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Little Rock city playground collection

Little Rock City Playground Collection

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Finding aid for the Little Rock City Playground Collection

MSS.98.14

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Little Rock City Playground Collection
Dates: 1925-2003
Quantity: 3.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains clippings, documents and photographs about programs and events held at playgrounds in Little Rock over a period of more than 40 years.
Identification: MSS.98.14
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains clippings, documents and photographs about programs and events held at playgrounds in Little Rock over a period of more than 40 years. All items were originally contained in the seventeen scrapbooks that make up Series II of the collection.


Biographical Note

The Little Rock Playground Association was formed in the summer of 1920, by Mrs. Ed Cornish, and began supervising playground activities in June 1921. Run independently at first, in 1923, the Association became part of the Community Chest. The Little Rock Playground Association went out of existence in 1930, and was succeeded by the Little Rock Recreation Commission. This reflected the transfer of financial responsibility for running playgrounds from the volunteer nonprofit organization to the city budget, to be covered by taxes. The Little Rock School Board also participated in running the playgrounds, as many of the summer programs were held on school playgrounds. Often teachers served as playground supervisors during the summers. In the 1940s, the parks and playgrounds came under the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Cornish, Mrs. Ed
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Little Rock Playground Association. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Little Rock Recreation Commission. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Playground Association of America.
Playgrounds -- United States -- History.
Public schools -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Recreation agencies -- United States.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Little Rock City Playground Collection, MSS 98-14, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated, 1998


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