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Laura Cornelius Conner papers

Laura Cornelius Conner papers

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Finding aid for the Laura Cornelius Conner papers

BC.MSS.03.29

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

November 30, 2007



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Conner, Laura Cornelius, 1864-1952
Title: Laura Cornelius Conner papers
Dates: 1921-1924
Quantity: 0.47 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains materials related to Conner's stint on the Penitentiary Commission. Included are such items as correspondence, reports on prison conditions, and newspaper clippings.
Identification: BC.MSS.03.29
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically and chronologically.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to Conner's stint on the Penitentiary Commission. Included are such items as correspondence, reports on prison conditions, and newspaper clippings.


Biographical Information

Laura Cornelius Conner was born October 24, 1864, to the parents of William and Arabella White Cornelius. She attended Bellwood Seminary at Anchorage, Kentucky, and taught in the public schools in Augusta, Arkansas, before her marriage in 1886, to Emmerson Hall Conner. Conner was a well-known church and civic leader in her community. In an effort to recognize her lifetime commitment to education in Augusta, the high school was named in her honor. She was also given a lifetime position on the school board.

In 1921, Conner was appointed to the Honorary Penitentiary Commission. The commission was created upon recommendation of Governor Thomas C. McRae and was authorized by an act of the legislature of 1921. It was responsible for the management of the penitentiary system, and acted as a parole board.

Conner became a vocal critic of conditions within the penitentiary system and sought to bring about a series of reforms to improve the institution. However, her conscientious positions often put her at odds with her male counterparts, who balked at her reformist ideas. As a result of this intransigence, onner stopped attending the meetings in protest and became a "silent member" of the commission.

Following her departure from the Penitentiary Commission, Conner continued to be active in community affairs. She died in her home on May 27, 1952.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas
Arkansas Honorary Penitentiary Commission.
Conner, Laura Cornelius, 1864-1952
Corrections -- Arkansas
McRae, Thomas Chipman, 1851-1929

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted use.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Laura Cornelius Conner papers, MSS.03.29. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jim Conner and John Rolfe Eldridge; 2003


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