Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
December 19, 2013
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Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Camp Pike and Camp Robinson collection
3.0 Linear feet
This collection contains documents, a photograph album, building plans and memorabilia related to activities at Camp Pike/Camp Robinson during World War I and World War II.
This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents, a photograph album, building plans and memorabilia related to activities at Camp Pike/Camp Robinson during World War I and World War II. The photograph album contains images of Camp Pike, base activities, recreational events, and locations in the Central Arkansas area. A majority of the images portray the base hospital, including pictures of patients, nurses and other hospital personnel, with an emphasis on the work of the reconstruction aides (physical therapists).
Camp Pike, constructed in 1917, was home to the 87th Infantry Division until it shipped to France in August 1918, and continued as a training facility until after the Armistice, when it was designated as a demobilization center. The facility, home to the Arkansas National Guard between the wars, was renamed Camp Robinson in 1937. It was reactivated as an army post in 1940 and expanded in 1942.
The station hospital, which is the subject of many of the photographic images in this collection, included seventy-five buildings on forty-seven acres. The servicemen treated during the World War I demobilization process benefited from the developing field of physical therapy, initially know as reconstruction. Many of the photographs portray "reconstruction aides" working with the recovering soldiers.
The community of Little Rock provided social support to the troops stationed at Camp Pike. Documents in the collection relate to special events planned by community groups for servicemen.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Camp Joseph T. Robinson (Ark.)
Camp Joseph T. Robinson (Ark.) -- History -- 20th century.
Camp Pike (Ark.)
Camp Pike (Ark.) -- History -- 20th century.
Physical Therapy -- History -- United States.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 87th.
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Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Camp Pike and Camp Robinson collection, MSS.97.04, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
This collection is comprised of items collected by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and items donated from various donors.