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Foy family collection

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Finding aid for the Foy family collection

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

December 9, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-16T09:43-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Foy family
Title: Foy family collection
Dates: 1900-1916
Quantity: 5.96 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains ledger books and other materials, most of which are related to Foy's Millinery, a milliner shop owned by Mary A. Foy.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.64
Language: English

Arrangement

The ledger books are organized chronologically. The loose papers are organized topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five ledger books and five folders of loose materials. Four of the ledger books hold financial records of Mary A. Foy and her milliner and dress shop. One of the ledgers contains what appears to be household expense records. The loose materials also contain a small amount of personal correspondence and other non-business material.


Biographical Information

The Foys were an Irish Catholic family that lived in Little Rock from at least 1880. The father and mother, Patrick and Ella, were both born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States at different times between 1850 and 1860. The 1880 census shows the family living in Little Rock and consisting of the parents and four children: Lizzie, Mary, Mick (Michael), and Ellen. In 1883, Jennie was born, and in 1886, Edward. By 1893, Mary, then about 20 years old, had begun to work as a milliner, or lady's hat-maker, working for two different millinery shops in town and eventually opening her own shop, Foy's Millinery, at 322 Main Street in Little Rock. The father, Patrick, died in 1898. The family lived first at 1700 State Street, then at 320 W 20th Street. Mary ran the millinery shop while Jenny worked as its bookkeeper. Michael worked at various positions including as a travel agent. The 1940 census shows Jennie, still a bookkeeper but now with a public utility, and her mother still living at 320 W 20th with Michael.


Index Terms

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

Business -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Business -- Records -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Foy family
Foy's Millinery. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Small business -- Arkansas.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Foy family collection, MSS.07.64, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Separated from the Toney family papers


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