John Gails Ragsdale Papers

MC 1329

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Heather Young, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Ragsdale, John Gails, Sr., 1897-1976
Title
John Gails Ragsdale Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca 1918-1972
Identification
MC 1329
Extent
2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
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 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.

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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

Box 1 Portfolio 1 Folder 1

Membership certificate to Tau Kappa Alpha Fraternity, April 27, 1918

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Signed by Charles H. Brough, who served as Governor of Arkansas, 1917-1921. (Includes undated newspaper clipping relative thereto.)

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

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(Signed by Oliver Wendell Holmes?)

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

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Box 1 Portfolio 1 Folder 10

Campaign Brochure for Mr. Ragsdale when he ran for County and Probate Judge for Union County, 1928

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Box 1 Portfolio 1 Folder 21 Item 2

"Union County Court House Group", ca 1931

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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

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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

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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

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Box 1 Portfolio 1 Folder 21 Item 11

Formal portrait of Ragsdale, ca 1945

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Box 1 Portfolio 1 Folder 22

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, ca 1928-1973

END OF COLLECTION

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