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Vesta Bourgeois Papers

Collection 105

Bourgeois, Vesta (1903–2004). Papers, 1924–1966, 2005, n.d.

3 feet, 1.5 inches

Vesta Richard Bourgeois was born August 19, 1903 in Franklin, Louisiana, the daughter of Louis Richard and Kathryn Hansen Richard. She married James H. Bourgeois and had one son, James H., Jr. She received a two-year diploma in 1924 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1927, both from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). In 1934, she received a Masters of Education degree from George Peabody College. She taught physical education at SLI/University of Southwestern Louisiana from 1939 to 1968, serving the last eight years as Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Vesta R. Bourgeois died October 31, 2004, at the age of 101.

This collection consists of a few artifacts from her time at the University. Also included are photographs, publications, and a family bible.


A. Artifact 1-01
B. Photographs 1-02
C. Publications 1-03 through 1-06
D. Personal Box 1
E. Oversize Box 2 through 3


Box 1
1-01 Artifacts: SLI Ribbon; RSVP Pin; SLI Patch; SLI Bulldog Patch; Life Saving A.R.C. Corps. Patch [5 items]
1-02 Photographs: Vesta Bourgeois, 1924 (2 c); 1926
1-03 Publications: Vesta R. Bourgeois: Her Life, Career, and Professional Contributions. By June H. Burkheiser, May 1976. M.A., Thesis, Spring 1976
1-04 Publications: Alumni Newsletters: September 1938; June 1966
1-05 Publications: L’Acadien, 1927
1-06 Publications: The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, “Cultivating Excellence in Epsilon State, Tending the Seeds of Our Founders; Planting New Seeds for our Future”, 2005 State Convention, 71st Year, March 18-20, 2005, Hilton New Orleans, Airport Hotel, Kenner, Louisiana
[Note: pp. 14. Vesta Bourgeois, Gamma Alpha]
(Not in folder)
Holy Bible. (Edition of the Catholic Bible) [Gift to Vesta Bourgious from husband Hubert for their 22nd wedding anniversary, September 10, 1951]
Box 2
Scrapbook: “The Impetus Years: Spring 1939-1968”
Box 3
Scrapbook: “Southwestern Louisiana Institute”
Scrapbook: “Les Mémoirs de Madame “B”: USL 1923-1968” [wood bound, painted cover]