Donna Axum Whitworth Papers

MC 1806

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University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2011. Updated by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Whitworth, Donna Axum, 1942-2018
Title
Donna Axum Whitworth Papers
Inclusive Dates
1942-2007
Identification
MC 1806
Extent
48.5 linear feet (37 boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 1 oversize item)
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

Use Restrictions Apply: Oversize Item 2 has special handling considerations, and is only available to view with permission from the Head of Special Collections.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Donna Axum Whitworth Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on September 24, 2009 by Donna Axum Whitworth of Fort Worth, Texas.

Additional photographs were donated by Whitworth's daughter, Lisa Mikus of Austin, Texas, on February 6, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Krista Jones; completed in October 2011. Oversize item 2 incorporated by Katrina Windon in April 2018.

Photographs donated in 2019 were incorporated into the collection by Katrina Windon in February 2019 as images 569-573 and as second copies of images 186, 188, 189, 191, 203, and 220.

Preferred Form of Citation

Donna Axum Whitworth Papers(MC 1806), 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

Donna Axum Whitworth was born January 3, 1942 in El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas to Idelle and Hurley B. Axum. He father was a banker. Whitworth grew up in El Dorado and attended El Dorado High School. During her senior year, Whitworth won her first title as, Miss Union County in 1958. After graduating high school Whitworth enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and pledge to the Delta Delta Delta sorority. While at the University of Arkansas Whitworth became a founding member of the Uarkettes singing group. From 1960-1963, Whitworth entered several pageants and won many including Miss Hospitality Pageant, Miss University of Arkansas, Miss Dixie Pageant, and Forestry Queen Pageant.

In the summer of 1963, Whitworth entered the Miss Arkansas Pageant and was awarded the title, which allowed her to go to Atlantic City, New Jersey to compete for the Miss America Pageant. Whitworth was crowned Miss American 1964. Using her Miss America scholarship, Whitworth retuned to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and completed her Bachelor of Arts in speech and drama in 1966, and received her Master of Arts in speech and drama in 1969.

Building upon her degrees Whitworth taught speech at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas as well as Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. She also presented seminars on beauty and women’s issues and produced and co-hosted the Noon television show in Austin, Texas, in the 1970s.

In 1984, she married J. Bryan Whitworth. Together they have five children and ten grandchildren.

Throughout her career, Whitworth was named one of University of Arkansas’s Distinguished Alumni in 1988 and was named to the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Academy in 2000. She is a Charter and Gold member of the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Society and the National Development Council. She served on the Arkansas Alumni Foundation and the Arkansas Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a life member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association. Furthermore, she established an endowed scholarship fund for University of Arkansas students who graduate from Arkansas high schools and show financial need. She has served the university on the Executive Committee for the Campaign to Restore Old Main and the steering committee of its Campaign for the Twenty-First Century. Additionally, Whitworth gave a substantial donation which led to the creation and dedication in 2003 of the 10,000-square-foot Donna Axum Fitness Center in the University of Arkansas’s Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building.

Whitworth passed away November 4, 2018.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection pertains to Donna Axum Whitworth's reign as Miss America 1964. Materials in the collection include photographs, assorted ephemera, audio and visual materials, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and gowns.

