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Finding aid for the Little Rock Fire Department collection

BC.MSS.11.120

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

March 12, 2012



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Little Rock Fire Department. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Little Rock Fire Department collection
Dates: 1868-1992
Quantity: 5.67 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains records of the Little Rock Fire Department, including ledger books and photographs.
Identification: BC.MSS.11.120
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Little Rock Fire Department, including ledger books and photographs.


Historical Information

The fire department in Little Rock started as an all-volunteer operation in 1839, with the formation of the city's first fire company and purchase of a fire engine. This earliest fire company did not have an easy task. It was difficult to maintain the engine and get enough water to successfully fight the fires. In 1847, the Little Rock Fire Company was formed due to the unorganized and ineffectual original company. By 1867, four volunteer fire companies operated in Little Rock, including a hook and ladder company. It was also around this time that the city purchased its first steam engine and employed an engineer to operate it.

The first salaried position was officially added to the department in 1885, and in 1888, a salaried chief engineer position was also added. Finally, in 1892, the city passed an ordinance to create the fully-paid Little Rock Fire Department.

A detailed history of the Little Rock Fire Department can be found in Box 2, Item 1.


Index Terms

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

Fire Department (Little Rock, Ark.) -- History
Fire departments -- Arkansas -- Little Rock -- History
Museum of Discovery. (Little Rock, Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Little Rock Fire Department collection, MSS.11.120, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Museum of Discovery (Little Rock, Ark.), 2011


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