Upchurch Family Papers

MC 197

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 Zachary Morgan, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Upchurch family
Title
Upchurch Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
1879-1984
Identification
MC 197
Extent
5 linear feet (9 Boxes)
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

Negatives are not available for research.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

Papers and photographs of the Upchurch family of Hackett and Fort Smith (Sebastian County), Arkansas, were donated by Miss Grace Upchurch (1902-1987) of Fayetteville to Special Collections on March 24, 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Lynn Parks; completed in March 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Upchurch Family Papers (MC 197), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

J. Frank Upchurch and his wife, Kate Miller Upchurch, and four daughters, Fredrica, Grace, Josephine, and Nellie, moved from Hackett to Fort Smith shortly after their only son, Frank, died from the flu in 1918. Fredrica Upchurch taught elementary school in the Fort Smith area from 1920-1968. Her younger sister, Grace, began working in the University of Arkansas library as a student in 1927. After graduation she became a full-time employee, where she remained for over forty years. The papers in this collection primarily concern Fredrica and Grace Upchurch.

Fredrica Upchurch graduated from Arkansas State Normal School in 1915 with a degree in education. She then received her Bachelor of Science Education in 1928 from the University of Arkansas and five years later earned a Masters degree from Columbia University in New York City. Fredrica Upchurch taught elementary school at Stuttgart (Arkansas County), (1916-1917), Hackett (1917-1918), Belle Point (Sebastian County), (1919-1921), and was at Duval Elementary in Fort Smith from 1921-1960. After her retirement from Duval, Fredrica Upchurch taught eight more years at Fort Smith's Christ the King Catholic school. In 1969, Miss Upchurch received the Golden Apple Award from the Fort Smith Classroom Teachers Association for excellence in teaching.

Grace Upchurch enrolled at the University of Arkansas in 1927, where she worked as a student assistant in the library, then located in Old Main. After her graduation in 1929, the library employed her on a full-time basis. She did take time off, however, to earn a bachelor of arts degree in library science from the University of Illinois in 1933. At her retirement in 1970, Grace Upchurch had worked forty-three years at the University Library.

Scope and Content Note

The papers, photographs, genealogical information, diplomas, and clippings refer to Fredrica and Grace Upchurch's parents, their brother, and sisters. There are also papers, including itemized accounts of daily expenses Fredrica and Grace Upchurch maintained over a sixty-year period, and photographs concerning the University of Arkansas, Arkansas State Normal School (later renamed Arkansas State Teachers College), and Fort Smith public and private schools.

Separated Materials

The following item has been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1: Scrapbook by Fredrica Upchurch on Fort Smith, c. 1935.

The following items have been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 3: Fourteen diplomas, 1913-1933. and One Uncle Sam United States defense bonds and stamps poster published by Gruen Watches, 1941.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials arranged by format.

  1. Family Materials
    1. The Upchurch Family
    2. Fredrica Upchurch
    3. Grace Upchurch
  2. Expense Accounts
    1. Fredrica Upchurch's expense records
    2. Grace Upchurch's expense records
  3. Photographs, Post Cards, and Sketches
    1. Upchurch and Miller family photographs taken in the Fort Smith or Hackett area
    2. Hackett and Fort Smith. Subjects include schoolchildren, bank building, coal miners, and an aerial view of Fort Smith
    3. Arkansas State Normal School students
    4. Fredrica Upchurch and Duval Elementary school students
    5. Christ the King school class photographs
    6. Fredrica Upchurch's retirement party
    7. University of Arkansas
    8. Fort Smith (lithographic post cards) and University of Arkansas
    9. Prints of sketches of University of Arkansas buildings by Carl Nelson
  4. Volume 1: Photographs of Grace Upchurch's retirement from the University of Arkansas Library

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series I: Family Materials,

Boxes 1-3

This series includes the Upchurch family papers from Hackett and Fort Smith, musical and theatrical programs, and information on several Arkansas communities, including Hackett, Fayetteville, and Fort Smith. Home front materials contain World War II rationing stamps and booklets.

