Isabel France Papers

MC 1407

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

Creator
France, Isabel
Title
Isabel France Papers
Inclusive Dates
1906-1963
Identification
MC 1407
Extent
22 containers (10.8 linear feet)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
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 Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Libraries received the Isabel France Papers from her surviving family on August 15, 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in November 1999.

Preferred Form of Citation

Isabel France Papers (MC 1407), 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

Isabel France (1898-1963) known as the "writing woman of the Ozarks" was the author of Hills of Home column in the Arkansas Gazette as well as in Fort Smith, Tulsa, and St. Louis newspapers. In her column, France wrote for twenty-five years about the beauty of Arkansas's mountains, the Ozarks, its people, and her own life.

France graduated from Van Buren, Arkansas, High School in 1915, obtained her teacher's license the same year, and taught in Van Buren Public Schools. She later also attended the University of Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains professional, personal, and family correspondence. Correspondents include Booth Campbell, Orval Faubus, Walter J. Lemke, Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni, Sid McMath, Vance Randolph, Otto E. Rayburn, and others. The collection further contains personal papers; photographs; newspaper clippings of France's column Hills of Home (ca 1936-1961) as well as its manuscript and typewritten form; newspaper clippings of her column Shepherds Springs (ca 1953-1959); newspaper clippings about France; other clippings, sorted by topic, collected by France; and miscellaneous printed material. It also contains diaries, guest books, notebooks, and several files of France's drafts of various literary writings.

Series five of this collection contains Maud Duncan material. Duncan, often referred to as Arkansas's dean of women journalists, was a print shop owner and a publisher of The Winslow American newspaper. Duncan was born in Washington County, Arkansas, and was educated by her father, Dr. Albert Dunlap, a celebrated early physician and churchman of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and by private tutors. She attended Cane Hill College, and later received a teacher's certificate. She also studied pharmacy and became the second woman pharmacist licensed in Arkansas. She began practicing pharmacy in Winslow in 1906. Duncan and her husband, Gilbert Nelson Duncan, founded the The Winslow American in 1908. They worked side by side in the printing business until Mr. Duncan's death in 1918. Maud Duncan continued printing the newspaper singlehandedly almost until her death in 1958. She was an honorary life member of the Arkansas Press Association. Her papers consist of correspondence, The Winslow American newspaper, photographs, and miscellaneous papers.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Isabel France Papers include:

Maud Dunlap Duncan Materials, MC 1560

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is organized into five series:

  1. 1, Correspondence, personal papers, and photos (Boxes 1-7), 1906-1963
  2. 2, Newspaper columns (Boxes 8-16), 1906-1963
  3. 3, Newspaper clippings and printed material(Box 16), 1906-1963
  4. 4, Journals, Visitors/Guest Books, Notebooks, and Drafts (Boxes 16-21), ca 1934-1962
  5. 5, Maud Duncan Papers (Box 22), ca 1906-1959

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series 1: Correspondence, personal papers, and photos,

1906-1963

This series contains professional, personal, and family correspondence. Formal correspondence is sorted chronologically. Personal correspondence is divided into four parts: (a) correspondence sorted by last name (b) correspondence sorted by first name (where full name is not available) (c) correspondence with prominent individuals and institutions and (d) correspondence with family members. Some of the correspondence is accompanied by additional material pertaining to the correspondent or subject matter. The postal/greeting cards are sorted alphabetically. There are also a few draft letters written by France. The series also contains personal papers comprising legal documents, certificates, diplomas, teacher's contracts, and other miscellaneous papers. There are also twenty-six photographs in this series.

