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This is an artificial collection containing three silk banners produced in the 18th century to advertise various debates on matters of law.
This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at the Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives. Although the majority of the newspapers in this collection are from New Orleans, including the bilingual L’Abeille de la Nouvelle Orleans, or The New Orleans Bee, also included are two editions of a Civil War era newspaper from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and an 1896 newspaper from Bayern, Germany. The collection also contains a copy of a famously reprinted newspaper edition, Vol. II, No.88 of The Ulster County Gazette.
The Elizabeth Adolph Collection of Early 20th Century New Orleans Sports Memorabilia is comprised of three items: two printed silk programs from the Crescent City Jockey Club dated 1904 and 1906 and a team photograph of the 1908 Parker-Blake baseball team.
The B. Raynal Ariatti Papers consist primarily of several hundred negatives that may complement or duplicate photographic material included in the Louis J. Twomey, S.J., Papers (Collection #2) relating to Father Twomey, the Institute of Industrial Relations/Institute of Human Relations, and the Inter-American Center. The collection also contains a small amount of correspondence, pamphlets and papers involving Father Twomey’s Memorial Mass and the dedication of Twomey Hall, photographs that include the Papal visit to New Orleans in 1987, a single audio reel, and three 3.5” floppy disks.
Guy Bernard was a 1935 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Music after which he immediately joined the faculty. Bernard went on to teach at Loyola for almost 35 years, becoming Professor Emeritus of Music in 1979. The collection consists primarily of scrapbooks containing programs from various Loyola University New Orleans College of Music productions during the latter half of the 20th century. The collection also contains several photographs.
Opened in 1939 as New Orleans' first bookstore dedicated to Catholic literature, the Catholic Book Store Archives document the bookstore's activities from 1969-2001.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded in June of 1903 in New York State. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mater Dei #868 Collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings and photographs. These clippings and photographs were included in scrapbooks and photograph albums chronicling the history of the Court Mater Dei #868 branch of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
John P. 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”.
The Concert Choir was a volunteer, nonprofit organization. Programs ranged from classical to contemporary with an emphasis on seldom performed compositions.
Documents the research and activity of Joseph-Aurélien Cornet, a Belgian Christian Brother, who lived and worked in the Congo region for nearly thirty years. Trained as a Western art and architectural historian, Cornet’s academic pursuit became the art and culture of the Congolese region and peoples, which he documented in photographs, illustrated field notebooks, and language primers of his own creation.
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Manuscript compositions of distinguished composer and Loyola professor Stephen Dankner. The collection also contains concert programs, correspondence, newspaper and electronic reviews, press releases, and photos.
Material relating to the history of New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus collected by Lillian Dayries (1892-1984).
Deiler (1849-1909 ) a German musician who emigrated to New Orleans in 1872, sought to cultivate a taste for German culture in New Orleans and improve conditions of Germans in United States. Deiler helped establish Deutschse Gesellschaft, an immigrant aid society, and founded the German Archives for the History of Germans in the South now in possession of the Deutsches Haus.
Rosemary Drown was an employee of the New Orleans Catholic Bookshop for over 40 years. The Drown collection includes photostat copies of correspondences, addresses, and pastoral letters by Archbishop Rummel and other clergy primarily relating to the New Orleans Archdiocese's intent to end segregation in parochial schools and fierce response by local opposition groups. Materials also include correspondence and newsletters from supporting local Catholic organizations and articles from local and national newspapers on the debate. There are also numerous journals, pamphlets and studies from the period on general civil rights and race relations, circa 1942-1978.
Papers of 1970s environmental activist organization which, among other things, aided in the implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act in Louisiana, environmentally conscious urban planning, water and air quality management, regional transportation planning, as well as the coordination of Louisiana’s first recycling program and first Earth Day celebration.
This collection consists of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as other ephemera, relating to Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII, and Pope Paul VI, who served in consecutive papacies from 1939-1978. The collection also contains material relating to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. These materials were collected by Rabbi Julian Feibelman, a rabbi at Temple Sinai from 1936-1967.
Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Papers
Details the life's work of the great Jesuit sociologist, author, and social reformer Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. Papers include correspondence, transcripts of interviews, printed material, questionnaires, photographs, subject files, and other material documenting Fichter's activities.
The scrapbook belonged to Arthur L. Freret, who worked in shipbuilding in the Sunderland area of the United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland, and Nantes, France. The scrapbook appears to have been compiled from 1866 – 1868.
