Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Robert Ragsdale papers, SMC.0170.0002

Robert Arthur Ragsdale was born in Polk County, Arkansas, on May 28, 1884, to Lewis and Alleen Ragsdale. He served as a Seaman Second Class in the United States Navy during World War I until his discharge on December 2, 1918. Robert was stationed in Newport News, Virginia, with the Intelligence section of the Fifth Naval District. He traveled between Newport News and Norfolk during the influenza epidemic of 1918. The state of Virginia estimated 200,000 cases of influenza by October 15, 1918, and a number of those cases were sailors traveling the coastline. Robert was one of those sailors that contracted the flu in Newport News. This collection contains material related to Ragsdale’s military service and a typed account of his personal struggle with influenza while on duty in Virginia.
Donated by Nancy Ragsdale Gilien and Anna Ragsdale Gentile, 2015.
·         1918 June 5: Navy identification card
·         1918 July 9: Note directing Robert Ragsdale to be examined for transfer
·         1918 July 10: Orders to report for duty
·         1918 December 2: Discharge Orders
·         1918 December 3: Insurance premium upon discharge
·         1918 December 11: Statement of Account
·         1918 December 11: Correspondence to Robert Ragsdale from Navy disbursing officer William Miffin

·         Circa 1930: Statement by Robert Ragsdale about his case of influenza while on duty in Virginia

Friday, December 1, 2017

AHC announces quarterly meeting

The Arkansas History Commission will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m., on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017. They will meet in the Arkansas State Archives conference room, located on the second floor of the Multi-Agency Complex at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas.  This meeting is open to the public. 

The Arkansas History Commission is an advisory body to the Arkansas State Archives. 


For questions and comments, please contact the Arkansas State Archives at 501-682-6900.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Otis Patten papers, MS.000328

Otis Patten, 1821-1893, served as superintendent of the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1859 to 1885.

The Otis Patten papers contain letterbooks, loose correspondence, legal papers, and published materials related to his tenure as the superintendent of the Arkansas School for the Blind from 1859 to 1885. It includes the annual reports of the board of trustees and materials that concern Mr. Patten's forced resignation from the office of superintendent in 1885.

·         1. Correspondence, 1866-1879 (Box 1)
·         2. Correspondence, 1880-1888
·         3. Liberty Bartlett speech, 1871
·         4. Arkansas School for the Blind account book, 1884-1885
·         5. Arkansas School for the Blind annual reports, 1860-1880 6 volumes
·         6. Papers, reports and petitions regarding 1885 resignation, 1885-1887
·         7. Business and legal papers
·         8. Receipts
·         9. Otis Patten writings
·         10. Letterbooks (Box 2)
o    1. Letterbook, 1869-1870
o    2. Letterbook, 1872-1874
o    3. Letterbook, 1874-1875
o    4. Letterbook, 1875-1879
o    5. Letterbook, 1879-1882
o    6. Letterbook, 1885-1886
o    7. Newsclippings, 1885

o    8. Prize essays, 1877

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - John N. Jabine and Harriet Woodruff papers, MS.000383

John Nicholas Jabine was born June 23, 1829, the son of Charles and Eliza Reel Jabine of Louisville, Kentucky. He operated a drug store in Louisville and met Harriet M. Woodruff, who was visiting the town. Harriet was born January 31, 1836, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Arkansas Gazette founder William E. Woodruff and Jane Mills Woodruff. John and Harriet were married November 13, 1855, at her family home in Little Rock. They lived in Louisville for a short time before moving to Little Rock, where Woodruff built them a home at 910 East Eighth Street. They had seven children, two daughters and five sons: Harriet Sneed Jabine (Mrs. Claude) Sayle, Lila Jabine (Mrs. H.C.) Rather, C.W. Jabine, Tom Jabine, Shelby Jabine, Lucian Jabine, and Daniel Jabine. John Jabine operated a ferry business between Little Rock and Argenta, Arkansas. Harriet was active in clubs including the Aesthetic Club, the Pulaski County Association of Arkansas Pioneers, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. John N. Jabine died May 14, 1911, and Harriet M. Woodruff Jabine died January 17, 1918.
C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine was born in 1857, the oldest son of John and Harriett Jabine. As a young man he worked at his grandfather's printing press, then ran his own mercantile business. He died March 8, 1942.
This collection contains letters of John Nicholas Jabine and Harriet Woodruff Jabine, and C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine's business ledgers.
·         Letters to Harriet Woodruff Jabine
o    1. 1856 (Box 1)
o    2. 1864, 1866
o    3. 1894, 1895
o    4. 1897 April-October
o    5. 1897 November-December
o    6. 1898
o    7. 1899-1900
o    8. undated
·         Letters to John N. Jabine
o    9. 1858
o    10. 1859
o    11. 1861
o    12. 1863-1864
o    13. 1865-1866
o    14. 1867
o    15. 1869
o    16. 1870-1871
o    17. 1872
o    18. 1874
o    19. 1876
o    20. 1887-1889, undated
·         Miscellaneous
o    21. Statements regarding Charles Jabine's estate, 1855-1860
o    22. Service discharge, Eugene Jabine, 1862
o    23. Promissory note, 1860s
o    24. Newspaper clipping, 1897
·         C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine mercantile ledgers
o    Business names, merchandise, and method of payment, 1892-1901 (Box 2)
o    Cash paid out, 1897-1902 (Box 3)
o    Names and merchandise, 1900-1902

o    Merchandise, 1901-1902 (Box 4)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Closings

The Arkansas State Archives and its regional branches, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, will be closed Thurs., Nov. 23, Fri., Nov. 24, and Sat., Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Tuckerman African American school registers, MS.000599

East Side, Tuckerman Elementary and Junior High, and Post Oak are African American schools located in the Tuckerman Special School District, Jackson County, in the northeast Arkansas Delta region.
The records were donated to the Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas) of the Arkansas History Commission.
This collection includes student enrollment, attendance, class subjects, names of teachers and classroom statistical information, 1945-1963.
·         1. Tuckerman School, first through fourth grades, 1945 July 16-1946 May 24
·         2. Post Oak School, fifth through eighth grades, 1950 July 17-1950 September 8
·         3. Unidentified school, fifth and sixth grades, 1950-1951
·         4. Tuckerman Junior High School, eighth through tenth grades, 1950 July 17-1951
·         5. Tuckerman Elementary School, second grade, 1951 July 23-1952
·         6. East Side Junior High School, second and third grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May 19
·         7. East Side High School, fourth and fifth grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May
·         8. East Side High School, sixth and seventh grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May 19
·         9. East Side High School, eighth grade, 1960 July 18-1961
·         10. East Side High School, tenth grade, 1960 July 18-1961
·         11. East Side High School, twelfth grade, 1962 July 16-1963 May 24

·         12. East Side High School, twelfth grade, 1962 July 16- 1963

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friends of the Arkansas State Archives elect new board member

At a general meeting held on Nov. 4, 2017, members of Friends of the Arkansas State Archives elected new and returning board members. Elected for a one-year term ending in 2018 are Russell Baker, Ken Bridges, Richard Butler, Tom Dillard, Sondra Gordy, Joan Gould, Tim Nutt, and Jeanne Rollberg.
Those elected to a two-year term ending in 2019 are Jajuan Johnson, Gary W. Jones, Tamela Tenpenny Lewis, Glen Mosenthin, Blake Perkins, Frances Ross, Lynda Suffridge, Gary Walker, and Blake Wintory.
The Board will elect officers at its first meeting in early 2018.
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