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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

April 8, 2011

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Quapaw Quarter Association. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Quapaw Quarter Association records
Dates: 1720-2006
Quantity: 136.8 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the research files of the Quapaw Quarter Association including files on individual homes and businesses arranged by address and numerous photographs.
Identification: BC.MSS.06.15
Language: English


This collection is arranged topically and chronologically where appropriate. The files in Series I and many of the photographs in Series VI are arranged by address.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the research files of the Quapaw Quarter Association including files on individual homes and businesses arranged by address and numerous photographs. It is broken into seven series.

Series I: Address Research Files, 46 boxes. This series contains files on individual homes and businesses in the Quapaw Quarter and Little Rock metro area. Boxes 1-41 contain Little Rock addresses. Boxes 42-45 contain files related to I-630. Box 46 contains North Little Rock addresses.

Series II: Arkansas, 23 boxes. Boxes 1-19 contain subject files of general Arkansas history including local architects, clubs, neighborhoods and organizations. Boxes 20-23 contain miscellaneous historical documents and files related to specific families.

Series III: Quapaw Quarter Association, 4 boxes. This series contains files related to the operations of the Quapaw Quarter Association, including their popular historic home tours.

Series IV: How We Lived: Little Rock as an American City, 3 boxes. This series contains book/chapter proofs and research related to How We Lived: Little Rock as an American City by F. Hampton Roy and Charles Witsell, with Cheryl Griffith Nichols.

Series V: General Historic House and Preservation, 15 boxes. This series contains files related to general historic house and neighborhood rehabilitation and preservation. It is broken down into various subject files that range from technical restoration guides to building materials to preservation organizations. It also contains several related periodicals.

Series VI: Photographs, 89 boxes. This series contains over 11,000 images. Boxes 1-60 contain images of Little Rock residences and business arranged by address. Boxes 61-62 contain images of North Little Rock residences and business arranged by address. Boxes 63-70 contain images of miscellaneous locations and items including two boxes of copy negatives for How We Lived. Boxes 71-75 contain images of people. Boxes 76-77 contain images that belonged to the Davidson Family. Boxes 78-72 contain images that belonged to the Punch Family. Boxes 83-86 contain large photographs and albums. Boxes 87-89 contain slides, negatives and proofs.

Series VII: Oversized, 16 boxes. This series consists largely of maps and house plans.

Historical Information

The Quapaw Quarter Association is a nonprofit, membership-based organization dedicated to historic preservation in Little Rock (Pulaski County). Like many historic preservation organizations, the Quapaw Quarter Association grew out of the era of urban renewal and interstate highway construction, when thousands of historic buildings and neighborhoods were bulldozed. But unlike other preservation groups, the Quapaw Quarter Association can trace its roots to an agency that administered urban renewal projects.

In 1961, the Little Rock Housing Authority appointed a five-member Significant Structures Technical Advisory Committee to give advice on the historical and architectural significance of buildings in the MacArthur Park neighborhood, then part of a large urban renewal project. The five members - David D. Terry Jr., Mrs. George Rose Smith, Mrs. Walter Riddick Sr., Dr. John L. Ferguson, and James Hatcher - determined that the area, which was in decline, needed a special name to create a positive image. Members considered eleven names and decided on Quapaw Quarter, derived from the Quapaw Treaty Line of 1818, which runs through the neighborhood. In 1962, the group expanded its membership and adopted the name Quapaw Quarter Committee.

Organized preservation efforts in Little Rock remained the Quapaw Quarter Committee's province until November 22, 1968, when committee members joined other preservation-minded individuals in the community to incorporate the Quapaw Quarter Association. The term "Quapaw Quarter" was defined in the articles of incorporation as a sixteen-square-block area - one quarter of a township - bounded by Capitol Avenue on the north, Scott Street on the west, 9th Street on the south, and Bond Avenue on the east. The boundaries of the Quapaw Quarter, while not a legally defined area, now encompass Little Rock's boundaries of the year 1900. The area extends from the Arkansas River on the north, Fourche Creek on the south, the old Rock Island railroad tracks on the east, and the Central High School neighborhood on the west. Today, the mission of the association encompasses all of Central Arkansas.

The Quapaw Quarter Association sponsors preservation workshops and offers technical advice to individuals interested in buying and restoring historic buildings. Since 2001, the association has been a Local Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This designation has enabled it to bring the National Trust's technical assistance, grants, and other programs to Little Rock. The association also works with city leaders to promote policies that will encourage preservation-based redevelopment of historic neighborhoods.

**This information is an edited version of Williams, Roger. "Quapaw Quarter Association." The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.

Index Terms

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

Architecture -- Arkansas
Architecture -- Arkansas -- Little Rock
Historic buildings -- Arkansas
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- Arkansas -- Little Rock
Historic districts -- Arkansas -- Little Rock
Little Rock (Ark.)
Quapaw Quarter (Little Rock, Ark.)
Quapaw Quarter Association. (Little Rock, Ark.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access, except where noted due to condition and/or duplication of documents.

Researchers wishing to access materials out of Series VII, Boxes 11-16 must contact Manuscripts Department staff one (1) business day in advance to allow adequate time for retrieval of the materials.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Quapaw Quarter Association records, MSS.06.15, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Quapaw Quarter Association, 2006

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