Vernie L. Bartlett Papers

MC 1687

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Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Bartlett, Vernie L., 1921-1999
Title
Vernie L. Bartlett Papers
Inclusive Dates
1921-1999
Identification
MC 1687
Extent
7 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

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Use Information

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Acquisition Information

The Vernie L. Bartlett Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on December 26, 2006, by the Bartlett Family.

Processing Information

Processed by Felicia Thomas; completed in July 2009.

Preferred Form of Citation

Vernie L. Bartlett Papers (MC 1687), Special Collections Department, 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

Vernie Lee Bartlett was born on a family farm on Possum Trot Road near Compton, Newton County, Arkansas, on June 5, 1921, the son of Robert Dewey and Luler Plumlee Bartlett. He was the oldest of ten children, eight of whom survived childhood, including four brothers (Ernie, Leonard, Roy Fay, and Jasper) and three sisters (Gertrude, Adean, and Ruby). Bartlett attended local schools, but there was no high school in walking distance, so he repeated the eighth grade three times, seeking a way to attend high school. He heard about the School of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, Missouri, where one could “work” their way through high school and began attending high school there in 1938. Bartlett was drafted in August 1942 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II, earning several honors and medals. He returned to the School of the Ozarks to complete his high school diploma on May 30, 1947, the same day he married Marjorie Kiddoo. Marjorie Kiddoo, a native of Kansas, was also a graduate of the School of the Ozarks.

After graduating from the School of the Ozarks, the couple moved to Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas, where he graduated from Arkansas College in 1950. Bartlett then started seminary at Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas, a theological seminary for Presbyterian ministers, graduating in 1953. Bartlett felt called to serve in small church ministry, and therefore returned to Snowball, Searcy County, Arkansas, following graduation from seminary. He served in Snowball in four small Presbyterian churches from 1953-1960 and then accepted a position at Sylvania Presbyterian Church in Lonoke County, where he served from 1960-1963. Bartlett earned the distinction of representing the Southwest region as the Rural Minister of the Year in 1963 (an honor given by Progressive Farmer magazine.) In that same year, Bartlett accepted a position serving in several small churches in Bradley County, Arkansas, where he served the rest of his active career as minister, retiring in 1986. Following his retirement and return to Newton County to cultivate his ancestral farm, Bartlett accepted the offer to minister to a small church called Capps Presbyterian Church, located near Harrison, Boone County.

In addition to ministering often multiple small churches, Bartlett was an integral part of his local community in each locality in which he served. He was a farmer ready to lend out equipment or help those around him, and he was a teacher and even principal for a time.

Bartlett died at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas, on May 16, 1999. He was survived by his wife, five daughters (“Sharon” Sue Bartlett, Morgan, “Shirley Ann” Bartlett Bashford, “Janie” Lee Bartlett, Floella “Rosemary” Bartlett Butler, and Nancy “Regina” Bartlett Rinehart), and ten grandchildren.

Scope and Content Note

The Vernie L. Bartlett Papers contain correspondence from various family members, newspaper clippings, and over one hundred and fifty hand-written sermons. There are also photographs documenting life at the School of the Ozarks, Vernie Bartlett’s experiences in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II, Bartlett family life, as well as images of rural religious life in Arkansas.

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

Vernie Bartlett to Luler Slape Bartlett Correspondence, 1939-1942

Box 1 Folder 2

Vernie Bartlett Correspondence, January-July 1963

Box 1 Folder 3

Vernie Bartlett Correspondence, August-December 1963; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

General Correspondence, 1943-1984

Box 1 Folder 5

General Correspondence, 1986-1994

Box 1 Folder 6

General Correspondence, 1995-2005

Box 1 Folder 7

General Correspondence, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 8

General Materials, 1963-1997; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9

Vernie Bartlett Biographical Materials, 1950-2007

Box 1 Folder 10

Bartlett Family Genealogical Materials, 1978-1984; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Vernie Bartlett Bible with Family Records, Given to Vernie, 1965

Box 1 Folder 12

The Plumlee Family History, 1979

Box 1 Folder 13

The Bartletts in America: 1790-1997, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 14

Copies of Materials Donated by Arvin Slape, December 30, 2007

Box 1 Folder 15

Vernie Bartlett School Records, 1948-1953; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 16

Bartlett Marriage Materials, May 30, 1947

Box 1 Folder 17

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Kiddoo Bartlett Birth and Marriage Certificates, 1921-1947

Box 1 Folder 18

Vernie Bartlett Awards and Certificates, 1938-1996; n.d.

