Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - New Hope Missionary Baptist Church record book [Amity, AR] and loose correspondence, MS.000816

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church was founded on July 2, 1910 in Amity, Arkansas, by M.P. Thomas and W.F. Willis. They followed the articles of faith laid out by the Red River Association of Arkansas. J.T. Moore was a missionary in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution, and received funds from the New Hope Church in Amity. His letters are reports to the church about his missionary work and thanking them for the funds to carry on that mission.
This collection contains one record book from the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Amity, Arkansas, and loose pieces of correspondence from Reverend J.T. Moore in Los Esteros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The record book contains the minutes of the church and the articles of faith. The letters are reports to the New Hope church about J.T. Moore's missionary work and his thanks for the funds to carry on that mission. They also detail how the Mexican Revolutionary War affected the people of Mexico.
·         Empty Envelope
·         To New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Amity, Arkansas, from J.T. Moore, Los Esteros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 1911 July 1
·         To New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Amity, Arkansas, from J.T. Moore, Los Esteros, Tamaulipas, Mexico 1911 February 28
·         New Hope Missionary Baptist Church records 1910-1927
·         Receipt for two dollars and fifty cents to J.T. Moore from New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Amity, Arkansas

·         Receipt for Poll Tax for William E. Howell 1905

Friday, January 5, 2018

Annual NEARA Award Submissions

Time is running out to submit entries for the annual NEARA Award!

The Arkansas Historical Association and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA), a branch of the Arkansas State Archives, are taking submissions for the annual NEARA Award for Exemplary Archival Research. The award recognizes the best original unpublished research paper using archival materials from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, particularly the Lawrence County Territorial Papers (1815-1836).
Established by the family of Eugene Sloan, in partnership with the Arkansas Historical Association, the annual award will include a $1,000 cash prize. The award will be announced at the AHA’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet. Entries must use documents housed in NEARA’s collection. Deadline for entries is February 1. Details are available on the NEARA website, and on the website of the Arkansas Historical Association, 

NEARA’s collection includes county records dating to the 1815 creation of Lawrence County by the Missouri Territorial Assembly.
The original Lawrence County included most of what is now northern Arkansas and a slice of southern Missouri and has since been carved into 46 counties on both sides of the state line.
Eugene Sloan was born in Powhatan on September 15, 1892, and attended the Powhatan Male and Female Academy, which is located adjacent toNEARA in Powhatan Historic State Park. He was a successful lawyer and landowner in Jonesboro, where he died in 1981. Throughout his life, he supported preservation efforts in his hometown, including saving the Powhatan courthouse and its records.
NEARA is located at 11 Seventh Street in Powhatan, Arkansas. The research room is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for state legal holidays. For more information, call 870-878-6521 or e-mail
Located in Little Rock, the Arkansas State Archives is the official state archives, with branches in Powhatan, and Washington, Arkansas. The Arkansas Historical Association, headquartered in Fayetteville, is a membership organization that promotes the preservation, writing, publishing, teaching, and understanding of Arkansas history through the publication of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly and other activities including a respected awards program.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Arkansas State Medical Board records, MS.000803

The Arkansas State Medical Board was established in 1955 under Act 65, The Medical Practices Act, and Act 289 of 1957. The Board has the authority to license and regulate the practice of medicine in the state of Arkansas. In 1971, the Arkansas Osteopathic Board was abolished and the Arkansas State Medical Board assumed its licensing and regulatory duties. Since that time, the State Medical board has taken over the licensing and regulation for other health professions including Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Physician Assistants, and Radiologist Assistants.
The Medical Board consists of fourteen members appointed by the Governor for six-year terms.
The Arkansas State Medical Board records contain medical license application records and regulatory records, as well as correspondence. The 30 cubit-foot boxes are arranged by the name of the applicant. These records were transferred to the Arkansas State Archives by the Arkansas State Medical Board in 2017.
·         Abbott to Ayers, 1898-1990 (Box 27)
·         Baker - Becton, 1903-1990 (Box 19)
·         Beebe to Bonniwell, 1903-1984 (Box 18)
·         Blair, Robert - Poe, Jr., McDonald, 1942-1999 (Box 4)
·         Booker to Bruce, 1903-1970 (Box 23)
·         Brackin to O'Reilly, 1903-1988 (Box 24)
·         Cooper, St. Cloud - Crowqey, William, 1899-1982 (Box 10)
·         Croxdale, Edward - DeGroat, Albert, 1903-1979 (Box 1)
·         DeGueurce, III, James - Dykstra, Donald, 1891-1980 (Box 6)
·         Eagles, Archie - Ewing, Robert, 1903-1983 (Box 15)
·         Faier, Samuel - Fraser, Robert, 1901-1986 (Box 2)
·         Frashner, William - Goyer, Harry, 1903-1996 (Box 3)
·         Gill, Horace - Grimmett, William, 1903-1981 (Box 9)
·         Gobbel, Fred - Muse, James, 1884-1947 (Box 8)
·         Gross, Worth - Hansn, Frank, 1903- 1984 (Box 14)
·         Hanson - Henry, 1899-1979 (Box 20)
·         Hobbs, George - Imes, Loren, 1903-1981 (Box 7)
·         Inabett, William - Katz, Harold, 1903-2008 (Box 13)
·         Kaufman, Jerome - Kirksey, Thomas, 1903-1983 1884- (Box 16)
·         Kirschner, Martin - Leidinger, Karl, Jr., 1903-1985 (Box 12)
·         Lehstoeter to Maxwell, 1903-1984 (Box 28)
·         LeJeune, III to McKnight, 1903-1985 (Box 22)
·         May to Pellar, 1903-1982 (Box 30)
·         McLain to Mohler, 1903-1985 (Box 26)
·         Moore to Norwood, 1903 to 1984 (Box 25)
·         Pence to Pool, 1903-1984 (Box 29)
·         Poole - Redmond, 1903-1981 (Box 17)
·         Pupsta, Benedict - Thompson, Lewis, 1903-1976 (Box 11)
·         Ratliff to Rodgers, 1903, 1984 (Box 21)

