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Oliver Wallace collection

Oliver Wallace collection

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Finding aid for the Oliver Wallace collection

BC.MSS.11.70

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

February 10, 2017



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Hannum, Olive Wallace, 1907-2000
Creator:Wallace, Oliver Campbell, Rev., 1872-1955
Title: Oliver Wallace collection
Dates: 1900-2000
Quantity: 2.3 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains biographical and personal papers such as school certificates, diplomas, speeches, photographs, and programs of the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.
Identification: BC.MSS.11.70
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1170

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical and personal papers such as school certificates, diplomas, speeches, photographs, and programs of the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.


Biographical Information

Oliver Campbell Wallace, a teacher and minister was born October 22, 1872, in Maryville, Tennessee. He graduated from Maryville College and received an A.B. in 1892. He then graduated from the Western Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1901 and was ordained to preach. He married Mary Commons and the couple had three children: Louise (1902-1973), Olive (1907-2000), and John Wallace (abt. 1908-?1953). His wife Mary died in Arkansas after the birth of their son John.

Wallace moved to Monticello, Arkansas, about 1904 to teach at the Monticello Academy, a black Presbyterian school established in the late 1880s. After the death of his first wife, he married Etta M. Cotton Hunter (1885-1955), a widow from Pine Bluff, on October 15, 1909. The school prospered under the guidance of Oliver and Etta and he served many years before resigning as principal in 1920 to accept the pastorate of First Congregational Church in Little Rock. First Congregational, the city’s oldest congregational church was established in 1881 and Rev. Wallace was its fifth pastor until 1927. He then returned to his hometown of Maryville, Tennessee, to become pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. The couple took teaching jobs to supplement his minister’s salary. Wallace pastored Second Presbyterian Church for twenty-eight years until his death on October 8, 1955.

His daughter Olive Wallace Hannum, the last surviving family member died in Maryville, Tennessee in 2000.


Index Terms

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

African American Presbyterian churches -- Arkansas
African Americans -- Education -- Arkansas
Little Rock (Ark.)
Monticello (Ark.)
Monticello Academy. (Monticello, Ark.)
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Committee of Missions for Freedmen.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oliver Wallace collection, MSS. 11.70, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated, 2011.


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