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Becky Rogers Witsell Papers, 1966-2009

Becky Rogers Witsell Papers, 1966-2009

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Becky Rogers Witsell Papers, 1966-2009 UALR.MS.0190

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-16T11:38-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Becky Rogers Witsell Papers, 1966-2009
Dates: 1966-2009
Quantity: 7.0 Linear feet; 14 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0190


Alphabetically by project. The archivist, in consultation with the collection's donor, has attempted to organize materials in a way that reflects the creative process involved in each project.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes research, handwritten notations, paint anaylses, reports, photographs, financial records, and other materials concerning Becky Witsell's interior restroration and reconstruction projects in various locations in Arkansas, including the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, Historic Washington State Park (including the Block House, Crouch House, Hempstead County Courthouse, Monroe House, Royston House, and Sanders House), Jacksonport State Park (including the Courthouse of 1872 and the steamboat Mary Woods No. 2), Lafayette Hotel in Little Rock, the Moore-Hornor House in Helena, the Old State House, the Powhatan Historic State Park (including the Courthouse and Male and Female Academy), and the Smyrna Church in Searcy. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles concerning Witsell's career and art exhibits.

Biographical Note

Rebecca Anne Rogers Witsell was born in Little Rock on 1944 August 18. She grew up in Little Rock and attended Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, where she obtained a BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 1966. After graduating, she taught in St. Louis public schools. During that time, she married Charles Witsell, an architect. She eventually moved to Little Rock, where, from 1968-1978, she worked at the Arkansas Arts Center from 1968-1978, while also teaching at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1980, she co-founded Designed Communications, a studio that provided a range of design and fabrication services in architectural graphics, exhibit design, and recreation of historic painted decoration.

Witsell's artwork has been featured in numerous private collections. She has also participated in dozens of restoration projects for historic sites throughout Arkansas. Her awards include the Quapaw Quarter Certificate of Merit, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Award for Outstanding Work by Craftspersons, and others. She has also published in various books and periodicals concerning art restoration.

Artists--Arkansas--History--20th century
Cathedral of St. Andrew.
Helena (Ark.)--History--20th century
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Arkansas
Historic Washington State Park
Jacksonport State Park (Ark).
Old State House (Little Rock, Ark.)--History.
Powhatan Historic State Park
Smyrna Church (Pope County, Ark.).
Witsell, Rebecca Anne Rogers, 1944-
Witsell, Rebecca Anne Rogers, 1944-, donor


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use note

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Becky Rogers Witsell Papers, 1966-2009, UALR.MS.0190. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, Becky Witsell Papers, 1966-2009, UALR.MS.0190.

Processing Information note

Processed by Colin Woodward, Ph.D., 2012-2013.

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