Bess Wolf Romans Collection

MC 1382

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Shana Zarnowski, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Romans, Bess Wolf, 1892-1989
Bess Wolf Romans Collection
Inclusive Dates
MC 1382
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

RESTRICTIONS APPLY. Letters are fragile and have been encapsulated in Mylar. Photocopies, if needed, must be made without removing the letters from their sleeves.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Bess Wolf Romans Collection was transferred to the University Libraries by the Fayetteville Public Library on May 15, 1998. The scrapbook was found in the book drop at the public library "in late September or early October 1991. The donor was not identified." --note kept with scrapbook.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in July 1998.

Preferred Form of Citation

Bess Wolf Romans Collection (MC 1382), 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

Bess Pauline Wolf (1892-1989) attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in the Class of 1911. She was an enthusiastic member of the girls' basketball team and participated in dramatic productions and the usual student activities. Her first teaching job was presumably at Parkdale, Arkansas, where she taught Expression and literature in 1911-12. By 1914 she had received an Arkansas teachers' certificate for Normal Training and taught at Mena, Arkansas. In 1918 she married E. L. Romans in Checotah, Oklahoma, where she might have been teaching English. The couple settled in Fayetteville, and eventually they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbook was created by Bess Wolf to contain mementos of her University experiences, her career as a schoolteacher, and other early experiences. Other materials were inserted into the book throughout her life.

The collection consists of Bess Wolf's scrapbook, three letters written by her parents shortly before their marriage, and a card index of the contents of the scrapbook created at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Three letters

RESTRICTION: Do not remove letters from protective sleeves.

Box 1 Folder 1 Item 1

W. D. Wolf to Miss Lydia Webb, Paris, Arkansas, August 27, 1874 1 l., 2p.

Box 1 Folder 1 Item 2

"William D. Wolf to Miss Lydia Webb his Intended," Paris, Arkansas, Nov 13, 1874 1 l., 2p.

Box 1 Folder 1 Item 3

Lydia Webb to William Wolf, Van Buren, Arkansas, Nov. 18, 1874 1 l., 2p.

Box 1 Folder 2


Looseleaf binder containing loose pages of genealogical data about the Wolf family, photographs, clippings, programs, souvenirs, documents, correspondence, and other materials documenting Bess Wolf's career as a student at the University of Arkansas and her early years as a schoolteacher. Many items laid in in no particular order. Pages interleaved and articles numbered by the Fayetteville Public Library staff.

Box 1 Folder 3

Card index

3" x 5" cards containing index of all the items in the scrapbook


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