Maroon Jackets scrapbooks
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of scrapbooks containing membership rosters, photographs, clippings,
programs, and correspondence related to activities of Maroon Jackets from 1931 to 1996. The
photographs include group shots of members, pictures of Maroon Jackets at different events, and
photographs highlighting individual members for their accomplishments. The clippings originally
appeared in Centenary publications (student newspapers, yearbooks, and alumni magazines) as well as
local newspapers. These clippings often highlight Maroon Jackets’ group activities or the
accomplishments of individual members. The programs are from events involving Maroon Jackets
participation, such as luncheons, reunions, honors convocations, graduations, and homecomings. The
correspondence includes thank you notes to the Maroon Jackets for their service from their advisors as
well as local individuals and businesses.
Scrapbook 1944-1951 contains many candid photos of the Maroon Jackets at their annual spring party at the home of Ray Williams on Cross Lake. Scrapbook “Yesterday and Today” 1947-1983 features photographs and publications from the organization’s fiftieth anniversary reunion, which took place in 1981.
- 1931 - 1998
- Maroon Jackets (Organization)
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
The Maroon Jackets, a student organization at Centenary College of Louisiana, serve as hosts and
ushers for campus events. Established in 1931 under the direction of the Dean of Women, Mabel
Campbell, the organization originally consisted of twelve junior and senior female students. Of the
twelve members, nine were affiliated with sororities (three sororities contributing three members each)
and three were independents. In their early years, the Maroon Jackets assisted with athletic events,
parades, and served as a pep squad and drum line. They served as the official hostesses of the college
and city in events such as welcoming parties for opposing athletic teams, homecomings, convocations,
open houses, chapel services, dinners, and graduations. During the 1940s, the organization held an
annual party at the Cross Lake home of Ray Williams, a Shreveport florist and civic leader, who was
recognized as an honorary Maroon Jacket. In 1979, the organization opened its membership to male
students. In September 1987, the Maroon Jackets’ president stated the organization intended to “make
themselves more visible to the Shreveport community and on campus.”
At the time of this writing in 2017, the Maroon Jackets are composed of senior students, and they still serve as hosts of the college, conduct campus tours, and assist at graduation and various campus functions. Members are selected on the basis of scholarship, participation in activities, leadership, and service.
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Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unidentified transfer circa 1991. Additional accrual from LaToya Hemphill (Assistant Director for Intercultural Engagement, Centenary College of Louisiana) in 2013 (acc. no. 2013-015).
- Maroon Jackets (Organization)
- Finding aid to the Maroon Jackets scrapbooks
- Michael Schimpf and Chris Brown
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository
2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport LA 71104 US