Box 1 Folder 19

Marjorie Bartlett and Vernie Bartlett Graduation Name Cards, 1942; 1944; 1947

Box 1 Folder 20

School of the Ozarks Materials, 1941-1989

Box 1 Folder 21

School of the Ozarks Homecoming Bulletins, October 19, 1963

Box 1 Folder 22

School of the Ozarks Reunion Materials, 1987

Box 1 Folder 23

School of the Ozarks 50th Year Reunion Materials, 1997

Box 1 Folder 24

College of the Ozarks 50th Year Homecoming Memory Book, 1997

Box 1 Folder 25

Selective Service Notice for Vernie Bartlett, August 20, 1942

Box 1 Folder 26

Vernie Bartlett Army Records, 1942-1946

Box 1 Folder 27

List of Army Battery Members - Battery C 202nd AAA AW BN (Philippines), ca. 1943-1947

Box 1 Folder 28

Chaplain Wray Message Bulletin, 202nd AAA Division, August 19, 1945

Box 1 Folder 29

Vernie Bartlett Greek Exegesis Project Materials, ca. 1950

Box 1 Folder 30

Vernie Bartlett Speech 443 Course Materials, January, 20, 1950

Box 1 Folder 31

Vernie Bartlett Austin Theological Seminary Graduation Materials, May 17-20, 1953

Box 2 Folder 1

Janie Bartlett Family Correspondence, 1970-1979; n.d.

Box 2 Folder 2

Shirley Ann and Sharon Sue Bartlett Baptism Certificates, 1948-1949

Box 2 Folder 3

Marjorie Bartlett Appreciation Day Memory Album and Guest List, April 28, 2007

Box 2 Folder 4

Marjorie and Vernie Bartlett 50th Wedding Anniversary Materials, May 22, 1997

Box 2 Folder 5

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Bartlett 50th Anniversary Materials, May 30, 1997

Box 2 Folder 6

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Bartlett 50th Wedding Anniversary Cards, May 1997 (Folder 1 of 2)

Box 2 Folder 7

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Bartlett 50th Wedding Anniversary Cards, May 1997 (Folder 2 of 2)

Box 2 Folder 8

50th Wedding Anniversary Guestbook, May 30, 1997

Box 2 Folder 9

Vernie L. and Marjorie Bartlett Wills, 1986-1991

Box 2 Folder 10

Vernie Bartlett Sibling and Parent Inheritance and Funeral Arrangement Materials, 1972-1980

Box 2 Folder 11

Newton County (Possum Trot) Family Farm Land Deed and Survey Materials, 1963-1991; n.d.

Box 2 Folder 12

Business and Farm Canceled Checks, 1971-1975

Box 2 Folder 13

Tractor Sale Materials, 1998

Box 2 Folder 14

Tax Receipts and Property Records (Newton Co.), 1936-1997

Box 2 Folder 15

Business and Farm Materials (Including Electrification of Compton Farm in 1972), 1965-1987; n.d.

Box 2 Folder 16

Vernie Bartlett Funeral Materials, May 18, 1999

Box 2 Folder 17

Vernie Bartlett Funeral Materials, May 17-June 24, 1999

Box 2 Folder 18

Vernie Bartlett Funeral Flower Cards, May 18, 1999

Box 2 Folder 19

Vernie Bartlett Condolence Cards, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 20

Newspaper Clippings, 1953-1963

Box 2 Folder 21

Newspaper Clippings, 1965-2002

Box 2 Folder 22

Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 23

Call to Serve in Sylvania Church Correspondence, December 1959

Box 2 Folder 24

Ministry Correspondence (Includes Rural Minister of the Year Materials), 1963

Box 2 Folder 25

Vernie Bartlett Day Planners, 1954, 1957, 1963

Box 2 Folder 26

Scroll Welcoming Bartletts to Banks, Bradley County, Arkansas, ca. 1965

Box 3 Folder 1

Banks Presbyterian Church Retirement Tea Materials, December 7, 1986

Box 3 Folder 2

Banks Presbyterian Church Retirement Tea Guestbook, December 7, 1986

Box 3 Folder 3

General Religious Bulletins and Materials, 1963-1986; n.d.

Box 3 Folder 4

General Materials (Religious Tracts, etc), n.d.