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Formal correspondence (chronological order), 1930-1963

series I Box 1 Folder 2

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - A, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 3

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name).- B, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 4

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - C, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 5

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - D, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 6

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - E, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 7

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - F, undated

series I Box 1 Folder 8

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order by full name). - G, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 1

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - H, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 2

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - J, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 3

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - K, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 4

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - L, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 5

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - M, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 6

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - N, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 7

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - O, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 8

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - P, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 9

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - R, undated

series I Box 2 Folder 10

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - S, undated

series I Box 3 Folder 1

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - T, undated

series I Box 3 Folder 2

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - V, undated

series I Box 3 Folder 3

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order by full name) - X, Y, Z, undated

series I Box 3 Folder 4

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order-incomplete names) - A-C. , undated

series I Box 3 Folder 5

Personal correspondence(alphabetical order-incomplete names) - D-H. , undated

series I Box 3 Folder 6

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order-incomplete names) - I-M. , undated

series I Box 3 Folder 7

Personal correspondence (alphabetical order-incomplete names) - O-T, undated

series I Box 3 Folder 8

Personal correspondence (by name or subject) - Arkansas Folklore Society/Mary Celestia Parler, (brochures and programs). , ca 1950-1954

series I Box 3 Folder 9

Personal correspondence (by name or subject) - Arkansas Gazette and other publishing companies, 1936-1954

series I Box 3 Folder 10

Personal correspondence (by name or subject) Arkansas Writers Conference, (newspaper clippings), ca 1947

series I Box 3 Folder 11

Personal correspondence (by name or subject) - Booth Campbell, (newspaper clippings-articles about BC). , ca 1937-1949

series I Box 3 Folder 12

Personal correspondence (by name or subject) - Orval Faubus, 1954-1962

series I Box 4 Folder 1

John Gould Fletcher, (newspaper clipping), 1944

series I Box 4 Folder 2

Wayne E. and Nancy Harding, ca (newspaper clippings), ca 1948-1962

series I Box 4 Folder 3

Jobelle Holcombe, 1930

series I Box 4 Folder 4

Edna Garner, ca 1936-1960

series I Box 4 Folder 5

Zella Johnson, (manuscript Beneath the Old Slat Bonnet), 1930s-1950s

series I Box 4 Folder 6

Walter J. Lemke, 1940s-1950s

series I Box 4 Folder 7

Lum and Abner, 1937

series I Box 4 Folder 8

Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni (program), 1948

series I Box 4 Folder 9

Sid McMath, 1950

series I Box 4 Folder 10

National Folk Festival, 1938-1955

series I Box 4 Folder 11

National Society of Arts and Letters, (brochures), 1946-1953

series I Box 4 Folder 12

Vance Randolph, (published material and drafts of France's letters to Randolph), ca 1930-1954

series I Box 4 Folder 13

Otto E. Rayburn, 1933, 1944, 1950

series I Box 4 Folder 14

Lessie Stringfellow Read (three letters, n), undated

series I Box 4 Folder 15

University of Arkansas, ca 1938-1962

series I Box 4 Folder 16

Thyra Samter Winslow, (newspaper clippings), 1940s

series I Box 5 Folder 1

Family Correspondence - Esther Corning, (one picture), 1929-1940s

series I Box 5 Folder 2

Family Correspondence Walt Dyer, 1930s

series I Box 5 Folder 3

Family Correspondence - Frederick Harper, 1946-1958

series I Box 5 Folder 4

Family Correspondence - Patricia Harper, 1928-1950s

series I Box 5 Folder 5

Family Correspondence - Fred Huckelbury, 1950s

series I Box 5 Folder 6

Family Correspondence - 1950s, 1933

series I Box 5 Folder 7

Family Correspondence - 1930s-1950s, 1930s-1950s

series I Box 5 Folder 8

Family Correspondence - 1940s, 1940s

series I Box 5 Folder 9

Family Correspondence - Sarah Neal, 1930s-1961

series I Box 5 Folder 10

Family Correspondence - Mrs. Huckelbury (mother), 1930s-1950s

series I Box 5 Folder 11

Family Correspondence - Other family, , 1916, 1940s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 1

Miscellaneous unidentified correspondence, undated

series I Box 6 Folder 2

Isabel France outgoing letters (drafts?), undated

series I Box 6 Folder 3

Greeting/Postal Cards - A-B, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 4

Greeting/Postal Cards, - C-D, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 5

Greeting/Postal Cards, - E-F, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 6

Greeting/Postal Cards, - G-H, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 7

Greeting/Postal Cards, - J-K, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 8

Greeting/Postal Cards, - L-M, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 9

Greeting/Postal Cards, - N-P, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 10

Greeting/Postal Cards, - R-S, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 11

Greeting/Postal Cards, - T-W, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 12