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

Biographical Materials, 1980-1988

Box 1 Folder 2

Donna Axum Baby Book, 1942

Box 1 Folder 3

The Wild Cat El Dorado Yearbook, 1959

Box 1 Folder 4

University of Arkansas Delta Delta Delta Sorority Materials, 1960-1963

Box 1 Folder 5

University of Arkansas Uarkettes Singing Group Materials, 1968-2008

Box 1 Folder 6

University of Arkansas Masters of Arts Materials, 1969

Box 1 Folder 7

Miss Arkansas Newspaper Clippings, 1963

Box 1 Folder 8

Miss America Pageant Souvenir Program, 1963-1964

Box 1 Folder 9

Miss America Materials, 1963-1964

Box 1 Folder 10

Miss America Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1964

Box 1 Folder 11

Roosevelt Hotel Fire Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1964

Box 1 Folder 12

Miss America El Dorado Homecoming Newspaper Clippings, 1964

Box 1 Folder 13

Donna Axum Newspaper Clippings, 1977-2009

Box 1 Folder 14

Donna Axum, The Total You Book Materials, 1975

Box 1 Folder 15

Donna Axum, The Outer You…The Inner You Book, 1978

Box 1 Folder 16

Donna Axum, How to Be & Look Your Best Every Day Book, 1980

Box 1 Folder 17

Frank Deford, There She Is: Life and Times of Miss America Book, 1971

Box 1 Folder 18

Ann-Marie Bivans, The Miss America Cookbook, 1995

Box 2 Folder 1

Old Main Rededication Materials, 1986-1991

Box 2 Folder 2

The University of Arkansas Donna Axum Fitness Materials, 2001-2003

Box 2 Folder 3

Philanthropic Materials, 2009

Box 2 Folder 4

General Newspaper Clippings, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 5

Family Photographs, 1942-2000 (Images 1-37)

Box 2 Folder 6

Miss Union County Pageant Photographs, 1958 (Image 38)

Box 2 Folder 7

University of Arkansas Photographs, 1960-1968, n.d. (Images 39-70)

Box 2 Folder 8

Miss Hospitality Pageant Photographs, 1960 (Images 71-75)

Box 2 Folder 9

Miss Arkansas Pageant Photographs, 1960-1963 (Images 76-83)

Box 2 Folder 10

Miss Dixie Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 84-86)

Box 2 Folder 11

Poultry Competition Photographs, 1961 (Image 87)

Box 2 Folder 12

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 88-101)

Box 2 Folder 13

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 102-115)

Box 2 Folder 14

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 116-124)

Box 2 Folder 15

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 125-138)

Box 2 Folder 16

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 139-143)

Box 2 Folder 17

Forestry Queen Pageant Photographs, 1961 (Images 144-176)

Box 2 Folder 18

King Chicken Day Pageant Photographs, 1962 (Images 177-178)

Box 2 Folder 19

National Cotton Picking Queen, 1962 (Images 179-183)

Box 2 Folder 20

Miss America Pageant Photographs, 1963 (Images 184-206; 569-571)

Box 2 Folder 21

El Dorado Homecoming Photographs, October 1963 (Images 207-248)

Box 2 Folder 22

El Dorado Homecoming Parade Photographs, October 1963 (Images 249-273)

Box 2 Folder 23

Miss America Arkansas-Texas A&M Football Game Photographs, November 1963 (Images 274-275)

Box 2 Folder 24

National 4-H Congress Photographs, 1964 (Images 276-283)

Box 2 Folder 25

Miss America Promotion Photographs, 1964 (Images 284-307)

Box 2 Folder 26

Various Pageant Photographs, 1967-1995, undated (Images 308-316; 572-573)

Box 2 Folder 27

Television Career Photographs, 1974-1977 (Images 317-329)

Box 2 Folder 28

Donna Axum Headshots Photographs, n.d. (Images 330-363)

Box 2 Folder 29

General Photographs, n.d. (Images 364-384)

Box 2 Folder 30

Donna Axum Portrait Slides, 1961 (Images 385-409)

Box 2 Folder 31

Mexico Slides, 1962 (Images 410-460)

Box 2 Folder 32

Miss America Slides, 1963-1964 (Images 461-544)

Box 2 Folder 33

General Slides, 1967 (Images 545-566)

Box 3 Item 1

“White Lies” & “Fools Rush In”, 1963 [3” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 2

“White Lies” & “Fools Rush In”, 1963 [3” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 3

Miss America, n.d. [3” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 4

“That Extra Special Something Called Talent” & “Everybody Can’t be a Winner” [3” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 5

Movie, n.d. [3” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 6

Arkansas Forest Queen Speech, 1962 [5” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 7

Crowning of Donna Axum Miss America 1964, September 7, 1963 [5” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 8

