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Blake family collection

Blake family collection

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Finding aid for the Blake family collection

BC.MSS.15.40

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

February 10, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Blake family collection
Dates: 1900-1993
Quantity: 1.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from a scrapbook believed to have been kept by Missouri Blake (Mrs.) of Cotton Plant, Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.15.40
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from a scrapbook believed to have been kept by Missouri Roberts Blake (Mrs.) of Cotton Plant, Arkansas. In addition to members of the Blake family, several images identified are of Missouri Roberts Blake's siblings and their families, as well as other residents of the African-American communities in Woodruff and Monroe Counties. The collection also includes several images from Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. Many photographs are unidentified, and some identifications should be considered provisional.


Biographical Information

Missouri Roberts Blake, born in South Carolina in 1885, was one of thirteen children of John and Catherine Roberts. These children included Martin Van Roberts and Angie Roberts Gunn, who are represented in this collection. After the turn of the 20th century, the family relocated to Monroe County, Arkansas, and Missouri Roberts began work as a teacher at the Cotton Plant, Arkansas, school.

The collection contains photographs from the early 20th century at Arkansas Baptist College, a historically black college in Little Rock, suggesting that Missouri Roberts may have received her teacher training at that school. In October 1914, she married Campbell Luther Blake, the son of Jefferson Blake and Jane Blake of Monroe County. Their son Booker Douglas Blake attended Arkansas Baptist College in 1938-1940. Many images in the collection come from his time as a student.

Booker D. Blake entered the United States Army in 1941 and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He later lived in San Francisco and worked as a cable car operator. His mother Missouri lived with him there when she died on September 22, 1972. Booker Blake died on November 24, 2001.

Although Martin and Angie Roberts lived for a time in Arkansas, both later lived in Philadelphia. One group of pictures depicts a family vacation at Atlantic City that included relatives from Arkansas. Martin died at Philadelphia on June 16, 1962. Angie Roberts Gunn died at San Diego on January 31, 1987.


Index Terms

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

African Americans -- Education -- Arkansas
Arkansas Baptist College
Blake, Booker Douglas, 1915-2001
Blake, Campbell Luther, 1888-1977
Blake, Missouri Roberts, 1885-1972
Brinkley (Ark.)
Brinkley Argus
Cotton-Plant (Ark.)
Gunn, Angie Roberts, 1891-1987
Julian, Percy, 1899-1975
Liggins, Wendell T., 1914-1991
Reggans, LaPhair, 1918-1996
Roberts, Catherine, 1860-1915
Roberts, John, 1854-1913
Roberts, Martin Van, 1892-1962

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Blake family collection, MSS.15.40, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, July 29, 2015


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