Sunday, February 19, 2012

This week was spent researching the books listed in the original catalogue of St. Ignatius College. I was unable to get to the Archives Office due to a pretty hectic schedule of papers and exams, and as a result, I did most of my work this weekend. I had kind of skipped around in my previous week's research, and as a result, much of my work this week was spent trying to decipher the books and authors which I had skipped previously. I was originally working on 2 pages which I had taken pictures of with my phone. I finished those two except for a couple texts which I had problems with and then proceeded to work on the 5 additional pages that Dr. Roberts had sent me earlier in the week. I got bits and pieces of these 5 pages done, but I probably have the equivalent of 1 1/2 to 2 pages done. It has been a struggle trying to get used to the writing, especially on a sometimes slightly blurry photo.

My biggest difficulty in trying to figure out what the name of the book and who the author is has been the fact that many of the titles are in different languages. Some titles are Latin, I've also run across French, and most simply aren't English titles. This causes a lot of problems because while I do know some Latin, I am not an expert in Latin and do not know many of the Latin words. French has been an absolute struggle due to the language barrier. An example of two titles I have found are: Dictionnaire de theologie by Bergier, a French title which Loyola still owns and it is currently in Pegasus, and De locis theologicis by Stattler, a Latin title which I was unable to find in Pegasus.

Hopefully when I find the hard copies of the books instead of merely searching them on Pegasus, I can post some of the images of the books. In the meantime, thanks for reading! 

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