James McNally Reminiscences

MC 1722

Special Collections Department
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 Krista Jones, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

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Descriptive Summary

McNally, James, 1943-
James McNally Reminiscences
Inclusive Dates
MC 1722
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
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 James McNally Reminiscences were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on August 4, 2007 by James McNally.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristie Flynn; completed in October 2008.

Preferred Form of Citation

James McNally Reminiscences (MC 1722), 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

James McNally was born on October 30, 1943 in Springdale, Arkansas to Ermil McNally, a dentist from Missouri, and formerly Dorothy Sanders, a teacher from Arkansas. McNally grew up in Springdale, Arkansas across the street from Don Tyson. After graduating from Springdale High School, McNally began attending Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri in 1962. On August 30, 1967 James entered the United States Army and served two tours in Vietnam until he was released on April 2, 1970. Once he was officially discharged from the army, McNally entered the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. It was here at the University of Arkansas that he first met the former president, Bill Clinton. McNally graduated in 1970 with a B.A. in business/sociology.

After the completion of his degree, McNally became involved in the commodity business at Refco in Springdale. In February 1980, he moved to Giddings, Texas as the project manager for Phillips Petroleum Company until he was fired in 1985. While McNally was in Texas, he opened “G.C.I.,” for Giddings Commodity Investments. It was associated with Heinhold Commodities out of Chicago. From 1988 to 1990, James worked as a crew member of the luxury cruise ship Princess Xanadu.

Through out his life, McNally was married six times. He was first married to Kathy Brewer whom bore him a daughter, Beverly Kay, on September 30, 1963 in Rogers, Arkansas. The marriage lasted five years. McNally’s second marriage was to Cindy Skalski and was short lived. Suki “Barbara” Van Meter Hinman married McNally in 1971 and by 1973, they were divorced and McNally had already remarried. Nancy Parker, a special education school teacher in the Springdale, Arkansas school system was McNally’s fourth wife. While married to Nancy McNally had his second child, Shreve on September 16, 1979. Nancy Franklin became McNally’s fifth wife. The marriage lasted 63 days. McNally would not marry again until 1996, to his sixth wife, Laura Duran.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 13 booklets prepared and authored by McNally. The booklets include short stories, family and local Arkansas histories, anecdotal accounts of his personal relationships, and descriptions of his experiences leading up to service in the United States Army.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arrange 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

Angel Hawks

Box 1 Folder 2

Springdale's Black Sheep

Box 1 Folder 3

The Day Buffalo Bill Cody Came To Northwest Arkansas

Box 1 Folder 4

History Of The McNally's And Sander's

Box 1 Folder 5

A Kid's Eye View Of Springdale

Box 1 Folder 6

Married With Children

Box 1 Folder 7

Memories Of James E. McNally

Box 1 Folder 8

McNally's Memories Of Springdale 1950s To 1960s

Box 1 Folder 9

Springdale Public Schools A Student's View 1949-1962

Box 1 Folder 10

"Slick Willie" "Old Sunshine" Me And Others

Box 1 Folder 11

Stories From James E. McNally's Past

Box 1 Folder 12

Them Tontitown People

Box 1 Folder 13

VIETNAM This Was War?


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