Skip to main content



Tony Alamo materials

Tony Alamo Materials

Save page 1 of 2
Open Finding Aid

Finding Aid for the Tony Alamo Materials

MSS.97.42

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Alamo, Tony
Title: Tony Alamo Materials
Dates: 1992-
Quantity: 0.17 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection includes biographical materials and pamphlets related to Tony Alamo's presence in Arkansas.
Identification: MSS.97.42
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical materials and pamphlets related to Tony Alamo's presence in Arkansas.


Biographical Note

Tony Alamo (born Bernie Lazar Hoffman to Romanian-Jewish parents in Missouri) established the Christian Foundation with his wife Susan (born Edith Opal Horn in Dyer, Arkansas; died April 8, 1982) in 1969 in Hollywood. Both Tony and Susan had moved to California in the early 1960s with hopes of entertainment careers, though neither succeeded. After experiencing a close encounter with God, Tony sought out Susan as a Bible teacher. Susan (married at the time) had converted to evangelical Christianity and was informally preaching and teaching to anyone who would listen. After their marriage, the two bought a house and a brightly painted bus, both used to spread their message that Jesus Christ would soon return to Earth. In the early 1970s, the Foundation came under suspicion from the Cult Awareness Network - a group formed to oppose the growing "Jesus Movement". Soon thereafter, Susan was diagnosed with cancer. The group's headquarters were moved to Dyer, Crawford County, Arkansas, where it became somewhat financially successful, relying heavily on the sale of Tony's fancifully-adorned denim jackets. Susan Alamo died in 1982 and was interred in a mausoleum. Later, in 1991, the body was stolen, but it later appeared in 1998. Tony Alamo has been in trouble with the law off and on, most notably for threatening to kidnap a U. S. Federal judge and tax evasion, having served several years in jail.


Index Terms

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

Alamo Christian Foundation.
Alamo family
Alamo, Susan
Alamo, Tony
Crawford County (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tony Alamo Materials, MSS 97-42, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tim Nutt, 1997


you wish to report:


...
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK