North Louisiana History

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North Louisiana History is an academic journal published twice annually in Shreveport, Louisiana by the North Louisiana Historical Association (NLHA).[1][2]


The origin of North Louisiana History parallels the history of the NLHA itself, which was organized in 1952 at Methodist-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport.[3]

The NLHA founding members included Mrs. D. H. Perkins and Dr. A. W. Shaw. The organization awards the Overdyke Awards for its best published research paper in memory of W. Darrell Overdyke, a Centenary College history professor.[4] With time, the associational publications became more formal, and the NLHA became a non-profit organization. The NLHA seeks to collect and preserve historical material about North Louisiana and under editorial review considers articles for publication from professional historians, lay historians, and students.[5] According to the historian B. H. Gilley, formerly of the Louisiana Tech University faculty, "a wealth of research has been written and preserved in [the NLHA] publications".[6]

North Louisiana Historical Association bulletin[edit]

A bulletin was edited from 1956 to 1958 by J. A. Manry (1903–1993).[3][7][8] Manry was a journalist, regional scholar, and an historian.[9] Other names for the Bulletin that might be found in citations are:

  • Bulletin (North Louisiana Historical Association) (the uniform title)[8]
  • North Louisiana Historical Association bulletin
  • North Louisiana Historical Association Bulletin
  • Bulletin of the North Louisiana Historical Association
  • The Bulletin[10]
  • Bulletin[3]

North Louisiana Historical Association news letter[edit]

From 1959 to 1969, NLHA published a newsletter.[11] The editor was Max Bradbury,[3][12] who with the Bradbury Award is still recognized annually for the "most outstanding article" published in North Louisiana History.[13][14][15] Names for the newsletter that might be cited are:

  • Newsletter (North Louisiana Historical Association)[16] (this is the uniform title)
  • North Louisiana Historical Association Newsletter[17]
  • North Louisiana Historical Association news letter [18]
  • Newsletter[6]

Journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association[edit]

Beginning in the Fall of 1969, Morgan D. Peoples of Ruston, then a member of the Louisiana Tech History Department, became the editor and founded the journal. Under the original title, Journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association, the journal was published quarterly from 1969 through 1998.[16] This journal is cited under a number of similar titles:

  • Journal (North Louisiana Historical Association) (the uniform title)
  • Journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association
  • North Louisiana Historical Association journal
  • Journal / North La. Hist. Assoc
  • J North La Hist Assoc
  • Journal [19]
  • Journal - North Louisiana Historical Association[19]

North Louisiana History[edit]

Ending with Volume 29, No. 4 (Fall 1998) and beginning with Volume 30, No. 1 (Winter 1999), the journal was retitled North Louisiana History.[20]


The publication is currently edited by Emilia Gay Griffith Means, a retired history professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.[2] The printing press for the journal is named in honor of the late Louisiana Tech professor and regional historian John Ardis Cawthon.

The journal accepts articles for possible publication which focus on any part of Louisiana north of and including Alexandria.[21] An index of articles published between 1970 and 2005 is available online.[22] In addition to its scholarly articles, the journal recently began accepting personal reminiscences and essays relative to regional history, an art that Cawthon particularly pioneered during the 1970s.[22]

Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS) supports the journal with office space and a dedicated library collection as part of the LSUS Archives and Special Collections at the Noel Memorial Library, including an online list of journal articles.[23] As of 1970, and still today, Centenary College holds an archive of historical NLHA material.[24][25] Starting in 1970, articles published in the journal have been abstracted and cited in America, history and life, Historical abstracts. Part A. Modern history abstracts, and Historical abstracts. Part B. Twentieth century abstracts.[1][16]


