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Metz family papers

Metz family papers

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Finding aid for the Metz family papers

BC.MSS.05.02

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

August 24, 2011



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Metz, Walter B., 1898-1994
Title: Metz family papers
Dates: 1883-1978
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the personal records from two family generations in Desoto, Missouri, and Baring Cross (North Little Rock), Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.02
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-0502

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal records of two family generations. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Walter B. Metz (1898-1994) in Desoto, Missouri, and Baring Cross (North Little Rock), Arkansas. His papers include bibliographic information, personal correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs. Other family members included are his parents Ben Metz and Winnie Metz McDonald, and his brother Lewis H. Metz. Notable topics are life in Desoto, Missouri, and the Little Rock area of Arkansas including the Iron Mountain Railroad and the family's involvement in the military.


Biographical Information

Walter Ben Metz (1898-1994) was a longtime resident of Baring Cross, Arkansas, the area west of Pike Avenue near Levy and south to the Arkansas River. After retiring from the Air Force in 1965 as a civilian procurement inspector, he extensively documented life in the greater Little Rock area and contributed columns to The North Little Rock Times during the 1970s and 1980s.

Metz began life as a railroad machinist, but left soon after to explore South America. In the 1920s, he was hired by Standard Oil and sent to South America to survey sources of petroleum. Metz spent 12 years travelling and working in Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela. He received a commendation from the Venezuelan government for his humanitarian work and was a member of New York City’s International Explorer's Club. His travels to South America and experiences in the military are documented in this collection through correspondence and scrapbooks. This collection also includes items from Ben Metz, father of Walter B. and Lewis H. Metz, who had worked as a machinist with the Missouri Pacific Railway Company from 1879-1883 in from Desoto, Missouri, to the Little Rock, Arkansas, area in 1893 following a job opportunity. Lewis Metz was a machinist with the International Association of Machinist Apprentices as was Walter who kept a position with the union in case of future job needs. Walter's and Lewis' mother Winnie Metz, who later married AB McDonald of Baring Cross in 1904, was one of the first people in the Baring Cross community to own a camera. With her box camera, she took many photos that are included in this collection.


Index Terms

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

DeSoto (Mo.)
McDonald, WInnie Metz
Metz, Ben
Metz, Lewis H.
Metz, Walter B., 1898-1994
North Little Rock (Ark.)
North Little Rock (Ark.) -- History.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Metz family papers, MSS.05.02, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated, 2005


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