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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Boyle Realty Company, 2001
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains a project report, interview transcriptions, audiocassettes, and floppy discs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History 2001 project, "Boyle Realty Company: An Institutional History," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Boyle Realty Company and interviews with members of the Boyle family.
Project staff: Kathleen Pate and Janis K. Percefull.
The Boyle Realty Company is a family owned and operated business in Little Rock, Arkansas. John F. Boyle, Jr., (1874-1938) founded the company in 1916.
The Boyle family were involved in numerous real estate and insurance enterprises in Little Rock, including Adams and Boyle Insurance Company (1877-1921), the Hawthorne Land Company (1907-present), Adams and Boyle Realty Company (ca. 1910-1924), Boyle Realty Company (1916-present), Boyle-Farrell Land Company (1919-1929), and Quapaw Investment Company (ca. 1926-1936).
John F. Boyle, Sr., (1845-1913) launched his family's involvement in finance and real estate with a career in insurance. Having served in the Civil War for the Confederacy, Boyle returned to Little Rock and used his connections and veteran status to sell insurance. He partnered with John D. Adams, a fellow veteran, Adams' son, Samuel, and others to form the People's Insurance Company in 1872. In 1877, Boyle and Samuel started their own company: Adams and Boyle Insurance Company. The insurance business proved lucrative for Boyle, who then invested his money in other companies, including the Arkansas Fire Insurance Company and the Union Guaranty and Trust Company.
Boyle's son, John Boyle, Jr., (1874-1938) worked closely with his father. In 1910, Boyle, Jr., attempted to start his first company, the Boyle Realty Company, which failed a year later. When he tried again five years later in 1916, partnering with J. E. Coates and Eugene E. Rains, the company became a success. On December 6, 1916, the Boyle Realty Company established its headquarters in what is now called the Boyle Building after the original owners, the State National Bank, filed for bankruptcy and sold the building.
In 1922, Boyle, Jr., married Nancy Snow Yowell Ledbetter (1880-1949). Nancy, a widow, had two sons from a previous marriage, Calvin R. Ledbetter, Jr., (1905-1995) and Joel Y. Ledbetter (1911-1990). Nancy, Calvin, and Joel all became heavily involved in the management of the Boyle Realty Company. Calvin's son, Calvin R. Ledbetter, Jr., (1929-), and Joel's son, Joel Y. Ledbetter, Jr., continue to be involved in the business.
In 1999, the Boyle Realty Company moved out of the Boyle Building. The business relocated west and is now at 6705 West 12th Street, where it continues to operate.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Pubic History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through directed readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Boyle Building (Little Rock, Ark.)
Boyle Realty Company (Little Rock, Ark.).
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--19th century
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Boyle Realty Company, 2001, UALR.MS.0035. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Boyle Realty Company, 2001, UALR.MS.0035.
Allison Hiblong, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012.