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Fay Hempstead collection

Fay Hempstead Collection

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Finding aid for the Fay Hempstead Collection

MSS.99.14

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Hempstead, Fay, 1847-1934
Title: Fay Hempstead Collection
Dates: 1853-1984
Quantity: 20.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains articles, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from Fay Hempstead and other family members. In addition, there are materials pertaining to the Rose, Smith, and Newton families.
Identification: MSS.99.14
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains articles, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia from Fay Hempstead and other family members. In addition, there are materials pertaining to the Rose, Smith, and Newton families.


Biographical Note

Fay Hempstead was born November 24, 1847, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the son of Samuel Hutchinson Hempstead, Postmaster of Little Rock and an attorney, and Elizabeth Beall Hempstead. He married Gertrude Blair O'Neale of Charlottesville, Virginia, on September 13, 1871. They had seven children. In his early youth, Hempstead was educated by private tutors. He attended St. John's College, in Little Rock, from 1859-1861. From 1866-1868 he attended the University of Virginia, obtaining a law degree. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Hempstead returned to Arkansas to practice law. In 1874 he became Registrar in Bankruptcy for Arkansas and held this position until 1881, when he was elected Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas Freemasons, a position he held until his death in 1934. In 1908 he was named Poet Laureate of Freemasonry. This position had been held by only two other men - the Scottish poet Robert Burns (elected in 1787) and Robert Morris of Kentucky (elected in 1884.) Hempstead published four volumes of poetry: Random Arrows (1878); Poems (1898); Laureate Poems (1912); and Laureate Poems, Complete Edition (1922.) His historical works include A History of the State of Arkansas: For the Use of Schools (1889); A Pictorial History of Arkansas: From Earliest Times to the Year 1890 (1890); and A Historical Review of Arkansas: Its Commerce, Industry, and Modern Affairs (1911.) Hempstead was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, choir director, and lay reader. He was also a member of the Arkansas Sons of the American Revolution, in which he served many terms as secretary and registrar. Fay Hempstead died on April 24, 1934 and is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.


Index Terms

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

Freemasonry -- Arkansas.
Freemasons. Arkansas.
Hempstead, Fay, 1847-1934
Little Rock (Ark.)
Newton family
Rose family
Smith family

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fay Hempstead Collection, MSS 99-14, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Peg Smith, 1999


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