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Dave Wallis papers

Dave Wallis papers

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Finding aid for the Dave Wallis papers

BC.MSS.05.14

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

July 23, 2008



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Wallis, Dave (David W.), 1923-2005
Title: Dave Wallis papers
Dates: 1673-2005
Quantity: 152.5 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents and correspondence from the collections of the David Walter "Jimmy" Wallis, long-time resident of Pine Bluff, Ark.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.14
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into six main series: The Wallis Family; Dave Wallis Writing/Books; Aviation; Arkansas; Photographs and Slides; Oversize. Within each series, materials are arranged topically and chronologically, where appropriate.


Scope and Contents

The collection includes items from Dave Wallis's early life in Pine Bluff, as well as documents and photographs of his extended family. In addition to family history, the collection also includes Dave Wallis's correspondence, documents relating to Wallis and Wallis Advertising, Inc., and items dealing with his time as mayor of Pine Bluff.

The collection contains research, drafts, and notes related to these writing. It also includes subject and biographical research Wallis used for his book on the history of Arkansas aviation, Eight Nine Romeo Poppa, as well as early drafts of the manuscript and photographs. In addition to the historical information on aviation, the collection also includes documents and photographs pertaining to the Razorback Wing of the Confederate Air Force (now Commemorative Air Force) located in Pine Bluff, Ark., covering the years 1978-1996.

Wallis also collected a wealth of information on Arkansas history, including business and tourism brochures, historic documents and items, as well as, subject and biographical research materials. A great deal of this information focuses on Pine Bluff, Ark., but it also includes information on Arkansas Post, Historic Washington, and other areas across the state. In addition to the paper items, the Dave Wallis Papers contains a very large collection of 10,000+ photographs, slides, and negatives relating to Arkansas and Arkansans.


Biographical Information

Dave Wallis was born in 1923, and grew up in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas, like the majority of this family before him. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School before serving as a photographer in the Army Signal Photographic Corps in World War II. He ran Wallis and Wallis Advertising, Inc., served as justice of the peace and later mayor of Pine Bluff, and authored multiple books on Arkansas history. Wallis died in 2005.


Index Terms

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

Aeronautics -- Arkansas
Confederate Air Force. (Commemorative Air Force)
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Wallace family
Wallis and Wallis Advertising, Inc. (Pine Bluff, Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access, except where noted.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dave Wallis papers, MSS.05.14, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Virginia Wallis, June 13, 2005


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