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Arkansas short story fiction collection

Arkansas short story fiction collection

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Finding aid for the Arkansas short story fiction collection

BC.MSS.97.32

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

January 21, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Arkansas short story fiction collection
Dates: 1924-1948
Quantity: 11.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of periodicals containing short stories by two Arkansas authors, Victor K. Ray and Harold M. Sherman.
Identification: BC.MSS.97.32
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically and by author.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of periodicals containing short stories by two Arkansas authors, Victor K. Ray and Harold M. Sherman. The dates of publication range from 1924 to 1941. Most of the periodicals are fragile, some in several pieces, and several are missing either the front or back cover or both.


Biographical Information

Two Arkansas authors are represented in this collection.

Victor Keith Ray was born in Bernie, Missouri, on February 10, 1919. He was an author, journalist, and publisher whose first short stories were published in pulp fiction magazines in the late 1940s. Ray's career in journalism included editing newspapers in Wynne and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as well as the Arkansas State AFL-CIO's Arkansas Union Leader Bulletin. Ray wrote for the Arkansas Gazette and authored the book The Corporate Invasion of American Agriculture.

Ray was a founding member of the Central Arkansas Economic Opportunity Agency and, after he retired, volunteered for the Arkansas Humanities Council. He won the Arkansas Volunteer of the Year Award in 1985 and, in 1992, won the National Farmers Union Award for Distinguished Service to American Agriculture.

Victor Ray died in Little Rock, Arkansas, in July 2009.

Harold Morrow Sherman was born in Traverse City, Michigan, on July 13, 1898. He began his writing career in 1921 as a journalist for The Marion Chronicle (Marion, Indiana) and by the mid-1920s his short stories were often featured in the Boy Scouts of America publication Boys' Life. Sherman also wrote two Broadway plays, television scripts for Hollywood films, and articles and books about popular psychology, self-help, and telepathic communication. Notable among his published books are The Green Man series, the Tahara series, Your Key to Happiness, and Thoughts Through Space.

During a trip to the Arkansas Ozarks in the early 1940s, Sherman and his wife Martha purchased land near Mountain View (Stone County), Arkansas, and in 1947 moved into the home they called "Ark Haven." After moving to the area, Sherman was instrumental in getting paved roads and electricity into Stone County. He was also involved in obtaining funding for the Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center. Harold M. Sherman died on August 19, 1987 in Mountain View, Arkansas, and is buried in Traverse City, Michigan. Sherman's literary collection is located at the University of Central Arkansas.


Index Terms

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

Authors -- Arkansas
Ray, Victor K., 1919-2009
Sherman, Harold Morrow, 1898-1987
Short stories, American -- Fiction

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas short story fiction collection, MSS.97.32, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Harold M. Sherman


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