The Dawson Gaillard Papers consists primarily of the personal and professional writings of Mrs. Dawson Gaillard, a Loyola University New Orleans faculty member from 1968 to 1983, chairman of the university’s English Department from 1974 to 1977, and an editor of the New Orleans Review from 1973 to 1979. These papers include her personal diaries from 1951 to 1985, research notes and manuscript drafts for her book on Dorothy L. Sayers, academic work and research papers written as a student and teacher, samples of her copyediting work from LSU Press, and a small amount of original fiction and poetry. Also included is research related to the 1927 murder trial of Ada LeBouef and Dr. Tom Dreher, including two audiocassette tapes of interviews conducted by Gaillard with Murphy Dreher, Tom Dreher’s nephew, and Mrs. Waleer Hamlin, the wife of Ada LeBouef’s lawyer.
Jean Sylvain Gentil (1829-1911), a native of France and lifelong proponent of democratic principles, left his country in 1850 as a political exile following imprisonment and expulsion by Emperor Napoleon III. Gentil settled in Saint James Parish, Louisiana in 1853 and obtained a professorship of foreign languages at Jefferson College, a small Catholic school. Following the Civil War, Gentil continued his political activism by partnering with Armand Victor Romain to produce the weekly Le Louisianais. In 1881, Gentil sold Le Louisianais to André Roman and Paul Grima, who continued producing the newspaper until 1883. Gentil subsequently owned La Démocratie française of New Orleans and wrote articles for various other publications. In addition to political pieces, Gentil composed a great deal of poetry throughout his life. The J. Gentil Papers consists of three documents: a volume of poetry, and two texts that are believed to be commencement speeches.
The work of the New Orleans-based collation of environmental groups and individuals that seek to restore the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition.
Correspondence between writer Lafcadio Hearn and Page Baker, managing editor of the New Orleans Times-Democrat. Among subjects discussed were New Orleans, the Times-Democrat, New York City, the West Indies, Japan, and Hearn's books and literature efforts.
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This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at the Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives. Series I of the collection includes postcards that consist of true photographs, both hand colored and black and white, as well as hand drawn images of Catholic structures and locations throughout the state of Louisiana. Series II of the collection features postcards and postcard booklets from foreign locations, mainly in France and Switzerland.
Kate Holmes was the daughter of a sea captain and a writer from New Orleans who produced poems and stories about New Orleans and Southern history. Her writings were published in both local newspapers and other Southern periodicals. The collection consists of twenty poems, three song lyrics, and eight newspaper articles written by Kate Holmes and published from 1947 through 1974.
In the spring of 2006, Loyola professor Jaqueline Woodfork’s students interviewed New Orleans community members about their experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
The Phil Johnson Editorials Collection for WWL-TV New Orleans contains some 10,000 editorials written and delivered by Phil Johnson from 1962 to 1999. The daily editorials represent 37 years of local, national and international political history. The nightly editorials represented a bold step in television news when first aired, and set the local CBS affiliate apart from other stations. Johnson, a Loyola University graduate and Harvard University Neiman Fellow, served at WWL-TV as news director, documentary producer and assistant general manager.
This is a collection of Catholic pamphlets acquired over time by Mary Ann Kennedy of Little Rock, Arkansas. This collection of ecclesiastical publications covers questions and answers about a wide range of topics for curious Catholics, dating throughout the 20th century. Consisting mostly of works from Liguori Publications and its affiliates, the brochures guide young Catholics through a myriad of everyday dilemmas and situations.
Documents Landrieu’s career as mayor of the City of New Orleans.
Papers and objects originally belonging to the Laytons, a prominent New Orleans Catholic family. Primarily collected by Thomas Layton Sr. (1814-1882) and Thomas Layton Jr. (1845-1889), the collection, mostly dating from 1834 to 1879, includes relics of prestigious saints as well as Privileges written by Pope Pius IX.
Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 until his assassination in 1935. On February 2, 1931, he received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws from Loyola University New Orleans. This collection consists of several newspaper articles about the honorary degree conferred upon Huey P. Long, as well as an invitation and program for the ceremony itself.
