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Arkansas diamond mining research collection

Arkansas diamond mining research collection

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Finding aid for the Arkansas diamond mining research collection

BC.MSS.08.15

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

July 31, 2014



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Banks, Dean
Title: Arkansas diamond mining research collection
Dates: 1889-2007
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of essays, articles, reports, and news articles about amateur and professional mining of diamonds in Pike County, Ark. (Since 1972 the area containing diamonds has been Crater of Diamonds State Park.)
Identification: BC.MSS.08.15
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-0815

Arrangement

The arrangement is topical and, where possible, chronological.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of essays, articles, reports, and news articles about amateur and professional mining of diamonds in Pike County, Ark. (Since 1972 the area containing diamonds has been Crater of Diamonds State Park.) Most of the material is photocopied from primary and secondary sources. There are also twenty-four photographs in the collection.


Historical Information

In 1906, farmer John Wesley Huddleston discovered two diamonds on his land near Murfreesboro, Pike County, Arkansas. This discovery began a long chain of land purchases, investments, professional and amateur mining, and the development of tourism in the area. In 1972, the state of Arkansas acquired the land and created Crater of Diamonds State Park. Although investigation continued into the possibility of professional mining for diamonds, state authorities finally decided to permit only individual prospecting in the park. Crater of Diamonds State Park is noted as the only place in the world where visitors may hunt for diamonds and keep whatever they find. In 2005, historian Dean Banks offered to write an entry about diamond mining for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. After he had completed his entry (and a second entry on Huddleston), Banks donated his research notes--including more comprehensive works he had written on the subject--to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.


Index Terms

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

Business -- Arkansas.
Crater of Diamonds State Park. (Pike County, Ark.)
Environment -- Arkansas.
Mines and mineral resources -- Arkansas.
Mining engineering -- Arkansas.
Pike County (Ark.)
Travel and tourism -- Arkansas.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas diamond mining research collection, MSS.08.15, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dean Banks


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