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Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary records

Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary records

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Finding aid for the Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary records

BC.MSS.01.03

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

March 8, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary.
Title: Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary records
Dates: Bulk, 1985-1995
Dates: 1966-1996
Quantity: 1.87 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains records of the Arkansas Girl's Training School Auxiliary.
Identification: BC.MSS.01.03
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary. The school was officially known as the Arkansas Training School for Girls, previously the Girls Industrial School, and later the Alexander Youth Services Center.


Historical Information

Girls industrial schools were started in Arkansas in the early twentieth century to house and educate juvenile delinquents (which at that time included neglected and abandoned children). There was a school for white children in Alexander and one for black children in Fargo, and they both had small auxiliary groups to support their activities.

These institutions were renamed as Girls Training Schools or Arkansas Training School for Girls and eventually combined into the Alexander facility in 1968. Following suit, the individual auxiliaries merged into one group. The Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary operated from 1968 to 1996 offering support for the school's programs and pupils.

The school became coeducational in the late 1970s and was renamed the Alexander Youth Services Center under the Department of Human Services' Divison of Youth Services. By the 1990s, the AYSC no longer housed neglected or otherwise troubled chidlren and was a full-time facility for juvenile offenders. Their purpose served, the remaining Auxiliary members voted to disband in 1996.

The Alexander facility is still operated by the Department of Human Services as the Arkansas Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center, the primary intake and assessment center for all youth committed to the Department of Youth Services. The center's maximum security dorm houses one of six serious offender programs for youth in Arkansas.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas Training School for Girls (Alexander, Ark.).
Education -- Arkansas
Reformatories -- Arkansas
Women -- Arkansas -- Societies and clubs
Women -- Education -- Arkansas

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas Girls Training School Auxiliary records, MSS.01.03, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jane Cazort and Maggie Fingers, April 11, 2001


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