  1. ^ a b "Journal". North Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved 2011-04-19. "North Louisiana History, is published two times a year by the North Louisiana Historical Association, Inc. ... Articles appearing in North Louisiana History are abstracted and indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life." 
  2. ^ a b "North Louisiana researchers gain another source". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. April 30, 2006. Retrieved 2011-04-11. "The Winter 2006 edition of North Louisiana History, which is published by the North Louisiana Historical Association, has again presented some great research material in an nicely-formatted publication. It is published three times a year by the North Louisiana Historical Association, Inc. of Shreveport. Emilia Gay Griffith Means is the editor. North Louisiana History contains pictures and maps. It is an excellent publication. Monica Pels has contributed a well-documented article in the ..." 
  3. ^ a b c d Edwin Adams Davis (1975). Louisiana, the Pelican State. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. OCLC 1974995. "The North Louisiana Historical Association was organized in 1952 when Mrs. DH Perkins, Dr. AW Shaw, and a small group met at Centenary College in Shreveport. A Bulletin was edited for a short period by JA Manry and from 1959 to 1969 Max Bradbury, who soon earned the title of 'Mister North Louisiana Historical Association,' edited a Newsletter. In 1969, Morgan Peoples, a member of the history department at Louisiana Tech, became the founding editor..."" 
  4. ^ "Overdyke Awards North Louisiana Historical Association". H-Net. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Collection guide. North Louisiana Historical Association collection; 1952-2000.". LSU Shreveport. Retrieved 2011-04-17. "The NLHA was organized in 1952 to collect and preserve historical material about North Louisiana. Since the early 1970s, a journal of articles by professional historians, students, and lay persons has been published." 
  6. ^ a b B. H. Gilley (1984). North Louisiana: Essays on the Region and its History. McGinty Trust Fund Publications. p. 132. OCLC 11158953. Retrieved 2011-04-18. "Then in 1952, the North Louisiana Historical Association was organized and a wealth of research has been written and preserved in its publications – The Bulletin, Newsletter, and Journal." 
  7. ^ North Louisiana Historical Association. (1956). North Louisiana Historical Association bulletin. Shreveport, La: The Association.
  8. ^ a b "North Louisiana Historical Association bulletin. (Journal, magazine, 1956)". Retrieved 2011-04-17. "1956-1958." 
  9. ^ "Collection guide. John Ardis Manry (1903-1993) papers, 1803-1980.". Retrieved 2011-04-17. "Journalist, regional scholar, historian, photographer;and genealogist." 
  10. ^ "The Bulletin (Journal, magazine, 1956)". Retrieved 2011-04-17. "1956-1958." 
  11. ^ North Louisiana Historical Association. (1959). North Louisiana Historical Association news letter. Shreveport, La: The Association.
  12. ^ Louisiana history. Volume 15-16. Lafayette: Louisiana Historical Association. January 1974. Retrieved 2011-04-18. "The NLHA lost one of its most dedicated members when Max Bradbury of Shreveport died on February 8 at the age of 72. Mr. Bradbury was the longtime editor of the NLHA Newsletter, predecessor of the present NLHA Journal. He also served on the board of the Louisiana Historical Association." 
  13. ^ "History :: History Happenings Archive for 2009 :: University of Memphis". The University of Memphis. College of Arts & Sciences. Department of History. Retrieved 2011-04-18. "Ann Mulhearn, doctoral candidate, recently won the Max Bradbury prize, which is awarded for the most outstanding article published in the journal of the North Louisiana Historical Society." 
  14. ^ Press-Herald Staff (20 July 2007). " News in Bossier and Webster parishes. Local professor attends meetings.". Retrieved 2011-04-18. "Carter...earned...her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge...and was the recipient of the Max Bradbury Award for best journal article, which was presented by North Louisiana Historical Society." 
  15. ^ "LSUA News - Headlines. LSUA Personnel Brief.". Louisiana State University at Alexandria. 2000-05-25. Retrieved 2011-04-18. "Dr. Henry O. Robertson received the Max Bradbury Award for the best article published in the 1999 issues of North Louisiana History at the North Louisiana Historical Association Spring meeting in Shreveport recently. Robertson serves as assistant professor of geography/history and department chair for social sciences at LSUA." 
  16. ^ a b c "Journal (North Louisiana Historical Association)". National Library of Australia. ISSN 0739-005X. Retrieved 2011-04-10. "Journal Dates: Vol. 1, no. 1 (fall 1969)-v. 29, no. 4 (fall 1998). Frequency: Quarterly." 
  17. ^ Thompson, A. S., & North Louisiana Historical Association. (1998). North Louisiana Historical Association: An index of articles in North Louisiana Historical Association periodical publications, 1956-1998 : North Louisiana Historical Association Bulletin, 1956-1958, North Louisiana Historical Association Newsletter, 1959-1969, North Louisiana Historical Association Journal, 1969-1998., OCLC=40802888.
  18. ^ "North Louisiana Historical Association news letter. (Journal, magazine, 1959)". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  19. ^ a b "Journal (Journal, magazine, 1969)". Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  20. ^ "Trove - North Louisiana history / North Louisiana Historical Association". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2011-04-10. "Title: North Louisiana history / North Louisiana Historical Association. Former Title: Journal (North Louisiana Historical Association) 0739-005X. North Louisiana Historical Association. Published: Shreveport, LA. The Association, 1999- . North Louisiana Historical Association. Journal Dates: Vol. 30, no. 1 (winter 1999)- . Frequency: Three times a year" 
  21. ^ "North Louisiana Historical Association Bylaws". Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  22. ^ a b "Archives & Special Collections". Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  23. ^ "Archives - North Louisiana Historical Association Index, 1970-2005 (by Subject)". LSUS Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  24. ^ Tindol, Lucille A. "Archival Material in NLHA Coll…at Centenary College". Journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association, Vol. 2, No. 1 Fall 1970: 7–9. 
  25. ^ "Where do I go for more information? Noel Memorial Library FAQ". LSU Shreveport. Retrieved 2011-04-17. "The historic records of...the North Louisiana Historical Association." 


  • North Louisiana Historical Association. Shreveport Medical Society. & Medical History Club of Shreveport. (1986). History of medicine in North Louisiana: Symposium : Papers. North Louisiana Historical Association.
  • "McGinty frequent contributor to North La. Historical Journal". Ruston: Ruston Daily Leader. May 17, 1977. 
  • "Tech Authors Write in History Journal". Ruston: Ruston Daily Leader. February 19, 1975. 

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