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Archival & Manuscript Collections

Loyola's Special Collections & Archives emphasize the importance of collecting original materials related to the university, the city of New Orleans, and specific fields in which Loyola faculty and alumni have excelled or in which Jesuit values have found expression. The collection is especially strong in the following areas: communications and mass media, social justice, performing arts, New Orleans writers, and the archives of Loyola University New Orleans.

Most collections listed here are available for research, but access to some collections may be limited by institutional, legal, or physical access restrictions.

This page provides access to our archival and manuscript collection via a search box for our ArchivesSpace database, or browse collections by title alphabetically below.

18th Century Silk Banners Collection

This is an artificial collection containing three silk banners produced in the 18th century to advertise various debates on matters of law.

19th and Early 20th Century Newspapers

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.

Elizabeth Adolph Collection of Early 20th Century New Orleans Sports Memorabilia

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.

B. Raynal Ariatti Papers

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 Collection of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music Productions

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.

John Berthelot Audio Collection

John Berthelot (1942 - 2011) born in New Orleans, was the founder and producer of Great Southern Records.  Berthelot was a prolific composer, arranger, and performer of contemporary and jazz works. The tapes in this collection are primarily early studio recordings, demos, and recordings of concerts and competitions from Berthelot's time in graduate school at Louisiana State University (L.S.U.). The tapes feature recordings of Berthelot’s compositions, and a majority feature him as a saxophone or clarinet soloist in ensemble settings. The recordings that are dated fall between the years 1962 and 1977. The earlier recordings took place at L.S.U. and at the Mobile, Alabama Jazz Festival; later tapes, primarily demos, were recorded in various New Orleans recording studios.

Boris Borodin and Maria Mayhoff Scrapbook

Contralto Maria Mayhoff-Freudenberg was an inaugural member of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA). Operatic bass Boris Borodin performed twice with NOOA in the 1940s and later with the Boston Grand Opera Company. Borodin’s brother, Benjamin L. Freudenberg, was married to Maria Mayhoff-Freudenberg. This collection is comprised of a single scrapbook containing pictures of both Borodin and Mayhoff-Freudenberg. A digital reproduction of the scrapbook is available electronically in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Catholic Book Store Archives

This collection documents the activities of the first bookstore dedicated to Catholic literature in New Orleans.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mater Dei #868 Collection

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mater Dei #868 Collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings and photographs from scrapbooks and photo albums chronicling the history of the Court Mater Dei #868 branch of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

John P. Clark Papers

This collection consists of papers related to the work of John P. Clark, a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and Department of Environmental Studies at Loyola University New Orleans since 1970, whose writings focus on the Green Movement, world peace, social justice, and ecological sustainability. The collection includes correspondence with political thinkers and book publishers, independently published political pamphlets and zines, and serial periodicals such as "Our Generation". 

Concert Choir of New Orleans Archives

This collection contains primarily correspondence and administrative files for the Concert Choir of New Orleans, a volunteer, nonprofit organization with programs that ranged from classical to contemporary with an emphasis on seldom performed compositions. 

Joseph-Aurélien Cornet, F.S.C. Collection

This collection 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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Stephen Dankner Collection of Musical Works and Paper

This collection includes compositions of distinguished composer and Loyola professor Stephen Dankner. The collection also contains concert programs, correspondence, newspaper and electronic reviews, press releases, and photos.

Lillian Dayries Papers

Materials relating to the history of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus collected by Lillian Dayries (1892-1984), a former nun.

J. Hanno Deiler Papers

John Hanno Deiler, 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 the 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. The papers within this collection consist primarily of notes Deiler took while researching the history of Germans and German-Americans in Louisiana. They also contain writings by Deiler, a small amount of correspondence, and miscellaneous items.

