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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Altheimer, 1997
0.75 Linear feet; 1 document box; 1 half document box
Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and audiocassette tapes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 1997 project, "The Fairest Eden Nature has Produced; Altheimer, Arkanasas: The Life of a Delta Town," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of Altheimer, Arkansas, and interviews with residents.
Project staff: Judith Carter, Jo Ellen Maack, Laura A. Miller, Kim Solomon-Gavach.
Named after Louis Altheimer, a Jewish immigrant from southern Germany, Altheimer, Arkansas is a small agricultural town in the Arkansas Delta, located in Jefferson County between the towns of Pine Bluff and Stuttgart. Early growth in the agricultural town of Altheimer was due to the state's railroad industry and the efforts of Louis Altheimer and other citizens from nearby agriculture-based towns. Delayed because of the Civil War, the railroad industry resumed production following the war and created economic opportunities and growth in Altheimer, which had grown to approximately 250 people by the arrival of the 20th century.
Louis Altheimer and his brother Joseph contributed financial support for railroad lines to be laid through Pine Bluff in 1886. These short line tracks would eventually become a part of the Cotton Belt Railroad. A railroad station incorporated in 1919 was named after the brothers, who by that time had acquired tracts of land in Jefferson County used for cotton growth and production.
After World War II, the use of agricultural machinery and new crop choices in Altheimer resulted in a much needed growth in production but also lessened the need for laborers. The demographics of Althemier changed in the decades to follow, with much of the white population declining. Some left the small town after the process of school integration began.
As businesses closed, employment opportunities decreased, and farms consolidated, forcing others to seek work elsewhere. Today Altheimer is made up of a small, predominately African American community. The Elms, a plantation style mansion built in 1886 and home to the first resident of Altheimer, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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 direct readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized topics 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.
Altheimer (Ark.)--History--19th century
Altheimer (Ark.)--History--20th century
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Semiar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Altheimer, Arkansas, 1997, UALR.MS.0230. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, file number, box number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Altheimer, Arkansas, 1997, UALR.MS.0230.
Anne Frymark, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013. Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, M.A. in Public History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.