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Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge Records

Identifier: brfa001

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection represent the activities of the Association of Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge. There are five series within the collection; Records, Ephemera, Newsletters, Miscellaneous, and Miscellaneous Photographs and Scrapbooks. Most of the series are broken into subseries in order to better assist the researcher in finding specific materials. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, committee records, convention pamphlets and Mardi Gras Ball programs, a large collection of Bayou Gushers Newsletters, newspaper clippings, and a large collection of photographs; some of which can be found on the Baton Rouge Digital Archive. A large portion of this collection highlights the planning and execution of the Mystic Krewe of Desk and Derrick’s Mardi Gras Ball which can be found in Records, Ephemera, and photographs predominantly.


  • 1956-2012

Biographical / Historical

The Association of Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge was established in 1952. The club was born from the Desk and Derrick Club of New Orleans; the first of the clubs to organize (1949), which then became an international organization that spanned North America. The purpose of the club was to promote the education of members as well as the general public regarding the petroleum, energy, and allied industries, and foster acquaintances of women employed in the industry. In order to accomplish their educational purpose, Desk and Derrick Clubs hold seminars, specialty courses, and other types of programs concerned with petroleum, energy, and related industries, and assist with public relations. Beginning in the year 1962, the Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge formed the Mystic Krewe of Desk and Derrick that produced an Annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball. The Association of Desk and Derrick of Baton Rouge also participated in regional and international meetings of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs of North America.


5 box (5 Classic Archival Storage Container(s) with Handholds)

6 scrapbooks

Language of Materials



There was no comprehensive original order; therefore, the archivist arranged the collection using topical headings.

Physical Location

BRS R8 7.3-7.6

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Sonya Ryder, President of Desk and Derrick Club Baton Rouge in 2014.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by Emily Ward between September 15 and September 25, 2014. The processor attempted to reuse terminology found in the collection in order to assist with discovery but at times had to change file names for convenience. Later additions were processed by Amanda Arceneaux.
Desk and Derrick Club of Baton Rouge Records
Emily Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA