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Finding aid for the Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Papers UALR.MS.0255


UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

February 22, 2017

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-02-22T17:36-0600
Language: English

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
creatorRockefeller, Winthrop Paul, 1946-2006
Title: Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1996-2005
Dates: 1888-2006
Quantity: 72.0 linear feet; 16 record cartons, 83 dcoument boxes, 1 flat box, 12 OV boxes, 1 video box
Identification: UALR.MS.0255


Series 1: Correspondence and other papers, 1968-2006 and undated.Series 2: Office records, 2001-2006.Series 3: Subjects, 1930-2006 and undated.Series 4: Major interests, 1986-2006 and undated.Series 5: Newspaper clippings, 1970-2006 and undated.Series 6: Photographs and various, 1888-2005 and undated.Series 7: Audiovisual materials, 1996-1998 and undated.Series 8: Realia, 1910-2005 and undated.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection includes the political papers of Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, seventeenth lieutenant governor of Arkansas (1996-2006). In addition to correspondence from Arkansas citizens, business leaders, and politicians, there are business records from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. There are also subject files and personal interest materials on topics such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Billfish Foundation. Newspaper clippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, and realia are also included.

Biographical Note

Winthrop Paul "Win" Rockefeller, born 1948 September 17 in New York City, was the only child of Winthrop Rockefeller (1912-1971), governor of Arkansas (1967-1971), and Jievute Paulekiute “Bobo” Sears Rockefeller, also known as Barbara (1916-2008). Rockefeller’s great-grandfather was John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), an American industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of the Standard Oil Company, the University of Chicago, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Winthrop Paul Rockefeller grew up in both the United States and Europe and was educated at schools in New York, England, and Switzerland. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1974 with a degree in ranch management and assumed the management of Winrock Farms, the Arkansas ranch established by his father in the early 1950s.

On 1971 March 22, Rockefeller married Deborah Cluett Sage. The couple had three children: Andrea, Katherine, and Winthrop Paul, Jr. After several years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1979. In 1983, Winthrop Paul married Lisenne Dudderar. The couple had five children: William, Colin, John, Louis, and Grace. During their marriage, the couple maintained homes at Winrock Farms (Conway County), and Little Rock (Pulaski County).

Rockefeller had many interests and affiliations. He was appointed to the Youth Services Master Plan group in 1972 and chaired the Arkansas Juvenile Justice Advisory Group from 1976 to 1984. In 1981, Rockefeller was appointed to the Arkansas State Police Commission, where he served until 1995. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed Rockefeller a member of the President’s Council on Rural America, where he was elected chairman by the other members.

Rockefeller’s interests also included the Boy Scouts of America, where he served on the executive board of the national council. He became president of the Quapaw Area Council in 1997 and served as a vice president for several years thereafter. He was a trustee of the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust and was vice chairman of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, he served on several community boards, including the Nature Conservancy, the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, and the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation. Rockefeller was also the founder of the International Billfish Conservation Foundation in 1986, a foundation devoted to conserving billfish worldwide.

During a special election in 1996, Rockefeller was elected lieutenant governor to complete the unexpired term of Mike Huckabee, Arkansas's 44th governor of Arkansas (1996-2007). Rockefeller was reelected as lieutenant governor in 1998 and 2002. While serving as lieutenant governor for Arkansas, Rockefeller focused on economic development, education, and literacy. In 1997, he established Books in the Attic, a program that promoted the reuse and redistribution of children’s books to low-income families. In addition, Rockefeller worked with the Arkansas Literacy Council to promote reading skills for school children. He also promoted Project Homesafe throughout the state of Arkansas, a program that provided free cable gun locks and educational material in an effort to prevent death by accidental discharge. Also while lieutenant governor, he was a member of the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation and worked to promote economic development for the state of Arkansas and to build its infrastructure in order to attract industry.

In early 2005, Rockefeller announced that he would run for governor of Arkansas. In 2005 July, however, he bowed out of the race, citing illness. On 2006 July 16, Rockefeller died at the age of fifty-seven from a rare blood disorder and is buried at Winrock Farms in Conway County, Arkansas.

Arkansas--History--20th century
Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Lieutenant governors--Arkansas


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Papers, 1888-2006, UALR.MS.0255. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, Winthrop Paul Rockefeller Papers, 1888-2006, UALR.MS.0255.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from Lisenne Rockefeller 2013 February 26, Little Rock. Audiovisual materials primarily pertaining to Winthrop Paul Rockefeller's 1996 bid for lieutenant governor received from John Ward 2004 March 15.

Processing by:

Kaye M. Lundgren, Archival Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2016.

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