you a student of history? Are you an artist? Perhaps you’re a little of both? Then come on up to the Monroe Library Special Collections and Archives department to view a copy of The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865.

Each of the two volumes in this over-sized set measures 12″ x 17″ and is filled with intricate, hand-drawn illustrations.

Almost every major aspect of the four year War Between the States is depicted in these volumes.

Including:

The key players….

Home front politics….

Weaponry….

And of course, battle scenes….

The book is filled with hundreds of illustrations. Come see it today in the Special Collections & Archives!

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Letters from Iceland

On what would have been his 107th birthday, Special Collections & Archives presents W.H. Auden’s Letters From Iceland.

Part letter, part travel book, and part poetry collection, Letters commemorates three months Auden and co-author Louis MacNeice spent in Iceland in 1936.

The book includes travel advice such as what to drink:

The beer is weak and nasty, and the lemonade unspeakable

and how to get around:

There are excellent bus services to all parts of the Island…Where there are no official buses, there are often milk-cars which will take you very slowly but cheaply. Those who are car-sick will have, I’m afraid, a rough time. (The drivers are excellent.)

Trivia is provided:

THE LONGEST WORD IN ICELANDIC
Haestarjettarmalaflutunesmanskifstofustulkonutidyralykill–a latch-key belonging to a girl working in the office of a barrister.

Much of the book is in verse:

The reason for hereness seems beyond conjecture,
There are no trees or trains or architecture,
Fruits and greens are insufficient for health
And culture is limited by lack of wealth.
The tourist sights have nothing like Stonehenge,
The literature is all about revenge.
And yet I like it if only because this nation
Enjoys a scarcity of population…

and both photos and graphs are used as illustrations.

This book is part of Special Collections & Archives’ Robert Giroux Collection of 20th century American writers.

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

Goofy Photos from the Past

As part of an ongoing project to catalog, preserve, and digitize Loyola University’s vast collection of University Photographs, the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives staff often come across wacky and unexplainable images. This is especially true of a series of basketball photos taken in the 1950s & 1960s. Do you have any idea what’s going on in these photographs?

I'm not sure what this student did to be punished so severely....

Is there something really special about that basketball?

Synchronized basketball dunking?

This is a series of images featuring Wolf Pack Hall of Famer Eddie Galvin….in a top hat and cape?

He looks pretty serious about this.

Not sure what he's going for here....

Ball = wand maybe?

Oh my gosh! That looks like real magic!

To view more of the University Photograph collection, please visit our site on the Louisiana Digital Library!

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

Friend of the Month: Alliciyia George

The Monroe Library Friend of the Month for January is Alliciyia George!  Alliciyia is a freshman Journalism major from Zachary, Louisiana, and is active on campus as a member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, First in the Pack, Crescent City Radio, and as a work study student for the library.  Alliciyia enjoys writing and after graduation plans to enter the journalism field.

Alliciyia studies, attends meetings, conducts research, and writes papers in the Monroe Library, as well as makes good use of the computers, scanners, and graphic design software.

Alliciyia thinks that the library should consider offering more outreach events and displays for the students. Some of her suggestions include producing displays featuring books which were turned into movies, having movie nights at the library for those titles as well, offering a student book club, and having trivia nights. Alliciyia also suggested a student council to advise and assist the library on student outreach initiatives. While the library once had a Student Library Advisory Committee, it has not been active in several years. Thanks Alliciyia for reminding us what a great idea it is!

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