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
- Butler-Paisley Family
- Butler-Paisley Family Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 514
- 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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Most of the letters are fragile and should be handled with extreme care. A number of them are in such poor condition that positive photocopies have been provided for research; use of originals requires special permission.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Letters and papers pertaining to the Butler and Paisley families were donated to Special Collections by Elizabeth Paisley Huckaby, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 1984. Most of the material in the collection--family correspondence and business records--was received and saved by Emma Butler Paisley, the donor's grandmother.
Processed by Ethel Simpson and Nan Lawler; completed in March 1987.
Empty envelopes transferred from accession file to the collection (Box 4, Folder 21) in December 2018 by Katrina Windon.
Preferred Form of Citation
Butler-Paisley Family Papers (MC 514), 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.
Emma Butler Paisley (1844-1887) was the daughter of Tulip, Arkansas, farmer and merchant Alexander Butler (1807-1881), and wife of William McLean Paisley (1842-1891), also a farmer and merchant.
Alexander Butler, 1807-1881 (Theophilis Butler was his brother) married Mary Wyche Reavis. 1813-1890. They had thirteen children:
1. Sarah Frances, born 1833, died of burns in childhood.
2. Martha Wyche ("Mattie," "M. W. Hughes"), 1833-1912, married George Hughes and had three children: Walter (born 1855), West (died in his 80s in California), and George Reavis.
3. Henry Alexander ("H. A. Butler"), 1836-1907, married Mary E. Coulter ("Mollie") and had five children: Coulter, May, Mattie, Nannie, and George. Henry was a merchant, for many years in partnership with his father.
4. Mary Jane, 1838-1891, married the Reverend George Matthews, a Methodist circuit rider who had two sons, George and Herbert, from a previous marriage.
5. Lewis Peter, 1839-1878, married Jennie Bowman and had two children: Jessie and Willard. Lewis, a lawyer, went to California for his health, but died shortly after his arrival there.
6. George Emery, 1840-1891, married Julia Moores and had nine children: Moores, Alice, Lou, George, Anna, Julia, and three more. George was a Methodist circuit rider and emigrated with his family to California in 1870.
7. Charles Albert, 1843-1924, married Kate Colburn and had eight children.
8. Emma Eliza, 1844-1886, married William McLean Paisley ("Billy"), 1842-1891, and had nine children: John Alexander, William Butler, Emma, Henry Lewis (the donor's father), Mary Eliza, Martha Wyche, Lula Grier, Annie Orr, and James Ira. William, a merchant and farmer, married Martha Oliver Bland following Emma's death. They had a son, Edward Bland.
9. John Reavis ("Johnnie"), born 1846, married Melinda Clardy ("Kellie"). John was a merchant.
10. Anna Louise ("Annie"), 1849-1880, married Olin (Groening?) Moores and had three children: Edwin, William, and Annie. Olin Moores, brother of George Butler's wife Julia, was a merchant and drummer, and married his sister-in-law Alice after Anna Louise's death.
11. Ira Wyche, born 1852, married Fannie John Smith. Ira, a merchant, also emigrated to California.
12. Alice Palmer, 1855-1886, married Olin Moores following the death of her sister Anna Louise. They had two children: Alice and Olin.
13. James Oliver, born 1857, married Maria Moores, a sister of Olin and Julia. They had three children: Walter Hughes and two others.
The Reverend John Paisley (died 1845) married Eliza Bradshaw (died 1880) and had two children: William McLean and Mary Ann. Following John Paisley's death, Elize ("E. D. Lipscomb") married Lorenzo Dow Lipscomb ("L. D. Lipscomb," called "Father" by William Paisley). They had five children: Willis, Claude, Emma (later Emma Lipscomb Harding), Eliza, and Ella.
John Paisley's brother James married Minerva ("Aunt Minerva") and had two children: D. Lacy and J. Porter.
For further genealogical information, see Tulip Evermore.
Scope and Content Note
The correspondence pertains primarily to family matters in Tulip and elsewhere, religious concerns, business and other travel, the Civil War, emigration to California and Texas, and business matters. The business records pertain mostly to William Paisley's general stores in Dobyville and Guerdon, Arkansas.
Most of the family correspondence (series 1 and 2) consists of letters written to and from members of the Butler and Paisley families. Other correspondents include Emma's cousins Mattie Phillips and Sallie Kittle ("Cousin S") and her friend J. A. Elliott.
Records relating to the Stout Lumber Company Materials include:
Butler-Paisley Photograph Albums, MC 632
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials are arranged in three series by topic:
- Series 1. Letters, mostly to Emma Paisley, published in Tulip Evermore.
- Series 2. Family correspondence not published in Tulip Evermore.
- Series 3. Business and other papers.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
series 1: Letters, mostly to Emma Paisley, published in Tulip Evermore,
Letters written to Emma Paisley by relatives and friends, as well as letters written by Emma to her husband William Paisley. These letters, some of them edited, were published in Tulip Evermore, and are arranged in the same order as in the book, the range of dates given for each folder. Included are a few items that are not, strictly speaking, family correspondence. A number of letters are represented by copies only. In all cases but one, these were letters taken to Korea by one of the Butler-Paisley descendants and lost there during the Korean War. Fortunately, copies were made of the letters before they were lost. The one exception is a copy of a letter of Emma's, made by William Paisley some ten years after the original was written. The letters touch on national events (the Civil War, the Centennial of the United States), family matters, religious concerns (many of the Butlers and Paisleys were clergymen), and travel (for business, to visit family, or as part of the general move westward).
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 12 March 1857-24 November 1862
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 30 December 1862-17 March 1864
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 June 1864-15 February 1865
|series I||Box 1||Folder 4||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 16 February 1865-19 June 1866
|series I||Box 1||Folder 5||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 25 June 1866-[25 February 1867]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 6||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 27 February 1867-5 June 1867
|series I||Box 1||Folder 7||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 24 June 1867-7 November 1867
|series I||Box 1||Folder 8||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 November 1867-[15 April 1868]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 9||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 19 April 1868-22 July 1868
|series I||Box 1||Folder 10||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 August 1868-2 October 1868
|series I||Box 1||Folder 11||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 2 October 1868-2 December 1868
|series I||Box 1||Folder 12||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 9 December 1868-26 March 1869
|series I||Box 1||Folder 13||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 28 March 1869-3 June 1869
|series I||Box 1||Folder 14||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 3 June 1869-22 December 1869
|series I||Box 1||Folder 15||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 24 January 1870-4 May 1870
|series I||Box 1||Folder 16||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 4 May 1870-6 September 1870
|series I||Box 1||Folder 17||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 September 1870-[22 April 1871]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 18||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 3 May 1871-[11 December 1871]
|series I||Box 2||Folder 1||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 5 February 1872-12 September 1872
|series I||Box 2||Folder 2||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 17 September 1872-23 June 1873
|series I||Box 2||Folder 3||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 June 1873-28 May 1874
|series I||Box 2||Folder 4||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 29 May 1874-16 February 1875
|series I||Box 2||Folder 5||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 2 March 1875-30 August 1875
|series I||Box 2||Folder 6||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 15 October 1875-16 April 1876
|series I||Box 2||Folder 7||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 20 April 1876-1 November 1876
|series I||Box 2||Folder 8||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 5 December 1876-19 March 1877
|series I||Box 2||Folder 9||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 March 1877-28 September 1877
|series I||Box 2||Folder 10||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 7 November 1877-27 February 1878
|series I||Box 2||Folder 11||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 17 March 1878-19 May 1878
|series I||Box 2||Folder 12||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 31 May 1878-6 May 1879
|series I||Box 2||Folder 13||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 21 July 1879-27 July 1880
|series I||Box 2||Folder 14||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 29 July 1880-15 April 1881
|series I||Box 2||Folder 15||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 18 April 1881-24 November 1881
|series I||Box 2||Folder 16||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 19 [December] 1881-19 April 1882
|series I||Box 2||Folder 17||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 April 1882-27 June 1882
|series I||Box 3||Folder 1||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 28 June 1882-20 March 1883
|series I||Box 3||Folder 2||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 June 1883-22 February 1884
|series I||Box 3||Folder 3||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 1 March 1884-5 October 1884
|series I||Box 3||Folder 4||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 25 October 1884-4 March 1885
|series I||Box 3||Folder 5||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 26 March 1885-6 September 1885
|series I||Box 3||Folder 6||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 20 September 1885-22 January 1886
|series I||Box 3||Folder 7||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 23 January 1886-7 May 1886
|series I||Box 3||Folder 8||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 7 May 1886-13 August 1886
|series I||Box 3||Folder 9||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 26 August 1886-27 October 1886
|series I||Box 3||Folder 10||
Tulip Evermore Correspondence, 8 November 1886-20 January 1887
series 2: Family correspondence not published in Tulip Evermore,
Family correspondence that was not included in the book, Tulip Evermore. For the most part, the correspondents and subject matter are much the same as in Series 1. The letters are arranged in chronological order, with the range of dates given for each folder. All of the folders include letters from William and Emma Paisley. Other correspondents (or, less frequently, recipients) are listed following the dates for each folder.
