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Grif Stockley papers

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Finding aid for the Grif Stockley papers

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

August 20, 2008



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-21T09:47-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Stockley, Griffin Jasper, 1944-
Title: Grif Stockley papers
Dates: 1919-2004
Quantity: 7.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains primary documents and research notes from Stockley's books on the Elaine Race Massacres (a.k.a. the Elaine Race Riot) and Daisy Bates, in addition to various drafts of both manuscripts.
Identification: BC.MSS.01.01
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two main series. The first series deals with the Elaine Massacre of 1919, a bloody racial conflict in the Arkansas Delta, and is divided into two additional subseries, Biographical and General Research. The second series pertains to Daisy Bates, a long-time civil rights activist in Arkansas who was involved with the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School in the late 1950s. Within each series, materials are arranged topically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primary documents and research notes from Stockley's books on the Elaine Race Massacres (a.k.a. the Elaine Race Riot) and Daisy Bates, in addition to various drafts of both manuscripts.


Biographical Information

Griffin Jasper Stockley Jr. is an author, historian, and attorney known for his lifelong commitment to the cause of civil rights. Although Stockley has been honored over the years for his legal achievements, his books have garnered him the widest recognition. His five Gideon Page novels became popular in the 1990s. Noteworthy in their own right, his legal mysteries are also an outward expression of Stockley's own personal and political beliefs. In 2001, he published a finely researched historical account of the Elaine Massacre, titled Blood in Their Eyes: The Elaine Race Massacres of 1919. Continuing with the civil rights theme, Stockley published, in 2005, Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas. This collection contains primary documents and research notes from Stockley's books on the Elaine Race Massacres (a.k.a. the Elaine Race Riot) and Daisy Bates, in addition to various drafts of both manuscripts. The collection contains information on topics such as the Desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Arkansas, Race Relations, and Discrimination in the Arkansas Court System. Much of the research material is photocopies of documents available at various archives in Arkansas and across the United States. As many of these documents are labeled with the name of their original archive, please note the original source of any material you might use.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Elaine Race Riot, Elaine, Ark., 1919.
Massacres -- Arkansas -- Phillips County -- History -- 20th century.
Riots -- Arkansas -- Phillips County -- History -- 20th century.
Sharecroppers -- Arkansas -- Phillips County -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Stockley, Griffin Jasper, 1944-
United States. Army -- Civic action -- History -- 20th century.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grif Stockley collection, MSS.01.01, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Grif Stockley; January 16, 2001 and June 3, 2005.


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