Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS

Documents, maps, photographs, all pertaining to Northwest Louisiana. The vision of LSUS Archives and Special Collections is to be the instrument of regional historical and institutional memory, to be an active participant in furthering the institutional mission and knowledge of the history of northwest Louisiana and the Red River region, and to continuously provide unexpected learning opportunities for all constituencies of LSUS.

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Photos from Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS's post 03/10/2021

Born in 1848, Mrs. Martha Frances Thompson Shuttleworth would become "one of the outstanding Shreveport women of her time." After marrying John Shuttleworth in 1872, the couple would move from Minden to Shreveport and Mrs. John Shuttleworth, as she was known at the time, would prove herself as an active force for change and the betterment of the community as it grew from a modest 10,000 people to over 100,000 by the time of her death in 1944.

During her life, Frances Shuttleworth would become a leader in charitable and civic organizations as she would be twice elected as president of the Hypatia Club, president of the Home Charitable Organization, and elected the first director of the General Federation of Women's Clubs at its 1916 convention in New York City. Mrs. Shuttleworth was instrumental in the passage of the compulsory school attendance law enacted in July of 1910 and would consider her thirty-years as administrator of the Louisiana Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship Fund one of her proudest accomplishments as it provided girls necessary funding to pursue higher education and scores of Louisiana teachers access to college degrees.

At the age of 93, Frances Shuttleworth would be named "Woman of the Year" by a project sponsored by the Shreveport Times and the Strand theater for her many contributions in education, charity, and the advancement of women and would be fondly remembered as one of the state of Louisiana's "most remarkable, benevolent and beloved personalities."

More information on the life and accomplishments of Mrs. Frances Shuttleworth can be found in the Hypatia Club Records (Collection 253).

Photos from Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS's post 03/05/2021

In 1894, the first women's organization in North Louisiana and the second organization of its kind in the state was established in Shreveport. In a meeting hosted in the home of writer, philanthropist, and later civic activist Edith Brown Bailie, the Shreveport chapter of the Hypatia Club was formed to create a formal social organization for women to foster the discussion of issues facing the region, to promote literary arts and culture, and support women leaders throughout the state.

Hypatia Club of Shreveport would see itself become a central social organization for women's activism throughout North Louisiana during the early 20th century that would branch out across the state and whose members, such as the club's first president Mrs. Eleanor Long Foster, would take leadership roles in the State Federation of Women's Clubs.

From our archives, here are a few images from the earliest scrapbook compiled by the Hypatia Club in 1935 featuring Mrs. Edith Brown Bailie (listed as Mrs. Wilton A'Dare Bailie), the organization's first president Mrs. Eleanor Long Foster, and a newspaper clipping from the Shreveport Journal celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the club.

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Do you recognize anyone in this iconic photograph from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to Galilee Baptists Church in August of 1958? Let the North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition know!
UPDATE: The North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition website is experiencing technical difficulties at this time...please submit ID's to [email protected]
Please help identify the individuals in this historic photo.
Photo description: Civil Rights meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the original Galilee Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA in mid-August of 1958.
So far, only 7 of 52 have been identified.
Please share with as many friends as possible until every person in the photograph has been identified.
Please use the link provided to enlarge the photograph and submit identities to the Civil Rights Coalition of Shreveport Louisiana.
A few useful sources to help with your search:
Church directories
School yearbooks
Family photos
Newspaper clippings

Photos from Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS's post 02/01/2021

As the nation begins its celebration of African-American Heritage during Black History Month, we at the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS would like to start with a remembrance of local educator, historian, and author Professor Willie Dennis Burton, Jr. who passed away one year ago on January 23, 2020.

Professor Burton served as representative for District 3 on the Caddo Parish School Board for over two decades during his 44-year career as a professor and chairman of the social sciences department at Southern University at Shreveport, LA.

As an author, Professor Burton published two authoritative works on the history of the African-American community in North Louisiana: “On the Black Side of Shreveport” in 1983 and “The Blacker the Berry: A Black History of Shreveport” in 2002.

Throughout the month of February, we will be posting excerpts from the 1980 “Black Heritage” Calendar assembled by Professor Burton and stories of Black History from Northwest Louisiana.


Northwest Louisiana Archives was excited to receive a copy recently of a new book, MIASMA, from the author, Steve Smith. MIASMA, A Compendium of Early Shreveport, Louisiana, and the 1853, 1867, and 1873 Yellow Fever Epidemics, is the culmination of years of meticulous research--much of it in our archives--inspired by the citizens of Shreveport memorialized in Oakland Cemetery, many of whom perished during one of the yellow fever epidemics that plagued the city in the nineteenth century. Complete with notes, bibliography, and a thorough index, MIASMA is an invaluable handbook for those researching or just curious about early Shreveport and its infamous yellow fever epidemics. The book is available on Amazon. Congratulations, Steve, on the completion of this epic project! 12/10/2020

Filmmaker brings Shreveport architects' postmodernism feats into focus; watch tonight on LPB

Reminder, tonight the locally produced documentary Unexpected Modernism about Shreveport architects Samuel and William Wiener will be airing on LPB at 7:00 p.m.! Architects Samuel G. and William B. Wiener's work made Shreveport an early hub of International Modernist design in the United States.


