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Special Collections and Archives Premieres at New Library

Loyola press release - January 26, 1999

(New Orleans)—The Department of Special Collections and Archives at Loyola University New Orleans will open its doors on Friday, February 19, 1999, in the newly completed J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.

The highlights of the collection are the Cuban Papers and Santo Domingo Papers, the Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, the rare books collection, University Archives, and the Walker Percy and His Circle Collection. Also featured are the Lafcadio Hearn Correspondence, ca. 1884-1897, the H.L. Mencken Letters, ca. 1927-1956, the Cornet Collection, the Louis J. Twomey, S.J., Papers, ca. 1947-1969, the Archives of the Ecology Center of Louisiana, ca. 1970-1987, and the Moon Landrieu (former mayor of New Orleans) Collection, ca. 1966-1978.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives at Loyola University New Orleans preserves materials related to the history of Louisiana, the South, the Society of Jesus, and the university. The collection derives its identity largely from its Jesuit holdings, including the University Archives, the Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, and the personal papers of outstanding Jesuits.

The Jesuit identity had laid the foundation for the collection’s expansion into such diverse areas as social justice, environmental activism, public affairs, arts, and letters.