The catalogue blog posts will be more sparse, in that they will be contained to photo captions unless the require an external link, considering much of their content is repeated year to year. These posts are meant to establish a greater sense for the daily activities and community of St. Ignatius and Loyola Academy that was the foundation for its stage performances. I have gathered information on every year’s “Daily Order,” tuition, terms, and faculty between 1880-1910.
The Daily Order, Tuition is $40 per 10 Months, Classes are heavily humanities based: Latin, Greek, Physics, Chemistry, Penmanship, Book-keping, German, French, Religious Instruction, Mathematics or Arithmetic, English, Geography, and History
Example of a poetry class (sophomore year) curriculum with classical authors and an emphasis the centuries of Augustan and Romantic literature.
First appearance of the St. Caecilia Society. The organization acts as a choir or Glee Club.
The St. Cecilia Choir performs for the thirteenth Annual Commencement, which, despite the misspelling, could most certainly be The St. Caecilia Society. A lecture on “The Augustan Age,” is indicative of an emphasis on eighteenth century poetry in the curriculum.
The study body total in 306 (remember the Loyola University advertisement in The New World that broadcasted having a student body of over 1,600?)
Throughout the catalogues, inventory of donations to the library and the museums of the department of mineralogy and natural history are made. Donations are various samples of nature artifacts and taxidermied animals.
Both the scientific circle and academic circle held events around the same time. The scientific circle held a demonstration on properties of combustion. The academic circle’s program, above, featured a musical selection from “Gilbert and Sullivan’s” Mikado, supposedly performed by the Students of St. Ignatius. The program also includes a performance of a scene from “King John.”
Classical course description claims that it is the only course “that fully develops all the faculties, forms a correct taste…and teaches [the student] to excel in any pursuit.” The emphasis on the study of Classics as an integral part of a proper education is interesting to our modern context.
Joseph I. Sullivan listed as a Preparatory and Elementary student. This is most likely Joseph I. Sullivan, director of “The Upstart” in 1898, perhaps the coordinator of the tableau vivant classical models and dramatic instructor at St. Ignatius.
Joseph I. Sullivan is awarded the first premium in History and Geography for the Preparatory Class.
In the photograph below, “Coppens’ Oratorical Composition is on the curriculum. It can be supposed it is the literature of Rev. Charles Coppens, who would be celebrated at the Golden Jubilee of September 29th, 1915, for having been a Jesuit Priest for 50 years and an instructor at St. Ignatius
The Chysostomian Society, claiming to have originated in 1875, acts as a sort of “Honors Society,” as the president is appointed by faculty and the organization’s object is to critically analyze and discuss literature.
Joseph I. Sullivan is enrolled as a Third Commercial student. “Third” refers to the class number (like a section) and “Commercial” refers to study with the object of pursuing a commercial career.
Joseph I. Sullivan is next in merit for the Gold Medal of the Third Commercial Class.
The Daily Order is the same as it was in 1880, I include this photo to demonstrate how it does not change for many years.
Scrapbook “History of St Ignatius College, 1877, 1913-1917,” Conclusions
Catalogues of St Ignatius College 1889-1895