·         Reese, William - White, John, 1901-2002 (Box 5)

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 2017 ASA Accessions

Below is list of our new accessions for the month of December

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 2014-2015; 2015-2016, 2 booklets
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 2014-2015; 2015-2016, 1 book
Preservation of African American Cemeteries Junior Preservation Society final grant report, 3 spiral bound reports
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism records, 106 cu.ft.
Attorney Generals Opinions, 2 envelopes
William Richard Bullard buttons, 2 buttons
State Expenditure Records, 1950-1956; 1959-1979, 4 cu.ft.
Davis and Allied Families Collection, 2 cu.ft.
Richard Bullard collection, 15 cds
Index of Phillips County Death Certificates, 1917-1922, 1 disc
Arkansas Secretary of State Statements of Financial Interest, 40 cu.ft.
Arkansas State Medical Board records, 5 cu.ft.
Apsa M. Bransford scrapbook, 1885-1890
Cromwell Architects Engineers Slides, 5 metal cases

Confederate Widows Pension, Union County, Arkansas, 1 box

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Soul Institute records, MS.000783

The Soul Institute School was established in 1970 in Earle, Arkansas, by African American citizens to counter the racial discrimination in the local public schools. Their concerns grew out of protests earlier in September of 1970 which had been met by violent retaliations from groups of armed whites. Several unarmed African Americans had been wounded and jailed in what became known as the Earle race riot of 1970. Reverend Ezra Greer and his wife Jackie Greer, local civil right activists, had earlier in the year organized the Crittenden County Improvement Association to organize protests in the county for better schools and better race relations. Despite having only a population of about 3,350 people, Earle still maintained a black high school and a separate white high school. The Soul Institute School was established and began holding classes on October 5th, at the offices of the Crittenden County Improvement Association. The school remained open until June of 1971 and had an enrollment of about 390 students.
Additional materials related to the school can be found in the Arkansas State Archives general microfilm, roll MG08925, Soul Institute School records, 1971. This roll contains a school register book, 2 newspaper articles, and one brochure.
The Soul Institute records contain papers concerning the Soul Institute school at Earle, Arkansas, from 1970 through 1972. The records include school registers from grades 1 through 12, event programs, and newspaper clippings. The collection was donated to the Arkansas State Archives by Carla Coleman, on April 12, 2017.
·         MS000783 School Register Books 1970-1972 (Box 1)
o    1st Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    2nd Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    3rd Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    4th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    5th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    6th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    7th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    8th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    9th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    10th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    11th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
o    12th Grade, October 1970 - June 1971
·         Programs
o    P.T.A. Meeting Program, Soul Institute, Earle, Arkansas, May 18, 1971
o    Commencement Exercises, Soul Institute School, Lincoln Street Church of God, Earle, Arkansas, June 13, 1971.
o    Arkansas Council on Human Relations, 19th Annual Meeting, January 28-29, 1972. Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas.

·         Newspaper clippings

Thursday, December 21, 2017

ASA Announces January Pen to Podium Lecture

Author and journalist Janis Kearney will be the featured speaker at the Arkansas State Archives’ (ASA) 2018 Pen to Podium lecture series on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Diamond Room at the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), 1100 North Street, Little Rock.

The topic will be her 2014 memoir, “Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road,” which focuses on her late father, T.J. Kearney, and his experiences growing up in southeast Arkansas.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of DAH, hosted by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives, a nonprofit organization that supports ASA’s events. The event is free and open to the public, but guests must register online by Friday, Jan. 19:

The event is the first of four lectures in ASA’s 2018 Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers’ Lecture Series.

Janis F. Kearney is an author, publisher and presidential historian. She served under civil rights legend Daisy Bates as managing editor of the historic Arkansas State Press Newspaper. In 1988, she became publisher and owner of the newspaper. In 1992, Janis worked on the Clinton-Gore Campaign, and joined the Clinton Administration in 1993, where she served as a media specialist in the White House Media Affairs Office, director of public communications for the US Small Business Administration, and for five years, served as the country’s first Personal Diarist to a President. In 2001, Janis and her husband, Bob J. Nash, founded Writing our World Publishing in Chicago. In 2015, she established the Read.Write.Share Writers Group, an umbrella company serving new and emerging writers.

The Arkansas State Archives is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.

Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Arkansas State Archives Holiday Closings

The Arkansas State Archives and its branch archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, will be closed on Sat., Dec. 23, Mon., Dec. 25 and Tues., Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas.