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MARY D. HUDGINS COLLECTION

Manuscript and Printed Arkansiana, 1800-1986

Manuscript Collection MC 534



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CONTENTS OF COLLECTION (127 containers)

Note: The material in the Mary Hudgins Collection has been divided into five groups, each of which has been divided into its own series and subseries. Box numbers are consecutive throughout the collection, but series, subseries, and sub-subseries are numbered within each group. Oversize material has been placed in ten boxes, numbered 1-10, and noted in the finding aid as "Hudgins Oversize Box --." See also the Mary D. Hudgins Arkansas Music Collection, which was part of this donation, but was processed separately.
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MARY DENGLER HUDGINS

Mary Dengler Hudgins (1901-1987), a native of Hot Springs, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1924. She was a free lance writer, librarian, and collector of materials pertaining to Hot Springs and to Arkansas. She was especially interested in Arkansas composers and musicians. She was active in the American Association of University Women, the Arkansas Folklore Society, and the Arkansas Historical Association.

THE COLLECTION

Manuscript materials and Arkansiana, mostly pertaining to Hot Springs and Garland County, were donated to Special Collections by Mary D. Hudgins of Hot Springs, Arkansas, on December 18, 1984.

The massive collection originally included many duplicates filed in different access points. Duplicates, so far as possible, were eliminated from the collection, and every effort was made to strike a balance between preserving original order and providing access to the materials. The collection was divided into five record groups: biographical material, writing and research material, topical manuscript collections, pictures, and maps.

For earlier accessions of Mary Hudgins material, see "Arkansas Literature and Music Correspondence," "Arkansas Traveller Scores," "Gospel Music Research Files and Song Books," and "Research Files."

See also the Mary D. Hudgins Arkansas Music Collection, which was part of this donation, but was processed separately.

RESTRICTIONS APPLY. Glass plate negatives, as well as other negatives in general, are restricted. The negatives in Group IV, Series 8, however, that have no corresponding prints, may be examined with care so long as they are not removed from their protective sleeves.

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Nan Lawler, and Norma Ortiz-Karp, July 1991. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


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GROUP I

Mary Dengler Hudgins Biographical Materials, 1888-1986


    Series 1. General correspondence, 1924- 1983. Boxes 1-2.

    This series contains some of the personal and professional correspondence of Mary Dengler Hudgins which she maintained unfiled and unorganized. Letters written by Hudgins have been arranged chronologically in folders 1-5. Letters received by Hudgins have been arranged alphabetically in folders 6-29 according to the correspondent or corporate writer(s). Writers with numerous letters have been placed separately in folders 30- 35. Box 2 contains acceptance letters received by Hudgins for her articles and greeting card verses, along with condolences she received on the death of her mother, Ida Dengler Hudgins, in 1941.

    Hudgins kept the bulk of her correspondence filed within her music and general research files under headings which she felt pertinent to those subjects. Those files have been arranged in different series within Group II, and researchers are advised to consult those series for additional letters by many of the correspondents represented here.

