E. Philip Trapp Collection

MC 1038

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Lee Flowers, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Trapp, E. Philip
E. Philip Trapp Collection
Inclusive Dates
MC 1038
0.5 linear feet (210 items in 1 box)
Materials are in English.
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 restrictions apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

Correspondence and clippings concerning Act 10 of the Arkansas Legislature (1958) were donated to the Special Collections Department by Professor Emeritus of Psychology E. Philip Trapp, Fayetteville, February 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Nan Lawler, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in July 1990.

Preferred Form of Citation

E. Philip Trapp Collection (MC 1038), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Historical Sketch

Act 10, passed by a special session of the Arkansas Legislature, August 1958, required every teacher in Arkansas to file a sworn affidavit listing organizations that the teacher was a member of or had contributed to in the past five years. Many University of Arkansas faculty members filed under protest, some resigned rather than comply, and four refused to comply and were fired.

Students as well as faculty organized to protest the law and collect funds for a lawsuit. The American Association of University Professors financed legal costs as well as providing financial assistance to the four University of Arkansas teachers who had been fired for refusing to comply. Act 10 was finally declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1960.

E. Philip Trapp, president of the University of Arkansas chapter of AAUP at the time, generated this collection.

Scope and Content Note

It includes correspondence from individuals and organizations, memos and announcements concerning the fight against Act 10, and newspaper clippings. Trapp had started a scrapbook of clippings, but none were fastened down, so all clippings were photocopied on acid-free paper for preservation purposes.

Arrangement of the Papers

The materials are arranged by format.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, April - June 1959

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, July - August 1959

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence, September - December 1959

Box 1 Folder 4

Correspondence, January 1960 - April 1967

Box 1 Folder 5

Statements returned by University of Arkansas faculty on action taken on Act 10, ca. July 1959., July 1959

Box 1 Folder 6

Information concerning the four faculty members who refused to comply., n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Notes, memoranda, and other papers concerning Act 10, undated., n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

Copies of complaint, appeal, and decision, Arkansas Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court, 1959-1960., 1959-1960

Box 1 Folder 9

Clippings, April 1959

Box 1 Folder 10

Clippings, May 1-5, 1959

Box 1 Folder 11

Clippings, May 6-27, 1959

Box 1 Folder 12

Clippings, June 1959 - February 1962


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