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William D. Downs Jr. research collection

William D. Downs Jr. research collection

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Finding aid for the William D. Downs Research collection

BC.MSS.15.06

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



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-08-04T11:25-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Downs Jr., William D.
Title: William D. Downs Jr. research collection
Dates: 1900-2015
Quantity: 4.3 Cubic feet
Abstract:The collection contains oral histories, transcripts, questionnaires, and photographs of interviewees who lived in Arkansas during the Great Depression. It also consist of grant reports and research files related to the project.
Identification: BC.MSS.15.06
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1506

Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains oral histories, transcripts, questionnaires, and photographs of interviewees who lived in Arkansas during the Great Depression. It also consist of grant reports and research files related to the project. If photographs are present in the individual files, their descriptions are listed in this finding aid at the item level.


Biographical Information

William D. “Bill” Downs, Jr. was born 1932 in Calico Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and later earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for over forty years, when he retired in August 2007.

Downs conducted interviews of farm families who lived through the depression. The interviewees recounted their survival and day-to-day experiences. He authored a book based upon his interviews and research entitled “Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers during the Great Depression.” His interviews were conducted in person, by telephone, or through questionnaires. He was assisted in the project by his wife Vera Downs who often accompanied him and transcribed the interviews. He also invited high school journalism students to conduct interviews by working through their journalism advisers.

The project was funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas
Depression--history
Oral histories.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William D. Downs Research Collection, MSS. 15.06, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.

Acquisition Information

Donated by William D. Downs, Jr., 2015.


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