With the locally produced documentary Unexpected Modernism broadcasting on LPB tomorrow night, we thought we would share perhaps a lesser known side of one of the two subjects of the film: Samuel G. Wiener Sr. the modernist painter!

The following are samples from Samuel's feature at the University of Louisiana in Alexandria Library's "Meet the Artist" series from September of 1973 and pieces from his private workshop photographed posthumously.

All found here at the archives, in the Samuel G. Wiener Sr. Collection (#083)

Unexpected Modernism, a documentary about the famous Shreveport architects Samuel G. and William B. Wiener airs Thursday December 7 at 7:00 p.m. on Louisiana Public Broadcasting and features materials from the Northwest Louisiana Archives. 11/17/2020

A trip back in time to Shreveport's children's zoo at Ford Park

Yesterday, two of our local researchers at Twin Blends Photography LLC were featured on KTBS 3 News discussing the history of Ford Park, the Children's Zoo that once occupied it, and Shreveport's once bustling fleet of Trolley Cars that serviced the downtown area.

Check out the interview to see some research-in-action as the brothers explore the lesser known areas of Shreveport's Ford Park. SHREVEPORT, La - Along the south bank of Cross Lake, you will find Ford Park. The park, named after former Shreveport Mayor John Ford, covers just over 80 acres. Locals


Today, November the 11th, as the nation observes Veterans Day in honor of those who served, the Northwest Louisiana Archives would like to share images from the collection of Lieutenant Colonel Paul William Reinowski (1920-2005) who ended his long military career here at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Lt. Col. Reinowski began at the U.S. Naval Academy, was stationed in the Philippines, and eventually became the commander of the 13th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron stationed in Saigon during the Vietnam War before transferring to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The photographs featured below are from his time in Saigon during the Diem Coup in 1963 and can be found in the Lt. Col. Paul William Reinowski Collection (686).

For a deeper look into the Vietnam War, the Northwest Louisiana Archives also features several oral history interviews with veterans of the conflict available for visitors with an appointment. Links below!


Election Day has arrived, for those still looking to cast their ballot, the polls in Louisiana will remain open until 8:00 p.m.

Earlier this week we saw the view from outside the Oneonta St. Shreveport Fire Station with voters lined up for the 1952 Gubernatorial election in Louisiana. So, here is a look inside the Caddo Parish Courthouse during that same election which saw Robert F. Kennon defeat Carlos Spaht with 61.44% of the electorate.

Kennon, who had previously run for both Governor and U.S. Senate (due to a special election) in 1948, served from 1952 to 1956. Kennon was succeeded in 1956 by Earl K. Long who would serve three non-consecutive terms in the office.

Photograph from the Shreveport Times Negative Collection (393).


As we're 24 hours away from Election Day 2020, do you know what's on your ballot?

On December 6th, 1963, Shreveport Mayor Clyde Fant casts his ballot in the Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary. Democratic candidate John McKeithen won the highly competitive primaries and 1964 represented the first strong showing of a Republican candidate in the General Election since the era of Reconstruction (with the Republican candidate Charlton Lyons securing 37.5% of the vote.)

From the Shreveport Times Negative Collection (393).


Continuing our series on voting in Shreveport, here is a scene from the 1952 Gubernatorial election with voters lined up to exercise their voices at the Shreveport Fire Department Station 10 on the corner of Line Avenue and Oneonta Street.

This runoff election on January 15 between two Democratic candidates saw Webster Parish native Robert F. Kennon defeat Carlos Spaht for Governor of Louisiana.

After his loss in the election, Judge Spaht would later become involved in the desegregation of the Louisiana State University Law School, the establishment of Southern University in Shreveport, LA, and the creation of the Louisiana State Code of Ethics.

From the Shreveport Times Collection (393).


With November 3rd and the national election only 6 days away, we're continuing to look back at voting in Shreveport.

On September 28th, 1960, Shreveport's longest-serving Mayor Clyde Fant is seen here on the left at the Caddo Parish District Courthouse Lawn promoting voter registration.

"Make Shreveport a City of 100% Registration." Mayor Fant served 20 years over the course of two terms from 1946-1954 and 1958-1970.

From the Shreveport Times Negative Collection (393)


Today is the FINAL day of Early Voting in Louisiana and the polls remain open until 7:00 PM.

