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Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966

Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966

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Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966 UALR.MS.0092

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 2012-08-02T17:52-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966
Dates: 1855-1966
Quantity: 8.5 Linear feet17 boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0092


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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains papers concerning the writings, family history, and public career of the Arkansas author Bernie Babcock. It includes books by Babcock and other writers as well as unpublished manuscripts and poems, historical research, notes for articles, plays, and stories by Babcock. Other topics include a variety of articles on Abraham Lincoln, prohibition, and the women's suffrage movement. Also included are exhibit materials and business records of the Museum of Natural History, folklore research in Arkansas, and the writings of the Federal Writers' Project in Arkansas.

The original number for this collection was A-95.

Arranged in five series:

Series I: Personal Papers. Arranged by subject, containing biographical and family materials, personal and business correspondence, financial and legal papers, and diaries.

Series II: Manuscript and Research Materials. Arranged by subject, containing manuscripts of novels, short fiction, plays, and articles, including manuscripts and research concerning Abraham Lincoln; poetry and historical and religious articles.

Series III: Printed Material. Arranged by subject, containing periodicals with works by Babcock and other writers, articles and pamphlets by Babcock and others; newspaper serials by Babcock, and newsclippings; also include books by other authors used as research material.

Series IV: Federal Writers' Project Papers. Arranged by subject, containing organizational papers, historical notes and research for books and articles on Arkansas topics, including research on Indians, voodoo, and magic; folklore interview forms.

Series V: Museum of Natural History Papers. Arranged by subject, containing records, correspondence, newsclippings, annual reports, pamphets, and brochures.

Biographical Note

Bernie Babcock was born Julia Burnel Smade in 1868 at Unionville, Ohio. Her family moved to Russellville, Arkansas, when she was ten. She married at 18 and moved to Little Rock. After her husband's death, she turned to writing to support herself and five children. In 1899, she began writing a weekly literary column in the Arkansas Democrat and later became the telegraph and society editor there. She also contributed historical and religious articles to national magazines and served as editor of the Arkansas Sketch Book. During her career, she published five books on the life of Abraham Lincoln. In the early 1900s, she was active in the women's suffrage movement and later in the prohibition movement. In the 1920s, she helped establish the Museum of Natural History in Little Rock (renamed the Museum of Discovery in 1998) and served as its director from 1928 to 1953. In the 1930s, she served as the Folklore Editor of the Federal Writers' Project in Arkansas. On her retirement from the museum in 1953, she moved to Petit Jean Mountain to write. She died in 1962.

For additional information, see The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.

Babcock, Bernie, 1868-1962
Babcock, Lucille, donor
Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.).
Regnier, Burnell, donor
Women authors, American--Arkansas
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Arkansas.


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:

Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966, UALR.MS.0092. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, series number, Bernie Babcock Collection, 1855-1966, UALR.MS.0092.

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