Commercial, n.d. [5” Video Reel to Reel ]

Box 3 Item 9

Piano Accompaniment Betty Fowler, n.d. [5” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 10

Donna Axum Whitworth Christmas, n.d. [5” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 11

Unidentified Reel [5” Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 12

Unidentified Reel [5” Reel to Reel]

Box 3 Item 13

Unidentified Reel [5” Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 1

Donna Axum Forest Queen Speech, August 15, 1962 [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 2

Miss America Pageant, 1963 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 3

Miss America Pageant, 1963 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 4

Miss America Pageant, 1963 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 5

Miss America Pageant, 1963 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 6

Miss America Pageant, 1964 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 4 Item 7

Miss America Pageant, 1964 [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 1

College Football Music, 1978 [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 2

Donna Axum Concert, 1982 [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 3

Atlantic City Press United Nations Fund, n.d. [7” Video Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 4

Donna Axum, The Total You Tape 1, n.d. [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 5

Donna Axum, The Total You Tape 2, n.d. [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 6

Donna Axum, The Total You Tape 3, n.d. [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 5 Item 7

Donna Axum, The Total You Tape 4, n.d. [7” Audio Reel to Reel]

Box 6 Item 1

Donna Axum Miss America Pageant, 1963 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 2

Vonda Van Dyke Miss America Pageant, 1964 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 3

Noon with Judy Carter & Noon with Bob Hope & Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Trophy Winner, 1977-1978 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 4

Noon “A National Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson”, November 11, 1977 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 5

Donna Axum Songs, July 11, 1979 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 6

Art Linkletter, 1982 [VHS]

Box 6 Item 7

Donna Axum on Colonial Bread Affiliated Food, 1983 [VHS]

Box 7 Item 1

Salute to Statehood Weekend, Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1986 [VHS]

Box 7 Item 2

University of Arkansas Campaign for the 21st Century Steering Committee Luncheon, May 19, 2000 [VHS]

Box 7 Item 3

Pass the Torch Undimmed, Delta Delta Delta Foundation, n.d. [VHS]

Box 7 Item 4

“Solicitation Training Video” Delta Delta Delta Foundation, n.d. [VHS]

Box 7 Item 5

Mitzi Gaynor for GMA, n.d. [VHS]

Box 7 Item 6

Biogime Infomercial, n.d. [VHS]

Box 7 Item 7

Mary Kay Segment, n.d. [VHS]

Box 8 Item 1

Waylan Holyfield “Arkansas You Run Deep in Me” Arkansas Sesquicentennial, 1985 [Audio Cassette]

Box 8 Item 2

The Total You Audio Book, Tape 1, n.d. [Audio Cassette]

Box 8 Item 3

The Total You Audio Book, Tape 2, n.d. [Audio Cassette]

Box 8 Item 4

The Total You Audio Book, Tape 3, n.d. [Audio Cassette]

Box 8 Item 5

The Total You Audio Book, Tape 4, n.d. [Audio Cassette]

Box 8 Item 6

Miss America “Crowning Moments”, 1956-2007 [DVD]

Box 9 Item 1

Miss Union County Crown, 1958

Box 10 Item 1

University of Arkansas Delta Delta Delta Sorority Scrapbook, July 1964

Box 11 Item 1

Miss America Pageant Shoes

Box 11 Item 2

Miss America Pageant Earrings

Box 11 Item 3

Donna Axum Baby Charm, 1942

Box 12 Item 1

Miss America Crown

Box 13 Item 1

Miss America Pageant Swim Suit

Box 13 Item 2

Miss America Pageant Swim Suit Sash

Box 14 Item 1

Miss America The Dream Lives On: A 75 Year Celebration Commemorative Book, 1995

Box 15 Item 1

State of Arkansas Certificate of Merit, July 30, 1979

Box 15 Item 2

Outstanding Alumni Award Donna Axum Whitworth, Delta Delta Delta, 1995

Box 15 Item 3

Miss America License Plate

Box 15 Item 4

Miss America License Plate

Box 16 Item 1

Miss America Float Sketch, El Dorado Homecoming, October 1963 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 2

