Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
November 8, 2013
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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Arkansas poor farm collection
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This collection contains research on community indigent care facilities in Arkansas (also known as poor farms or poorhouses) prior to the creation of national social programs.
This collection is arranged topically by county.
Scope and Contents
This collection contians research on community indigent care facilities in Arkansas (also known as poor farms or poorhouses) prior to the creation national social programs. It consists mostly of photocopies of newspaper clippings, excerpts from interviews, and photocopies of articles from historical journals.
The use of the poorhouse or poor farm came to the United States during the nineteenth century modeled after those used in England. They were deemed necessary to provide aid to those who were financially and/or physically unable to take care of themselves. Often, the residents were elderly or mentally ill. Many Arkansas counties established some form of indigent care during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, but the need for local services such as this declined beginning in the 1930s as federal welfare and social programs were established.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- Social conditions.
Benton County (Ark.)
Boone County (Ark.)
Carroll County (Ark.)
Cleburne County (Ark.)
Crawford County (Ark.)
Izard County (Ark.)
Johnson County (Ark.)
Lawrence County (Ark.)
Madison County (Ark.)
Pope County (Ark.)
Poverty -- Arkansas.
Searcy County (Ark.)
Washington County (Ark.)
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Arkansas poor farm collection, MSS.08.30, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute