This collection is arranged into six series - People, Papers, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Artifacts, Charts/Maps/etc. Within each series, materials are arranged topically, chronologically, or alphbetically depending on what is appropriate. Additionally, the photograph series is divided into four subseries: large prints, small and standard prints, negatives without prints, and novelty photographs. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by family member name.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains genealogical information, letters, diaries, legal documents, study notes, photographs, charts, and maps from Carol Mann Gannaway Eruren and from her family. More than 150 years of Arkansas history are documented within this collection of individual and family records.
Series I - People contains Carol Eruren's records on individual members of her family, as well as letters to and from family members, diaries kept by some family members, and legal documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and wills. These records are arranged alphabetically by name.
Series II - Papers contains Carol Eruren's research notes, including information on how she and her mother and grandmother pursued their interest in genealogy (and how changes in technology changed their methods of research), as well as notes on French immigration from Saint Dominigue (now Haiti) into the United States, the California Gold Rush, the Civil War and later wars, the Lost Year during Little Rock's desegregation crisis of the 1950s, and the architectural career of Charles Louis Thompson. Post cards of pictures taken around the state of Arkansas are also included in this series.
Series III - Photographs contains hundreds of photographs showing family members from the 1860s until the beginning of the twenty-first century. Among the photographs are images from family gatherings at their plantation house on Fourche Island and images from Malcolm Gannaway's time in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.
Series IV - Scrapbooks contains of family scrapbooks, including photographs and newspaper clippings, most of which were created by Carol Eruren's mother Myra Thibault Gannaway and by Carol Eruren's great-aunt May Thompson.
Series V - Artifacts contains artifacts preserved by the family, including a pair of children's boots.
Series VI - Charts, Maps, Posters, Misc. consists of charts, maps, posters, and other large items from the collection.
Carol Mann Gannaway was born in 1941 to Malcolm Gannaway Jr. and Myra Thibault Gannaway. In 1961 she married Guner Eruren, an architect with the Cromwell firm. They have two children, Jon Eruren and Karen Erren. Carol Mann Gannaway Eruren was a caretaker for both her grandmother, Myra Thompson "Gogo" Thibault, and her mother, Myra Thibault Gannaway, in their later years, and she acquired their interest in genealogy as well as the information they had preserved.
Among the prominent members of their family are Lorenzo Gibson - an early Little Rock medical doctor and politician, Charles Louis Thompson - one of Arkansas's most noted architects, Carroll Thibault - a business leader in Little Rock around the middle of the twentieth century, and David Thibault - a noted author from Arkansas. The Thibault family owned land on Fourche Island, east of Little Rock along the Arkansas River. There they operated a plantation, where they also discovered Native American pottery, much of which the family eventually donated to various museums, including the Smithsonian Institute.
The collection includes the diaries of Carroll Thibault, which offer insight into both the business world of Little Rock and the changes in race relations in Arkansas during the twentieth century. It also includes scrapbooks and photographs created by May Thompson and Myra Thompson Thibault, the two eldest daughters of Charles Louis Thompson. Carol Mann Gannaway Eruren passed away in 2013, at which time her family donated her papers to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Agriculture -- Arkansas.
Air pilots, Military.
Architecture -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Architecture -- Arkansas.
Arkansas -- Clubs.
Arkansas -- Genealogy -- Sources.
Arkansas -- History -- 19th century.
Arkansas -- History -- 20th century.
Arkansas -- Social conditions.
Arkansas River -- History.
Authors -- Arkansas.
Business -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Business -- Arkansas.
Deeds -- Arkansas -- Pulaski County.
Eruren, Carol Mann Gannaway, 1941-2013
Ethnic relations -- Arkansas.
French -- Arkansas -- History.
Genealogy -- Arkansas -- Societies, etc.
Hunting -- Arkansas.
Indians of North America -- Arkansas.
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History -- 19th Century.
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History -- 20th century.
Little Rock (Ark.) -- Social life and customs.
Love-letters -- Arkansas.
Mount Holly Cemetery (Little Rock, Ark.)
Pulaski County (Ark.)
Real property -- Arkansas -- Pulaski County.
School integration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- History -- 20th century.
Thompson, Charles L., 1868-1959
Travel and tourism -- Arkansas.
Tuberculosis -- Arkansas -- Pulaski County -- History -- Sources.
Women -- Arkansas -- Little Rock.
Women -- Arkansas -- Societies and clubs.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography.
Restrictions on Access
Non-circulating, in house use only.
Restrictions on Use
Carol Mann Gannaway Eruren papers, MSS.13.29, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Donated by Guner Eruren, Jon Eruren, and Karen Erren, 2013