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Faculty records, 1850-1905 | Centenary College of Louisiana | Archives and Special Collections

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ID: CCLA/

Primary Creator: Centenary College of Louisiana Faculty.

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1930. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Centenary College of Louisiana.

Forms of Material: Minutes (administrative records)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of faculty records of Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, Louisiana).  It includes notes (1854-1887) and minutes of meetings (1850-1905).

The notes (1854-1887) primarily consist of loose-leaf drafts containing information that also appears in the minute books.  Also included is a report about students throwing the college bell in a cistern (1867 January 18).

The minutes of meetings are recorded in three manuscript volumes (1850-1852, 1852-1890, 1900-1905); the archives book collection contains a typescript of the first two volumes (1850-1852, 1852-1890).  Faculty meetings usually occurred on a weekly basis during the academic year, which lasted from approximately September to July.  The meetings were attended by Centenary’s president as well as the faculty of the college and preparatory department.  The minutes regularly document cases of student discipline for offenses such as class absences, leaving campus without permission, playing cards, fighting, and drinking alcohol.  The minutes also include a variety of resolutions and reports, list the results for preparatory and college students’ intermediate examinations (each January/February) and final examinations (each June/July), and identify students eligible for class advancement and degrees.  Information of a more unique nature is described below.

The minute book (1850-1852) includes a resolution for faculty to serve as campus police (1850 October 15), rules about students depositing guns with faculty members (1851 January 14), an explanation of the “System of Marking, Reporting, and Assigning the Honors of College” (1851 January 21), and a resolution prohibiting students from buying or drinking alcohol (1851 June 9).  A preface (1850 October 9) explains that a previous faculty record book documenting “the first four years” of Centenary College of Louisiana was destroyed in a fire; this approximately corresponds to the earliest years of the newly renamed institution covering 1845 to 1850.  A separate note written on the manuscript volume’s endpaper indicates that this 1850-1852 volume was thrown in a pond of water and retrieved.

The minute book (1852-1890) includes details about music instruction for instruments and voice (1852 June 29, 1852 October 12, 1855 December 7, 1856 January 14), a contract for students residing in dormitory rooms (1852 October 12), a disciplinary case of a student shooting and killing a black person (1852 October 19), permission for students to form a French language literary society (1854 November 24), the formation and activities of a student military company (1856 January 14, 1860 November 21, 1861 February 19, 1861 April 9), outlining and adopting the Natural Science course of study (1859 October 6), and a motion to build a gymnasium (1859 October 17).  The American Civil War caused many students to leave Centenary, so the faculty ended college classes, but continued operating the preparatory school (1861 May 21).  The faculty minutes later state, “Students have all gone to war.  College suspended and God help the right!” (1861 October 7).  Meeting minutes resume on 1866 October 9, but no minutes were recorded from 1867 January 18 through 1873 February 17.  The final years of this minute book show that many faculty meetings were devoted to praying for the college’s success (1876-1885).  In addition, the minutes mention a student baseball club denied permission to compete in Baton Rouge (1875 February 15), students suspended for joining an armed mob pursuing armed black people (1876 May 17), rules outlining a system of demerits (1876 October 5, revised 1880 November 1), a system of reporting student delinquencies and excuses (1879 January 13), faculty demanding to collect guns from students (1879 January 27), Thanksgiving Day activities (1879 November 24), rules about study hours (1884 September 29), students getting permission to attend a fair at the nearby town of Clinton (1888 October, 1889 November 4), discussion about keeping livestock off campus (1889 January 14), selling ice cream on campus and operating a refreshment stand during commencement (1889 March 4, 1889 April 8, 1889 April 29, 1890 April 21), and the faculty choosing a senior class debate topic during commencement titled “Resolved that the Negro should be disfranchised” (1890 April 1).

The minute book (1900-1905) covers the college’s final years in Jackson, Louisiana.  The minutes include rules governing female students (1900 September 18, 1901 September 10), bible class work adopted as part of the regular curriculum (1900 October 16), adjusting admission requirements for freshman (1900 November 6), rules on examinations (1901 January 3, 1901 September 10), formation of a Committee on Matriculation and Classification (1901 January 22), freshman scholarship prize conditions (1901 January 22), laws regarding tobacco (1901 October 15, 1902 September 22), and the faculty requesting that the board of trustees confer degrees on female graduates (1902 May 27).  Additional details will be provided once this minute book’s typescript has been completed.

Biographical Note

The faculty of Centenary College of Louisiana and their responsibilities are described in the college’s faculty handbook (online edition accessed 2019 January 15).  “The faculty consists of those persons serving full time as professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, and lecturers (including those in such ranks, but not engaged in teaching); the President of the College; and Provost and Dean of the College” (Faculty Handbook, Section 17.1).  “The faculty, with the President and the Board of Trustees, has the power and responsibility to govern and conduct the affairs of the College, to supervise the academic program of the College, and to approve candidates for degrees in accordance with the charter and bylaws of the College” (Faculty Handbook, Section 17.3).

The Statutes of Centenary College of Louisiana published in 1856 provide insight into the faculty and their responsibilities during that time period.  The faculty consisted of the president, professors, and tutors; this included those teaching in Centenary’s college as well as the preparatory department (Statutes, Chapter 1, 1st).  The faculty arranged students into classes, taught classes, and gave student examinations (Statutes, Chapters 2 and 3).  In addition, the faculty were responsible for handling cases of student discipline (Statutes, Chapter 7).  The faculty met on a weekly basis during the academic year, which lasted from approximately September to July.

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Centenary College of Louisiana.

Administrative Information

Repository: Centenary College of Louisiana | Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: All materials are appraised as retain permanently.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

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

Acquisition Method: 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.

Preferred Citation: Centenary College of Louisiana Faculty records. Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections, Shreveport, Louisiana.


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