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Bob and Patty Besom Collection, 1917-1930, 1944

Manuscript Collection 1758

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-8443
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Besom, Robert
Creator
Besom, Patty
Title
Bob and Patty Besom Collection
Inclusive Dates
1917-1930, 1944
Identification
MC 1758
Extent
5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Bob and Patty Besom Collection was donated to the Special Collections Department by Bob and Patty Besom of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on September 3, 2008. The Besoms are actively adding to their collection, and new series will be added as they are processed.

Processing Information

Processed by Bob Besom; Series I completed in March 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Bob and Patty Besom Collection (MC 1758), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Bob Besom was born in Olean, New York, in 1943, and grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska in 1965 in history and journalism. In his early years, Besom was often in Arkansas visiting family in Pine Bluff, where his mother grew up. In 1970, after service in the United States Army, he moved to Fayetteville to pursue a post-graduate degree in American history at the University of Arkansas. Arkansas history became his research focus, and when he had difficulty finding material to support his research, he began looking for and collecting what he needed. A lifelong collector, he began to focus on Arkansas material once he lived in Fayetteville. He worked on the papers of Senator William Fulbright at the University of Arkansas Special Collections, and was a historian with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Old State House Museum in Little Rock before taking a job in 1980 with the Shiloh Museum in Springdale. He served as director of the museum for 25 years and helped the institution to build a significant collection of Ozarks-focused materials.

He and Patty McCrary were married in 1980. Patty was born in 1943 in Felsenthal, Arkansas, a small Union County community where she lived until she left for college in 1960. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature at the University of Arkansas. She taught English at the University of Arkansas at Magnolia and taught generations of piano students in Fayetteville. Bob and Patty’s daughter, Lela, was born in 1984.

The Besoms’ interest in Arkansas history has continued to the present, and serves as the driving force for their collecting.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains Arkansas historical materials collected by Bob and Patty Besom.

Series I, The University of Arkansas News Bureau files, contains a variety of material focused on contemporary University activities. Included are printed, typed, or hand-written press releases, communications from faculty, staff and media, newspaper clippings, research material, and drafts of stories.

Additional series will be released as they are processed.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged into series by topic. Series I has been arranged primarily chronologically. Additional series will be incorporated into the finding aid as they are processed.

  1. University of Arkansas News Bureau, 1917-1930, 1944

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

series I: University of Arkansas News Bureau,

1917-1930, 1944

5 boxes

The University of Arkansas News Bureau (sometimes called “the News Service” or “the Publicity Department”) was responsible for publicizing faculty, student, alumni, and institutional activities. News Bureau files include press releases, communications from faculty, staff and media, newspaper clippings, research material, and drafts of stories. The stories range from announcements of upcoming events to opinion pieces, often connecting the university to contemporary off-campus issues. There are frequent stories about agricultural, engineering, and teacher-education programs as well as sports, debates, Home Demonstration courses, YMCA and YWCA, the university radio station, library, and museum. Press releases were often ganged together and mass-produced for distribution. The mass-produced press releases—sometimes called clip sheets—were divided into 13 volumes. Occasionally exclusive stories were written for a particular media outlet.

There were six directors of the News Bureau in the period covered in these files: Norman E. Radder (1917-1919), Maurice E. Votaw (1919-1920), Murray Sheehan (1920-1924), J. Wymond French (1924-1926, 1927-1928), Victor R. Portmann (1926-1927), and Walter J. Lemke (1928-). In addition to News Bureau responsibilities each director taught the journalism courses offered by the university. During summer months publicity was often handled by temporary employees, including Pearl Cox, Mrs. Frank Peel, Kenneth B. Hewins, and Robert A. Leflar. Dr. John C. Futrall, the president of the university, oversaw the News Bureau.

Box 1

series I Box 1 Folder 1

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 1, September 1917-September 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 2

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 2, September 1918-October 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 3

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 3, October 1919- September 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 4

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 4, October 1920-October 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 5

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 5 , October 1921-October 1922

series I Box 1 Folder 6

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 6, November 1922-November 1923

series I Box 1 Folder 7

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 7, November 1923-May 1924

series I Box 1 Folder 8

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 7, June 1924-November 1924

series I Box 1 Folder 9

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 8, December 1924-December 1925

series I Box 1 Folder 10

UA News Bureau Material, September 1917

series I Box 1 Folder 11

UA News Bureau Material, November 1917

series I Box 1 Folder 12

UA News Bureau Press Release on Antonio Marinoni who Blamed Socialists for Crisis in Italy, November 1917

series I Box 1 Folder 13

UA News Bureau Material, December 1917

series I Box 1 Folder 14

UA News Bureau Material, January 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 15

UA News Bureau Press Release on Arkansas Handicapped Children, January 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 16

UA News Bureau Press Release on Northwest Arkansas Farmers Organization, January 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 17

