Quesenbury Family Papers

MC 1003

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Heath Robinson, 2020.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Quesenbury
Title
Quesenbury Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
circa 1853-1950s
Identification
MC 1003
Extent
.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections, 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 Quesenbury Family Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 1989 through Chessie D. Quesenbury of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Kim A. Scott; completed in December 1989.

Preferred Form of Citation

"Quesenbury Family Papers (MC 1003), Special Collections Department, 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

William Minor Quesenbury (1822-1888) was a teacher, poet, editor, soldier, and artist from Crawford County, Arkansas. He was born to a large family near Van Buren and after attending the local schools enrolled in St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Kentucky. Quesenbury served in Archibald Yell's regiment during the Mexican War and then moved to Fort Smith around 1847. He taught for a brief period at Cane Hill College, Washington County, and finally settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he established a newspaper, the South West Independent in 1853. His newspaper lasted until 1857, and two years later he again resumed his career as an editor for the Arkansaian, a Fayetteville newspaper owned by James Pettigrew and Elias C. Boudinot. During the Civil War, Quesenbury served in the Confederate army under the command of Albert Pike and spent most of his service in the Indian Territory and Texas. He died at Neosho, Missouri in 1888.

Scope and Content Note

The materials in this collection include a scrapbook consisting of a series of newspaper articles about William Minor Quesenbury published in the Arkansas Gazette in 1932 and 1940. Two photographs, taken in 1940, of original sketches drawn by Quesenbury in the 1870s, are also included, along with a portrait of Emily Lynch, a resident of Van Buren in the 1870s who married a member of the Quesenbury family. An undated courtship note to Emily signed by "Mr. Cush," a page of clippings from the Van Buren Press, circa 1853, and other unidentified clippings concerning the Quesenburys completes the collection. A complete inventory follows this introduction.

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection consists of two folders, housed in a box with other smaller manuscript collections.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 1 Item 1

Scrapbook Pages, 1932, 1940

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 1 Item 2

Van Buren Press Clippings, circa 1853

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 1 Item 3

Newspaper Clippings, circa 1940s-1950s

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 1 Item 4

Courtship Note, circa 1878

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 2 Item 1

Emily Lynch Photograph, circa 1878-1940

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 2 Item 2

"Cyclops," Cartoon Sketch by William Quesenbury, 1878

Box Small Manuscripts Box 7 Folder MC 1003 Folder 2 Item 3

"Van Buren," Sketch of Courthouse and Surrounding Buildings by William Quesenbury, circa 1870s

END OF COLLECTION

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