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Toney family papers

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Finding aid for the Toney family papers

BC.MSS.97.11

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 28, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992
Title: Toney family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1970-1990
Dates: 1861-1995
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence; rare books, documents, and artifact catalogs and lists; historical society organizational records; and miscellaneous items collected by George and Betty Toney of Little Rock (Pulaski County), Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.97.11
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence; rare historical books, documents, and artifact catalogs and lists; organizational records for the Pulaski County Historical Society; family photographs; and miscellandous items collected by George and Betty Toney. Most material is related to George Toney's collection of historical Arkansas material. Dates on documents in the collection range from 1861 (one original document) to 1992. The bulk of the collection, except photographs, is dated from ca. 1970-1990. Most photographs appear to be from ca. 1941-1945.


Biographical Information

George Ashby Toney was born in Piedmont, Missouri, on March 15, 1916 to Dr. Lee Egbert and Jennie Holmes Toney. After Toney graduated from West Plains (Missouri) High School, the family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where his father was employed by the Veterans Administration. Toney later graduated from Little Rock Junior College (the University of Arkansas at Little Rock), and studied accounting at Draughon's Business School. During World War II he served in the United States Navy as a Seabee. After the war Toney worked in the collections department for the Federal Reserve Bank and then as the secretary-treasurer for Russell Chevrolet. He retired in 1984.

George Toney was an avid collector of Pulaski County and Arkansas books, documents, photographs, and other artifacts. His collection was considered one of the best private collections in the state, and he generously shared items from the collection with researchers, archives, and museums. He was a member of the Pulaski County Historical Society and served as its treasurer for fifteen years, from 1971 to 1985. He was also a member of the Arkansas Glass Club and attended Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. George Ashby Toney Sr. died on March 9, 1992, and is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Geroge Toney married Betty Engstrom on November 9, 1940. Betty Engstrom Toney was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 24, 1920, to Harold and Fanny Gibson Engstrom. She was an employee of the Arkansas Employment Security Division. She was a member of the Pulaski County Historical Society and the Butler Sunday School Class of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Betty Toney died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 4, 2000. She is buried at Mount Holly Cemetery.

The couple had one son, George Ashby Toney Jr., who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1947.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Sources
Pulaski County (Ark.)
Pulaski County (Ark.) -- Genealogy
Pulaski County Historical Society. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Toney, Betty, 1920-2000
Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Toney family papers, MSS.97.11, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George and Betty Toney, prior to the establishment of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies


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