On Saturday November 16th in 1991, Dr. C. O. Simpkins emerges from the voting booth during his successful race for Louisiana House District 4 at Lake View United Methodist Church in Shreveport. From the Northwest Louisiana Photographic Collection (060).

With Election Day a week away, we would like to share some photos from our collections documenting voting in Northwest Louisiana over the next 7 days.

For more information on voting, such as locating your polling place, check the comments below!


Shreveport has a long history of celebrating Labor Day with parades and festivities. On September 6, 1920, exactly 100 years ago, the city's labor unions staged one of the largest. Thirty-six local unions participated "in order that Shreveport's 50,000 people might have an opportunity to pay homage to organized labor."

Pictured on parade are the Association of Train Porters, Brakemen and Switchmen; Cooks & Waiters Local 669; Electrical Workers Union 194.

On September 6, 2020, we take an opportunity to celebrate labor and the many contributions unions have made to American society. Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day.


Between Covid-19 and political campaigns, it would be easy to overlook an important anniversary this week. Tomorrow, August 18, 1920, marks the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving American women the right to vote. Shreveport women were actively involved in the campaign for woman suffrage. “Votes for Women” was a common phrase around town and in the local newspapers. On August 13, 1920, The Times reported, “Mrs. Lydia Wickliffe Holmes, of New Orleans, who is on the battleground in Tennessee wired Mrs. John D. Wilkinson last night that ‘suffrage skies’ in Tennessee are right and the prospects are rosy for ratification. If Tennessee ratifies, Shreveport will know the news by the ringing of bells and screeching of sirens. Such is the arrangement which has been perfected by local advocates of ratification.”
The 19th Amendment was a starting point for African American women’s involvement in electoral politics in the years to come. Though often overlooked in the history of woman suffrage, Black women engaged in significant reform efforts and political activism leading to and following the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment. This photo of a “Votes for Women” assembly in front of the Caddo Parish courthouse, depicts a celebration that included women and men, black and white. It was an important step toward achieving American democracy and American ideals.


Since about 1868 Shreveport and Caddo Parish have honored their war veterans. Originally called Decoration Day, the observance became known as Memorial Day in the 1880s, but it did not become a national holiday until 1971. By then, the United States had engaged in four more wars. On Memorial Day, 1953, the front page of the Shreveport Times featured veterans of those four wars who were patients at the new VA hospital in Shreveport, opened just three years earlier (1950).

Grouped around the flag, left to right, are: M. D. Cozine, Spanish-American War veteran; William A. Gordon, World War I; Jack N. Roberts, World War II, and Adolph Cody, Korean War. Photo by Bill Alexander

To all our veterans, then and now, thank you.


For all those of you missing the boys of summer, here's a short history of Shreveport baseball I put together a couple of years ago. It's part nostalgia and part cautionary tale.


Just for fun, here are a couple of the pictures that actually are of the car race.


Here's a challenge for you. I found these photos by J. Frank McAneny in a file labeled "Big Car Race October 1950." There were some pictures of open-wheel sprint cars racing in it. But these were also in the file, and they are obviously not pictures of a car race. Anyone know what this contraption might be?


Except for COVID-19, we would be winding up the 67th celebration of Holiday-in-Dixie tomorrow, April 19. One of the oldest festivals in the South, Holiday in Dixie celebrates the beginning of spring and the Louisiana Purchase. It began in 1949 and was an idea originated by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Its stated purpose was to publicize the Ark-La-Texas and to provide a spring festival of fun and entertainment. It was also intended to instill an awareness of the advantages of the community. Although it was originally planned around a flower theme, that theme was considered redundant, and a Confederate theme was chosen instead, commemorating the lowering of the last Confederate flag in Shreveport on May 26, 1865. A new theme was adopted in 1950 centering on the Louisiana Purchase. Over the years Holiday-in-Dixie has expanded to encompass much of the Ark-La-Tex area. The first festival was eight days with fourteen events; that has grown to ten days and more than sixty events. These photos were taken in the 1950s and 60s.


When our daily lives have been disrupted as they have been by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's easy to feel as if we're uniquely affected. In some ways, that may be true, but when we take a look back at Louisiana and Shreveport during the 20th century Spanish flu pandemic of 100 years ago, we realize that despite the passage of time and our advanced technological capabilities, we're not as unique as it seems. This report from the Shreveport Times of September 29, 1918, about the Red Cross response to Spanish Flu sounds quite familiar.

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The LSUS Archives and Special Collections contains over 680 individual collections, including numerous important historical records and manuscripts relating to the Shreveport area, northwest Louisiana, and the lower Red River region commonly known as the Ark-La-Tex. Approximately 22,873 linear feet of records and manuscripts and over 1.5 million photographs and negatives document the history and culture of the region from its earliest settlement to the present.



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