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Anna Grace Bowers Brown collection

Anna Grace Bowers Brown collection

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Finding aid for the Anna Grace Bowers Brown collection

BC.MSS.05.38

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

July 22, 2008



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Bowers, Dayton, 1880-?
Creator:Brown, Anna Grace Bowers, 1927-?
Title: Anna Grace Bowers Brown collection
Dates: 1881-ca.1944
Quantity: 5.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photographs mostly taken by Dayton Bowers, early photographer in DeWitt, Arkansas, grandfather of Anna Grace Bowers Brown.
Identification: BC.MSS.05.38
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically, and chronologically as much as possible. Most items are undated. Although it is believed that almost all the photographs in this collection are by Dayton Bowers, only the ones with his stamp on the back are identified as being taken by him.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs mostly taken by Dayton Bowers, early photographer in DeWitt, Arkansas, grandfather of Anna Grace Bowers Brown. Included in the collection are portraits, as well as many photographs of buildings and scenes in DeWitt and Arkansas County. Also included are a few items of family memorabilia.


Biographical Information

Anna Grace Bowers Brown was born in DeWitt, Arkansas, in 1927, the daughter of Roy Bowers and Grace Pearman Bowers. She married L. C. Brown, and they lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a number of years. Roy Bowers, father of Anna Grace Bowers Brown, was born in DeWitt, Arkansas, in 1897, the son of Dayton Bowers and Viola Amos Bowers. He married Grace Pearman on November 24, 1920. Dayton Bowers was born in Indiana, in 1856. He was the son of William Bowers, a harness maker, and Sarah Chenowith Bowers. He had a twin brother, Freemont Bowers. Other siblings were Homer, Webster, Edward, and Emma. Several members of the Bowers family - including parents William and Sarah, along with Dayton, Edward, and Emma - moved to DeWitt sometime between 1870 and 1880. William Bowers died in 1875, and Sara died in 1892.

Dayton Bowers married Viola Amos (born in Louisiana) in DeWitt on December 4, 1878. Their children were Verne, Hugh, Sallie, Ruth, Jessamine (called "Jessie" or "Jessa"), and Roy. Bowers opened his photography studio in 1881. He also dealt in real estate. An undated business card advertises "Rice Lands, Prairie Farms, Timber Farms, Saw Mill Tracts." Some of his photographs were possibly used as advertising for real estate. Unfortunately, most of the photographs are unidentified and undated. Dayton Bowers died in 1924, and his wife, Viola died in 1945. They, along with several other Bowers family members, are buried in DeWitt Cemetery.


Index Terms

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

Bowers, Dayton, 1880-?
Dewitt (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access, except where noted.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anna Grace Bowers Brown collection, MSS.05.38, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased from L. C. Brown, 2005


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