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Vintage commencement

Commencement is this weekend…congratulations to the class of 2017! As you wait to walk across that stage and receive your diploma, enjoy these images of Wolfpack grads from the past.

1950s commencement in front of the "Old Library"

1950s Baccalaureate Mass in Holy Name of Jesus Church

1950s commencement on the steps of the "Old Library"

Saints/Hornets owner Tom Benson preparing to receive Honorary Degree from President James Carter, S.J. in 1987

Students at commencement, 1987

The Landrieu family celebrating after Mitch (third from the left) Landrieu's graduation from Loyola Law, 1987

President James Carter, S.J. (left) with Honorary Degree recipient Mildred Jefferson (center) and Archbishop Hannan (right), 1979

Students at commencement, 1970

Students at commencement, 1970

1950s students at commencement

Commencement, 1981

View more historic commencement photos in the University Photographs collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Happy National Nurses Week!

May 6–12 is National Nurses Week. In commemoration, here are images from Loyola nursing students and staff from the past.

Wondering when these photos were taken, or who’s in them? So are we! Leave a comment to help us identify them.

Nursing students with nun

Nursing students

1950s nursing students on Marquette Hall steps

1950s/1960s nursing students on park bench

2 nursing students setting up "February Heart Month" display

Nursing student getting a freshman beanie on the front steps of Marquette Hall

Student having her pulse taken by a nurse6

World Day of the Snowman

It’s not often that we get to celebrate winter with a snowman, but these historic photographs from the University Photographs Collection show us Loyola students doing just that…

Happy snow day?

Weather in New Orleans

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If you live in New Orleans, you know that the weather can change drastically day to day, especially in the winter. I’ve compiled a few photos from our Loyola University Photographs collection to illustrate the weather one might experience in a single week in January. Happy Monday, everyone! Stay warm! (or dry, or cool, depending..)

Stay tuned for LOYNOOA

Stay tuned for an upcoming first-floor exhibit by the Special Collections & Archives team: “LOYNOOA: Loyola University and Opera in New Orleans.” In conjunction with “Encore! Encore! Bravi! Introducing the New Orleans Opera Association Archives” exhibit on view now in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library, we will soon be hanging numerous posters outlining the history of opera at Loyola. Thanks to extensive research conducted by student intern Gloria Cosenza, the exhibit will showcase notable alumni, instructors and events since the inception of the College of Music at Loyola University New Orleans. The show will be hung in the next week on the first floor of the library, across from the library’s music collections.

deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison, Honorary Degree Recipient

deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison, Sr., was an attorney and politician. He served as the 54th Mayor of New Orleans from 1946-1961 and as an United States ambassador under President John F. Kennedy from 1961-1963.

Loyola awarded Morrison with an Honorary degree at the 1958 Commencement Ceremony.

deLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison

deLesseps Story Morrison at graduation

deLesseps Story Morrison

Fr. Donnelly, deLesseps Story Morrison and Archbishop Rummel at graduation

As mayor, Morrison engaged in more large-scale urban renewal by helping in the construction for the New Orleans Civic Center, the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, several street-widening projects, and the construction and expansion of the New Orleans housing projects.

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Archbishop Rummel (middle), deLesseps Story Morrison (right), and student at graduation

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Morrison as the ambassador to the Organization of American States, a inter-continental organization that promotes solidarity and cooperation among its members.

deLesseps Story Morrison

Fr. Donnelly (left), Archbishop Rummel (middle), and Honorary Degree recipient deLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison at graduation

On May 22, 1964, deLesseps Story “Chep” Morrison and his son Randy died in a plane crash in Ciuadad Victoria, Mexico.

deLesseps Story Morrison

deLesseps Story Morrison makes speech at commencement

To honor him and his political legacy, deLesseps Morrison, Sr., was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 1995.

Blog Post by Raven Evans, 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.

Dublin Players of 1955

In a few weeks, some Loyola students will be headed off to Ireland for the Loyola Summer Program. A half century ago, however, Loyola hosted its own Irish visitors.

Dublin Players, downtown New Orleans

According to the 1955 Wolf Yearbook, the Dublin Players were an internationally known theater troupe established in 1947 by actor Ronald Ibbs. The Dublin Players were popular performers invited for a number of years to the Loyola Forum, an annual series of speakers, music, and theater performances. These images from 1955 show the Dublin Players around New Orleans and during their performance.

Dublin Players in front of St. Louis Cathedral

Dublin Players in Dr. Lennox Robinson's "The Far Off Hills"

Dublin Players in George Bernard Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple"

More images of the Dublin Players and the Loyola Forum are in the University Photographs Collection.

Have a great trip, Wolfpack! Where else are you off to this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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

Historic Wolfpack Bikes

Student in front of Monroe Hall bike rack, 1970s

Today’s the last day of National Bike Month. Enjoy these images of the Wolfpack on wheels.

Student on bike, 1979

Young students, 1939

Students on bikes in the academic quad, 1979

Do you ride your bike to the library? Let us know in the comments! More images like these can be found in the University Photographs Collection.

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

On this day in 1910: Marquette cornerstone

On November 13, 1910, prominent Catholics from around the country gathered here on Loyola’s campus for the laying of the cornerstone of Marquette Hall. According to the Times Picayune of November 14, the cornerstone contained the following items: A cross blessed by Pope Pius X, the names of ecclesiastical and civil authorities, the names of members of the Marquette Association, the names of benefactors and founders, the names of the members of the college faculty, the history of the Jesuit Fathers in Louisiana, the history and charter of the Marquette Association, a button signifying New Orleans as the logical point of the Panama Exposition, newspapers of the city and a letter from President Taft.

This image features the visiting dignitaries performing the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony in the shadow of the construction scaffolding for Marquette Hall. The building took less than a year to build, as classes were held there in September, 1911.

Here are some more images of Marquette in its early years from the University Photographs Collection in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Catholic Education Association on Marquette steps, 1913

Loyola University classes of 1912 and 1913

Students on Marquette, 1920s

Circa 1920 radiotelegraph class in the WWL station, housed at Marquette

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

1920s Freshmen Rules

With midterms winding down and Fall Break over, Loyola’s newest members have hopefully settled into their new lives as college students. The University has always made every effort to help first year students assimilate into college life, but their methods have changed over Loyola’s 100+ year run.

Take, for example, the 1925 Freshmen Rules approved by the Student Council:

We’ve posted previously about the required freshmen beanies, but what is this snake dance that “girl members” of the Freshmen class could not participate in?

While the snake dance is mentioned many times throughout the Maroon, particularly in the 20s, there are unfortunately no photos of the dance in the University Photographs Collection. Loyola does not appear to be alone in its enthusiasm for the snake dance, however, as St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin River Falls, and Bowling Green State University (who boast the longest snake dance ever–3,376 students–from their 1975 Homecoming) all have photos online of their respective snake dances. The dance appears to simply involve students linking arms and “snaking” around.

The Freshmen Rules were strictly enforced at Loyola–freshmen who did not participate in the snake dance or wear their beanies were arraigned in Kangaroo Court and even made to wear bald caps around campus. Similarly, upperclassmen who wore beanies were similarly reprimanded.

Still, the snake dance was generally a cause for celebration rather than an underclassmen punishment. When Loyola narrowly avoided beating football powerhouse Notre Dame in South Bend in 1928, Loyola students snake danced through the town in preparation.

While the snake dance doesn’t seem to be caught on film, we have plenty of pictures representing the general excitement of a Loyola football game.




What traditions are freshmen involved in now? Is it time to bring the snake dance or beanies back?


These items and more can be found in the University Archives and many are available in our Digital Collections.


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