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Union Literary Society



Centenary College of Louisiana’s Union Literary Society formed in 1842. This organization (and Centenary’s other literary society, the Franklin Institute) were described in the college’s course catalog dated 1845-1846: “These [societies] are of great utility to young men acquiring a liberal education — improving them in the art of public speaking, making them in some degree familiar with the proceedings of deliberative bodies, and cultivating systematic business habits. Each has a convenient hall and well selected library.”

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Centenary College of Louisiana Student Literary Society programs

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 68
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of programs for exhibitions presented by student literary societies at Centenary College of Louisiana. Included are programs for joint exhibitions of the Union Literary Society and Franklin Institute (1856 March 7; 1856 July 29; 1883 June 5). Also included are programs for exhibitions of the Lafayette Society (1856 April 19) and Eclectic Literary Institute (1859 July 27).

Dates: 1856 - 1883

Union Literary Society financial records

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 93
Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a financial record book for the Union Literary Society at Centenary College of Louisiana. The book includes fees and fines paid by society members as well as expenses paid by the society. Also included are two receipts (1888-1889).

Dates: 1883 - 1889

Union Literary Society records

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 67
Scope and Contents The Centenary College of Louisiana Union Literary Society records include a banner (circa 1859), printed items (1856, 1887), manuscript volumes (circa 1880-1915), and meeting minutes (1908-1925). The printed items include a program (1856) and invitations (1887). The earliest manuscript volume (circa 1880-1897) contains membership lists and the society’s constitution, which outlines the duties of officers. Another manuscript volume (1908-1909, 1915) contains membership lists and meeting...
Dates: 1856 - 1925

John Y. Young family papers

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 111
Scope and Contents This collection consists of digital facsimile printouts of correspondence to and from members of the Dr. John Y. Young family.Series 1: John Smith Young correspondence, 1853-1855. This series consists of letters written by John Smith Young to his siblings and parents. During this time, Young was a student at Centenary College of Louisiana. Many letters contain details about life at Centenary, his personal views on religion, and news of family members, especially his cousin...
Dates: 1848 - 1868

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Literature -- Societies, etc. 3
Programs (documents) 2
Correspondence 1
Financial records 1
Freed persons 1
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