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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Mount St. Mary's Academy, 2000
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains a project report, interview transcriptions, and audiocassettes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2000 project, "Mount St. Mary's Academy: Fitting Young Women for Earth Without Unfitting Them for Heaven," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of Mount St. Mary's Academy and interviews with nuns, students, volunteers, and bishops.
Project staff: Jessica Fulbright, Kimberly Hunter, Grainger Ledbetter, and Anthony Rushing.
Mount St. Mary's Academy was founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Mercy, who were sent to Arkansas from Ireland at the request of Bishop Andrew Byrne. The sisters ran the school, which was located in downtown Little Rock on Seventh and Louisiana Streets and included a boarding school. They admitted Catholic and non-Catholic students, from grade school to high school. In 1908, the school relocated to its present location in Hillcrest. Along with its location change, the school was offically named Mount St. Mary's Academy and became a female-only school.
In 1931, Mount St. Mary was one of the first schools in Arkansas to become accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Starting in 1968, the elementary school was gradually phased out, and in 1970, the boarding school closed. In 1983, the original building was demolished because of rapid deterioration and costly repairs. In 1998, the school began the Mercy Scholars Program, which requires students to have earned high scores on their Mount St. Mary Academy entrance test. This program has continued to demonstrate Mount St. Mary's Academy's commitment to higher education and places quailified students in honors level courses in preparation for college. Mount St. Mary's Academy continues to operate today.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public 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.
Catholic schools--Arkansas--Little Rock
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--19th century
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
Mount Saint Mary Academy (Little Rock, Ark.).
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Mount St. Mary's Academy, 2000, UALR.MS.0008. 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) on the Mount St. Mary's Academy, 2000, UALR.MS.0008.
Allison Hiblong, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012. Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.