    Box 1
  1. Nov 23, 1929 - Jan 18, 1938.
  2. July 26, 1943 - Oct 1, 1959.
  3. Aug 22, 1960 - Oct 6, 1969.
  4. Oct 18, 1970 - Sept. 28, 1979.
  5. Jan 2, 1980 - July 29, 1983, n.d.
  6. Mammie R. Abernathy - Ruth M. Armstrong.
  7. Bernie Babcock - Ben Lucien Burman.
  8. Frank A. Cannon - Jimmie Cox.
  9. Ben J. Davis - Glenn Whaley Dyess.
  10. Katherine Echols - Martha W. England.
  11. Clay Farrar - Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Frazier.
  12. Jeannie Gibbs - H. R. Gregg.
  13. Maizie Halpern - Terry Humble.
  14. Anne Jackson - John Clark Jordan.
  15. Bob Kercheville - Eva John (Searcy) Kuhn-Whitehall.
  16. Jean Ledwidge - Lady Elizabeth Luker.
  17. Ruth M. Malone - Lilot S. Moorman.
  18. A. C. McClurg & Co. - Clyde McGinnis.
  19. Mrs. Karl Neal.
  20. Lou Oberste - Glovon Orrell.
  21. Nell W. Page - Mrs. J. Ailhaud Prudhomme.
  22. Becky Rasmussen - Nancy Rutherford.
  23. Lee Saeger - India Swepston.
  24. Mary Tatum - George Thompson.
  25. Sister Mary Ursula.
  26. Marshall Vance - Charlcie Vos.
  27. J. A. Wade - Mary D. Woodward.
  28. Ann and George Zimmerman.
  29. No surnames; given names only.
  30. Beverly Beane, Aug 13, 1965 - July 26, 1985, n.d.
  31. David W. Bizzell, May 22, 1968 - July, 1968.
  32. Clara B. Kennan, Feb 25, 1945 - Aug 15, 1967.
  33. Mary Mederis, Aug 14, 1980 - Sept 11, 1980.
  34. Lois Snelling, Sept 10, 1949 - July 5, 1961, n.d.
  35. Harry Standefer, Jan 3, 1966 - Dec 7, 1974, n.d.
    Box 2
  1. Acceptances, Sept, 1924 - Oct 21, 1935.
  2. Acceptances, June 30, 1926 - March 11, 1930.
  3. Acceptances, Jan 19, 1931 - Feb 21, 1962, n.d.
  4. Acceptances, etc., pasted in The Romance of Greeting Cards.
  5. Condolences, July 28, 1941 - Oct 21, 1941, n.d.
  6. Condolences, July 28, 1941 - Oct 21, 1941, n.d.
  7. Sympathy cards, n.d.
  8. Sympathy cards, n.d.
  9. Memory Book for Ida Dengler Hudgins, Aug 11, 1941.

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    Series 2. Legal and financial documents; certificates, awards, 1911-1986. Box 3.

    This series contains job applications, leases, warranty and royalty deeds, certificates, tax returns and stock dividend statements as well as vouchers for published articles. The certificate dated Aug 9, 1924, is in Hudgins Oversize Box 1.
    Box 3
  1. Job applications and related papers, ca. 1955-1958.
  2. Leases, warranty deeds, and royalty deeds, Apr 14, 1911 - Sept 9, 1982.
  3. Certificates, awards, cards, Aug 9, 1924, June 3, 1947 - Dec 16, 1986, n.d.
  4. Tax returns and stock dividend statements, 1979-1981.
  5. Vouchers for published articles, 1931, 1938, 1956-1972.

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    Series 3. Hudgins family genealogy papers, 1888-1982. Box 4.

    This series contains genealogical and other information about the Hudgins family. Correspondence and specifics concerning the Dengler-Von Gries and Bell-Hudgins families are included.
    Box 4
  1. Correspondence and other papers, Sept 17, 1940, Dec 26, 1952 - Apr 1, 1979.
  2. Daughters of the American Revolution, Feb 14, 1958, Oct 12, 1965 - Feb 8, 1969.
  3. Dengler-Von Gries genealogy, 1888, 1963, 1967, 1976, 1977, n.d.
  4. Bell-Hudgins genealogy, July 23, 1920 - Feb 26, 1982, n.d.
  5. Bell-Hudgins genealogy, July 23, 1920 - Feb 26, 1982, n.d.
  6. Bell-Hudgins genealogy, July 23, 1920 - Feb 26, 1982, n.d.
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    Series 4. Newspaper clippings, ca. 1930s - 1980s. Box 4.

    This series contains newspaper clippings about Mary Dengler Hudgins. They are filed by title in alphabetical order.
    Box 4 (cont.)
  7. AAUW - Colonial War Daughters Hear Miss Hudgins.
  8. County HDC Council... - Mary Hudgins Day Celebrated.
  9. Miss Hudgins conducts AAUW Sectional Meet - Shrine Auxiliary Entertained by Mrs. Raymondo.
  10. The Sign Board - "Y" Creative Writing Class Holds Meeting.

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