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Leslie family collection

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Finding aid for the Leslie family collection

BC.MSS.98.58

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

December 7, 2000



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Leslie family
Title: Leslie family collection
Dates: 1850-2005
Quantity: 62.33 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains the personal and business records of six family generations. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of James W. "Jim" Leslie (1913-2001). His papers include personal and professional correspondence, financial records, and historical writings and research.
Identification: BC.MSS.98.58
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series: the James W. Leslie papers, the Leslie Family papers, oversize materials, and photographs (including scrapbooks). Series I consists of five Subseries (Personal Materials, Military Records, Finances, Research and Newspapers Articles, and Book Materials). The largest division in Series I is Subseries IV, Research and Newspaper Articles. Subseries IV is arranged topically, with individual files ordered alphabetically. Series II, the Leslie Family materials, is arranged chronologically by each generation. Series III contains oversize items from both James W. Leslie and the Lesile Family. Series IV contains family photographs and scrapbooks and is arranged chronologically.

An addendum is arranged in the same way.


Scope and Contents

The Leslie family collection contains the personal and business records of six family generations. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of James W. "Jim" Leslie (1913-2001). His papers include personal and professional correspondence, financial records, and historical writings and research. Aside from the James W. Leslie papers, a rich and wide variety of subjects are found in the Leslie Family documents. Beginning with Abner A. Adams and his wife, Catherine Henry Adams (James W. Leslie's great-great grandfather), these papers (including photographs) document six generations of a family in Arkansas. One notable topic covered in the Leslie Family papers is the Southeast Arkansas timber industry in the early twentieth century.


Biographical Information

Leslie, a Pine Bluff writer/historian and retired businessman, extensively documented the history of Southeast Arkansas, from its territorial days to the present. Born in Warren, he attended Monticello A and M (University of Arkansas at Monticello) and finished his formal schooling at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration.

After graduate school, he worked for Firestone and then enlisted in the U. S. Army in July 1941. After completing his military service, he came back to Pine Bluff and opened his own business as a merchandise broker. In 1968, he sold his brokerage business and became a historical researcher and writer.

Leslie authored three books on Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas history: Saracen's Country (1974), Land of the Cypress and Pine (1976), and Pine Bluff and Jefferson County: A Pictorial History (1981). In addition, he wrote hundreds of articles that appeared in newspapers ( Pine Bluff Commercial and Pine Bluff News), magazines, and historical publications ( Arkansas Historical Quarterly and Jefferson County Historical Quarterly in particular). Leslie promoted the preservation of Pine Bluff's past, initiating nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and helping to found the Heckatoo Heritage Foundation. Because of his tremendous knowledge of Arkansas history, Leslie was appointed to the state Sesquicentennial Celebration Commission in 1986.

He married Gerry Snyder in 1946. They have two children, Lewis and James Jr.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History
Jefferson County (Ark.)
Lenon, Warren E., 1867-1946
Leslie family
Lumber trade -- Arkansas
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Pine Bluff (Ark.) -- Biography

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leslie family collection, MSS.98.58, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by James and Louis Leslie, 1998


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