Charles Isidore Denechaud Papers

Charles Isidore Denechaud (1879-1956) was a lawyer, notary public, and prominent Catholic lay leader during the first half of the 20th century. Mr. Denechaud was the president of the Federation of Catholic Societies of Louisiana, as national president of the American Federation of Catholic Societies, and as overseas commissioner of the National Catholic War Council of the United States. This collection is primarily comprised of newspaper clippings and correspondence pertaining to Mr. Denechaud career as a Catholic lay leader, both locally and on a national level. Also included in the collection are photographs, event programs and menus, manuscripts, published reports and articles, and postcards depicting the overseas social service and relief activities of the National Catholic War Council.

Rosemary Drown Archdiocese of New Orleans and School Integration Collection

Compiled by Rosemary Drown, former employee of the New Orleans Catholic Bookshop, 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.

Ecology Center of Louisiana Archives

This collection includes the papers of the 1970s environmental activist organization which, among other things, aided in the implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act in Louisiana, contributed to environmentally conscious urban planning, water and air quality management, and regional transportation planning, as well as the coordination of Louisiana's first recycling program and the state's first Earth Day celebration. 

Rabbi Julian Feibelman Papal Collection

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 

This collection documents 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.

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Arthur L. Freret Shipbuilding Scrapbook 

The collection includes a scrapbook created by Arthur L. Freret, an individual who worked in the shipbuilding industry in the Sunderland area of the United Kingdom, Glasgow, Scotland, and Nantes, France. The scrapbook appears to have been compiled from 1866-1868. 

Dawson Gaillard Papers

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, 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 LaBouef and Dr. Tom Dreher.

J. Gentil Papers

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 St. 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. Gentil subsequently owned La Democratie 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. This collection consists of three documents in French: an unattributed volume of poetry, Chants de L'exil, and two texts believed to be commencement speeches. 

Samuel Louis Gilmore, Jr. Collection

Samuel Louis Gilmore, Jr. was a contributor of poetry and plays as well as an associated editor for The Double Dealer.

Gulf Restoration Network Archives

This collection documents the work of the New Orleans-based coalition of environmental groups and individuals that seek to restore the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition.

Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence

This collection includes correspondence between writer Lafcadio Hearn and Page Baker, the managing editor of the New Orleans Times-Democrat. Subjects discussed include New Orleans, the Times-Democrat, New York City, the West Indies, Japan, and Hearn's books and literature efforts.

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Historic Postcard Collection

This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at 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 Collection of Southern Stories and Poems

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. The collection consists of twenty poems, three song lyrics, and eight newspaper articles written by Kate Holmes and published from 1947 to 1974.

Hurricane Katrina Oral  History Collection

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. This collection is comprised of forty video and audio tape interviews stored on CD and DVD, nine transcribed interviews, and final student project DVD's.

Phil Johnson Editorials Collection

The Phil Johnson Editorials Collection for WWL-TV New Orleans contains some 10,000 editorials written and delivered by Phil Johnson from 1962-1999. The daily editorials represent 37 years of local, national and international political history. Johnson, a Loyola University graduate and Harvard University Neiman Fellow, served at WWL-TV as news director, documentary producer and assistant general manager. 

Mary Ann Kennedy 20th Century Catholic Brochures Collection

This is a collection of Catholic pamphlets acquired by Mary Ann Kennedy of Little Rock, Arkansas. This collection of ecclesiastical publications covers questions and answers about a wide range of tops for curious Catholics, dating through the 20th century and consisting mostly of works from Liguori Publications and its affiliates.

Moon Landrieu Collection

This collection documents Moon Landrieu's career as mayor of the City of New Orleans through extensive correspondence, administrative files, and scrapbooks. 

Anthony M. LaRocca New Orleans Opera Scrapbook

The Anthony M. LaRocca Opera Scrapbook contains autographed images and programs from famed opera singers, as well as newspaper clippings about New Orleans opera performances.

Layton Family Papers

This collection consists of 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 1834-1879, includes relics of prestigious saints as well as Privileges written by Pope Pius IX.

