Dr Kyle Roberts and Brian Molitor '12 look at one of the library's original books, still in the stacks in Cudahy.

Project Director

Kyle Roberts is the Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media in the History Department.  He works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century religious history, print culture, and urban history.

Project Coordinator

Kyle Mathers is a candidate in the Public History Master’s Program at Loyola.  He earned a bachelor’s in History with a minor in Religious Studies at Bradley University.  He has completed internship work with the Chicago History Museum, the National Hellenic Museum, and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. Currently, he is a graduate assistant in Loyola’s Congressional Archives. His research interests vary widely, from Chicago History to aviation history to Modern European history.

Project Associates

Kathy Young is the University Archivist and Curator of Rare Books in Loyola’s University Archives and Special Collections.  Kathy holds a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Administration and a Master of Science in American History, and has done course work at the Rare Book School, University of Virginia. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Ashley Howdeshell is the Associate Archivist in Loyola’s University Archives and Special Collections.  She has her Master’s of Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from Indiana University and is a Certified Archivist in the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Nicholas Hayward is an Instructor at Loyola’s Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities.

Past Interns

Brian Molitor ’12 and Zorian Sasyk ’12 spent the spring of 2012 photographing (sometimes multiple times) the original catalogue.  They also began the work of tracking down books in the catalogue that are still in Loyola’s library collections today.  Evan Thompson ’15 continued their work in Spring 2013.

Zorian graduated with degrees in History and International Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.  His interests include world history, modernization, sociology, digital libraries, and open source software applications in libraries.

Brian graduated with degrees in History and Political Science, as well as minors in Asian Studies, Islamic World Studies, Medieval Studies, and Religious Studies.  He is currently taking a short break from school before attending law school in the Fall of 2013.

Evan is a History major with minors in Anthropology, Catholic Studies, and Classical Civilization.  He is currently one of the driving forces behind the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project.

How did Loyola get the books?

Jessica Hagen Public History MA ’14 spent the spring 2013 semester researching the nineteenth-century Chicago book trade to help us better understand the different sources from which librarians acquired books for the library.  Jess earned her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Texas Christian University.  She has worked at the National Museum of American History, the Cattle Raisers Museum, and is currently the graduate student intern at the University Archives.  Her other research interests include US military history, memorials, and public history, and she is currently starting to compile her own collection of 19th century works.  Jess’s work is sponsored by the Graduate School’s Research Experience for Master’s Program Fellowship.

Who read the books?

Michael B Greene ’13 spent the spring of 2013 researching the early students at St Ignatius College (renamed Loyola in 1909) working from original library catalogues, alumni directories, census records, city directories, and other sources.  Michael is interested in Gilded Age Chicago history and is pursuing a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Criminology.  After graduating Michael will be commissioned into the Army through Army ROTC and will train to become an Armor Officer.