John F. Kennedy Assassination, The Dallas Times Herald Newspaper Clippings, November 22, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 3

John F. Kennedy Assassination, The Dallas Times Herald Newspaper Clippings, November 23, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 4

John F. Kennedy Assassination, New York Herald Tribune Newspaper Clippings, November 25, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 5

Donna Axum Fashion Spread McCall’s Magazine, February 1964 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 6

Miss America Donna Axum Fashion Show Newspaper Clippings, 1964 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 7

The Uarkettes in a Sound Spectacular Record (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 8

The Uarkettes in a Sound Spectacular Record (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 9

The Uarkettes in a Sound Spectacular Record (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 10

Donna Axum Whitworth Caricature, 1988 (Oversize)

Box 16 Item 11

University of Arkansas Reflections, 1991 (Oversize)

Box 17 Item 1

American Flag Flown over US Capital, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 17 Item 2

“A Distinguished Arkansan” Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Silver Platter, October 31, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 18 Item 1

Outstanding JI Award, University of Arkansas Delta Delta Delta Sorority, 1961 (Oversize)

Box 18 Item 2

Miss America Commemorative Retro Clock (Oversize)

Box 18 Item 3

Miss America Board of Directors Statuette (Oversize)

Box 18 Item 4

Miss America Promotional Pepsi Radio (Oversize)

Box 19 Item 1

Miss America Donna Axum Homecoming, Hot Springs Scrapbook, October 1963 (Oversize)

Box 19 Item 2

Miss America Donna Axum Homecoming, El Dorado Scrapbook, November 1963 (Oversize)

Box 19 Item 3

Miss Southern Tier Pageant Poster, 1964 (Oversize)

Box 20 Item 1

“Reflections on a Clear Day” Donna Axum Painting (Oversize)

Box 20 Item 2

16th Annual Arkansas Democrat Honorary Woman of the Year in Arkansas Award, 1963 (Oversize)

Box 21 Item 1

Miss America Knitted Bag (Oversize)

Box 21 Item 2

Red and White Child's Dress (Oversize)

Box 22 Item 1

Blue and White Lace Sequined Gown (Oversize)

Box 23 Item 1

Blue Sleeveless Sequined Gown (Oversize)

Box 24 Item 1

Champagne Sleeveless Beaded Gown (Oversize)

Box 25 Item 1

Cream Sleeveless Beaded Gown (Oversize)

Box 26 Item 1

Turquoise Sleeveless Beaded Gown (Oversize)

Box 27 Item 1

Pink Sleeveless Sequined Gown (Oversize)

Box 28 Item 1

Cream Sleeveless Gown and Blue Cape (Oversize)

Box 29 Item 1

Cream and Gold Sleeveless Gown (Oversize)

Box 30 Item 1

Silver and Gold Dress with Jacket (Oversize)

Box 31 Item 1

Green Beaded Tea-length Dress (Oversize)

Box 31 Item 2

Black Tea-length Dress (Oversize)

Box 32 Item 1

Cream Beaded Dress with Jacket (Oversize)

Box 33 Item 1

Cream Gown with Pearl Beading (Oversize)

Box 34 Item 1

Black Dress with Rhinestones (Oversize)

Box 35 Item 1

Gold Dress with Sequins (Oversize)

Box 36 Item 1

Multi-Colored Mohair Suit (Oversize)

Box 37 Item 1

Brown Mohair Jacket (Oversize)

Folder Oversize Folder 1 Item 1

Miss America Pageant Contestant Group Photograph, 1963 (Image 567)

Folder Oversize Folder 1 Item 2

Miss America Pageant Contestant Group Photograph, 1964 (Image 568)

Folder Oversize Folder 1 Item 3

The Outer You the Inner You Promotional Flyer, n.d.

Item Oversize Item 1

Donna Axum Whitworth Portrait (Oversize)

END OF COLLECTION

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