Arthur M. Harding Papers

MC 531

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Zachary Morgan, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Harding, Arthur M. (Arthur McCracken), 1884-1947
Title
Arthur M. Harding Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca. 1900-1948, 1960
Identification
MC 531
Extent
8 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 cabinet)
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 Arthur M. Harding Papers were donated to Special Collections by Mary Frances Harding Newbern of Fayetteville, Arkansas, September 22, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Leon C. Miller; completed in August 1987.

Preferred Form of Citation

Arthur M. Harding Papers (MC 531), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

Harding was the first Arkansas native named president of the University of Arkansas. Born September 3, 1884 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Harding was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he attended public schools. After receiving his B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 1904, Harding joined the mathematics department as an instructor. He then earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1913 and 1916 in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and returned to Fayetteville to accept a professorship.

Harding served as the University of Arkansas's first examiner and as registrar during World War I. He was also secretary of the Alumni Association for twenty-five years, founder of the Arkansas Alumnus (which he edited for twenty years), manager and operator of radio station KUOA for ten years, and in 1919 organized the General Extension Service (later to become the Division of Continuing Education), which he administered until 1941. In that year, he succeeded J. William Fulbright as president of the University of Arkansas, a post he held for six years.

Scope and Content Note

Many of the papers in this collection concern President Harding's avocation, astronomy. He wrote many popular articles on the subject, lectured nationally on astronomical topics, (including the Chautauqua circuit), contributed weekly newspaper columns on astronomy to the Arkansas Gazette and the Chicago Tribune, co-authored four astronomy textbooks, and authored a popular best-seller, Astronomy.

The papers include letters, speeches, scrapbooks, programs, handbills, photographs, slides, and artifacts. The scrapbooks contain primarily newspaper clippings of events concerning Harding's presidency of the University of Arkansas. The approximately six hundred glass slides were used by Harding as visual aids for his speaking engagements.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

  1. Writings and Speeches
    1. Drafts
    2. Publications
    3. Speeches
  2. Scrapbooks
    1. U of A President Scrapbook
    2. Miscellaneous Clippings
  3. Correspondence, Clippings, and Personal Items
  4. Photographs
    1. Photographs of Harding from his youth through his assumption of the University of Arkansas Presidency in 1941
    2. Formal portraits of Harding sitting at desk as U. of A. President
    3. Commencement, 1943
    4. Outdoor commencement reception, 1943
    5. Indoor commencement reception and Somervell party at airport, 1943
    6. Miscellaneous Photographs
  5. Glass Slides
  6. Artifacts

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series 1: Writings and speeches,

1933-1942

Boxes 1-4

This series encompasses three subseries. Subseries 1 contains typescripts of Harding's articles. Subseries 2 contains examples of Harding's popular writings. It also contains a printed copy of Harding's dissertation and a small notebook in which Harding kept typed copies of miscellaneous essays and speeches. Subseries 3 contains material relating to Harding's popular lectures, which are arranged chronologically. Undated speeches are arranged by topic. Also included in this subseries are brochures, broadsides, and clippings related to Harding's public speaking appearances and lecture notes on 3 x 5 index cards.

subseries 1: Typescripts,

Box 1

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 1

Astronomy articles, Jan 1933 - Dec 22, 1935

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 2

Monthly Constellations, Sept-Oct, n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 3

"As Time Goes By", n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 4

"From the Astronomical Question Box", n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 5

Home Study Course in Elementary Descriptive Astronomy, n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 6

"Let's Look at the Stars", n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 7

"Stories About the Earth,", n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 8

"Skytours With Harding,", n.d.

series I: 1 Box 1 Folder 9

Miscellaneous typescripts of astronomy articles, n.d.

subseries 2: Publications,

Box 2

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 1

Reprints: "About Eclipses" Children's Activities for Home and School 8, Jun-42 p26