Box 3 Folder 5

Funeral Memorial Bulletins, 1977-1997

Box 3 Folder 6

Vernie Bartlett Funeral Service Record Register, 1978-1991

Box 3 Folder 7

Vernie Bartlett Funeral Service Records, 1967-1996

Box 3 Folder 8

Funeral Materials for Services Performed by Vernie Bartlett, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 9

Garrett Memorial Presbyterian Church (Snowball, Arkansas) Materials, 1947-1994

Box 3 Folder 10

Banks/ Edwards-Rogers Larger Parish Materials, 1971-1985; n.d.

Box 3 Folder 11

Sylvania Presbyterian Church 150th Anniversary Homecoming Materials, May 8, 1993

Box 3 Folder 12

Capps(Boone County, Arkansas) Community Building-Capps Club Meeting Materials, 1996-1997

Box 3 Folder 13

Bradley County Bicentennial Day Celebration Speech Materials, July 3-4, 1976

Box 3 Folder 14

Agriculture Education as Ministry Materials, February 28, 1964

Box 3 Folder 15

"My Community: Its Early Churches Johnsville Presbyterian Church Trials of the Church" Speech by Rosemary Bartlett , March 21,1976

Box 3 Folder 16

Christine McFarland and Morgan Munsford Family Memorial Materials, 1932-1982

Box 3 Folder 17

Hattie McFarland Materials (Banks Centenarian), 1991-1992

Box 3 Folder 18

Banks, Arkansas History, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 19

Sermons and Other Religious Materials, 1961; n.d.

Box 3 Folder 20

Sermons in Binder, 1962-1965

Box 3 Folder 21

Sermons, January-June 1965

Box 3 Folder 22

Sermons, July-December 1965

Box 3 Folder 23

Sermons, January-May 1966

Box 3 Folder 24

Sermons, June-August 1966

Box 3 Folder 25

Sermons, September-December 1966

Box 3 Folder 26

Sermons, January-April 1967

Box 3 Folder 27

Sermons, May-November 1967; n.d.

Box 3 Folder 28

Sermons, 1968

Box 3 Folder 29

Sermons, 1969-1971

Box 4 Folder 1

Sermons, 1972-1976

Box 4 Folder 2

Sermons, 1977-1985

Box 4 Folder 3

Sermons, n.d.

Box 4 Folder 4

Partial Sermons and Notes, 1962-1972; n.d.

Box 4 Folder 5

Identified Friends of the Bartletts at the School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 1-60)

Box 4 Folder 6

Marjorie Kiddoo Bartlett at the School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 61-80)

Box 4 Folder 7

Marjorie Kiddoo Bartlett with Friends at the School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 81-120)

Box 4 Folder 8

Vernie Bartlett with Friends at the School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 121-136)

Box 4 Folder 9

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Kiddoo at School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 137-157)

Box 4 Folder 10

Vernie Bartlett at School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1948-1947 (Images 158-186)

Box 4 Folder 11

Group Portraits of School of the Ozarks Students, 1968-1947 (Images 187-202)

Box 4 Folder 12

School of the Ozarks Administration and Grounds Photographs, 1938-1945 (Images 203-215)

Box 4 Folder 13

Unidentified People at the School of the Ozarks Photographs, 1938-1947 (Images 216-408)

Box 4 Folder 14

Vernie Bartlett Military Portraits, 1943-1946 (Images 409-422)

Box 4 Folder 15

Vernie Bartlett Military Unit: 202nd AAA AW BN Unit Photographs, 1943-1947 (Images 423-429)

Box 4 Folder 16

Vernie Bartlett in the Pacific Theater (World War II) Photographs, 1943-1946 (Images 430-533)

Box 4 Folder 17

Philippines and New Guinea Photographs, 1943-1946 (Images 534-644)

Box 4 Folder 18

Marjorie Bartlett Portraits, 1935-1946 (Images 645-650)

Box 4 Folder 19

Vernie Bartlett and Marjorie Kiddoo Wedding Photographs, May 30, 1947 (Images 651-657)

Box 4 Folder 20

Bartlett Extended (Vernie Bartlett's Parents and Siblings, etc) Photographs, ca. 1890-1990 (Images 658-732)

Box 4 Folder 21

Bartlett Nuclear Family Early Years (at Arkansas College and Austin Theological Seminary) Photographs, 1948-1953 (Images 733-759)

Box 4 Folder 22

Bartlett Nuclear Family Photographs, ca. 1954-2005 (Images 760-863)

Box 4 Folder 23

Bartlett Family Reunion Photographs, ca. December 1996 (Images 864-878)

Box 4 Folder 24

Vernie and Marjorie Bartlett 50th Wedding Anniversary Photographs, May 30, 1997 (Images 879-943)