This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at the Loyola University New Orleans Archives and Special Collections. The collection contains photographs, publications, etc. all relating to Catholicism in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Women Writers Symposium was held on September 19-20, 1986 at Loyola University New Orleans. The symposium featured sixteen scholars and moderators and a reading by Ellen Gilchrist over the course of a day and a half, and selected presentations from the conference were published with additional essays in 1988 by the New Orleans Review and by LSU Press in 1992 as a book entitled "Louisiana Women Writers: New Essays and a Comprehensive Bibliography." Th ecollection primarily consists of correspondence and photographs.
This is an artificial collection consisting of Loyola University New Orleans athletics programs, media guides, clippings, and other ephemera created to promote and support sport teams at Loyola University between the years of 1908 – 1992. Archery, basketball, baseball, boxing, football, golf, soccer, and tennis are represented as well as Hall of Fame awards and items detailing the discontinuation of intercollegiate sports in 1972. Select items from this collection are digitized and available through the Louisiana Digital Library.
This is an artificial collection containing materials related to the College of Music (now the College of Music and Fine Arts) at Loyola University New Orleans. Materials in the collection include written histories of the College; documents relating to persons associated with the College; programs of musical performances; newsletters; and music scores both by College faculty and written for the university.
Correspondence between Father F.A. Benedetto, S.J. and the world-renowned physicist Dr. Victor Hess. Father Frank A. Benedetto, S.J. was chair of Loyola University’s Physics Department from 1954 through 1966. Hess came to Loyola University in the spring of 1959 to be the guest speaker for and to be given an honorary membership in the Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. Additional paperwork in the collection includes biographical information on Dr. Hess as well as press releases related to Dr. Hess’s visit to the university. The collection also consists of several historical documents, pamphlets, and artifacts related to Loyola University’s Physics Department.
Photographs, clippings and letters documenting the life of Albert Clinton Maher, Loyola student athlete and United States Navy pilot who died in 1942.
The Corinne Mayer Collection of Musician Photographs is comprised of two items: an autographed photo of Mischa Levitzki and an autographed photo of Maier and Pattison. Both photographs are inscribed to Ms. Mayer.
Letters by Mencken or by his secretary, Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, to journalist/publicist Lou Wylie encouraging Wylie's books and literature efforts and commenting on topics as varied as publishing, literature, politics, religion, and his own health.
J. Edgar Monroe served as an executive in companies such as Boland Machine and Manufacturing Co., Inc., Canal Bank and Trust Co., Canal Assets, Inc., Southdown, Inc., and Electric Bond and Share. Mr. Monroe was a generous philanthropist, over the years donating tens of millions of dollars to Catholic charities and Loyola University New Orleans. The collection consists primarily of documents related to Mr. Monroe’s business interests, such as the Canal Bank and Trust Co., Canal Assets, Inc., Electric Bond and Share, and Southdown, Inc. The collection also contains a small number of Monroe’s personal documents and school records of Robert J. Monroe, J. Edgar Monroe’s nephew.
New Orleans has been celebrating Mardi Gras since the mid 19th century. Private organizations, known as krewes, sponsor annual public parades and private balls. This collection consists of the ball programs and some invitations to these events produced by various krewes from the 1870s through to the 1970s.
Spanning some seven decades of the twentieth century, this small collection of programs provide information about New Orleans' cultural life from 1900s-1970s.
This collection of New Orleans Film Festival programs and articles provides insight into the film history of both New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole. Featuring programs from 1996 through 2015, the collection offers a look into the film industry’s presence in Louisiana in recent years through programs and pocket guides for the New Orleans Film Festival, schedules for specialty film festivals and Spring/Fall outdoor screenings, and “The Louisiana Entertainment Sourcebook: 2014-2015”. The collection also includes one folder of articles about the New Orleans Film Society and New Orleans Film Festival.
This collection consists of archival documents, photographs, and other ephemera relating to the history of New Orleans or representing structures, businesses, or other subjects relating to New Orleans. Includes photographs of Metairie Cemetery and the French Quarter; ephemera and documents from S. Reichert, I.O.O.M., N.L. Bird, and F.L. Goldwaithe; and more.
The New Orleans Opera Association Archives documents the business and creative operations of NOOA from its inception in 1943 to 2015. Board minutes, budgets, personnel files, promotional materials, and media documenting both performances and outreach efforts are just some of the facets of this collection.
