Wednesday, March 4, 2020

New Accessions for February

Portrait of Betty Bumpers,
by Betty Dortch Russell, whose portraits of
former Govs. Orval Faubus and Winthrop
Rockefeller hang in the Capitol. She later
became the wife of former Gov. Sid McMath.

Our new accessions include items from the late U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers and his wife Betty; election commission records from Arkansas counties; and a 1957 yearbook from the Arkansas State Teachers College, which is now the University of Central Arkansas. We have records and artifacts you won’t find anywhere else. Let us help you with your next Arkansas history research project!  

Archival Collections
·         Sen. Dale and Betty Bumpers collection: Items purchased at the estate sale of Dale and Betty Bumpers were recently accessioned at the Arkansas State Archives. Dale Bumpers served as Arkansas’s 38th governor from 1971 to 1975 before serving in the U.S. Senate until January 1999. He died in 2016. His wife, Betty, was known for her efforts to promote childhood immunizations and world peace. She died in 2018. Donated items include undated photographs, a framed drawing of Betty Bumpers, tea towel, patch, fan and brochure.
·         Crow Barnes Resort brochure: An undated brochure for the Crow Barnes Resort on Bull Shoals Lake was recently donated by Michael Fagan of Clarkdale, Arizona.
·         Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism: The Arkansas State Archives recently received a transfer of records from the former Department of Parks and Tourism. Records include 2019-2020 travel guides, motorcycling and cycling guides and the magazines Love Where You Live and Living in Arkansas.
·         Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners records: The Arkansas State Archives received 48 boxes of records that included reimbursement files for the cost of elections by county; information on historical voting systems and voting equipment used for past elections; board meeting recordings on tape; and commissioners headshots from 1995 to 2014.
·         Arkansas State Board of Health records: The Arkansas State Archives received 15.21 cubic feet of Board of Health minutes from 1951 to 2008.
·         Arkansas Waterways Commission records: About 3 cubic feet of records from the 1990s through the 2000s were recently transferred to the State Archives.

Published Materials
·         Brickwall Gazette, V. 24, issue 2, February 2020. The magazine issue was donated by the Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas.
·         “1957 Golden Anniversary Yearbook,” Arkansas State Archives employee April Goff donated a yearbook from the Arkansas State Teachers College. The college, which was created in 1907 as The Arkansas State Normal School, became the Arkansas State Teachers College in 1925. In 1967, the college changed its name to the State College of Arkansas before changing its name to the University of Central Arkansas in 1975.