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Finding aid for the Fred K. Darragh Jr. papers

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5711

October 19, 2007

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-02T13:10-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Darragh, Fred Kramer, Jr.
Title: Fred Darragh papers
Dates: 1896-2003
Quantity: 66.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection includes items that reflect Fred K. Darragh Jr.'s broad experience in business and public service, his wide range of personal interests, and his dedication to civil and human rights. They include materials about local, state, national and international events, organizations, and activities.
Identification: BC.MSS.03.14
Language: English


The collection is divided into nine series, which are further divided into subseries. Subseries are numbered within each series, and boxes numbered within each subseries. Files are in topical and chronological order.The following outline gives the basic structure of the collection:Series I: Personal -- Subseries I: Biography; Subseries II: Appointment Diaries; Subseries III: Education; Subseries IV: Family and Friends; Subseries V: Health and Accessibility; Subseries VI: Honors and Awards; Subseries VII: Investments; Subseries VIII: Personal Business; Subseries IX: Personal Interests and Continuing Education; Subseries X: Philanthropy; Subseries XI: Public Service; Subseries XII: TravelSeries II: Correspondence -- Subseries I: General; Subseries II: PoliticalSeries III: Family -- Subseries I: Old Darragh Family Records and Family History; Subseries II: Darragh Investment CompanySeries IV: Business -- Subseries I: Darragh Company; Subseries II: Business and Professional OrganizationsSeries V: Organizations -- Subseries I: Citizen Action Organizations; Subseries II: International Relations and International Education; Subseries III: Health and Humanitarian Service (i.e. AIDS, etc.); Subseries IV: Historical and Preservation Organizations; Subseries V: Libraries, Museums, and Educational Organizations; Subseries VI: Military and Veterans Organizations; Subseries VII: Religious; Subseries VIII: Other OrganizationsSeries VI: Issues and Movements: Active Support, Financial Support, and Informational -- Subseries I: Civil Rights and Human Rights; Subseries II: Death Penalty and Prison Reform; Subseries III: Conservation, Preservation and Environmental Issues; Subseries IV: Peace and Anti-War; Subseries V: Political Action and Issues; Subseries VI: Public Health Campaigns; Subseries VII: Public Policy; Subseries VIII: Other Causes and IssuesSeries VII: Special Events and Celebrations -- Subseries I: United States Bicentennial; Subseries II: Louisiana Purchase CelebrationSeries VIII: Photographs and Slides -- Subseries I: Photographs; Subseries II: SlidesSeries IX: Oversize

Scope and Contents

This collection includes items that reflect Fred K. Darragh Jr.'s broad experience in business and public service, his wide range of personal interests, and his dedication to civil and human rights. They include materials about local, state, national and international events, organizations, and activities.

Biographical Information

Fred Kramer Darragh Jr. born to Frederick Kramer Darragh Sr. and Valeria Skillern Darragh, was a lifelong resident of Little Rock. He attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. When he returned home, he entered the Civilian Pilot Training program. He served as a pilot in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying "The Hump" between India and China.

Darragh continued his interest in flying following the war, piloting his own plane for most of his life. He flew his Cessna 310B around the world in 1962. He also traveled widely, especially as a member of Lars Erik Lindblad's Intrepids Club. In addition, he worked to promote international friendship and understanding, both in Arkansas and nationally.

Darragh contributed to public libraries as delegate to the 1979 White House Conference on Libraries. He served as a member of the board of the Central Arkansas Library System and also as president of the board. In honor of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial celebration, through the Darragh Foundation he made grants to libraries throughout the state for the purchase of books on Arkansas history.

Ever one to express his opinion, Darragh's collection includes extensive correspondence files. The collection also contains extensive materials relating to his activity in citizen action groups that addressed zoning and city planning issues, such as the extension of Rebsamen Park Road, the profusion of Christmas lights by the Osborne family, and zoning along Cantrell Road and Highway 10.

A substantial portion of the collection contains materials from Darragh's service on the Arkansas State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and on the National Citizens Committee for Community Relations.

Darragh promoted international education and friendship through involvement in organizations and activities in local, national and international settings.

Index Terms

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

Civic leaders -- Arkansas.
Civil rights movements.
Darragh, Fred Kramer, Jr.
Episcopal Church.
Libraries -- Arkansas.
Little Rock (Ark.)
National Citizens Committee for Community Relations.
United States Commission on Civil Rights. Arkansas State Advisory Committee.
Urban League of Arkansas, Inc.


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fred Darragh papers, MSS.03.14, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ted Darragh, 2003

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