UA News Bureau Press Release by Jessie Freyschlag and Olive Stewart on Home Demonstration Short Course, January 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 18

UA News Bureau Material, February 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 19

UA News Bureau Material, March 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 20

UA News Bureau Material, April 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 21

UA News Bureau Material, May 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 22

UA News Bureau Material, June 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 23

UA News Bureau Material, July 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 24

UA News Bureau Material, August 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 25

UA News Bureau Material on Student Army Training Corps, August-December 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 26

UA News Bureau Material, September 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 27

UA News Bureau Material, October 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 28

UA News Bureau Material, November 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 29

UA News Bureau Story about President William H. Taft Visit, November 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 30

UA News Bureau Material, December 1918

series I Box 1 Folder 31

UA News Bureau Material, January 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 32

UA News Bureau, The Jayhawkerinfrance Newspaper, February 5, 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 33

UA News Bureau Material, February-March 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 34

UA News Bureau Material, April 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 35

UA News Bureau Material, May 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 36

UA News Bureau, June 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 37

UA News Bureau Material, July 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 38

UA News Bureau, The Independent Magazine, August 23, 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 39

UA News Bureau Material, August-September 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 40

UA News Bureau Material, October 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 41

UA News Bureau Material, November 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 42

UA News Bureau Material, December 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 43

UA News Bureau Farmers Week Material, December 1919

series I Box 1 Folder 44

UA News Bureau Material, January- February 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 45

UA News Bureau Material, March-April 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 46

UA News Bureau Material, May-June 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 47

UA News Bureau Material, July 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 48

UA News Bureau Material on Citizenship School for Women Course, July 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 49

UA News Bureau Material, August 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 50

UA News Bureau Material on Farmers' Short Course, August 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 51

UA News Bureau Material, September-October 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 52

UA News Bureau Story by Murray Sheehan, "The School of Journalism and Its Work", October 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 53

UA News Bureau Material, November-December 1920

series I Box 1 Folder 54

UA News Bureau Material, January 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 55

UA News Bureau Material, February 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 56

UA News Bureau Material, March 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 57

UA News Bureau Material, April 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 58

UA News Bureau Material, May 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 59

UA News Bureau Story by Murray Sheehan on Impact of Cigarettes at University High School, June 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 60

UA News Bureau Material, June 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 61

UA News Bureau Material, July 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 62

UA News Bureau Material, August 1921

series I Box 1 Folder 63

UA News Bureau Farmers' Short Course Material, August 1921

Box 2

series I Box 2 Folder 1

UA News Bureau Material, September 1921

series I Box 2 Folder 2

UA News Bureau, Arkansas Advancement Association, List of 100 Reasons to be Proud of State, September 1921

series I Box 2 Folder 3

UA News Bureau Material, October 1921

series I Box 2 Folder 4

UA News Bureau Material, November 1921

series I Box 2 Folder 5

UA News Bureau Material, December 1921

series I Box 2 Folder 6

UA News Bureau Material, January-February 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 7

UA News Bureau Material, March-April 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 8

UA News Bureau Material, June 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 9

UA News Bureau Material, July 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 10

UA News Bureau Material, August 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 11

UA News Bureau, Farmers Week Material by Robert A. Leflar, August 1992

series I Box 2 Folder 12

UA News Bureau Material, September 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 13

UA News Bureau Material, October 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 14

UA News Bureau Material, November 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 15

UA News Bureau Material, December 1922

series I Box 2 Folder 16

UA News Bureau Material, January-March 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 17

UA News Bureau Story by Murray Sheehan, "The Two Hills of Fayetteville", March 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 18

UA News Bureau Material, April-June1923

series I Box 2 Folder 19

UA News Bureau Story about Murray Sheehan, May 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 20

UA News Bureau Material, July 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 21

UA News Bureau Material, August 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 22

UA News Bureau Material on Farmers Week, August 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 23

UA News Bureau, "The Daily Spread," Farmers Week Newsletter, August 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 24

UA News Bureau Material, September-October 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 25

UA News Bureau Media Invitation to Homecoming, October 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 26

UA News Bureau Material, November 1923

series I Box 2 Folder 27

UA News Bureau Material, January-June 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 28

UA News Bureau Material, September 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 29

UA News Bureau Material, October 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 30

UA News Bureau Material, November 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 31

UA News Bureau Material, December 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 32

UA News Bureau Material on Arkansas State Fair, 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 33

UA News Bureau Material on General Extension Division, 1924

series I Box 2 Folder 34

UA News Bureau Radio News Material, 1924-1925

series I Box 2 Folder 35

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 9, December 1925-December 1926

series I Box 2 Folder 36

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 10, December 1926-December 1927

series I Box 2 Folder 37

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 11, December 1927-December 1928

series I Box 2 Folder 38

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 12, December 1928-December 1929

series I Box 2 Folder 39

UA News Bureau Press Releases, Volume 13, January 1930-May 1930

series I Box 2 Folder 40

UA News Bureau Material, January 1925

series I Box 2 Folder 41

UA News Bureau Material, February 1925

series I Box 2 Folder 42

UA News Bureau Material, March 1925

series I Box 2 Folder 43

UA News Bureau Material, April 1925

Box 3

series I Box 3 Folder 1

UA News Bureau Material on Excavation of Cave in Newton County, Arkansas, April 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 2

