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Bunn and Louise Shores Bell Materials

Manuscript Collection 1942

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Grant Bodiford in 2013.

Finding Aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Bell Family
Bunn and Louise Shores Bell Materials
Inclusive Dates:
MC 1942
2.75 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 OV item)
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email 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 Bunn and Louise Shores Bell Materials were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on July 20, 2012 by Bruce Wesson of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Grant Bodiford; completed in June 2013.

Preferred Form of Citation

Bunn and Louise Shores Bell Materials (MC 1942), 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

Bunn and Louise Shores Bell lived in Prairie Grove, Washington County, Arkansas. Bunn Bell was born on December 10, 1900 and died on December 17, 1994. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1923 and served as assistant business manager for the University from 1942 until 1966. Louise Shores Bell was born on June 23, 1904 and died on April 29, 1997. She also graduated from the University of Arkansas, receiving a masters degree in English in 1926. She taught high school English from 1927-1945 and also served as the principal of Fayetteville High School from 1945-1956.

The couple owned the historic Lake-Shores-Bell House near the Prairie Grove Civil War Battleground. The house was constructed in 1870 by Milton F. Lake, who came to Northwest Arkansas from Kentucky in the 1860s. During the Civil War, the Battle of Prairie Grove took place on portions of the land that Lake had purchased. Lake, a popular politician, served in the state legislature, signed the 1874 Arkansas Constitution, and was a primary contractor in the construction of the University of Arkansas Old Main building. The house was eventually sold in 1932 to John C. Shores who then transferred ownership to his daughter, Louise Bell, and his son-in-law, Bunn Bell. The house was meticulously modernized and well preserved by the Bells during their ownership.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes family biographical materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, family photographs and photographs of the Lake-Shores-Bell House.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Biographical Materials, 1917-1995 (Images 1-3)

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1926-1993 (Images 4-5)

Box 1 Folder 3

Genealogical Materials, 1984

Box 1 Folder 4

Legal Materials, 1870-1954

Box 1 Folder 4

Legal Materials, 1870-1954

Box 1 Folder 5

Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1997

Box 1 Folder 6

Lake-Shores-Bell House Materials, 1974-1981

Box 1 Folder 7

Lake-Shores-Bell House Photographs, n.d. (Images 6-119)

Box 1 Folder 8

Bunn Bell Family Photographs, n.d. (Images 120-161)

Box 1 Folder 9

Bunn Bell Family Photo Album, n.d. (Images 162-237)

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1

Louise Bell Childhood Photographs, n.d. (Images 238-258)

Box 2 Folder 2

Louise Bell Photographs, n.d. (Images 259-275)

Box 2 Folder 3

Louise Bell Family Photographs, n.d. (Images 276-300)

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1

Bunn Bell Certificates, 1923-1925

Box 3 Folder 2

Bunn Bell Family Photographs, n.d. (Images 301-303)

Item 1

Item 1

Bunn Bell University of Arkansas Walking Cane, 1923