Box 4 Folder 25

Family Weddings: Bartlett Daughters Photographs, n.d. (Images 944-949)

Box 4 Folder 26

Candid Shots of Marjorie and Vernie Bartlett in Later Years, ca. 1970-1999 (Images 950-1004)

Box 4 Folder 27

Possum Trot, Arkansas Photographs, n.d. (Images 1005-1055)

Box 4 Folder 28

Landscape Shots and Various Unidentified Building Photographs, n.d. (Images 1056-1097)

Box 4 Folder 29

Farming Activities: Haying, etc Photographs, n.d. (Images 1098-1135)

Box 4 Folder 30

Farm Animals Photographs, n.d. (Images 1136-1189)

Box 4 Folder 31

Logging Photographs, n.d. (Images 1190-1193)

Box 4 Folder 32

Hunting Photographs, ca. 1960-1997; n.d. (Images 1194-1259)

Box 4 Folder 33

Vernie Bartlett Professional Portraits, ca. 1950-1970 (Images 1260-1270)

Box 4 Folder 34

Church Activities and Parishioners General Photographs, ca. 1953-1997 (Images 1271-1312)

Box 5 Folder 1

Community and Church Activities in Southern Arkansas Photographs, n.d. (Images 1313-1316)

Box 5 Folder 2

Snowball (Searcy Co.) Church and Community Outreach Photographs, ca. 1953-1960 (Images 1317-1344)

Box 5 Folder 3

Rural Minister of the Year Photographs, 1963 (Images 1345-1350)

Box 5 Folder 4

School of the Ozarks Alumni Banquet Photographs, 1963 (Images 1351-1355)

Box 5 Folder 5

Bartlett Family with 4-H Trip Photographs, August 1963 (Images 1356-1401)

Box 5 Folder 6

Banks Presbyterian Church: 20th Year Celebration Photographs, ca. 1985 (Images 1402-1416)

Box 5 Folder 7

Capps Presbyterian Church Photographs, ca. 1989-1997 (Images 1417-1436)

Box 5 Folder 8

Church Interior and Exterior Photographs, n.d. (Images 1437-1452)

Box 5 Folder 9

Lake Hamilton School Photographs, n.d. (Images 1453-1464)

Box 5 Folder 10

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 1465-1642)

Box 5 Folder 11

Unidentified Photographs, n.d. (Images 1643-1776)

Box 5 Folder 12

Unidentified Negatives, n.d.

Box 6 Item 1

Embroidered Church Wall hanging, n.d.

Box 6 Item 2

Presbytery of the Pines Honors the Reverend Vernie Bartlett, Ordained by Washburn Presbytery June 28, 1953 - Honorably Retired by Presbytery of the Pines, November 30, 1986 "Well Done Faithful Servant" Plaque

Box 6 Item 3

Fan Made from Japanese Pesos (From Philippines)

Box 6 Item 4

Plaque Commemorating 25th Year of Vernie Bartlett's Ordination into the Ministry of Presbyterian Church United States, June 28, 1953

Box 6 Item 5

Plaque In Appreciation to Vernie Bartlett for Five Years of Distinguished Service as County Chairman of Bradley County Blood Mobile Program, presented by Bradley County Ministerial Alliance, 1974

Box 6 Item 6

25th Anniversary Ministry (Banks, AR – Bradley County) Memorial Album, June 25, 1978

Box 6 Item 7

Plaque Presented to Vernie Bartlett in Appreciation of Labors for the Lord and for the People of the Edwards-Rogers Larger Parish, Bradley County, Arkansas, February 16, 1975

Box 6 Item 8

Plaque from Philippines with Small Models of Swords, ca. 1945

Box 7 Folder 1

Camp Wallace Panoramic Photograph with Inscription from Vernie Bartlett, ca. 1943 (Oversize)

Box 7 Folder 2

Group of Photographs from Oversized Album Depicting Raccoon Hunt, 1960-1962 (Oversize)

Box 7 Folder 3

Rural Minister of the Year Article Featuring Vernie Bartlett (found in Progressive Farmer Magazine), July 1963 (Oversize)

Box 7 Folder 4

Rooster Drawing by Ruth Neer (Marjorie Bartlett's Sister), April 20, 1988 (Oversize)

Box 7 Folder 5

Newspaper Clipping Commemorating 10 Years of Service at Banks Presbyterian Church, May 1975 (Oversize)

Box 7 Folder 6

Drawing given to Vernie Bartlett by Granddaughter Felicia Thomas, n.d. (Oversize)

END OF COLLECTION

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