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Bobbie Forster collection

Bobbie Forster Collection

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Finding aid for the Bobbie Forster Collection

MSS.99.26

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Forster, Roberta Bobbie, 1913-1999
Title: Bobbie Forster Collection
Dates: 1913-1999
Quantity: 5.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the personal records and correspondence of a writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat who was honored for her coverage of the Little Rock school desegregation crisis.
Identification: MSS.99.26
Language: English

Arrangement

This collections is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal records and correspondence of a writer and editor for the Arkansas Democrat who was honored for her coverage of the Little Rock school desegregation crisis.


Biographical Note

Roberta ("Bobbie") Forster was born in Little Rock on March 3, 1913, to Robert I. Forster and Emma Screeton Forster. Robert Forster was a salesman for the Voss-Hutton-Barbee Wholesale Auto Parts Company. Emma Forster was a newspaper feature writer and author of short stories and novels. Bobbie Forster attended Mount St. Mary's High School and Central High School, Little Rock University, Radcliffe College, and Hendrix College in Conway, where she graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, she worked as a radio broadcaster for Radio Stations KXLR and KLRA in Little Rock. She joined the staff of the Arkansas Democrat in 1956. She received the National Press Woman of Achievement award for her coverage of the 1957 Little Rock school desegregation crisis, in 1969. She covered legislative news, as well as other news stories, and was the Democrat's business editor at the time of her retirement in the late 1970's. Forster was active in numerous civic and cultural organizations. She also received many awards throughout her career, including being listed in the first edition of Who's Who in American Women. She was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Cathedral.

Bobbie Forster died December 21, 1999.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas Democrat. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Forster, Roberta Bobbie, 1913-1999
Newspaper editors -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
School integration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- History -- 20th century.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bobbie Forster Collection, MSS 99-26, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bobbie Forster and Dana Cullum, 1998


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