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Zollie G. Bennett scrapbook

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 171

Scope and Contents

The Zollie G. Bennett scrapbook primarily documents student life and athletics at Centenary College of Louisiana, where Bennett was enrolled from fall 1923 to spring 1928. Bennett played on the college’s football and baseball teams. The scrapbook includes many Centenary photographs depicting football, baseball, faculty members, students, cheerleaders, campus buildings, and the college’s May festival and carnival. Newspaper clippings document Centenary football, including the death of teammate Robert Read. Additional Centenary material includes Bennett’s athletic association certificates (1924-1925) and a handbill mocking football coach Earl A. Davis. Also from Bennett’s time as a college student are photographs depicting Shreveport scenes – a flag raising ceremony at the Strand Theatre (1925 July 2, the day before it first opened), the Caddo Parish Courthouse, and the Shreveport Little Theatre’s production of “The Cajun” (1926).

The scrapbook also contains material documenting Bennett’s life before and after his college years. Photographs depict Bennett as a young child and other family members. Material about Bennett playing football at Texas High School (Texarkana, Texas) includes photographs and his varsity letter patch (1921). Also included is Bennett’s Citizen’s Military Training Camp certificate (1922). Additional photographs relate to Bennett’s work as a coach at Louisiana high schools – Winnfield High School football (1928-1929), Baskin High School basketball (1929-1930), and Wisner High School football (1930-1931).


  • circa 1910 - 1931


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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

Zollie G. Bennett (1905-1986) is the son of George Clinton Bennett (1873-1924) and Ella May Ashcroft Bennett (1878-1957). Zollie attended Texas High School (Texarkana, Texas), played on the school’s football team, and graduated in 1923. In fall 1923, he enrolled at Centenary College of Louisiana and graduated in 1928. While at Centenary, he played on the college’s football and basketball teams. Bennett worked as a coach at Louisiana high schools – Winnfield High School (1928-1929), Baskin High School (1929-1930), and Wisner High School (1930-1931). According to Centenary alumni publications from the late 1940s and 1950s, he worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in Texarkana, Texas. In 1937, Bennett married Gertrude L. Baskins (1910-1982).


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Zollie Bennett in 1982 (acc. no. 1983-036).

Finding Aid to the Zollie G. Bennett scrapbook
Chris Brown and Jo Bennett
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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