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Finger-Stone Correspondence

Letters, photographs, and clippings, 1923-1941

Manuscript Collection 449


Charles J. Finger born December 25, 1869 to Charles Finger and Julia Connolly Finger in Willesden, England, died seventy-one years later on January 7, 1941, at his farm, Gayeta Lodge, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He attended Kings College in London, England, and studied music in Frankfurt, Germany; then in 1887 began his adventures which took him to North and South America, Africa, and Antarctica.  His life of travel was the basis for his prize-winning children's books, among them Tales from Silver Lands, a collection of South American folk tales, and Courageous Companions, the story of a boy who sailed with Magellan.  In addition to children's books, Finger also authored numerous books, "Little Blue Books," articles, editorials, book reviews, and short stories.  Most of his literary output was published during the last twenty-two years of his life.

Charles J. Finger came to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1920 with his wife Nellie B. Ferguson whom he had married in Texas in 1902.  They had five children.  One of them, Helen Finger Leflar, helped to illustrate his books.  He immediately began publication of All's Well, his one-man monthly magazine.  All's Well was published until 1935 and had a national circulation.  From 1936-1938, Finger worked on the Arkansas Guide for the Works Progress Administration.

Having become ill with influenza, Charles J. Finger died January 7, 1941, and was buried at Gayeta Lodge under a favorite elm.


The papers consist of letters from Charles J. Finger to his friend Wilbur M. Stone; one letter from Helen Finger to Wilbur M. Stone, (1941); two photographs of Finger, (one with his daughter, Helen Finger); clippings; and miscellaneous.

The Finger-Stone Correspondence was acquired by Special Collections from Howard S. Mott, Inc. of Sheffield, Massachusetts, in August, 1982.
 Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in June, 1989.


Box 1

 1. Correspondence: June 1, 1923-ca. Apr 1931.
 2. Ca. Mar 1931-Aug 9, 1937.
 3. Ca. Feb 1938-Jan 22, 1941.
 4. Notes from Missionary Explorer, list of books by Charles J. Finger, and announcement of the Pioneer Publishing Company, n.d.
 5. Letter from J[acob] Omansky to the subscribers of All's Well,n.d.
 5. Photograph of Charles J. Finger at Cape Cod, Oct 1938; photograph of Charles J. Finger and daughter, Helen Finger, at Cape Cod, Oct 1938.
 7. Clippings, and obituaries of Charles J. Finger, Jan and Apr 1941.

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