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J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985

J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985

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J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985 UALR.MS.0241


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 2015-12-18T16:18-0600
Language: English

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorHeiskell, John Netherland, 1872-1972
Title: J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985
Dates: 1738-1985
Quantity: 11.5 linear feet; 21 boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0241

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains various historical documents, including letters, diaries, memoirs, financial records, and government papers, concerning nineteenth and twentieth century Arkansas. The collection spans the period before statehood through the 1970s. These items were collected by J. N. Heiskell, the publisher of the Arkansas Gazette from 1902-1972.

Among the items are materials concerning slavery and the Civil War (including letters from Union and Confederate soldiers), correspondence of nineteenth century governors (including letters written during the Brooks-Baxter War of the 1870s), and other items concerning political, economic, legal, and social matters in Arkansas. Most of the documents in this collection are original, though it contains many copied and transcribed items.

Also included are photographs and portraits of major political figures from Arkansas, including Orval Faubus, J. William Fulbright, David Pryor, and Wilbur Mills.

There is no Box 14.

Biographical Note

John Netherland "Ned" Heiskell was born in Rogersville, Tennessee, on 1872 November 2. The Heiskells were a prominent East Tennessee family, who later moved to Memphis before moving to Arkansas. With the help of his brother and father, Heiskell purchased the Arkansas Gazette in 1902 and oversaw publication for seventy years. His brother Fred also worked at the paper for decades. In 1913, Heiskell served briefly as U.S. Senator from Arkansas following the death of Jeff Davis. He served only 23 days, from January 6-29.

While the Gazette was J. N. Heiskell's major concern, he was also active in establishing and maintaining the Little Rock Public Library and served on many boards and commissions, including the Civil Service Commission and the State and Pulaski County Planning Boards. In addition to the two Pulitzer Prizes awarded to the Arkansas Gazette and Harry Ashmore in 1958, J. N. Heiskell personally received many honors and awards for his work during the Little Rock school crisis in 1957. These included awards from Colby College, Syracuse University, Columbia University, University of Missouri, and the John Peter Zenger Award from Arizona.

In 1910, Heiskell married Wilhelmina Mann (1889-1979), the daughter of the architect George Richard Mann (1856-1939). With Wilhelmina, he had children: Elizabeth (1912-1974), Louise Caroline (1921-1990), John, Jr. (b. 1914), and Carrick (1917-1943). Heiskell's son Carrick died in action during World War II. His daughter Louise married Hugh B. Patterson, who was the business manager of the Arkansas Gazette for many years. Heiskell's daughter Elizabeth married the screenwriter George Whitfield Cook. John, Jr., died before reaching adulthood.

In addition to his work as an editor, Heiskell was an avid collector of rare manuscripts, books, photographs, and other materials concerning Arkansas. The Center for Arkansas History and Culture houses many collections that were donated to UALR through the Arkansas Gazette Foundation, including the J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection.

Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
African Americans--Arkansas--History--19th century
African Americans--Arkansas--History--20th century
African Americans--Political activity--Arkansas--History--20th century
Architecture--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century
Arkadelphia (Ark.)--History--19th century
Arkansas Democrat gazette.
Arkansas Post Region (Ark.)
Arkansas. Auditor of State.
Arkansas. Constitutional Convention (1874).
Arkansas. Constitutional Convention (1917-1918).
Arkansas. State Board of Health.
Arkansas. Supreme Court
Arkansas--Capital and capitol
Arkansas--Description and travel--19th century
Arkansas--Economic conditions--19th century
Arkansas--Economic conditions--History--20th century
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
Arkansas--Politics and government--1865-1900
Arkansas--Politics and government--1951-
Arkansas--Prisons--20th century
Arkansas--Prisons--History--19th century
Arkansas--Religious life--History--19th century
Ashley, Chester, 1791-1848
Batesville (Ark.)--History--19th century
Bentonville (Ark.)--History
Berry family
Berry, James H. (James Henderson), 1841-1913
Blind--Institutional care--Arkansas
Boles, Thomas, 1837-1905
Bowie knife
Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876
Brooks, Joseph, 1821-1877
Brough, Charles Hillman, 1876-1935
Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850
California--Description and travel--19th century
Camden (Ark.)--History--19th century
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.)
China--Description and travel--20th century
Clarke, James P. (James Paul), 1854-1916
Clarksville (Ark.)--History
Clayton, Powell, 1833-1914
Clover Bend (Ark.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Tennessee Infantry Regiment, 19th.
Conway County (Ark.)
Conway, Elias N. (Elias Nelson), 1812-1892
Conway, James Sevier, 1798-1855
Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862
Cotton production--Arkansas--History--19th century
Cravens, Jordan Edgar, 1830-1914
Crawford County (Ark.)--History
Dallas County (Ark.)--History
Davidsonville (Ark.)--History
Davis, Jeff, 1862-1913
Democratic Party (Ark.)--History--19th century
Democratic Party (Ark.)--History--20th century
Desha County (Ark.)--History
Diamond mines and mining--United States
Drew, Thomas S. (Thomas Stevenson), 1802-1879
Eagle, James Philip, 1837-1904
El Paso (Tex.)--History--20th century
Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994
Fayetteville (Ark.)--History--19th century
Fishback, William M. (William Meade), 1831-1903
Fordyce, Samuel Wesley, 1840-1919
Fort Gibson (Okla.)--History
Fort Smith (Ark.)--History--19th century
Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995
Futrell, J. Marion (Junius Marion), 1870-1955
Gerstäcker, Friedrich, 1816-1872
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
Hays, George W., 1863-1927
Heber Springs (Ark.)
Heiskell, Fred, 1875-1931
Helena (Ark.)--History--19th century
Helena (Ark.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Hill, D. H. (Daniel Harvey), 1821-1889
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Hot Springs (Ark.)--History--19th century
Hot Springs (Ark.)--History--20th century
Hull, Clifton E.
Indians of North America--Arkansas--History--19th century
Irving, Washington, 1783-1859
Izard County (Ark.)
Izard County (Ark.)--History--19th century
Izard, George, 1777-1828
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Johnson County (Ark.)
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
Johnson, Robert Ward, 1814-1879
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Arkansas
Land use--Arkansas
Levee district--Arkansas
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--19th century
Lovely County (Ark.)--History--Sources
Mann, George R., 1856-1939
McCarthy, Harry, 1834-1888
McClure, John, 1834-1915
McMath, Sid, 1912-2003
Memphis (Tenn.)--History--19th century
Mexican War--1846-1848--Campaigns and battles
Mills, Wilbur D. (Wilbur Daigh), 1909-1992
Mississippi County (Ark.)--History
Mound Prairie (Ark.)--History
Mount Holly Cemetery (Little Rock, Ark.)
Murfreesboro (Ark.)--History
Murphy, Isaac, 1799-1882
Napoleon (Ark.)--History
Nation, Carry Amelia, 1846-1911
National Famers' Alliance.
Natural gas--Arkansas
Noland, Charles Fenton Mercer, 1810-1858
Old State House (Little Rock, Ark.).
Ouachita River (Ark. and La.)
Pea Ridge, Battle of, Ark., 1862
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948
Physicians--Arkansas--History--20th century
Pike, Albert, 1809-1891
Pine Bluff (Ark.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Pope County (Ark.)--History
Pope, John, 1770-1845
Price, Sterling, 1809-1867
Pryor, David, 1934-
Pulaski County (Ark.)--History
Railroads--Arkansas--History--19th century
Railroads--Arkansas--History--20th century
Rector, Henry M. (Henry Massey), 1816-1899
Red River
Reyburn, Samuel W. (Samuel Wallace), b. 1872
Reynolds, Daniel Harris, 1832-1902
Reynolds, Thomas, 1796-1844
Rice, Benjamin Franklin, 1828-1905
Riots--Arkansas--Elaine region--History--20th century
Robert E. Lee (Steamboat) .
Robinson, Joseph Taylor, 1872-1937
Rogers, Anthony A. C. (Anthony Astley Cooper), 1821-1899
Roots, Logan H. (Logan Holt), 1841-1893
Rust, Albert, d. 1870
Sevier County (Ark.)--History
Sevier, Ambrose Hundley, 1801-1848
Sigel, Franz, 1824-1902
Slavery--Arkansas--History--19th century
Slemons, William F. (William Ferguson), 1830-1918
Smithville (Ark.)--History
Spanish-American War, 1898--Veterans
Steamboats--United States--History--19th century
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850
Terral, Tom J. (Tom Jefferson), 1882-1946
Texas--History--19th century
Thanet, Octave, 1850-1934
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
Tunnah family
Turner, Jesse, 1805-1894
Union County (Ark.)--History
Van Buren County (Ark.)--History
Volney, Constantin-François Chassebœuf, comte de, 1757-1820
Washburn, Cephas, 1793-1860
Washington (Ark.)--History--19th century
Watson County (Ark.)--History
Whig Party (U.S.)--History
Women--Arkansas--History--19th century
Woodruff, George C. (George Catlin), 1805-1885
Woodruff, William Edward, 1795-1885
Woodruff, William Edward, 1831-1907
World War, 1939-1945--Arkansas
Yell, Archibald, 1797 or 1799-1847
Yellow fever--Arkansas


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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.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985, UALR.MS.0241. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, folder number, box number, J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, 1738-1985, UALR.MS.0241. .

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Colin Woodward, Archivist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2013-2014. This collection contains materials previously held in the collections numbered H-3 and H-4.

Related Material

J. N. Heiskell Personal Papers, UALR.MS.0150.

Hugh B. Patterson, Jr., Papers, UALR.MS.0223.

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