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Arkansas poor farm collection

Arkansas poor farm collection

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Finding aid for the Arkansas poor farm collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

November 8, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-08T09:32-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Burnett, Abby
Title: Arkansas poor farm collection
Dates: 1837-2008
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract: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.
Identification: BC.MSS.08.30
Language: English

Arrangement

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.


Biographical Information

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.


Index Terms

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

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas poor farm collection, MSS.08.30, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Abby Burnett, 2008


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