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The Junior League of Baton Rouge Records

Identifier: brfa008

Scope and Contents

This collection reflects the activities of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. The collection is comprised of materials relating to the River Road Cook Book Series, yearbooks, newsletters, papers describing the Junior League of Baton Rouge's work with institutions around Baton Rouge. There are several boxes with photographs that have and have not been identified. Other found in media in the collection are VHS Tapes and slides. There are boxes of binders in the collection that detail the Junior League of Baton Rouge's activities from 1978 to 2010. The collection also contains newspapers that chronicle the League's activities.


  • Approximately 1932-201-

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

The Junior League is an international organization of women whose three fold purpose is to promote voluntarism, train volunteers and demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers. The National Association of Junior Leagues was founded in New York City in 1901 under the original name “The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements” (The settlement movement was a reformist social movement, beginning in the 1880s and peaking around the 1920s in England and the US, with a goal of getting the rich and poor in society to live more closely together in an interdependent community).

The Junior League of Baton Rouge was officially organized on March 15, 1932, when a group of 25 young women met at the home of Mrs. H. Payne Breazeal. It was decided at this meeting that each person would suggest one other person to compose the first active membership of 50 persons.

Criteria for membership include an interest in voluntarism, commitment to community service and an interest in developing one’s own potential for voluntary community participation. Women are eligible for admission between the ages of 24 and 40, with a one year Baton Rouge residency. Prospective members are sponsored by four Junior League members. The Junior League of Baton Rouge, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion or national origin.

In 1950-51 the Baton Rouge Service League made an application for membership to AJLA. After completing many questionnaires and after several visits by four AJLA staff and directors, the Junior League Service League of Baton Rouge was admitted into AJLA in January, 1956.

The JLBR has a long history of service to children and their families in the areas of education, health, and arts and cultural enrichment. Early projects of the JLBR centered on the Red Cross helping with its motor corps and production work. They aided in the distribution of government flour, held well baby conferences, and assisted other community organizations with charitable work.

The Junior League of Baton Rouge, Inc. has been instrumental in founding and funding many of Baton Rouge's institutions including but not limited to the Louisiana Arts and Science Center Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, Magnolia Mound Kitchen and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Information Service. The most successful fundraising projects have been the River Road Cook Book Series, which has sold over 1 million copies and the annual Hollydays ….


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This collection is arranged into four series: River Road Recipes, Records, Media, and Realia and Photographs.

Physical Location

BRS R8 1.1-5.5
The Junior League of Baton Rouge Records
In Progress
Emily Ward
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA