Bernie Babcock Papers

MC 2186

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 Katrina Windon, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Babcock, Bernie, 1868-1962
Title
Bernie Babcock Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca 1870-2013
Bulk Dates
1886-1962
Identification
MC 2186
Extent
0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are primarily in English. One folder is in French.
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

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

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.

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Related Materials

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

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

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