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Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985

Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985

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Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985 UALR.MS.0139

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
archives@ualr.edu



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-06-03T10:18-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985
Dates: 1917-1985
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet2 oversize boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0139
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newspaper clippings, plaques, certificates, and photographs chiefly concerning the professional and business career of Gus Ottenheimer, a Little Rock attorney, industrialist, and land developer. Also included are materials concerning the Cloverdale subdivision in Little Rock.


Biographical Note

Gus Ottenheimer was born in 1897 in Little Rock to Daniel and Hannah Berger Ottenheimer. In 1918, he graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in law. In 1926, he was hired by his brother Leonard (1892-1984) to help him run his manufacturing business, which made women's clothing on Markham Street in Little Rock. The brothers' business interests expanded, and during World War II, the Ottenheimers, faced with a labor shortage, began employing African American workers in their factories. In 1955, the brothers sold their business to Kellwood, a subsidiary of Sears Roebuck and Company. That same year, the brothers established the Cloverdale housing subdivision in southwest Little Rock.

Gus and Leonard Ottenheimer were longtime supporters of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, formerly known as Little Rock Junior College (1927-1957) and Little Rock University (1957-1969). During the 1950s, Gus Ottenheimer led a committee that helped make UALR a four-year institution, and he later served on UALR's Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors.

Gus Ottenheimer died 1985 March 16 and is buried in Oakland Jewish Cemetery in Little Rock. Gus never married or had children, but before his passing, he set up the Ottenheimer Foundation. Shortly after his death, the foundation's chairman, Charles Eichenbaum, announced the donation of a million dollars to the UALR Development Program for Engineering Technology. In September of that year, the UALR Library was renamed the Ottenheimer Library to honor Gus and Leonard for their support of education and the university.


Business enterprises--Arkansas--History--20th century
Housing--Arkansas--Little Rock
Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation. (donor)
Ottenheimer, Gus, 1897-1985
Ottenheimer, Leonard J., 1892-1984

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.


Administrative Information

Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation: Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985, UALR.MS.0139. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file or item number, box number, Gus Ottenheimer Collection, 1917-1985, UALR.MS.0139.


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