Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

From the Archives

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

From the Archives

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David Pryor Papers Opened to Research

The Arkansas Historical Quarterly is inaugurating a series of columns describing acquisitions of significance to Arkansas history or culture in archival repositories, museums, and libraries. Readers who would like to suggest collections for inclusion in the column should communicate with the author at esimpson@uark.edu.

IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, a large collection of papers documenting the career of David Hampton Pryor was opened to researchers at a public ceremony in Mullins Library on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The event culminated years of work by the staff of Special Collections, the department of the University Libraries responsible for preserving, describing, and making accessible manuscripts and archives.

"This is a natural place for not only these papers, but for many other people to give their papers," Pryor said. "They will be nurtured, gone over and cared for. As a composite, they tend to give a little slice of history; a little slice of Arkansas history, and a little slice of American history. I am proud to know that they will be here in the mountains of Arkansas and at the U of A."

The Pryor papers comprise more than eight hundred linear feet of material. The contents are arranged in four major groups. Group I covers Pryor's time as publisher of the Ouachita Citizen (Camden), his terms in the Arkansas General Assembly (1961-1965) and United States House of Representatives (1966-1973), and his two terms as governor of Arkansas (1975-1979). …

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