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Bonnie and Clyde research collection

Bonnie and Clyde research collection

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Finding aid for the Bonnie and Clyde research collection

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

February 12, 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-12T15:32-0600
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Evans, Jon R.
Title: Bonnie and Clyde research collection
Dates: 1933-2013
Quantity: 3.77 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains newspaper and magazine clippings, books, comic books, magazines, VHS and cassette tapes, and other material related to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and the Barrow gang's crime spree during the early 1930s.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.42
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by format, topically, and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper and magazine clippings, books, comic books, magazines, VHS and cassette tapes, and other material related to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and the Barrow gang's crime spree during the early 1930s.


Historical Information

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910–May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (March 24, 1909–May 23, 1934) were both born into poverty in Texas, Clyde near Telico in Ellis County and Bonnie in Rowena in Runnells County. The two met in January 1930 after Barrow had already committed several robberies in the Dallas area. Barrow was arrested in February 1930, but in March, Parker smuggled him a gun which he used to escape. Barrow was rearrested and sent to Eastham prison farm to serve time where he committed his first murder. Upon Barrow's release from prison in 1932, he and Parker reunited and began robbing grocery stores and other small businesses in the Southern and Midwestern United States.

The Barrow Gang, as it was known, was at various times made up of Clyde's brother, Marvin "Buck" Barrow, Marvin's wife Blanche (Caldwell) Barrow, Raymond Hamilton, Henry Methvin, William Daniel "W. D." Jones, and Ralph S. Fults. The gang was active for two years, from 1932 until 1934, and was responsible for twelve murders, most of whom were law-enforcement officers. Among their victims was Marshal Henry D. Humphrey of Alma, Arkansas, who was shot when he confronted two of the gang's members in 1933 while they were returning to a tourist camp near Fort Smith where the rest of the gang was hiding out. Bonnie and Clyde were killed when they were lured into a trap set by lawmen near Gibsland, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934, with the help of gang member Henry Methvin.

In addition to expository works, articles and documentary films, the Barrow gang's exploits have also been portrayed in multiple works of fiction and movies, including the well-known 1967 film, Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the notorious couple.


Index Terms

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

Alma (Ark.)
Bank robberies -- United States.
Barrow, Clyde, 1909-1934
Criminals -- United States.
Humphrey, Henry D., 1882-1933
Parker, Bonnie, 1910-1934

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bonnie and Clyde research collection, MSS.13.42, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Study Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jon Evans, 2013


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