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Philip Pfeifer collection

Philip Pfeifer collection

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Finding aid for the Philip Pfeifer collection

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

November 25, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-02T09:23-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Pfeifer, Philip, 1831-1897
Title: Philip Pfeifer collection
Dates: 1831-1993
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photocopied research materials dealing with Pfeifer's military service, his family and their business interests, as well as the history of the Jewish community in Little Rock.
Identification: BC.MSS.00.02
Language: English

Arrangement

The material in the Philip Pfeifer Collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photocopied research materials dealing with Pfeifer's military service, his family and their business interests, as well as the history of the Jewish community in Little Rock.


Biographical Information

Philip Pfeifer was born May 31, 1831, in Eberbach, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1849 at the age of 17 during a wave of German Jewish migration. First living in New York City, Pfeifer eventually moved to Louisville, Kentucky, sometime in the 1850's and then to Arkansas Post just before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Pfeifer enlisted to fight for the Confederacy in Fort Smith on July 15, 1861. During his service he was involved in the Battle of Pea Ridge, among others. After the war, Pfeifer migrated to Little Rock where he was successful in several business pursuits, most notably as a grocer.

Pfeifer was a prominent member of Little Rock's Jewish community and was elected the first vice-president of the earliest temple organized in the city and later, president. Pfeifer also served as a city alderman, a Little Rock school board member and on the first Board of Health. Philip Pfeifer died on July 27, 1897, and was survived by his wife, Clara, and eight children. A school later built on land donated by the Pfeifer family was named after him.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Business -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Jewish history, life, and culture.
Jewish merchants -- History.
Jews -- Arkansas -- History.
Pfeifer, Philip, 1831-1897

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Philip Pfeifer collection, MSS.00.02, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Wendy Perkins, 2000


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