Juletta Ashby Jordan Papers

MC 1108

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Saylor Syfert, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Jordan, Juletta Ashby, 1855-1937
Juletta Ashby Jordan Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 1108
.4 linear feet (1 container)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Juletta Ashby Jordan papers were donated to Special Collections by Mabel Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on February 13, 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January 1991.

Preferred Form of Citation

Juletta Ashby Jordan Papers (MC 1108), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Juletta Ashby Jordan (1855- 1937) was a teacher, temperance advocate, and newspaperwoman in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Originally from Illinois, Juletta moved to the Vinita, Indian Territory, area in the late 1880s. She married Claude D. Jordan on June 7, 1887 and the couple had two children, a girl who died shortly after birth and a son, John Bunyan Jordan (1889-1907). Juletta left her husband in January 1890 and went to live with her mother and sister, "Said" Beck, who also lived in the Vinita area. Shortly afterwards the Becks moved near Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory, where Juletta became active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona Territory in 1905 where she wrote for the Arizona Republic newspaper. She was the author of A Student in Journalism Fifty Years Ago (Phoenix: Arizona Republican Print Shop, 1927). "Said" Beck, the sister of Juletta Jordan, was the widow of Addison Beck, a deputy United States Marshal who served the United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas under Judge Isaac Parker. Beck was killed on September 27, 1883 while attempting to arrest two whiskey peddlers in the Indian Territory west of Fort Smith. He was survived by his wife and two daughters, Emma and Addie. "Said" continued to live with Addison's brothers, Ira and Larkin, when they moved to the Vinita area in the 1880s and taught school for a living.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the materials in this collection were created or collected by Juletta Ashby Jordan. Series one contains diaries kept by Juletta Jordan, "Said" Beck, and Addison Beck. Series two consists of letters written and received by Addison Beck, Juletta Jordan, and "Said" Beck. The literary works in series three were almost entirely written by Juletta Jordan. Series four, scrapbooks and scrapbook materials, includes an elocution notebook kept by Addie Beck, a teaching notebook probably kept by Juletta Jordan, printed emphemera, clippings, and two photographs of acquaintances in the Indian Territory.

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection has been arranged in series based on document type.:

  1. Series 1. Diaries and memoranda books, 1879-1904 (Folders 1-5)
  2. Series 2. Letters, 1882-1926 (Folder 6)
  3. Series 3. Literary works, ca. 1890-1930 (Folders 7-12)
  4. Series 4. Scrapbooks and scrapbook material, ca. 1890-1932 (Folders 13-18)

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series 1: Diaries and memoranda books,


Folders 1-5

Diaries kept by Juletta Jordan, "Said" Beck and Addison Beck, arranged in chronological order. The two volumes kept by Addison include travel notes and expenses incurred by him while serving as a deputy in Indian Territory, along with later notations made by his brothers, Ira and Larkin Beck, following Addison's death in 1883. The women's diaries are contain a great deal of literary essays and random notes.

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Diary, "Said" Beck, 1879

series I Box 1 Folder 2

Diary, Addison Beck, 1880-1881

series I Box 1 Folder 3

Diary, Addison Beck, April-August, 1881

series I Box 1 Folder 4

Diary, "Said" Beck, January 1889-August 1890

series I Box 1 Folder 5

Diary, Juletta Jordan, April 1889-November 1904

series 2: Letters,


Folder 6

One letter written by Addison Beck describing his work at Fort Smith; one letter received by Addison Beck from an informant in the Indian Territory; letters received by Juletta Jordan or Said Beck from friends and relatives in Illinois, Texas, and Oklahoma.

series II Box 1 Folder 6

Letters, 1882-1926

series 3: Literary works,

ca 1890-1930

Folders 7-12

Manuscript and printed obituaries, poetry, and fiction written by Juletta Ashby Jordan, arranged by literary type. Successive drafts of individual works have been fastened together within the Folders.

series III Box 1 Folder 7


series III Box 1 Folder 8


series III Box 1 Folder 9


series III Box 1 Folder 10


series III Box 1 Folder 11

Fiction, "Jim"

series III Box 1 Folder 12

Fiction, untitled

series 4: Scrapbooks and scrapbook material,

ca 1890-1932

Folders 13-18

Elocution notebook kept by Addie Beck; school lesson book probably kept by Juletta Ashby Jordan; printed ephemera including patent medicine advertisements and church notices; newspaper clippings from the Arizona Republic and other papers which may have been articles written by Juletta Ashby Jordan; two photographs of Indian Territory acquaintances "Uncle Mack" (a prospector) and "Elsie" (a Tonkawa Indian).

series IV Box 1 Folder 13

Addie Beck notebook

series IV Box 1 Folder 14

Juletta Jordan notebook

series IV Box 1 Folder 15

Printed emphemera

series IV Box 1 Folder 16

Newspaper clippings

series IV Box 1 Folder 17

Newspaper clippings

series IV Box 1 Folder 18



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