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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Commonwealth Community Papers, 1924-1938
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Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence and legal documents of the Commonwealth Community, a co-operative colony established in Polk County, Arkansas, in 1924. Also included in the collection are the papers of W. A. Gilbert of Polk County and an active socialist in the 1930s.
The original number for this collection was A-77.
The Commonwealth Community Corporation was established on 1924 September 16 in Ink, Arkansas. The community was formed by dissatisfied members of the Llano Del Rio Cooperative Colony of Vernon Parish, Louisiana, where dissent had arisen around two different views of administering New Llano's associated school, Commonwealth College. Favoring independence, a group led by Job Harriman (New Llano's original founder) seceded from New Llano and moved to Arkansas. Commonwealth College, which also moved to the Mena, Arkansas area, was not affiliated with Commonwealth Community, however, as self-interests and philosophical differences divided the two institutions. Commonwealth Community soon suffered major economic setbacks and dissolved by April 1925. It was survived by its rival, Commonwealth College, which remained open until 1940.
W. A. "Billie" Gilbert was one of the New Llano colonists who moved to Ink, Arkansas. He was proprietor of Ink's Ouachita Machine Shops and once ran as a Socialist Party candidate for Polk County state representative. He continued to live in Polk County, Arkansas, through the 1970s.
Commonwealth Community Corporation (Ink, Ark.).
Communal living--Arkansas--History--20th century
Smith, Martha E., donor
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Commonwealth Community Papers, 1924-1938, UALR.MS.0077. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote Citation:
Description of item, file number, Commonwealth Community Papers, 1924-1938, UALR.MS.0077.