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Diary of an Arkansas Traveler

Diary of an Arkansas Traveler

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Finding Aid for the "Diary of An Arkansas Traveler"

BC.MSS.06.18

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

December 6, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Harper, Clio, 1872-1932
Title: Diary of an Arkansas Traveler
Dates: 1886-1912
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains four volumes of a typed, transcribed diary of Clio Harper dated from 1886-1912, and photocopies of photographs.
Identification: BC.MSS.06.18
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains four volumes of a typed, transcribed diary of Clio Harper dated from 1886-1912, and photocopies of photographs.


Biographical Information

Clio Harper was born June 29, 1872, in Boonesborough, Iowa. He was the son of Nelson W. C. and Jennie Ceis Harper. His father was from Maine and his mother from Iowa. The couple moved frequently and travelled through several states seeking contentment.

Clio’s diary begins May 30, 1886, in Kansas and by 1889 the family finally reached Boone County, Arkansas. They had previously spent three years in Siloam Springs in Benton County from 1881-1884. The family suffered poverty and numerous hardships in their wanderings across the country and it was the same in Boone County. His parents were finally able to sale their unprofitable farm and left Arkansas in 1892. But, Clio who was attending school, teaching, and writing for the Boone Banner newspaper in Harrison remained behind.

Clio left Harrison in January 1893 after accepting a business opportunity to report on the upcoming World's Fair in Chicago. He first visited his mother's family in Iowa and from there went to Chicago to cover the opening of the World’s Fair. He arrived in Chicago and stayed from April to November. While there, he was forced to work additional odd jobs to support a meager and unreliable income of reporting news of the fair to newspapers back in Arkansas.

He returned to Arkansas, arriving in Little Rock in November 1893 and took a job with the Arkansas Democrat newspaper where his career advanced from reporter to editor-in-chief. He was there for eighteen years before resigning in 1911, having also been part owner from 1907-1910. He then became a partner with Parke-Harper News Service.

Harper supported his parents return to Arkansas in the mid-1890s where they lived out their lives. He married Zuella “Zella” Armitage in 1897 and the couple had two children: Shelly Nelson Harper (1899-1900) and Clio Armitage Harper (1905-1975). Clio Harper, age sixty, died on December 2, 1932, in his adopted home of Harrison. His funeral and burial was held in Little Rock.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas Democrat. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Boone County (Ark.)
Harper, Clio, 1872-1932
Harrison (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History -- 20th century
Newspaper editors -- Arkansas -- Little Rock

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

“Diary of an Arkansas Traveler,” MSS 06.18, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lawrence Harper, 2006.


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