Greeting/Postal Cards, - Miscellaneous, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 13

Personal Papers - Certificates, diplomas, teacher's contracts, and others, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 14

Personal Papers - Legal papers, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 6 Folder 15

Personal Papers - Miscellaneous papers, ca 1930s-1950s

series I Box 7 Folder 1

Photographs- Isabel France. No. 1-6

series I Box 7 Folder 2

Photographs- Family. No. 7-8

series I Box 7 Folder 3

Photographs- Isabel France's house (?). No. 9-13

series I Box 7 Folder 4

Photographs- Scenic images. No. 14-15

series I Box 7 Folder 5

Photographs- Booth Campbell. No. 16

series I Box 7 Folder 6

Photographs- Unidentified. No. 17-26

series 2: Newspaper columns,

1906-1963

This series contains the original handwritten and typed versions of Hills of Home as well as clippings of the newspaper column published in the Arkansas Gazette from 1936 to 1961. It also contains clippings of the Shepherd Springs column (ca 1953-1959) and other published articles written by France.

series II Box 8 Folder 1

Hills of Home (published), 1936

series II Box 8 Folder 2

Hills of Home (published), 1937

series II Box 8 Folder 3

Hills of Home (published), 1938

series II Box 8 Folder 4

Hills of Home (published), 1939

series II Box 8 Folder 5

Hills of Home (published), 1940

series II Box 8 Folder 6

Hills of Home (published), 1941

series II Box 8 Folder 7

Hills of Home (published), 1942

series II Box 8 Folder 8

Hills of Home (published), 1943

series II Box 8 Folder 9

Hills of Home (published), 1944

series II Box 8 Folder 10

Hills of Home (published), 1945

series II Box 8 Folder 11

Hills of Home (published), 1946

series II Box 8 Folder 12

Hills of Home (published), 1947

series II Box 8 Folder 13

Hills of Home (published), 1948

series II Box 9 Folder 1

Hills of Home (published), 1949

series II Box 9 Folder 2

Hills of Home (published), 1950

series II Box 9 Folder 3

Hills of Home (published), 1951

series II Box 9 Folder 4

Hills of Home (published), 1952

series II Box 9 Folder 5

Hills of Home (published), 1953

series II Box 9 Folder 6

Hills of Home (published), 1954

series II Box 9 Folder 7

Hills of Home (published), 1955

series II Box 9 Folder 8

Hills of Home (published), 1956

series II Box 9 Folder 9

Hills of Home (published), 1957

series II Box 9 Folder 10

Hills of Home (published), 1958

series II Box 9 Folder 11

Hills of Home (published), 1959

series II Box 9 Folder 12

Hills of Home (published), 1960

series II Box 9 Folder 13

Hills of Home (published), 1961

series II Box 9 Folder 14

Hills of Home (published), undated

series II Box 10 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1940s

series II Box 10 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1950

series II Box 10 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1951 (1 of 2)

series II Box 10 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1951 (2 of 2)

series II Box 10 Folder 5

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1952 (1 of 3)

series II Box 10 Folder 6

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1952 (2 of 3)

series II Box 11 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1952 (3 of 3)

series II Box 11 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1953 (1 of 2)

series II Box 11 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1953 (2 of 2)

series II Box 11 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1954 (1 of 2)

series II Box 12 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1954 (2 of 2)

series II Box 12 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1955 (1 of 3)

series II Box 12 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1955 (2 of 3)

series II Box 12 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1955 (3 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1956 (1 of 2)

series II Box 13 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1956 (2 of 2)

series II Box 13 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1957

series II Box 13 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1958 (1 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 5

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1958 (2 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1958 (3 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1959 (1 of 2)

series II Box 13 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1959 (2 of 2)

series II Box 13 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1960 (1 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 5