subseries 1: The Upchurch Family,

Box 1

series I: 1 box 1 folder 1

Correspondence, 1916-1969

series I: 1 box 1 folder 2

Correspondence, 1970-1974

series I: 1 box 1 folder 3

Upchurch family histories concerning the years 1855-1919, 1855-1919

series I: 1 box 1 folder 4

Warranty deeds, county collector's records, bond for title, 1879-1906

series I: 1 box 1 folder 5

Photocopied pages from autograph book, 1882-1890

series I: 1 box 1 folder 6

Kate Miller's teacher's licenses and contracts, 1889-1890

series I: 1 box 1 folder 7

J. Frank and Kate Upchurch's marriage license, army registration card, children's Christmas book, Upchurch genealogical bulletin, 1891-1984

series I: 1 box 1 folder 8

University of Arkansas student invitations and programs, 1905-1927

series I: 1 box 1 folder 9

Musical and theatrical programs from Hackett, Fayetteville, and Fort Smith, 1911-1928

series I: 1 box 1 folder 10

Grace Upchurch's vacation itineraries, 1929-1972

series I: 1 box 1 folder 11

World War II home front material, ca. 1941

series I: 1 box 1 folder 12

Short stories, poems, and songs written by Fredrica Upchurch, 1963, n.d.

series I: 1 box 1 folder 13

Clippings, 1921-1984

subseries 2: Fredrica Upchurch,

Box 2

This subseries contains material from Fort Smith elementary schools, University of Arkansas, Columbia University, and various sororities to which Miss Upchurch belonged.

series I: 2 box 2 folder 1

A Pansy Taken, given to Fredrica Upchurch by her Sunday School teacher, 1908

series I: 2 box 2 folder 2

Fort Smith and Hackett schools report cards and commencement programs, 1911-1960

series I: 2 box 2 folder 3

Arkansas State Normal School transcript, report card, commencement program, 1912-1921

series I: 2 box 2 folder 4

List of student's names from Stuttgart, Belle Point, and Duval schools; class record books from Stuttgart, Hackett, Belle Point, and Duval schools, 1914-1930; 1961-1950; 1951-1968, 1959-1960

series I: 2 box 2 folder 5

Fort Smith public schools teaching contracts; teacher's license fee receipt from the Arkansas State Treasurer's office; Arkansas Teachers' Reading Circle Diploma; Fort Smith Public schools bulletin, 1920-1958; 1921; 1921, 1928; 1945, 1948

series I: 2 box 2 folder 6

Receipts, membership cards, educational pamphlets, and list of names and gifts from the Duval retirement party[?], 1924-1960

series I: 2 box 2 folder 7

Columbia University, 1929-1934

series I: 2 box 2 folder 8

Histories of Duval school, 1931-1960

series I: 2 box 2 folder 9

University of Arkansas student records, 1921?-1931

series I: 2 box 2 folder 10

Fort Smith Methodist Church clippings and printed materials, ca. 1935-1974

series I: 2 box 2 folder 11

Guest book from parties[?], 1960-1974

series I: 2 box 2 folder 12

Guest book for nursing home visitors, 1980-1981

series I: 2 box 2 folder 13

Kappa Delta Pi membership cards and newsletter, 1927-1929

series I: 2 box 2 folder 14

Delta Kappa Gamma certificates, 1939-1981

series I: 2 box 2 folder 15

Sheet music used in classroom, n.d.

subseries 3: Grace Upchurch,

Box 3

This subseries contains material concerning the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois, and the Arkansas State Teachers College. The University of Arkansas items include commencement programs and prints of sketches of University buildings by Carl Nelson.

series I: 3 box 3 folder 1

Hackett and Fort Smith schools and Arkansas State Teachers College, 1911-1924

series I: 3 box 3 folder 2

University of Arkansas student papers, 1926-1942

series I: 3 box 3 folder 3

University of Arkansas library student assistants, 1928-1967

series I: 3 box 3 folder 4

University of Illinois commencement programs and other printed items, 1929-1933

series I: 3 box 3 folder 5

University of Arkansas job appointment blanks, 1949-1971

series I: 3 box 3 folder 6

University of Arkansas library identification card, pamphlets, and bulletins, 1935-1969

series I: 3 box 3 folder 7

University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock invitations, personal data sheet, 1955-1981

series I: 3 box 3 folder 8

Fort Smith High School class of 1921 reunion, 1959, 1971

series I: 3 box 3 folder 9

Cards from retirement party, ca. 1970

series I: 3 box 3 folder 10

Minutes and yearly review from Fayetteville's City Boards and Commissions, and League of Women Voters, 1971-1973

series I: 3 box 3 folder 11

Fayetteville Methodist Church newsletters and lists of members, 1976

series II: Expense Accounts,

Boxes 4-6

Fredrica Upchurch and Grace Upchurch maintained itemized expense accounts for personal and household articles.

