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Centenary College of Louisiana Treasurer records

Identifier: CCL-Treasurer

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of financial records maintained by the treasurer of Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.). It consists of the following – Series 1: Manuscript volumes (1846-1906), Series 2: Bills, accounts, receipts (1841-1906).

Series 1: Manuscript volumes (1846-1906) include account books, daybooks, and cashbooks. The account books commonly list financial transactions grouped by person or subject. The daybooks and cashbooks provide a daily list of income and expenses in chronological order; most entries relate to student tuition and fees, professor’s salaries, and various expenses and income. Some volumes contain page number notations alongside each transaction; these serve as a cross reference to pages in other volumes in which the same transaction appears.

Series 2: Bills, accounts, receipts (1846-1906) consist of financial records on loose-leaf pages. These records commonly relate to student tuition and board, salaries for professors and tutors, building supplies and repairs, furniture, printing college course catalogs, and Centenary advertisements appearing in newspapers. The construction of the college’s Centre Building appears in records dated 1856 to 1859 and includes receipts for the architect and contractors; some of these records are glued together. Other records include extensive lumber mill receipts (1851), tax notice (1895 February 13) and an insurance policy (1901 November 12). A separate file folder contains promissory notes to the endowment fund (1885-1893). Note: documents in this series are arranged chronologically using the date on which the document was created; documents lacking a specific date of creation and that list multiple financial transactions are filed according to the latest date listed.


  • 1841 - 1906


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

During the 19th century, the treasurer of Centenary College of Louisiana was elected by the college’s board of trustees. The treasurer managed the college’s financial transactions, paid bills, created receipts, and maintained account books that documented income and expenses. Early treasurers of Centenary College of Louisiana include Robert Perry (1848), David O. Shattuck (1846-1848), and John C. Miller (1849-1866). It appears that after 1866, the college’s president often fulfilled the duties of treasurer.


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Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Manuscript volumes (1846-1906), 2. Bills, accounts, receipts (1841-1906).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Likely transferred circa 1930 with additional records documenting Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.) by Centenary's president, George Sexton. See caption published in Yoncopin (Shreveport, LA: Centenary College of Louisiana, 1938), page 9.

Finding Aid to the Centenary College of Louisiana Treasurer records
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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