This collection is arranged into two main series. The first series focuses on the Couch Family and is divided into four subseries (Harvey C. Couch, Jessie Johnson Couch, their Household, and General Couch Family). The second series pertains to the Remmel Family and is also divided into four subseries (Pratt C. Remmel, Catherine Couch Remmel, their Household, and General Remmel Family). Within each series, materials are arranged topically and chronologically, where appropriate.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents and correspondence from the collections of the prominent Couch and Remmel Families, long-time residents of Arkansas.
The collection contains information on multiple Couch family members, but focuses on documents pertaining to Harvey C. Couch and his immediate family, including his wife Jessie Johnson Couch. Harvey Couch was an entrepreneur, who owned several railroad lines, a telephone company, and three electrical power companies (in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi). One of the power companies, Arkansas Power and Light, was Arkansas's largest utility company and eventually developed into Entergy. The Couch and Remmel families were connected when Catherine Couch (daughter of Harvey and Jessie Couch) married Pratt C. Remmel of the long-time Republican Remmel family. In 1951, Pratt Remmel became the first Republican Mayor elected in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 74 years. He unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Arkansas in 1954, and remained Mayor until 1955. A large amount of the documents deals with Remmel's time in office as well as his activities with the Arkansas Republican Party, particularly the Pulaski County Republican Committee.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas Power and Light Company.
Community leadership -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Couch, Harvey Crowley, 1877-1941
Couch, Jessie Johnson, 1879-1960
Governors -- Arkansas -- Election.
Hot Springs (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Public utilities -- Arkansas.
Remmel, Catherine Couch, 1918-2006
Remmel, Pratt C., 1915-1991
Republican Committee of Pulaski County. (Pulaski County, Ark.)
Republican Party. Arkansas.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Couch-Remmel family papers, MSS.06.16, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Donated by Cathie Remmel Matthews, Pratt C. Remmel Jr., and Rebecca C. Remmel, August 12, 2006