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W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953

W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953

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W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953 UALR.MS.0042

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-21T16:31-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953
Dates: 1907-1953
Quantity: 2.25 Linear feet; 4.5 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0042


Chronologically (outgoing correspondence) and alphabetically (incoming) within two topical series:Series I: Political Papers. This series contains correspondence concerning appointments to local political positions (especially Sebastian County postmasters). The series also contains general correspondence arising from Dunblazier's chairmanship of the Sebastian County Republican Central Committee and his own attempts to win political appointment (e.g., U.S. District Attorney, 1921, 1925 and 1929; Fort Smith postmaster, 1930; U. S. District Judge, 1932). The series also contains other folders concerning the Republican Party in Sebastian County and Arkansas.Series II: Business/Professional/Personal Papers. This series contains papers related to Dunblazier's professional activities and his involvment in various business ventures. It includes files of official papers from his service as acting county coroner and as assistant district attorney. Also included are files on legal clients and businesses in which Dunblazier was involved. Chief among the business papers are Dunblazier's files on the Tri-State Oil and Gas Association and the Chester Development Association. The series also contains a file of Eunice Dunblazier's papers concerning her business transactions and to the Dunblaziers' Midland Heights property.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, news clippings, and printed materials of William Hartzell Dunblazier, a Fort Smith attorney and active member of the Republican Party, concerning his business and professional career, as well as applicants for local political appointments and other Arkansas political matters.

Please note that because Dunblazier often used the reverse side of incoming correspondence for making carbon copies of his outgoing correspondence, there are letters from various Arkansas companies, politicians, and institutions throughout the outgoing correspondence files.

Biographical Note

William Hartzell Dunblazier was born 1868 February 7 in Fulton County, Illinois. After attending Central Norman College (Lewiston, Illinois), Dunblazier taught school in Fulton County for 10 years. While teaching, he took courses at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) and the University of Michigan.

In 1899, Dunblazier moved to Clarksville, Arkansas. He taught courses at the College of the Ozarks until 1904, when he established a law practice in Fort Smith. In 1907, Dunblazier became acting coroner of Sebastian County; in 1911, he was appointed Sebastian County commissioner of accounts. In 1913, he was appointed U.S. commissioner for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. Dunblazier was active in the Arkansas Republican Party.

He served as chairman of the Sebastian County Central Republican Committee from 1916 to 1926 and ran as the party's nominee for the fourth congressional district seat in 1920. He served as assistant U.S. attorney from 1921 to 1925. Dunblazier was married to Eunice Kate McKinney; the couple had one daughter, Sybil. Dunblazier remained in Fort Smith as late as 1953, but later moved to Spiro, Oklahoma, where he died 1964 November 1.

Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Business enterprises--Arkansas--History--20th century
Cravens, William Fadjo, Jr., 1929-2012, collector
Dunblazier, Eunice Kate McKinney, 1881-1943
Dunblazier, William Hartzell, 1868-1964
Lawyers--Arkansas--History--20th century
Republican Party (Ark.)--History--20th century


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Conditions Governing Use

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953, UALR.MS.0042. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, series number, W. H. Dunblazier Papers, 1907-1953, UALR.MS.0042.

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