Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Ragsdale, John Gails, Sr., 1897-1976
- John Gails Ragsdale Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- ca 1918-1972
- MC 1329
- 2 Linear Feet (1 box)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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The John Gails Ragsdale Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by John Gails Ragsdale Papers Jr. of El Dorado, Arkansas on November 30, 1994.
Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, November 1995. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Preferred Form of Citation
John Gails Ragsdale Papers (MC 1329), 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.
John Gails Ragsdale, Sr. (1897-1976) was born in Shuler-Cairo (Union County) Arkansas. After attending a one-room country school, he entered the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1919. He later served for fourteen years on the University's Board of Trustees and was president of the Board at one time. After his graduation from the law school of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1923, Ragsdale practiced law in El Dorado, Arkansas. He served as an attorney for Lion Oil Company (El Dorado) from 1942 to 1962, and was United States Commissioner from 1934 to 1971. Ragsdale was a member of the Union County, state of Arkansas, and the American Bar Associations, and was admitted to practice in all local courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ragsdale participated in many civic activities, particularly the Boy Scouts of America, the El Dorado Kiwanis Club, and the El Dorado United Campaign. He served as County Chairman of the American Red Cross for 15 years. Ragsdale was ardent supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks and frequently represented the University of Arkansas on the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.
Scope and Content Note
The papers contain diplomas, certificates, commissions, photographs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to John G. Ragsdale. The materials consist of about seventy items.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 1||
Membership certificate to Tau Kappa Alpha Fraternity, April 27, 1918
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 2||
Diploma, Bachelor of Arts, University of Arkansas, June 17, 1919
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 3||
Membership certificate to The Holmes Law Club, Harvard University, March 31, 1920
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 4||
Certificate as a charter member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, February 20, 1922
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 5||
Attorney's License, State of Arkansas, October 2, 1922
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 6||
Membership Certificate to the Square and Compass Fraternity, January 31, 1923
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 7||
Diploma, School of Law, Washington and Lee University, June 5, 1923
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 8||
Certification "as an Attorney, Counselor, Solicitor and Protector" of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Eighth Circuit, June 24, 1925
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 9||
Appointment and Commission as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, March 11, 1927
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 10||
Campaign Brochure for Mr. Ragsdale when he ran for County and Probate Judge for Union County, 1928
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 11||
Booklet: "Formal Opening, El Dorado's New Municipal Building., February 17, 1928." Mr. Ragsdale was City Attorney of El Dorado, and he is pictured in the booklet, February 17, 1928
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 12||
Certificate as "an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States", May 15, 1939
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 13||
Admittance card to the gallery of the 76th U.S. Congress signed by Senator Hattie W. Caraway, May 15, 1939
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 14||
Letter confirming "Admission and Enrollment as an Attorney and Counselor" to the United States Court of Appeal, Eighth Circuit, November 8, 1948
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 15||
Membership certificate to the University of Arkansas Wild Hogs, November 1, 1950
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 16||
Membership certificate to the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, November 19, 1968
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 17||
Certificate as founding member of the University of Arkansas Development Council, February 16, 1970
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 18||
Certificate of attendance at the 1971 session of the American Academy of Judicial Education, University of Alabama, 1971
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 19||
Certificate as Senior Member of the Arkansas Bar Association, 1971
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 20||
Approximately forty newspaper clippings touching upon activities associated with the life and work of Mr. Ragsdale. Includes obituaries, n.d.
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||
Thirteen photographs, n.d.
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 1||
"Judges Seminar. School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama", ca 1970
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 2||
"Union County Court House Group", ca 1931
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 3-5||
Three photographs of a demonstration, n.d.
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 6||
"50th Anniversary of U. of Ark. Grads", 1969
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 7||
Group at banquet table, ca 1948-1950
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 8||
"Judge J. G. Ragsdale. Tuscaloosa, Alabama", 1971
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 9||
"American Academy of Judicial Education, University of Alabama", 1971
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 10||
"J. G. Ragsdale, adjusting glasses", ca 1960
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 21||Item 11||
Formal portrait of Ragsdale, ca 1945
|Box 1||Portfolio 1||Folder 22||
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, ca 1928-1973
END OF COLLECTION