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Robert Sakon collection

Robert Sakon Collection

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Finding aid for the Robert Sakon Collection

MSS.05.03

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



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Sakon, Robert, 1904-1987
Title: Robert Sakon Collection
Dates: 1904-1987
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet
AbstractThis collection contains documents related to the philanthropy of Robert Sakon in Arkansas.
Identification: MSS.05.03
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and aphabetically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents related to the philanthropy of Robert Sakon in Arkansas. During his life he gave most of his fortune to various charities and institutions. Beneficiaries included Boys Town, St. Joseph's Orphanage, Arkansas Children's Colony, Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Arkansas Enterprise for the Blind, and numerous other causes.


Biographical Note

Robert Sakon, the son of a Russian father and Polish mother, Leon and Celia, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1904. The family moved to England, Arkansas, three years later where his father opened a clothing store. Robert Sakon graduated from England High School, then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation, Sakon worked as a traveling salesman for several years before returning to England to help with the family business. After attending the 1932 Olympics, Sakon decided to stay in California and subsequently worked as an assistant director for three years at Paramount Studios. He returned to England, Arkansas, because of illness in his family and remained to work and manage the family business. Nonetheless, Sakon made most of his money from investments in the stock market. During his life he gave most of his fortune to various charities and institutions. Beneficiaries included Boys Town, St. Joseph's Orphanage, Arkansas Children's Colony, Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Arkansas Enterprise for the Blind, and numerous other causes. His reasons were his own, nevertheless he did say "I've got the money and I ain't gonna take it with me." Robert Sakon died in June of 1987.


Index Terms

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

Charities -- Arkansas.
England (Ark.)
Sakon, Robert, 1904-1987

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Sakon Collection, MSS 05-03, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marilyn S. Pearce, February 11, 2005


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