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James Logan Morgan Jr. papers

James Logan Morgan Jr. papers

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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

January 21, 2016

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-07-31T13:07-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Morgan, James Logan, 1940-2011
Title: James Logan Morgan Jr. papers
Dates: 1860-2015
Quantity: 156.62 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains Arkansas, African-American, and family histories, as well as photographs, maps, and newspapers.
Identification: BC.MSS.12.18
Language: English
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The collection is arranged topically and alphabetically. It consists of fourteen series that include: Series I, Morgan Family; Series II, Black History Programs; Series III, Cemeteries; Series IV, Churches; Series V, Civil War; Series VI, Families; Series VII, Funeral Programs and Obituaries; Series VIII, Genealogy; Series IX, Morgan Research Files; Series X, Morgan Books; Series XI, National Society of United Daughters of 1812, State of Arkansas; Series XII, Schools; Series XIII, Photographs; Series XIV, Oversize.Additional photographs can also be found in various family files, and oversize includes newspapers and maps.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal papers and historical files related to cemeteries, churches, military, lineage societies, schools, genealogical correspondence and research files, annual black history and Martin Luther King programs, photographs, newspapers, maps, and over 2,000 funeral programs.

Morgan was able to amass this vast collection of material due to his deep involvement in the genealogical, historical, and church communities.

Biographical Information

James Logan Morgan Jr. was a teacher, historian, and minister. He was born September 13, 1940, in Oil Trough (Independence), Arkansas, the son of James Logan Sr. (1910-1995) and Eva Irene Landrum Morgan (1922-2009). Morgan graduated from Newport High School in 1958 and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and business from Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, graduating summa cum laude in 1962. He lived most of his life in Newport (Jackson), Arkansas, and was a charter member of the Jackson County Historical Society where he served as editor of The Stream of History, the society's quarterly journal from 1964-1980. He published numerous articles on Arkansas history with an interest in the northeast Arkansas region, especially Jackson, Independence, and Woodruff Counties; and African-American history.

Morgan's interest in genealogy began at a young age and in time he became known as one of the state's expert genealogists. He started various genealogical associations, compiled and published numerous genealogical books, and conducted research for family historians from across the country. He also served on the board of the Arkansas Genealogical Society from 1974-1989.

In 1969, while teaching at Shorter College (an affiliate of the African Methodist Episcopal Church) in North Little Rock, he joined the A.M.E. Church and was licensed to preach in 1990. He was ordained a deacon in 1994 and an elder in 1996. He served as secretary of the East-Northeast Arkansas Conference in 1996. Morgan also served as pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Mark Tree and Bethel A.M.E. Church in Blytheville, Arkansas before retiring.

James Logan Morgan was murdered in his home on August 18, 2011. The case remains unsolved.

Index Terms

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

African Americans -- Arkansas -- History
Arkansas -- Genealogy -- Sources
Arkansas -- History, Military
Cemeteries -- Arkansas
Churches -- Arkansas
Independence County (Ark.)
Jackson County (Ark.)
Morgan, James Logan, 1940-2011
Public schools -- Arkansas
White River (Ark. and Mo.)
Woodruff County (Ark.)


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Logan Morgan Jr. papers, MSS.12.18, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jackson County Historical Society, 2012

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