Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Related Materials
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Babcock, Bernie, 1868-1962
- Bernie Babcock Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- ca 1870-2013
- Bulk Dates
- MC 2186
- 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
- Materials are primarily in English. One folder is in French.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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No Use Restrictions Apply.
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The Bernie Babcock Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Carol Reavis Pillet-Will (one of Babcock's great-granddaughters) of Buchillon, Switzerland, on April 3, 2017 and on June 5, 2018.
Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in June 2018.
Preferred Form of Citation
Bernie Babcock Papers (MC 2186), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
Julia Burnelle (Bernie) Smade Babcock is a noted Arkansas novelist, poet, and founder of Little Rock's Museum of Natural History.
Babcock was born April 28, 1868 to Hiram Norton Smade and Charlotte Elizabeth Burnelle Smade. She attended Little Rock College for a year before marrying William Franklin Babcock. The couple had five children: Frances, Charlotte, Lucille, MacArthur, and William Francis. Following her husband's death in 1897, Bernie Babcock began submitting her writings for publication, with her first novel, The Daughter of the Republican, being published in 1900. Other notable works include The Soul of Ann Rutledge (1919) and The Heart of George Washington (1931); she also served as society page editor for the Arkansas Democrat for several years, and established the Arkansas Sketch Book publication. She was active in Little Rock's historical community, and in 1927 opened the Museum of Natural History and Antiquities, which is now known as the Museum of Natural History.
Babcock passed away June 14, 1962, and is buried in Little Rock's Oakland Cemetery.
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials created by and regarding Arkansas writer Bernie Babcock and her family.
When noted, collection materials are photocopies rather than originals, and are likely to have been made from originals now held by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture.
Records relating to the Bernie Babcock Papers include:
Bernie Babcock Collection, UALR.MS.0092, 1855-1966, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Bernie Babcock Photograph Collection, UALR.PH.0060, ca 1860-1956, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are arranged by format.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
|Box 1||Folder 1||
Correspondence from Bernie Babcock to A. J. Smade (brother), 1900-1903 7 letters and 2 empty envelopes
|Box 1||Folder 2||
Correspondence to Bernie Smade [Babcock] from Charlotte Elizabeth Smade (mother), 1886 1 letter
|Box 1||Folder 3||
Correspondence to Bernie Babcock from Lucille Babcock Boyce (daughter), 1911 1 letter
|Box 1||Folder 4||
Correspondence to Bernie Babcock from grandmother, 1895 1 letter
|Box 1||Folder 5-6||
Correspondence to Bernie Smade [Babcock] from William Babcock (future husband) (photocopies), 1886
|Box 1||Folder 7||
Correspondence to Bernie Smade [Babcock] from William Babcock (future husband) (photocopies), 1887
|Box 1||Folder 8||
Correspondence (postcard) to Bernie Babcock from George Bernard Shaw (photocopy), 1919
|Box 1||Folder 9||
Correspondence from Owen A. Collins (a co-worker of William Franklin Babcock) to William Franklin Babcock , 1886 1 letter
|Box 1||Folder 10||
Correspondence from father to son [probably to William Babcock], 1885 1 letter
|Box 1||Folder 11||
Correspondence from parent to son, 1902 1 letter
Letter, addressed from Little Rock, Arkansas, mentions Bernie Babcock and is likely from one of her family members
|Box 1||Folder 12||
Bernie Babcock Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from University of Arkansas, 1951
|Box 1||Folder 13||
Newspaper clippings regarding Bernie Babcock, 1953, 2013, undated
|Box 1||Folder 14||
Photographs- Portraits of Bernie Babcock, ca 1900-1962
3 card-mounted photographic prints and 6 photographic prints. One is dated 1926; one 1936; another is dated to WWII; the remainder are undated.
|Box 1||Folder 15||
Photographs- Bernie Babcock and family, ca 1900-1953
|Box 1||Folder 15||Item 1||
Bernie Babock and her sisters, Diana (Beulah) Sherwood Hagg and Carrie Bradley, ca 1945-1953
|Box 1||Folder 15||Item 2||
Frances Babcock Cutting (daughter), Lucille Babcock Boyce (daughter), Dr. Samuel Boyce (son-in-law), Burnelle Boyce Holmes, Thomas Holmes, Michael Holmes, Bernie Babcock, 1947
|Box 1||Folder 15||Item 3||
Frances Babcock (daughter), ca 1900-1925
|Box 1||Folder 15||Item 4||
Bernie Babcock, Burnelle Boyce?, Charlotte Babcock Shepherd, Barbara Shepherd?, Lucille Babcock Boyce (daughter), Sam Boyce?, Mrs. Smade or Mrs. George Shepherd, ca 1920-1940
|Box 1||Folder 15||Item 5||
Babcock Family outside Gaines Street home: Frances Babcock (daughter), William Babcock (son), Bernie Babcock, MacArthur Babcock (son), Lucille Babcock (daughter), neighbor, Charlotte Babcock (daughter), ca 1900-1910
|Box 1||Folder 16||
Photographs- Bernie Babcock and unidentified women , ca 1950-1962
|Box 1||Folder 16||Item 1||
Bernie Babcock signing book for woman, ca 1950-1962
|Box 1||Folder 16||Item 2||
Bernie Babcock and unidentified woman in front of house, ca 1962 (printed in June 1962)
|Box 1||Folder 17||
Photographs- unidentified women , ca 1870-1890
|Box 1||Folder 17||Item 1||
Portrait of unidentified woman, ca 1870-1890
|Box 1||Folder 17||Item 2||
Photographic postcard featuring portrait of unidentified woman; published by the Sketch Book (Little Rock, Ark.), ca 1890-1910
|Box 1||Folder 18||
Jean Bernard Lasserre essay on Bernie Babcock's The Heart of George Washington (handwritten, in French), undated
|Box 1||Folder 19||
"Project Law, The Enactment, Promulgation, and Enforcement of which Will Prevent War among Nations," 6th Revised Edition, by General Frits Holm, 1929
Copy is stamped "Please Write Something about this Somewhere," and the verso includes blurbs on the proposal from academics and politicians
|Box 1||Folder 20||
Loan agreement for Bernie Babcock materials by Lucille T. Babcock (Bernie Babcock's granddaughter) to researcher Diane Rowland, 1978
END OF COLLECTION