Archives of the Loyola-based books and literature magazine from its inception in 1968 through 1980
The collection consists primarily of materials related to social justice issues in and around New Orleans and Latin America from the mid 1980s to early 1991. The collection includes pamphlets and newsletters of various coalitions in opposition to David Duke's 1990 gubernatorial campaign, contemporary news clippings, and reference materials on Duke and white supremacy. The collection also contains organizing materials in opposition to The Gulf War and local journals relative to labor parties, unions, and social justice, including Central American News, Bayou Worker, Second Line, Crescent City Green Quarterly, and Brad Ott’s Avant!, Dialogue, and Café Progresso. The papers of The Gary Modenbach Social Aid and Pleasure Club are also included.
New Orleans-Southeast Regional Office of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Papers(PDF)
The papers of the New Orleans-Southeast Regional CISPES chapter include correspondence, periodicals, reports, journals, newsletters, press clippings, publications, writings, and other printed material. The collection provides considerable information about CISPES in New Orleans and the U.S. from 1980-1996, with the bulk of materials from 1980-1987.
K. (Kenneth) Brad Ott is an activist and sociological researcher. Ott wrote, edited, and published publications covering community activism and activities in New Orleans, Louisiana. The collection consists of materials chronicling the production and distribution of Ott’s self-published social justice and activism publications as well as correspondence and ephemera.
This collection of cancelled personal checks originated from Walker Percy’s office at his home in Covington, LA and was donated by his daughter Ann Percy Moores. The collection consists of checks written by Percy and his wife Mary from 1956-1965 to various business and individuals.
This collection originated from Walker Percy’s office at his home in Covington and was donated by his daughter after the death of Mrs. Mary “Bunt” Percy. Handwritten notes, typescripts with marginalia, drafts of speeches and lectures, and correspondence and photocopies of correspondence make up 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.
Letters and photographs document the relationship between the novelist Walker Percy and New Orleans priest Elmo L. Romagosa.
Charles Suhor was born in New Orleans in 1935. An educator, books and literature critic, musician, and amateur linguist, Suhor wrote a review of Walker Percy’s work, Love in the Ruins, which Carolyn Davis sent a copy of to Percy in 1971. Percy responded, after which Suhor initiated a correspondence with Percy in 1975.
Letters from Walker Percy to New Orleanian and former Jesuit priest William Walsh regarding Percy's book Lancelot.
Programs and playbills documenting the singing career of Ms. Piazza, a 1940 graduate of Loyola. These programs and photographs document Marguerite Piazza's singing performances throughout the United States in operas, musicals, television, nightclubs, and other cultural forms.
Ambrose Pilard (1814-1854) immigrated to the United States from his native France in 1839. Pilard and his family moved often, living in New Orleans, Thibodaux, Louisiana and Vincennes, Indiana where he owned a bookshop and wrote for the Vincennes Gazette. While living in Indiana, Pilard maintained correspondence with Louisiana clergy members. The Ambrose Pilard letters consist of three letters to Pilard from Louisiana clergy members dating from 1841-1854. All of the letters are in French.
Includes both written and photographic documentation of the professional association from 1957 to 2001.
The Janet Mary Riley Papers reflect Riley’s academic career at Loyola University as the first female law professor in New Orleans, as well as her university service. Much is dedicated to her successful efforts to revise Louisiana’s community property laws to give women equal management of the community with their spouses.
Contains hurricane tracking charts and related material from the long career of New Orleans’ renowned television meteorologist.
This collection contains writings of Dominique Rouquette and Adrien Rouquette, two brothers of American-French origin. Père (Father) Adrien Rouquette (1813-1887), born in New Orleans, was an ordained Catholic priest affiliated with the Catholic seminary at New Orleans. He was a missionary who worked among the Choctaw Indians, who gave him the name Chahta-Ima. He identified strongly with that name and often wrote about religion and working with the Choctaws. François Dominique Rouquette (1810-1890) was an author and a poet.
Patrick Samway, S.J. is an ordained Jesuit priest, teacher and author. The Samway Papers include a range of material related to Samway's interest in and research on Southern literature with an acute focus on his biography of Walker Percy published in 1997. 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.
In 1995 Loyola University journalism professor Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., published The American Journey of Eric Sevareid, the culmination of two years of extensive research into the life of the CBS newsman who, for almost five decades, commented on the American experience. The Schroth/Servereid papers feature Schroth's correspondence files, notes and interviews.
