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Barnett family collection

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Finding aid for the Barnett family collection

BC.MSS.07.52

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

April 9, 2009



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Barnett family
Title: Barnett family collection
Dates: 1879-1988
Quantity: 135.3 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains primary documents, correspondence, and bookkeeping ledgers and journals related to Barnett Bros. Mercantile and other business operations owned and operated by members of the Barnett family, as well as personal financial records and correspondence.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.52
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is loosely arranged according in topical and chronological order. NOTE: When requesting materials from this collection, please specify Collection Number MSS 07-52, plus box and file or item numbers.


Scope and Contents

The Barnett family collection contains business records, documents and correspondence dating from 1879 to 1988. The earliest documents, journals and ledgers pertain to the operation of the R.D. Williams Mercantile, continuing with similar records for Barnett Brothers Mercantile and the other Barnett family enterprises. Documents include records of land transactions, crop mortgages, account collections, land development, timber industry, and both individual and corporate income taxes.


Biographical Information

Brothers Ira N. II, Charles A. and James F. Barnett, sons of Ira Barnett I and Mary Louise Simpson Barnett of Sharp County, Akansas, formed the family's first business in Batesville at the end of the 19th century. The brothers first worked at the general store owned by their uncle, R.D. Williams, and in 1895 they bought him out. In 1903 they incorporated Barnett Brothers Mercantile. They remained in business at the same location until 1988, when the Barnett Department Store closed.

In addition to the general merchandise store, the Barnett Brothers, a designation maintained by the family through four generations, operated a number of other businesses in Batesville and Independence County over the years. These included retail and wholesale grocery and dry goods stores, a farm supply store, and farm equipment distributorship.

The Barnett Brothers partnership, along with individual family members, were also active in real estate, lumber, farming and banking enterprises. They served on the boards of various community improvement efforts, such as the Curia Drainage District, and were active in First Methodist Church of Batesville.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas
Arkansas Dry Goods. (Batesville, Ark.)
Barnett Bros. Inc. (Batesville, Ark.)
Barnett Bros. Mercantile. (Batesville, Ark.)
Barnett Department Store. (Batesville, Ark.)
Barnett family
Barnett Land Co. (Batesville, Ark.)
Barnett, Charles A., 1867-1949
Barnett, Ira N., II, 1866-1935
Barnett, James F., 1867-1938
Batesville (Ark.)
Batesville Grocery. (Batesville, Ark.)
Independence County (Ark.)
Mercantile system -- United States -- History
Timber -- Southern States -- History
Timber products

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barnett family collection, MSS.07.52, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Barnett family members, 2007.


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