UA News Bureau Material, May 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 3

UA News Bureau Material, June 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 4

UA News Bureau Material, July-August 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 5

UA News Bureau Material, September 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 6

UA News Bureau Material, October 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 7

UA News Bureau Material, November 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 8

UA News Bureau Material, December 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 9

UA News Bureau Material, January 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 10

UA News Bureau Material, February 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 11

UA News Bureau Material, March 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 12

UA News Bureau Material, March 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 13

UA News Bureau Material, April 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 14

UA News Bureau Material, May 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 15

UA News Bureau Material, May 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 16

UA News Bureau Material, June 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 17

UA News Bureau Material, July 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 18

UA News Bureau Material, July 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 19

UA News Bureau Article by John C. Futrall, "Rural Schools of Washington County", July 1926

series I Box 3 Folder 20

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 21

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 22

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 23

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 24

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 25

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 26

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 27

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1924-1925

series I Box 3 Folder 28

UA News Bureau Archeology, Debate, Geology Clippings, 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 29

UA News Bureau Engineering Clippings, 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 30

UA News Bureau Radio Station Clippings, 1925

series I Box 3 Folder 31

UA News Bureau ROTC Clippings, 1925

Box 4

series I Box 4 Folder 1

UA News Bureau Sports Clippings, 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 2

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 3

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 4

UA News Bureau Clippings, January-May 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 5

UA News Bureau Clippings, June-July 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 6

UA News Bureau Clippings, September 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 7

UA News Bureau Clippings, October 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 8

UA News Bureau Clippings, November 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 9

UA News Bureau Clippings, December 1925

series I Box 4 Folder 10

UA News Bureau St. Louis Post-Dispatch Clippings, 1925-1927

series I Box 4 Folder 11

UA News Bureau Clippings, January 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 12

UA News Bureau Clippings, February 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 13

UA News Bureau Clippings, March 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 14

UA News Bureau Clippings, April 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 15

UA News Bureau Clippings, May 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 16

UA News Bureau Clippings, June 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 17

UA News Bureau Clippings, July 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 18

UA News Bureau Clippings, August 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 19

UA News Bureau Clippings, September 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 20

UA News Bureau Clippings, October 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 21

UA News Bureau Clippings, November 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 22

UA News Bureau Clippings, December 1926

series I Box 4 Folder 23

UA News Bureau Clippings, January 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 24

UA News Bureau Clippings, February 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 25

UA News Bureau Clippings, March 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 26

UA News Bureau Clippings, April 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 27

UA News Bureau Clippings, May 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 28

UA News Bureau Clippings, June 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 29

UA News Bureau Clippings, July 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 30

UA News Bureau Clippings, August 1927

series I Box 4 Folder 31

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1927-1928

series I Box 4 Folder 32

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1927-1928

series I Box 4 Folder 33

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1927-1928

series I Box 4 Folder 34

UA News Bureau Sports Clippings, 1927-1928

Box 5

series I Box 5 Folder 1

UA News Bureau Sports Clippings, 1927-1928

series I Box 5 Folder 2

UA News Bureau Clippings, July 1928

series I Box 5 Folder 3

UA News Bureau Clippings, August 1928

series I Box 5 Folder 4

UA News Bureau Clippings, October 1928

series I Box 5 Folder 5

UA News Bureau Story by John C. Futrall on Anti-Evolution Legislation, October 1928

series I Box 5 Folder 6

UA News Bureau Clippings, December 1928

series I Box 5 Folder 7

UA News Bureau Clippings, January 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 8

UA News Bureau Clippings, February 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 9

UA News Bureau Clippings, March 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 10

UA News Bureau Story on Charlie Sims, African-American Employee, March 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 11

UA News Bureau Clippings, April 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 12

UA News Bureau Clippings, May 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 13

UA News Bureau Clippings, June 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 14

UA News Bureau Clippings, July 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 15

UA News Bureau Clippings, August 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 16

UA News Bureau Clippings, October 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 17

UA News Bureau Clippings, October 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 18

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1929

series I Box 5 Folder 19

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1929-1930

series I Box 5 Folder 20

UA News Bureau Story on Frank Pearson, Former Washington County Slave, 1929-1930

series I Box 5 Folder 21

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1929-1930

series I Box 5 Folder 22

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1930

series I Box 5 Folder 23

UA News Bureau Clippings, 1930

series I Box 5 Folder 24

UA News Bureau Material, 1944

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