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Dorothy Yarnell Barton Papers, 1889-1988

Dorothy Yarnell Barton Papers, 1889-1988

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Dorothy Yarnell Barton Papers, 1889-1988 UALR.MS.0256

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 2015-07-30T17:39-0500
Language: English

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorBarton, Dorothy Yarnell, 1900-1988
Title: Dorothy Yarnell Barton Papers, 1889-1988
Dates: 1889-1988
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet; 3 legal sized document box, 1 half sized legal document box, 4 large photo boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0256

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal journals from Dorothy Yarnell Barton's travels abroad and life in New Orleans, personal correspondence including greeting cards and letters home from her husband George's time living in France, scholarly writings from both George and Dorothy, and memorabilia from France, Ellington Field air base, and other areas. Newspaper clippings feature Dorothy, were written by Dorothy, or were collected by Dorothy and are organized thematically as she collected them. Many of the photographs in the collection are from albums of trips Dorothy and George took throughout their marriage, from their time living in New Orleans, and other family memories. Loose photographs include portraits of George E. Barton, Sr., George E. Barton, Jr., and Dorothy.

This collection is broken into series by creator, with materials from Dorothy and George in separate series. Within each series, items are organized by material. The photographs have a separate series and are organized by original album themes.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Yarnell Barton was born 1900 May 6 in Searcy, Arkansas. For much of her life she was known as Dorothy Atwood Yarnell until her marriage to George E. Barton, Jr., in 1943. The Yarnell family was known for their involvement in education in Arkansas. In the 1850s, they were responsible for the establishment of Searcy's first public school. Dorothy was also first cousin once removed to Ray Yarnell (1896-1974) who began the Yarnell Ice Cream Company in 1933.

Dorothy spent her childhood and young adult life in Searcy and graduated from Galloway Women's College in 1918. She received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1924. In 1927, she helped Little Rock Junior College get its start by becoming their first professor of English, and she would later become the Department of Education Head in the 1930s and early 1940s, resigning in the fall of 1942 to marry George. Throughout their marriage she continued to be an educator, teaching at Tulane University in New Orleans as an adjunct professor throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Dorothy was a prolific writer on secondary English education and travel and her articles were frequently featured in the Arkansas Gazette. Dorothy's published articles include "Little Walking Tours,"and "Teaching Citizenship by living it in Honor Study Halls."

George E. Barton, Jr., was born 1905 March 5 in Millville, New Jersey. He attended Harvard University and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1925. He received a doctoral degree from Ohio State University in 1940. While working on his doctorate, George was involved in the Cooperative Study in General Education out of Chicago from 1939 to 1942. He met Dorothy while working with this program. During World War II, George served as a major in the Air Force. In 1943, he and Dorothy were married. At the time, George was 37 and Dorothy was 42. From 1950 to 1956 he taught at the University of Chicago. George also had a career at Tulane University. Originally he was the director of the University Teaching Program, but moved to the Philosophy department before he retired as Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in 1971. George wrote on the philosophy of education. His published works include "John Dewey: Too Soon a Period Piece?," "On Moral Education," "De Principiis Non Dispatandum Est: The Effect of Varying Types of Philosophical Analysis of Educational Theory," Ordered Pluralism: A Philosophic Plan of Action for Teaching, and "Liberal Education as a Crusade Against Human Bondage." George died in New Orleans in 1976. His final resting place is unknown. Dorothy died in New Orleans in 1988, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, with the Yarnell family, in Searcy.

Arkansas--Women--History--20th century
Barton, Dorothy Yarnell, 1900-1988
Barton, George Estes, 1905-1976
Education, Higher--United States--Philosophy
Education--Arkansas--History--20th century
Little Rock Junior College.
New Orleans (La.)--History--20th century
Travel writing--History--20th century


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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:

Dorothy Yarnell Barton Papers, UALR.MS.0256. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, location of item in the collection (e.g. Item, File, Box, and Series Numbers as applicable).

Processing by:

Danielle Butler, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2015 Spring

Related Material

Materials providing further information on Dorothy Yarnell Barton's role in the beginnings of Little Rock Junior College may be found in the following resource in this repository: The People's College: Little Rock Junior College and Little Rock University, 1927-1969 by James E. Lester, Jr., , LD3071.L9665.L47, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

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