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Elizabeth Jacoway Little Rock Crisis collection

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

August 28, 2013

Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-27T09:27-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Jacoway, Elizabeth
Title: Elizabeth Jacoway Little Rock Crisis collection
Dates: 1935-2007
Quantity: 39.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents and audio-visual materials accumulated by Elizabeth Jacoway during more than 30 years of research for her 2007 book, Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked the Nation.
Identification: BC.MSS.10.48
Language: English


This collection is arranged generally in the topical order established by the creator.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material accumulated by Elizabeth during more than 30 years of research for Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked the Nation. It is arranged in three series. Series I contains interview transcripts, news clippings, published materials, academic papers and other documents relating to the content of the book. Many documents in this series are housed in other archival collections. Researcers may access these materials, but may not photocopy the documents. Series II contains documents related to the writing and publishing process. Series III contains audio and video tapes of interviews and documentary films.

Biographical Information

Elizabeth Jacoway, the daughter of Little Rock attorney Bronson Cooper Jacoway and Daisy Tribble Jacoway, was an eighth grader at Forest Heights Junior High during the struggle for the integration of Central High School in 1957. Because of her family's position within the city's business and professional elite, she remained largely unaware of the seriousness and impact of the events surrounding the crisis.

Following her graduation from Little Rock's Hall High School in 1962, she attended Randolph Macon College for two years and finished her degree at the University of Arkansas. Jacoway attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where she was influenced by the work of George Tindall, an historian of the modern South. It was under his teaching that she first began to come to terms with what had happened in Little Rock.

Jacoway received her PhD in history in 1974 and taught briefly at the University of Florida. After returning to Arkansas in 1975, she taught for three years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Jacoway now lives with her family in Newport, Arkansas.

As an independent scholar, Jacoway continued her efforts to better understand the essentially racist culture that she had grown up in. She has researched and written extensively on the events and issues surrounding the civil rights movement, focusing on the 1957 Little Rock crisis. This work culminated in the publication in 2007 of Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis that Shocked the Nation.

Index Terms

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

African Americans -- Civil rights -- Arkansas.
African Americans -- Education -- Arkansas.
African Americans -- Segregation -- Arkansas.
Ashmore, Harry S., 1916-1998
Bates, Daisy, 1914-1999
Blossom, Virgil T., 1907-1965
Branton, Wiley Austin, 1923-1988
Brewer, Vivion Lenon, 1901-1991
Brown, Richard C.
Butler, Richard C., Sr., 1910-1999
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.) -- History.
Education -- Arkansas.
Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994
Hays, Brooks, 1898-1981
House, Archie
Integration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Jacoway, Elizabeth
Johnson, James
Lemley, Harry J. (Harry Jacob)
Miscegenation -- America.
School integration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- History -- 20th century.
School integration -- Arkansas.
Stop This Outrageous Purge. (LIttle Rock, Ark.)
Trickey, Minnijean Brown, 1941-
Tucker, Everett
White Citizen's Council. (Ark.)
Williamson, Gaston
Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools. (Little Rock, Ark.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access, except where noted.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Many items in this collection are copies of documents held by other archival institutions. Researchers may access, but not photocopy, these documents. Researchers should contact the institution with the original document to request copies.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Jacoway Little Rock Crisis collection, MSS.10.48, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Elizabeth Jacoway, 2010

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