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Mitchellville Project collection

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Finding aid for the Mitchellville Project Collection

BC.MSS.12.03

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

December 19, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Riley, Bob Cowley, 1924-1994
Title: Mitchellville Project collection
Dates: 1968-1973
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles, a photograph, and master thesis related to the project.
Identification: BC.MSS.12.03
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles, a photograph, and master thesis related to the project.


Biographical Information

Mitchellville, Arkansas, is an African-American city located along the Delta in the southeast part of the state in Desha County. It was incorporated in 1962.

The Mitchellville Project was the ambitious plan of Daisy Bates with the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Rural Training Program. At the time, she was a NAACP national board member and had been a prominent leader during the Little Rock school desegregation crisis of 1957. Bates sought the help of Dr. Bob Riley, political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University (elected lieutenant governor in 1970) and his students to turn Mitchellville into a model community through self-help.

Historically, many of its residents moved away after reaching adulthood, leaving the city populated mostly by the elderly and very young. When the project began in 1967, the city was led by Mayor Charles Kelley, a senior citizen himself at age eighty-eight.

Ouachita Baptist students started by surveying the citizens about community needs. It revealed that eighty percent of the homes needed repairs or should be rebuilt, some families earned less than $1,000 a year and there was no sewage system. Other concerns were unpaved roads, jobs, literacy, recreation, and political education classes. Bates sought support and aid in Washington D.C. and grants through government agencies.


Index Terms

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

African Americans -- Arkansas -- History
Bates, Daisy, 1914-1999
Community development -- Arkansas
Desha County (Ark.)
Mitchellville (Ark.)
Office of Economic Opportunity. (Arkansas).
Ouachita Baptist University. (Arkadelphia, Ark.).
Riley, Bob Cowley, 1924-1994

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mitchellville Project collection, MSS. 12.03, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Robyn Horn and Claudia Riley, 2012.


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