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Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014

Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014

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Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014 UALR.MS.0005a

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 2015-09-02T15:17-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014
Dates: Bulk, 1930-1950
Dates: 1919-2014
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet; 4 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, and 2 flat boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0005a


This collection contains correspondence, arranged chronologically; organizations, arranged alphabetically; photographs, arranged alphabetically; and Arkansas ephemera and miscellaneous materials.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the personal and political papers of Carl E. Bailey, thirty-first governor of Arkansas (1937-1941), including correspondence, business records, personal financial papers, legal documents, photographs, and speeches. In addition to Carl E. Bailey's materials, this collection contains selected family members' correspondence, biographical materials, business records, medical records, and photographs.

This collection was donated by R. Robert Bailey and his nieces, Mary Lamb and Kathleen O'Connor, during the years 2013-2014.

Biographical Note

Carl Edward Bailey was born in Bernie, Missouri, on 1894 October 8 to Edward Bailey, a logger and hardware salesman, and Margaret Elmyra McCorkle. In 1891, the family moved to Campbell, Missouri, where Bailey attended Campbell High School and played baseball and ran track, while also serving on the debate team. Bailey graduated from high school in 1912 and enrolled at the University of Missouri; however, he did not graduate due to a lack of personal funds.

In 1915, Bailey married Margaret Bristol of Campbell. After their wedding, Bailey attended Chillicothe Business College in Missouri and studied bookkeeping and accounting. Shortly after Carl completed his business studies, the Baileys moved to Augusta in Woodruff County, Arkansas, where he worked as a cashier for the Augusta Cooperage Lumber Company and the White River Hardwood Company. While in Augusta, Bailey studied law and passed the bar examination in 1923. Soon after, the Baileys moved to Little Rock, where Carl began the practice of law. By 1930, the Bailey family had grown to six children, and Carl’s political ambitions had grown as well.

From 1927 to 1941, Bailey held the offices of deputy prosecuting attorney, prosecuting attorney, attorney general, and governor. Bailey held offices during the height of the Great Depression, and his political agenda addressed major concerns such as agriculture, bank litigation, civil service reform, education, and the re-financing of Arkansas’s highway debt.

After Bailey lost to Homer Adkins in the gubernatorial race of 1941, he concentrated on his legal practice and business ventures, in particular Bloomfield Plantation, the Carl Bailey Company, Inc., and the Central Tractor and Implement Company, while maintaining his interest and influence in politics. Bailey supported James William Fulbright in his bid for the U.S. Senate in 1944 and backed Sid McMath for governor in 1948. Also in 1948, Bailey campaigned for Harry S. Truman’s presidential reelection. Unfortunately, Bailey did not live to see the results of his campaign efforts on Truman’s behalf and died 1948 October 23.

Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Bailey, Carl E., (Carl Edward), 1894-1948
Business enterprises--Arkansas--History--20th century
Lawyers--Arkansas--History--20th century
Luciano, Lucky, 1897-1962


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


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:

Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, folder number, and box number. Carl E. Bailey Personal and Political Papers, 1919-2014, UALR.MS.0005a.

Processing by:

Kaye M. Lundgren, Archival Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2014 September.

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