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The John C. Allphin, Jr. Papers

Identifier: brfa020

Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection reflect the political and familial life of John C. Allphin, Jr.. There are four series in this collection: Scrapbooks, Allphin Family Papers, Books, and Realia. The majority of the scrapbooks have been disassembled for preservation purposes. The family papers have been arranged according to individual family members when appropriate with a miscellaneous folder and a general family folder. Some images have been scanned and will be added to the Baton Rouge Room Collection on the Digital Archive. A link will be provided at a later date.


  • 1950-2008

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

John C. Allphin, Jr. was born June 4, 1930 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to John and Stella D. Allphin. Allphin is an honored alumni of Baton Rouge High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1954 where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. It was during his time at school that he met his wife, Johnell Rush Allphin of Alexandria, Louisiana with whom he was married for 59 years and produced two children; Brookie and John Rush Allphin, and one grandchild; Brenna Allphin. Allphin served with the United States Air Force during the Korean War and continued as a Captain in the USAF Reserve.

Allphin was an owner of the Allphin Agency, General Insurance and Real Estate Appraisal, and was deeply involved in the civic and political arena in Baton Rouge. He served as a City Councilman for Ward 3 from 1960 to 1968. Upon the election of Woody Dumas to Mayor President (1965), he was appointed the Mayor-President Pro Tempore. He would later go on to run for Mayor-President in 1980. Allphin was also involved with the Louisiana and Baton Rouge Junior Chamber of Commerces, also known as JAYCEE. He and his wife, Johnell Allphin, held high positions within the organization and Allpin was awarded the “Outstanding Young Man of the Year,” award for both Baton Rouge and Louisiana in 1959. Upon taking leave of the City Council, he was appointed President of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission, Chairman of the East Baton Rouge Planning and Zoning Commission, Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission, the first Civil Defense Director of East Baton Rouge Parish, and President of the Baton Rouge Insurance Exchange. In 1971, he made the decision to run for State Representative but was not elected, and in 1983 he made a run for Sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish and was also not successful. Allphin also served on many boards and committees for civic associations such as the Boy Scouts of America, and the Red Cross.

John C. Allphin died on October 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


3 box


The collection maintains original order as much as possible; however, it was necessary to arrange some loose items by subject.

Physical Location

BRS R10 10.3

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library by Brenna Perez (nee Allphin), the granddaughter of John C. Allphin, Jr., on April 21, 2015.

Related Materials

Woody Dumas Papers Vertical Files: BR-Mayors: W.W. “Woody” Dumas

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Ward between September 3, 2015 and September 16, 2015. All but one of the scrapbooks were disassembled in order to better preserve the content within. Many of the plaques and framed awards have been removed from their frames in order to reduce size of collection and to better preserve the materials. The archivist had to assert order to many of the materials but attempted to follow naming conventions present in the collection as much as possible.
The John C. Allphin, Jr. Papers
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