Peter Deisch Materials

MC 1679

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 Todd E. Lewis and Krista Oldham, 2007.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Deisch, Peter, 1880-1968
Peter Deisch Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1679
.8 linear feet (2 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections, 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: At the request of the donor, folders 21 and 22 have been removed.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Peter Deisch Materials were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on July 16, 2006, by Richard A. Cochran of Dallas, Texas.

Processing Information

Processed by Jim Kelton; completed in February 2007.

Preferred Form of Citation

Peter Deisch Materials (MC 1679), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

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

Biographical Note

Peter Albert Deisch was born in 1880 on the plantation of his uncle, Peter Mengoz, at Hardy, Sharp County, Arkansas. He was one of five sons of Nicholas and Marie Deisch. Deisch attended country schools in Arkansas and Iowa after his family moved there in February 1896. Thereafter, he worked in a general store in Seligman, Missouri, until entering Watson’s Business School in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1898. He subsequently became a bookkeeper in Cleveland, Mississippi, a traveling book salesman in Michigan and the western United States, and a stenographer in Jacksonville, Oregon, for the Reames and Reames law firm. He attended law school at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1904. He graduated in 1907 and returned to Reames and Reames as a member of the firm. Deisch returned to Arkansas in 1908 to become executor of Peter Mengoz's estate. On August 15, 1910, he married Lillian Buford of Memphis on the Mengoz plantation in Hardy. They had three children, daughters Dorothy and Susan, and a son, Peter Deisch Jr.

Managing the Mengoz property, which included a store, sawmill and cotton gin, in 1910 he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives, a member of the first legislature that met in the new state capitol building in January 1911. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis in 1916, was appointed to the state house in 1919, served as a member of the state senate from 1921 until 1924, and as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1932. His most notable legislative accomplishments included authorship of a measure creating the state Highway Department. From 1924 until 1944, Deisch practiced law in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas. As the Arkansas Medical Association’s legislative counselor for 35 years Deisch wrote the bill that established the University of Arkansas Medical Center. He died in Helena June 3, 1968. He is buried in Wahpeton Cemetery in Hardy.

Scope and Content Note

The materials include photocopies of genealogical information, correspondence, photographs and a partial autobiography. Materials are divided into two volumes. The volumes were compiled by the donor, Richard Cochran, who married Deisch's great-granddaughter in 2000.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Family History, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

Census, 1880-1930

Box 1 Folder 3

Square Deal Plantation Peter Deisch's Description, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

Education Peter Deisch's Account, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 5

Personal Social Security/Historical Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Attorney Peter Deisch Correspondence/Historical Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Helena 409 Biscoe Street Home Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

Peter Deisch's Autobiography, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9

Obituary, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 10

Election Results, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

State Representative 1911 Term, 1911

Box 1 Folder 12

State Representative Appointment Materials, 1919

Box 1 Folder 13

State Senator Materials, 1920-1924

Box 1 Folder 14

Negro Tuberculosis Sanitarium, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 15

Highway Bill Harrelson/Martineau Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 16

Hospital University of Arkansas School of Medicine, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 17

Sunday Baseball Legislation, 1923

Box 1 Folder 18

Medical Society Legislation, 1929

Box 1 Folder 19

Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 20

Peter Deisch Correspondence, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 21

Research , n.d. [RESTRICTED]

Box 2 Folder 22

Mama Sue's Journal (His Daughter) , n.d. [RESTRICTED]

Box 2 Folder 23

Mama Lil' Justice of the Peace, 1936

Box 2 Folder 24

Chair Old State House Museum, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 25

Poems and Prayers, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 26

Delegate Democratic National Convention Materials, 1916, 1932

Box 2 Folder 27

New State Capitol Session Materials, 1911


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