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Charline Person Papers, 1903-1972

Charline Person Papers, 1903-1972

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Charline Person Papers, 1903-1972 UALR.MS.0252

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-06-03T09:55-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorPerson, Charline Woodford Beasley, 1876-1951
Title: Charline Person Papers, 1903-1972
Dates: 1903-1972
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet; 3 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0252

Arrangement note

By type, then chronologically within

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, financial records, and photographs, documenting the life and business affairs of Charline Person.

Correspondence is primarily from Charline Person. Included are letters to her husband, L. K. Person, discussing his travels to St. Louis and her travels to Garland, Arkansas, and Texarkana. Letters mention her attending camp meetings in Marshall, Texas as well as family matters. Some letters to her husband concern the sale of a home in Texarkana.

Also included are letters Charline wrote to her mother and her daughter, concerning family news and farming. She also frequently wrote to Mrs. Dave Patton, Jr., after her husband's death, discussing visits to New York City. She also spent time at a sanitarium in upstate New York State due to health problems.

Correspondence also includes a copy of her daughter Charline's wedding invitation and letters from a congressman and a senator congratulating Person on her inclusion in the St. Louis exhibition. Some correspondence concerns Person's place as the Miller Levee District chair.

Other letters concern C. C. Beasley, who wrote to Lucy Mae Person from naval bases during World War II. The 1948 Flood Fighting Plan created by the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers for the New Orleans District is included as well. Late in Charline Person's life, her doctor wrote to her concerning her illness.

The financial records chiefly contain bank records and sales receipts.

Photographs in the collection are of the Person family and the Person home after its construction in the 1920s. These photographs are mostly undated but were most likely produced between 1900 and 1951.

Biographical Note

Charline Woodford Beasley Person was born 1876 December 2 in Lewisville, Arkansas, to Charles Hunter Beasley and Lucy Lungren Beasley. She married Levin King Person, Jr., in 1893. Together they would have three children before Levin’s sudden death in January of 1911. After Levin’s death, Charline became responsible for running their extensive plantation in Garland, Arkansas.

Charline served not only as the matriarch of the family's vast land holdings, but also ran a ferry across the Red River from Garland, operated a general store, aided in the construction and maintenance of the Garland Community Church, was president of the Garland Levee District, served as secretary for Drainage District No. 2, was a majority stock holder in a cotton gin, and directed the local branch of the Bank of Arkansas. She was also a civic leader, helping families and organizations during the Great Depression while being active in the Red Cross. Person died from an aneurism in 1951 at Texarkana Hospital in Texarkana, Texas.

Person's contribution to Arkansas did not go unnoticed. In 1926, she was featured at the Women's National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. Also, in 1984 Person was featured in the "Women of Arkansas" exhibit at the World's Fair in New Orleans. She was also featured in a larger exhibit of Arkansas women at the Arkansas Sesquicentennial celebration that took place in 1986.

Arkansas--Religious life and customs--History--20th century
Garland (Ark.)-- History-- 20th century
Land use--Arkansas
Person, Charline Woodford Beasley, 1876-1951
Person, Levin King, 1862-1911
Plantation life--Arkansas--History--20th century
Women plantation owners--Arkansas


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Charline Person Papers, 1903-1972, UALR.MS.0252. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, folder number, box number, Charline Person Papers 1903-1972, UALR.MS.0252.

Processing By:

Danielle Butler, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2014 November 18.

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