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Johnny Holmes papers

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Finding aid for the Johnny Holmes papers

BC.MSS.13.85

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

August 6, 2015



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-08-03T12:01-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Holmes, John Raymond, 1925-2013
Title: Johnny Holmes papers
Dates: 1949-1994
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents and photographs related to John Raymond "Johnny" Holmes and his career in agriculture and farm service in Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.85
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1385

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: Series I, Documents, and Series II, Photographs. Items are arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes documents and photographs related to John Raymond "Johnny" Holmes and his career in agriculture and farm service in Arkansas. It includes material from his work as farm service director with KLRA radio and KATV television, from various organizations promoting dairy farming in Arkansas and nationally, and from his time as general manager of the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show.


Biographical Information

John Raymond "Johnny" Holmes was born on May 12, 1925, in Lowell, Arizona, to John Patrick and Lenore Lee Holmes. He served briefly in the Air Force before graduating from Texas A&M with a B.A. in agricultural education. While in college, he worked at the university radio station.

Following college, Holmes accepted a position as farm editor at WMT radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he became involved in the Iowa State Fair and National Dairy Cattle Congress. In Iowa he also met and married Patricia Benesh.

In early 1951, Holmes moved to Little Rock to serve as farm service director for KLRA AM. In Little Rock and throughout Arkansas, he became known for his reports on agricultural and other farm and livestock news. He then served as farm service director on a 30-minute television spot on KATV Arkansas, where he was one of the first broadcasters to report live from the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

In 1956, Holmes became secretary-manager for the American Dairy Association of Arkansas. He worked in the dairy industry in Arkansas for twenty years before serving in the promotion division of the American Dairy Association of Milk Producers Inc., a position that took him to San Antonio, Texas, for a few years. In 1975, he returned to Arkansas to become general manager of the Arkansas State Fair and treasurer of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association. He retired from that position in 1994.

In 1992, Johnny Holmes was presented with the National Future Farmers of America's highest award, and in 1994, he was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. He died in Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 6, 2013.


Index Terms

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

Agriculture -- Arkansas
Arkansas Livestock Show Association.
Central Arkansas Milk Producers.
Dairy farms
Dairy products -- Arkansas
Farming -- Arkansas
Holmes, John Raymond, 1925-2013
Radio broadcasting -- Arkansas
Television broadcasting -- Arkansas

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted Access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Johnny Holmes papers, MSS.13.85, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Alagood Meredith, December 5, 2013


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