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Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana materials

Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana materials

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Finding aid for the Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana materials

BC.MSS.00.10

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

September 19, 2001



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Dillard, Tom
Title: Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana materials
Dates: 1848-2007
Quantity: 15.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains materials relating to African-Americans in Arkansas history.
Identification: BC.MSS.00.10
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into fourteen series: Series I contains biographical data on black Arkansans, which is arranged alphabetically. The remaining materials are grouped into series by subject. The final series pertains to general African-American history.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to African-Americans in Arkansas history.


Biographical Note

Tom W. Dillard, a native of Montgomery County, Arkansas, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1970, and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas in 1975. Both degrees are in American history. Dillard became interested in the history of black Arkansans while an undergraduate student. In 1969, during his senior year in college, Dillard wrote a paper on the history of black political participation in the modern Republican Party. During that research, he became fascinated by the scope and scale of the black contribution to Arkansas and by the fact that is was so little known.

Through the years, Dillard collected books and other publications by and/or about black Arkansans. He also compiled files of photographs, newspaper clippings, academic papers, etc. on the topic. Among the papers are voluminous notes and files Dillard prepared while doing his own research. He published several papers on Arkansas black history and his master's thesis deals with the black jurist/businessman/politician Mifflin W. Gibbs. His paper on Scipio A. Jones was the first academic treatment of that prominent black lawyer from Little Rock.


Index Terms

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

African American churches
African Americans -- Arkansas -- History
African Americans -- Biography
Gibbs, Mifflin Wistar, 1823-1915
Gillam family
Jones, Scipio Africanus, 1863-1943
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tom W. Dillard Black Arkansiana materials, MSS.00.10, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tom W. Dillard, 2000


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