Charles Lee Sens Jr. was born in 1933 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 1956 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Sens had a distinguished career as a singer, dancer, and composer before undertaking a second career as a librarian in the Music Division of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Sens died August 23, 2004, in Washington DC. This collection includes music and memorabilia related to Charles Sens’ career as a performer in New Orleans and collected performing arts programs and ephemera primarily from New York, Boston, and Washington DC.
This collection contains correspondence, daily calendars, diaries, journals, pocket notebooks, photograph albums and scrapbooks related to travel, tourism and daily life as recorded by the creators of the items. The correspondence is mainly letters sent by active military from World War II to a fiancé or significant other. Albums and scrapbooks related to travel cover regional and cross-country trips in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe by automobile, train, plane and boat. The date range of the collection spans from 1890 to 1987, but the bulk of the traveling ranges from the 1930s to the 1960s. All items were bought by Anthony J. Stanonis from eBay for academic research related to travel and tourism.
The Anthony J. Stanonis Collection is comprised of materials relating to the New Orleans tourist industry. Dating from 1902 to 1960, the guides, maps, brochures, books, and other literature document public and private tourism businesses. Anthony J. Stanonis gathered the materials during his research on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism.
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This collection contains papers relating to the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Society primarily for the years 1988-1989 when Dean Emeritus of the Loyola College of Music, David Swanzy, was the Symphony’s acting executive director. Highlights of the collection include correspondence, board minutes, financial statements, master business plan, fund raising plans, biographies of guest musicians and conductors, programs and promotional materials. The collection is supplemented by newspaper clippings.
Programs, photographs, and printed material documenting New Orleans cultural activities between the World Wars, from the collection of New Orleans impresario Robert Hayne Tarrant.
Thompson, a poet and a prominent figure in the books and literature circles that flourished in post World War I New Orleans, was founder and editor of The Double Dealer, the small but influential books and literature magazine published from 1921-1926. The papers document Thompson's books, literature, and personal life.
Ben C. Toledano was a New Orleans lawyer, activist, and politician active during the late 20th century. Toledano was also a prolific collector of literary material and material related to New Orleans.
John Kennedy Toole’s posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 after Toole’s mother appealed to author and then Loyola faculty member Walker Percy for help in getting it published. While there is no definitive “first manuscript” for the book, this manuscript was donated by Lyn Hill Hayward, a longtime friend of Walker Percy’s, and described by her as the manuscript given Percy by Thelma Toole.
Norman Treigle was a 1950s Loyola music student who went on to an impressive singing career with the New Orleans Opera and the New York City Opera. The collection consists of correspondence, programs, press clippings, contracts, scrapbooks, and audiovisual material.
Documents the post-World War II social reform work of the founding director of Loyola's Institute of Human Relations.
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This collection arranges and preserves photographs, theses, and some of the more important publications issued by Loyola University from the 1850s to the present. It includes titles ranging from the yearbook, the Wolf, to the school newspaper, the Maroon.
A 1965 graduate of Loyola, Virgets worked as a sports writer for the Times-Picayune before becoming a star for his appearances on the WWL-TV weekly show “Bill Elder’s Journal.” His New Orleans vignettes have since aired on WGNO, WDSU, WYES, and on the radio as he hosted WWNO’S “Crescent City.” The Ronnie Virgets Papers contain all existing samples of his work in print, television, and radio dating from the mid-1980s.
This collection contains letters, diary entries, and documents all related to the conditional baptism of the playwright Tennessee Williams, considered one of the greatest American playwrights of the Twentieth Century, into the Catholic Church by the Father Joseph L. LeRoy, S.J., Reverend at St. Mary, Star of the Sea church in Key West, Florida, in 1969.
In 1984, WYES, New Orleans' public television station, began broadcasting Informed Sources, a program devoted to in-depth discussion of the news by local journalists. The Informed Sources collection consists of DVDs, originally recorded in both VHS and Betacam formats. The size of the collection expands as the show continues to broadcast and the programs are transferred from WYES to the Loyola University Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives for cataloging and safekeeping.
Dr. Edward W. Wynne was an Arts & Science graduate of Loyola University New Orleans in 1939. According to his son, Michael D. Wynne, Dr. Wynne was the school’s unofficial photographer during the late 1930s. The Dr. Edward W. Wynne Collection consists of photographs taken on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans in 1938 and 1939. Activities documented by the images include: biology and medical laboratory work, football games, track and field practices, basketball games, Christmas on campus, religious events, fraternity hazing rituals, Homecoming events, campus buildings, graduation, and women on campus.
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