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Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1956

Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1956

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Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1956 UALR.PH.0060

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 2013-09-16T11:44-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1956
Dates: Bulk, 1911-1956
Dates: ca. 1860-1956
Quantity: 221.0 itemsTwo flat boxes; one OV box
Identification: UALR.PH.0060


The collection is arranged in groups of photographs, which together represent specific aspects of Bernie Babcock's life:Photographs 1-60: Museum of Natural History and Antiquities, including artifacts, special collections, the U. S. Arsenal (Tower) Building, textiles and natural science exhibits.Photographs 61-83: Individual photos of Bernie Babcock at various stages of her life.Photographs 84-100: Babcock with friends and family including individual shots of immediate family (sisters, children, etc.)Photographs 101-125: Friends and associates (including unidentified persons) from various stages of Babcock's life.Photographs 126-140: Arkansas scenes and places including buildings, forms of transportation, streets and aerial view of Little Rock.Photographs 141-150: Scenic vistas of Arkansas including mountains, waterfalls, and woods.Photographs 151-161: Places including scenic vistas, buildings and events.Photographs 162-199: Abraham Lincoln research including rustic and urban structures, statues and people. Also includes postcards, sketches and illustrations.Photographs 200-221: Photos, postcards and sketches including persons, items, structures, and maps of uncategorized subjects.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains photographic prints, postcards, and illustrations documenting Bernie Babcock's personal life and career, including her years of work at the Museum of Natural History and Antiquities (now the Museum of Discovery), her work with the Federal Writer's Program, her research on Abraham Lincoln, and her family and social life.

Biographical Note

Bernie Babcock was born Julia Burnel Smade in 1868 at Unionville, Ohio. Her family moved to Russellville, Arkansas when she was ten. She married at 18 and moved to Little Rock. After her husband's death, she turned to writing to support herself and five children. In 1899, she began writing a weekly literary column in the Arkansas Democrat and later became the telegraph and society editor there. She also contributed historical and religious articles to national magazines, and served as editor of the Arkansas Sketch Book. During her career, she published five books on the life of Abraham Lincoln. During the early 1900s, she was active in the women's suffrage movement and later in the Prohibition movement. In the 1920s, she helped create the Museum of Natural History in Little Rock and served as its director from 1928 to 1953, and during the 1930s served as the Folklore Editor of the Federal Writers' Project in Arkansas. On her retirement from the museum in 1953, she moved to Petit Jean Mountain to write. She died in 1962.

For additional information, see The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture entry on Bernie Babcock (1868-1962).

Babcock, Bernie, 1868-1962
Babcock, Lucille, donor
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.).
Regnier, Burnell, donor


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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:

Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, UALR.PH.0060. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, photo number, Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, UALR.PH.0060.

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