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Judith F. Gentry Papers

Collection 389

Gentry, Judith F. (1942–2021). Papers, 1975–1981, n.d.

40 feet, 11.5 inches

Dr. Judith Fenner Gentry was born on May 28, 1942 in Baltimore County, MD. She earned her PhD at Rice University and taught history at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) for more than 40 years. Her areas of research included the Civil War and women's history.

Dr. Gentry was involved in many different organizations and committees. She acted as president of UL Lafayette's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, served in various executive positions for the Louisiana Historical Association, and co-founded the Southern Association for Women Historians. She also received many honors, including the University of Southwestern Louisiana Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994. She also wrote and contributed to numerous publications, including Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times (2009) and I Cannot Forget: Imprisoned in Korea, Accused at Home (2013).

Dr. Gentry was married to Dr. Robert Gentry and together they had one son, James Andrew Sayle Gentry. She passed away on February 4, 2021 at her home in Lafayette.

This collection consists of Dr. Gentry's professional and research files. A large portion of the collection consists of material she gathered for a grant called “Acadian History.” These materials include data collection of land grants, original acts, baptisms, marriages, and funerals.

Note: Most of the folders in the University Family History sub-series (Box 1, Folders 5 through 34) are RESTRICTED.


A. Professional
  1. Professor 1-01 through 1-35
  2. Miscellaneous 1-36 through 1-37
B. Research  
  1. Correspondence 1-38 through 1-48
  2. Publications 1-49 through 2-02
  3. Grants 2-03 through 2-22, Box 11
  4. Data Collection and Analysis  
    i. Miscellaneous 2-23 through 2-41, Box 12
    ii. Land Claims Records 2-42 through 3-08, 22-02 through 25-06
    iii. Succession and Slaves 3-09 through 3-13
    iv. Original Acts 3-14 through 4-13
    v. Marriage 4-14 through 6-01, 18-05 through 20-04
    vi. Baptism 6-02 through 10-05, 13-01 through 18-04
    vii. Funeral 10-06 through 10-19; 20-05 through 22-01
    viii. Analyses 10-20 through 10-21; 27-01 through 29-05
C. Media Box 30 through Box 31
D. Miscellaneous Box 32 through Box 33
E. Oversize Box 34


Gentry, Judith F. (1942-2021). Papers, 1975-1981, n.d. (PDF)