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Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum

Manuscript Collection 531a

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 Krista Oldham, 2013 and updated by Katrina Windon, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Harding, Arthur M. (1884-1947)
Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum
Inclusive Dates
MC 531a
2.7 linear feet (1 box and 1 OV folder)
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 Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum was donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries on August 31, 2012, by Harding's grandson, David Newbern of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Krista Oldham; completed November 2013.

Preferred Form of Citation

Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum (MC 531a), 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

Arthur M. Harding was the first Arkansas native named president of the University of Arkansas. Born September 3, 1884, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Harding was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he attended public schools. After receiving his B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 1904, Harding joined the mathematics department as an instructor. On August 9, 1905, Harding married Edna Nance and together the couple had two children.

After teaching for a number of years, Harding and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he then earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1913 and 1916 in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and returned to Fayetteville to accept a position as a professor at the University of Arkansas.

Harding served as the University of Arkansas's first examiner and as registrar during World War I. He was also secretary of the Alumni Association for twenty-five years, founder of the Arkansas Alumnus (which he edited for twenty years), manager and operator of radio station KUOA for ten years, and in 1919 organized the General Extension Service (later to become the Division of Continuing Education), which he administered until 1941. In that year, he succeeded J. William Fulbright as president of the University of Arkansas, a post he held for six years. Harding passed away on December 24, 1947.

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection include speeches, typescripts, publications, early editions of University of Arkansas student newspapers, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. Writings are primarily by Arthur M. Harding; two magazines include articles by his daughter, Mary Frances Harding.

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

Memorial Record Book, December 26, 1947

Box 1 Folder 2

Speeches, 1931-1939

Box 1 Folder 3

Speeches, 1941-1944, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

"As Time Goes By: The Story of the Calendar" (Typescript), n.d.

Box 1 Folder 5

"Let's Look at the Stars: The Story of Astronomy" (Typescript), n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

"Let's Look at the Stars: The Story of Astronomy" (Typescript), n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Plane Trigonometry by A.M. Harding and J.S. Turner, 1937

Box 1 Folder 8

Children's Activities for Home and School Vol. 8, No. 3, including Arthur M. Harding's "Some Stories about the Stars", March 1942

Box 1 Folder 9

Highlights for Children, Vol. 2, No. 4, including Arthur M. Harding's "The Wonderful Sun", April 1947

Box 1 Folder 10

Highlights for Children, Vol. 2, No. 10, including Arthur M. Harding's "About the Stars", December 1947

Box 1 Folder 11

Highlights for Children Vol. 3, No. 10, including Arthur M. Harding's "What is the Earth?", December 1948

Box 1 Folder 12

Highlights for Children, Vol. 4, No. 1, including Arthur M. Harding's "Is the Earth Round or Flat?", January 1949

Box 1 Folder 13

Highlights for Children, Vol. 5, No. 7, including Mary Frances Harding's "Our Nearest Neighbor", September 1950

Box 1 Folder 14

Highlights for Children, Vol. 6, No. 4, including Mary Frances Harding's "The King of the Heavens", April 1951

Box 1 Folder 15

Newspaper Clippings regarding Arthur M. Harding and the University of Arkansas, 1912-1969

Box 1 Item 1

Arthur M. Harding Rotary International Button, n.d.

Box 1 Item 2

Doctoral Hood

Oversize 1

Oversize 1 Item 1

University of Chicago Master of Arts Diploma, 1913

Oversize 1 Item 2

University of Chicago Doctorate of Philosophy Diploma, 1916

Oversize 1 Item 3

The X-Ray Volume 1, Number 1, 1912

Oversize 1 Item 4

The X-Ray Volume 1, Number 2, 1912

Oversize 1 Item 5

The Student Opinion Volume 1, Number 2, ca. 1913

Oversize 1 Item 6

Arthur Harding Arkansas Gazette Magazine Articles, July-December, 1934