subseries 4: Fredrica Upchurch's expense records,

1914-1977

Box 4-5

series II: 1 box 4 folder 1

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1914, 1923?, 1925?

series II: 1 box 4 folder 2

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1925, 1927-1928, 1931, n.d.

series II: 1 box 4 folder 3

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1929-1933

series II: 1 box 4 folder 4

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1941-1947

series II: 1 box 4 folder 5

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1942-1947

series II: 1 box 4 folder 6

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1948-1954

series II: 1 box 5 folder 1

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1955-1969

series II: 1 box 5 folder 2

Fredrica Upchurch's expense records, 1970-1977

subseries 5: Grace Upchurch's expense records,

1940-1979

Boxes 5-6

series II: 2 box 5 folder 3

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1940-1944

series II: 2 box 5 folder 4

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1940-1946

series II: 2 box 5 folder 5

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1939-1974

series II: 2 box 5 folder 6

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1945-1947

series II: 2 box 5 folder 7

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1948-1949

series II: 2 box 5 folder 8

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1948-1951

series II: 2 box 6 folder 1

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1951-1953

series II: 2 box 6 folder 2

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1954-1955

series II: 2 box 6 folder 3

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1956-1957

series II: 2 box 6 folder 4

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1958-1959

series II: 2 box 6 folder 5

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1970-1974

series II: 2 box 6 folder 6

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1975-1978

series II: 2 box 6 folder 7

Grace Upchurch's expense records, 1976-1979

series III: Photographs, Post Cards, and Sketches,

ca. 1870-1978

Boxes 7-9

This series contains photographs and negatives of the Upchurch and Miller families, and Fredrica Upchurch's students at Duval Elementary. Other photographs include Hackett and Fort Smith schoolchildren, students at Arkansas State Normal School in Conway, Christ the King school in Fort Smith, and photographs and slides from Grace and Fredrica's retirement parties. Completing the series are post cards of Fort Smith and the University of Arkansas.

subseries 1: Upchurch and Miller family photographs taken in the Fort Smith or Hackett area

series III: 1 box 7

Photographs 1-95, ca. 1870-1973

subseries 2: Hackett and Fort Smith. Subjects include schoolchildren, bank building, coal miners, and an aerial view of Fort Smith

series III: 2 box 7

Photographs 96-106, ca. 1900-1950

subseries 3: Arkansas State Normal School students

series III: 3 box 7

Photographs 107-113, ca. 1914-1923

subseries 4: Fredrica Upchurch and Duval Elementary school students

series III: 4 box 8

Photographs 114-212, ca. 1920-1960

subseries 5: Christ the King school class photographs

series III: 5 box 8

Photographs 213-231, ca. 1962-1968

subseries 6: Fredrica Upchurch's retirement party

Subjects include students, parents, and faculty from Duval Elementary school. Photographs 246-248 are 35 mm slides.

series III: 6 box 9

Photographs 232-248, ca. 1960

subseries 7: University of Arkansas

Subjects include buildings on campus, library employees, and Grace Upchurch's retirement party.

series III: 7 box 9

Photographs 249-262, 1957-1970

subseries 8: Fort Smith (lithographic post cards) and University of Arkansas

series III: 8 box 9

Photographs 263-282, ca. 1940

subseries 9: Prints of sketches of University of Arkansas buildings by Carl Nelson

series III: 9 box 9

Photographs 283-298, 1970-1978

subseries 10: Photographs of Grace Upchurch's retirement from the University of Arkansas Library

series III: 10 box 9

Volume I, 1970

END OF COLLECTION

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