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Business Girls' Inn records

Identifier: SC-Mss. Coll. 41

Scope and Contents

Business Girls' Inn records include legal documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, photographs, and tape recordings. The legal documents include charters, articles of incorporation, changes effected in 1946-1971, and donation documents. The Account Book for Building Fund (1948) includes loose committee reports, financial reports, and miscellaneous notes found in the volume. The photographic slides include an identification list. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, clippings, reports, publicity, photographs, and memorabilia.


  • 1928 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

In 1928 the Methodist women of Shreveport organized to provide a residence for business girls. The home, first known as the Jubilee Inn opened on September 20, 1928 in a leased building at 412 Fannin Street. Under the administration of the City Mission Board of Shreveport, Louisiana, of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, the inn prospered, the building was purchased in 1938 and the last note was paid. In 1946 the board purchased a site at 814 Cotton Street for a new home and after a successful fundraising drive the board was able to open a new residence, known as the Business Girls’ Inn, in 1949. The site of the old home was sold for the bus terminal. The Business Girls’ Inn continued through the 1960s but in 1971 a change of name to the Inn signified the changing times. Fewer working women desired the services the Inn provided and a complete phase out began in 1972. In 1974 the property was sold to the Presbyterian Church to be used as an extension of their Evergreen Vocational School.


2.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Dorothy Thomas in 1976.


Finding Aid to the Business Girls' Inn records
Created by Diane Kaplan in 1976, updated by Chris Brown in 2020.
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport LA 71104 US
(318) 869-5462