Huey P. Long Honorary Degree Collection

Huey Pierce Long, Jr. (August 30, 1893 - September 10, 1935) 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 of 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.

Louisiana Catholicism Collection

This is an artificial collection informally collected over time at Loyola University New Orleans Archives and Special Collections. The collection contains photographs and publications relating to Catholicism in Louisiana. 

Louisiana Women Writers Symposium Collection

The Louisiana Women Writers Symposium, held on September 19-20, 1986, at Loyola University New Orleans, featured sixteen scholars and moderators and a reading by Ellen Gilchrist over the course of a day and a half. 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". This collection primarily consists of correspondence and photographs.

Loyola University Athletics Collection

This is an artificial collection consisting of Loyola University New Orleans athletic programs, media guides, clippings, and other ephemera created to promote and support sport teams at Loyola University between the years of 1908 - 1992.

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Loyola University College of Music Collection

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 this 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.

Loyola University Physics Department Collection

Father Frank A. Benedetto, S.J. was chair of Loyola University's Physics Department from 1954 through 1966. This collection includes correspondence between Father F.A. Benedetto, S.J. and the world-renowned physicist Dr. Victor Hess, who 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 materials include 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.

Albert C. Maher Papers

This collection is comprised of photographs, clippings and letters documenting the life of Albert Clinton Maher, a Loyola student athlete and United States Navy pilot who died in 1942 while stationed in California. 

Corinne Mayer Collection of Musician Photographs

Corinne Mayer was a piano teacher and founder of the Philharmonic Society of New Orleans. This collection is comprised of two items: an autographed photograph of Mischa Levitzki and an autographed photograph of Mayer and Pattison. Both photographs are inscribed to Ms. Mayer.

H.L. Mencken Letters

H.L. Mencken was the editor of literary magazine The American Mercury. This collection is comprised of letters by Mencken or by his secretary, Rosalind C. Lohrfinck, to journalist/publicist Lou Wylie encouraging Wylie's books and literature efforst and commenting on topics as varied as publishing, literature, politics, religion, and his own health.

J. Edgar Monroe Collection

J. Edgar Monroe, a prominent New Orleans business executive and generous philanthropist, donating tens of millions of dollars to Catholic charities and Loyola University New Orleans. This 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 Carnival Collection

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 ball programs and invitations to these events produced by various krewes from the 1870's through to the 1970's.

Programs of New Orleans Cultural Performances

Spanning some seven decades of the twentieth century, this small collection of programs provides information about New Orleans' cultural life from 1900's-1970's.

New Orleans Film Society Collection

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 screenings, and “The Louisiana Entertainment Sourcebook: 2014-2015”. 

Collection of New Orleans Miscellany

This collection consists of archival documents, photographs, and other ephemera relating to the history of New Orleans or its structures, businesses, or other regional landmarks. The collection includes photographs, ephemera, and various correspondence. 

New Orleans Opera Association Archives

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.

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New Orleans Review Collection

This collection includes the archives of the Loyola-based books and literature magazine from its inception in 1968 through 1980.

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New Orleans Social Justice and Activism

This collection consists primarily of materials related to social justice issues in and around New Orleans and Latin America from the mid 1980's to early 1991, including pamphlets and newsletters, news clippings, and publications pertaining to opposition to David Duke’s 1990 gubernatorial campaign as well as opposition to The Gulf War. Other materials include journals relative to labor parties, unions, and social justice such as Central American News, Bayou Worker, Second Line, Crescent City Green Quarterly, Brad Ott’s Avant!, Dialogue, and Café Progresso. The collection also includes the papers of the Gary Modenback Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

New Orleans-Southeast Regional Office of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) Papers

This collection includes the papers of the New Orleans-Southeast Regional CISPES chapter including 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 Papers 

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. 

Walker Percy Check Collection

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 businesses and individuals.

Walker Percy Papers

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 the majority of the collection which focuses on the latter half of Percy’s life. A number of articles, academic journal publications, and unpublished academic papers and theses concerning Percy are also included.