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1960 2 of 3)

series II Box 13 Folder 6

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1960 (3 of 3)

series II Box 14 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1961 (1 of 2)

series II Box 14 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1961 (2 of 2)

series II Box 14 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), No date (1 of 2)

series II Box 14 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), No date (2 of 2)

series II Box 15 Folder 1

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1961 (1 of 2)

series II Box 15 Folder 2

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), 1961 (2 of 2)

series II Box 15 Folder 3

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), No date (1 of 2)

series II Box 15 Folder 4

Hills of Home (handwritten and typed), No date (2 of 2)

series II Box 16 Folder 1

Shepherd Springs, 1953

series II Box 16 Folder 2

Shepherd Springs, 1954

series II Box 16 Folder 3

Shepherd Springs, 1955

series II Box 16 Folder 4

Shepherd Springs, 1956

series II Box 16 Folder 5

Shepherd Springs, 1957

series II Box 16 Folder 6

Shepherd Springs, 1959

series II Box 16 Folder 7

Shepherd Springs, undated

series II Box 16 Folder 8

Other published writings by France, undated

series 3: Newspaper clippings and printed material,

1906-1963

This series contains newspaper clippings of articles about Isabel France and clippings, newspapers, and miscellaneous printed material collected by France.

series III Box 16 Folder 9

Articles about Isabel France, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 10

Arts and crafts, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 11

J. William and Roberta Fulbright, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 12

Literary verses and other writings, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 13

Local clubs, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 14

Local history, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 15

Local matters, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 16

Oologah, Oklahoma, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 17

Ozarks, undated

series III Box 16 Folder 18

Miscellaneous printed material, undated

series 4: Journals, Visitors/Guest Books, Notebooks, and Drafts,

ca 1934-1962

This series comprises twelve diaries (ca 1934-1961), ten visitor/guest books (ca 1938-1962), fifteen notebooks containing entries on various subjects, and five files with drafts of her literary writings.

series IV Box 17 Folder 1

Journals, 1934, 1939

series IV Box 17 Folder 2

Journals, 1948

series IV Box 17 Folder 3

Journals, 1952

series IV Box 17 Folder 4

Journals, 1953-1954

series IV Box 17 Folder 5

Journals, 1955

series IV Box 17 Folder 6

Journals, 1957

series IV Box 17 Folder 7

Journals, 1959

series IV Box 18 Folder 1

Journals, 1960

series IV Box 18 Folder 2

Journals, 1961

series IV Box 18 Folder 3

Visitor/Guest Books, 1938

series IV Box 18 Folder 4

Visitor/Guest Books, 1939

series IV Box 18 Folder 5

Visitor/Guest Books, 1940

series IV Box 18 Folder 6

Visitor/Guest Books, 1941-1954

series IV Box 19 Folder 1

Visitor/Guest Books, 1954-1957.

series IV Box 19 Folder 2

Visitor/Guest Books, 1959

series IV Box 19 Folder 3

Visitor/Guest Books, 1961

series IV Box 19 Folder 4

Visitor/Guest Books, 1962

series IV Box 20 Folder 1

Notebooks. (1 of 4)

series IV Box 20 Folder 2

Notebooks. (2 of 4)

series IV Box 20 Folder 3

Notebooks. (3 of 4)

series IV Box 20 Folder 4

Notebooks. (4 of 4)

series IV Box 21 Folder 1

Drafts (1 of 5)

series IV Box 21 Folder 2

Drafts (2 of 5)

series IV Box 21 Folder 3

Drafts (3 of 5)

series IV Box 21 Folder 4

Drafts (4 of 5)

series IV Box 21 Folder 5

Drafts (5 of 5)

series 5: Maud Duncan Papers,

ca 1906-1959

This series contains Duncan's mostly personal correspondence, photographs, The Winslow American newspapers, ca 1948-1953, and miscellaneous papers including some material on The Helen Dunlap Memorial School, Winslow, Arkansas, founded by Dr. and Mrs. Albert Dunlap in 1904 after their daughter's death. The series also contains Maud Duncan's pharmacy certificate (1906) and her father's medical degree diploma.

series V Box 22 Folder 1

Correspondence, ca. 1911-1959

series V Box 22 Folder 2

Photographs, Maud Duncan studio portrait, No. 1; Maud Duncan at the printing press, No. 2-18; Miscellaneous snapshots in front of the Winslow American building, No. 19-38; Other miscellaneous snapshots and group pictures, No. 39-44, undated

series V Box 22 Folder 3

The Winslow American, 1948-1953

series V Box 22 Folder 4

Miscellaneous papers, undated

END OF COLLECTION

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