|series II||Box 3||Folder 11||
Frances C. Butler, Alexander Butler, George E. Butler, Henry A. Butler, R. G. Westmore, Mollie Butler, J. A. ("Louie") Elliott, 29 October 1829-26 December 1866
|series II||Box 3||Folder 12||
Mattie Phillips, John R. Butler, 1 January 1867-30 December 1867
|series II||Box 3||Folder 13||
Alexander Butler, Albert S. Butler, 2 January 1867 -19 August 1868
|series II||Box 3||Folder 14||
Mattie Phillips, 22 August 1868-26 April 1869
|series II||Box 3||Folder 15||
Henry A. Butler, Annie Butler, Julia Moores Butler, 27 April 1869-3 March 1870
|series II||Box 3||Folder 16||
Henry A. Butler, Mattie Phillips, Mary Butler, 7 March 1870-11 September 1870
|series II||Box 3||Folder 17||
Henry A. Butler, Mary Butler, Ellen Phillips,  September 1870-26 November 1871
|series II||Box 3||Folder 18||
Henry A. Butler, Mary Butler, [March 1872]-3 July 1873
|series II||Box 3||Folder 19||
Henry A. Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Alice Butler, Lewis P. Butler, Mary Butler, J. E. Caldwell, Maggie Jones, Mary Wyche Butler, 16 July 1873-26 September 
|series II||Box 3||Folder 20||
Russell Carothers, Henry A. Butler, Annie Butler Moores, Alice Butler, Mary Butler, Alexander Butler, 10 November 1874-8 August 1876
|series II||Box 3||Folder 21||
Henry A. Butler, Emma Lipscomb Harding, Alexander Butler, Annie Butler Moores, Mattie Butler, Hughes, 11 August 1876-20 April 1877
|series II||Box 4||Folder 1||
Annie Butler Moores, Mattie Butler Hughes, 1 August 1877-21 February 1878
|series II||Box 4||Folder 2||
Sallie Smith, P. Wm. Provenchere, Alice Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Ira Butler, Annie Butler Moores, 22 April 1878-6 May 1879
|series II||Box 4||Folder 3||
Alice Butler, Mary Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, 7 June 1879-4 April 1880
|series II||Box 4||Folder 4||
Henry A. Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, John R. Butler, Alice Butler, 21 June 1880-31 January 1882
|series II||Box 4||Folder 5||
Ira Butler, L. D. Lipscomb, Mary Wyche Butler, Mollie Butler Hughes, 6 February 1882-29 March 1883
|series II||Box 4||Folder 6||
Alice Butler Moores, Mary Butler Matthews, 30 March 1883-2 February 1884
|series II||Box 4||Folder 7||
James O. Butler, Henry A. Butler, Ira Butler, Mary Wyche Butler, John Carothers, Mary Butler Matthews, 5 February 1884-4 November 1884
|series II||Box 4||Folder 8||
Mrs. R. M. Smith, Ira Butler, Alice Butler Moores, Mary Butler Matthews, Mary Wyche Butler, Emma Paisley (daughter), November 1884-1 February 1886
|series II||Box 4||Folder 9||
Dr. Charles H. Cargile, 3 February 1886-17 May 1886
|series II||Box 4||Folder 10||
John Paisley (son), Emma Paisley (daughter), 20 May 1886-17 July 1886
|series II||Box 4||Folder 11||
Ira Butler, Mattie Butler Hughes, Mary Wyche Butler, Mary Butler Matthews, 12 August 1886-14 August 1887, n.d.
|series II||Box 4||Folder 21||
Empty envelopes from Butler family correspondence, 1884-1887, n.d.
series 3: Business and other papers,
Most of these papers pertain to William Paisley's general store (in partnership with James Doby from 1867 until about 1870) first in Dobyville, later in Gurdon, Arkansas. He apparently also bought and sold (or acted as agent for the sale of) locally-grown cotton.
|series III||Box 4||Folder 12||
Memorandum, account books, notebook, n.d.
|series III||Box 4||Folder 13||
Articles of Copartnership; business correspondence, bills, receipts, 1867
|series III||Box 4||Folder 14||
Business correspondence, receipts, bills, accounts, 1868-1875
|series III||Box 4||Folder 15||
Business correspondence, receipts, bills, accounts, 1876-1887, n.d.
|series III||Box 4||Folder 16||
Business index sheets, March 1877-June 1878
|series III||Box 4||Folder 17||
List of real estate and accounts, 1887
|series III||Box 4||Folder 18||
Business advertising, cards, circulars, catalog, n.d.
|series III||Box 4||Folder 19||
Miscellaneous correspondence; list of grand jury, 1866-1883
|series III||Box 4||Folder 20||
Church-related correspondence and petition, 1885-1887
END OF COLLECTION