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Maroon Jackets scrapbooks

Identifier: CCL-2013-015

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


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.


3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

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).


Finding aid to the Maroon Jackets scrapbooks
Michael Schimpf and Chris Brown
Description rules
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