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Arkansas Constitutional Convention Records, 1969-1970

Arkansas Constitutional Convention Records, 1969-1970

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Arkansas Constitutional Convention Records, 1969-1970 UALR.MS.0047

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-29T16:28-0600

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Arkansas Constitutional Convention Records, 1969-1970
Dates: Bulk, 1969-1970
Dates: 1961-1971
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet4 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0047
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Arrangement

By subject and chronologically within.

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers relating to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention of 1969-1970, as compiled by William Fadjo Cravens, Jr., a convention delegate. The papers include correspondence and memoranda, committee papers, schedules and reports, background materials on the convention movement and constitutional issues, and material from Arkansans for the Constitution of 1970, a group which campaigned for passage of the new constitution.


Biographical/Historical Note

Fadjo Cravens, a convention delegate from District 12 (Crawford and Sebastian counties), was the son of William Fadjo Cravens, Sr., and the grandson of William Ben Cravens. Born 1929 January 28, Cravens was a lifelong resident of Fort Smith and was the vice-president and marketing director of Merchants National Bank of Fort Smith.

The call for a revision of Arkansas's 1874 constitution and gained momentum throughout the 1960s. Through Act 121 of 1967, the General Assembly established an Arkansas Constitutional Revision Study Commission to offer recommendations on constitutional revision. The Commission's report recommended that the question of whether or not to call a convention be decided by popular vote in the 1968 general election. Act 3 of 1968 placed the issue on the ballot; voters also selected delegates to the convention.

The call for a constitutional convention narrowly passed in the general election, and the General Assembly created a three-member Constitutional Convention Advisory Commission to initiate the convention.The convention held an organizational meeting in 1969 January, and then adjourned until May, when it began work on a new constitution. A tentative draft was approved on 1969 August 21, and copies were distributed for public comment. The convention reconvened in 1970 January for a final 30-day session. Alterations were made, and the final document was formally adopted by the convention on 1970 February 10. The new constitution was placed on the ballot for the 1970 general election but was decisively defeated. Many of the convention's revisions were later adopted by the General Assembly through amendments to the 1874 constitution.


Arkansas. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970)
Arkansas--Politics and government
Constitutional law
Cravens, William Fadjo, Jr., 1929-2012, collector

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.


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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Arkansas Constituional Convention Records, 1969-1970. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, Arkansas Constitutional Convention Records, 1969-1970, UALR.MS.0047.


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