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R. E. L. Wilson Plantation photograph collection

R. E. L. Wilson Plantation photograph collection

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Finding aid for the R. E. L. Wilson Plantation photograph collection

BC.PHO.30

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

June 6, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-08-04T10:19-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992
Title: R. E. L. Wilson Plantation photograph collection
Dates: 1940
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photographs of the R. E. L. Wilson Plantation in northeast Arkansas.
Identification: BC.PHO.30
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-pho-30

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in no particular order.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of the R. E. L. Wilson Plantation in northeast Arkansas.


Biographical Information

Robert Edward Lee Wilson created a plantation empire out of the swamps of Mississippi County in the late nineteenth century, an empire that remains in place today. He was able to fashion his 65,000-acre plantation and lumbering operation by purchasing cut-over land considered worthless by less imaginative men and then draining and developing the swamps. His substantial holdings and creative financing allowed him to weather the economic catastrophe of the 1920s relatively unscathed. By the time the New Deal was implemented in 1933, Lee Wilson and Company was characterized as operating the largest cotton plantation in the South, and its founder enjoyed the kind of political and economic connections that made it possible for him to take best advantage of various early New Deal programs, including a million-dollar Reconstruction Finance Corporation loan.

From: Jennie Whayne, "Robert Edward Lee Wilson (1865-1933)," Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1800.


Index Terms

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

Business -- Arkansas
Cotton farmers -- Arkansas
Farms -- Arkansas -- Mississippi County
Mississippi County (Ark.)
Plantation life -- United States -- History
Wilson, Robert Edward Lee, 1865-1933

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. To avoid excessive handling of the photographs, researchers should utilize the photocopies available in the Arkansas Studies Institute research room before requesting original items.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Photographs from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' collections are publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Items may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) or additional restrictions. Any transmission or reproduction of a protected item requires the express permission of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Photograph Title], PHO.30.[#], Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

All of the photographs in this collection were separated from MSS.97.11, the Toney Family Papers.


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