Percy-Romagosa Collection

 This collection is comprised of letters and photographs documenting the relationship between the novelist Walker Percy and New Orleans priest Elmo L. Romagosa. 

Percy-Suhor Letters 

Charles Suhor, a New Orleans educator, books and literature critic, musician, and amateur linguist, 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.

Percy-Walsh Correspondence

Letters from Walker Percy to New Orleanian and former Jesuit priest William Walsh regarding Percy's book Lancelot.

Marguerite Piazza Papers

This collection includes programs and playbills documenting the singing career of Marguerite Piazza, a 1940 graduate of Loyola University who performed throughout the United States in operas, musicals, night clubs, and on television programs. 

Ambrose Pilard Letters from Louisiana Clergymen

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 written in French to Pilard from Louisiana clergy members dating from 1841-1854.

Press Club of New Orleans Papers

Includes both written and photographic documentation of the professional association from 1957 to 2001.

Janet Mary Riley Papers 

The Janet Mary Riley Papers primarily 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.

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Nash Roberts Hurricane Papers

This collection contains hurricane tracking charts and related material from the long career of New Orleans’ renowned television meteorologist, Nash Roberts. 

François Dominique and Adrien Rouquette Clippings 

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 and missionary to the Choctaw Indians. François Dominique Rouquette (1810-1890) was an author and a poet.

Patrick Samway, S.J. Papers

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 collection includes correspondence, monographs, essays, speeches, ephemera, photographic prints, negatives and audiocassettes.

Raymond A. Schroth, S.J. Research Papers for Sevareid Biography

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 commented on the American experience for nearly five decades. The Schroth/Servereid papers feature Schroth's correspondence files, notes and interviews.

Charles Sens Papers and Performing Arts Collection

Charles Lee Sens Jr. (1933-2004), a Loyola University graduate, 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. 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.

Anthony J. Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection 

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 from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. 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. All items were acquired by Anthony J. Stanonis while researching his publication, Faith in Bikinis: Politics and Leisure in the Coastal South Since the Civil War.

Anthony J. Stanonis Collection

The Anthony J. Stanonis Collection is comprised of materials relating to the New Orleans tourist industry. Dating from 1902 to 1960, various 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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David Swanzy Papers of the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Society

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, fundraising plans, biographies of guest musicians and conductors, programs and promotional materials. The collection is supplemented by newspaper clippings.

Robert Hayne Tarrant Papers 

Programs, photographs, and printed material documenting New Orleans’ cultural activities between the World Wars primarily comprise this collection created by impresario Robert Hayne Tarrant.

Basil Thompson Papers 

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, a literary magazine published from 1921-1926. The papers document Thompson's books, literature, and personal life.

Benjamin C. Toledano New Orleans Collection 

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 Manuscript

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 Papers 

Norman Treigle was a 1950's 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.

Louis J. Twomey, S.J. Papers

This collection documents the post-World War II social reform work of the founding director of Loyola's Institute of Human Relations, Louis J. Twomey, through correspondence, administrative files, photographic materials and audio recordings.

University Archives

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This collection arranges and preserves photographs, theses, and some of the more important publications issued by Loyola University from the 1850's to the present. It includes titles ranging from the yearbook, the Wolf, to the school newspaper, the Maroon.

Ronnie Virgets Papers

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-1980's.

Tennessee Williams Baptism Collection 

This collection contains letters, diary entries, and documents all related to the conditional baptism of 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.

WYES Informed Sources Archive

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.

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Dr. Edward W. Wynne Collection of Loyola University New Orleans Photographs

Dr. Edward W. Wynne was an Arts & Science graduate of Loyola University New Orleans in 1939 and, according to his son, was the unofficial photographer during the late 1930's. The Dr. Edward W. Wynne Collection consists of photographs taken on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans between 1938-1939. Activities documented 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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