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 2

Reprints: "For Fathers Only" Parents' Magazine XII, September, 1937 p16

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 3

Reprints: "How Time is Measured" Journal of Calendar Reform, July, 1937 p93-97

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 4

Reprints: "Let's Go Bear Hunting" Leisure: The Magazine of a Thousand Diversions IV, June, 1937 p23-59

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 5

Reprints: "Something About the Stars" Children's Activities for Home and School 8, January, 1942 p22

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 6

Reprints: "Our Calendar" Children's Activities for Home and School 8, April, 1942 p19

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 7

Reprints: "Our Holidays" Children's Activities for Home and School 8, May, 1942 p24-40

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 8

Reprints:"Our Universe" Children's Activities for Home and School 7, September, 1941 p13

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 9

Reprints: "Our Universe." Children's Activities for Home and School Children's Activities for Home and School 7, October, 1941 p13-38

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 10

Reprints: "Our Universe" Children's Activities for Home and School 7, November, 1941 p12-36

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 11

Reprints: "Time Through the Ages" Journal of Calendar Reform, October, 1937 p162-169

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 12

Reprints: "Time Units of History" Journal of Calendar Reform, April, 1937 p51-57

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 13

Reprints: "The Sun's Family" Children's Activities for Home and School 8, February, 1942 p18

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 14

Reprints: "What is the Earth?" Highlights Handbook: Exploring Space, 1960 p5

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 15

Reprints: "What is Time?" Children's Activities for Home and School 7, December, 1941 p26

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 10 Item 16

Reprints: "What's in the Sky This Month?" Parents' Magazine VIII, August, 1933 p29-39

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 11

Brochures, correspondence, and reviews concerning Harding's book, Astronomy, Dec 8, 1935-Jan 20, 1940

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 12

Publishing contracts, 1922-1934

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 13

On Certain Loci Projectively Connected With a Given Plane Curve (Harding's Dissertation), University of Chicago, 1916

series I: 2 Box 2 Folder 14

Notebook containing miscellaneous essays and speeches, n.d.

subseries 3: Speeches,

Boxes 3-4

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 1

Speeches, Sept 1931-May 29, 1933

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 2

Speeches, May 24, 1937-June 10, 1938

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 3

Speeches, Apr 20, 1939-Sept 14, 1942

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 4

Speeches, June 25, 1943-Oct 5, 1944

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 5

Speeches concerning "Americanism", n.d.

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 6

Speeches concerning the Rotary Club, n.d.

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 7

Speeches concerning the U. S. Constitution, n.d.

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 8

Miscellaneous speeches, n.d.

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 9

Brochures and broadsides concerning Harding's public lectures on astronomy, 1933-1937

series I: 3 Box 3 Folder 10

Scrapbook of clippings concerning Harding's public lectures on astronomy, 1925-1940

series I: 3 Box 4 Folder 1

Lecture notes on 3 x 5 cards concerning astronomy, n.d.

series 2: Scrapbooks,

Box 5

The Harding scrapbooks are divided into two subseries. Subseries 1 contains newspaper clippings relating to Harding's tenure as university president. Subseries 2 contains miscellaneous clippings primarily concerning Harding'speaking engagements, and clippings of Harding's newspaper columns on astronomy.

subseries 1: U of A President Scrapbook,

Box 5

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 1

Assumption of the presidency 1, 1941

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 2

University items and speaking engagements, 1941-1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 3

University items, 1941-1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 4

University items, 1942

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 5

University items, 1943

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 6

University items, 1943-1944

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 7

University items, 1944-1945

series II: 1 Box 5 Folder 8

University items and Harding resignation, 1945-1946

subseries 2: Miscellaneous Clippings,

Box 5

series II: 2 Box 5 Folder 9

Volume 1. Newspaper clippings, Sept 1, 1923-Feb 1, 1925

series II: 2 Box 5 Folder 10

Volume 2. Harding's weekly newspaper columns for the Arkansas Gazette, May 15-Dec 15, 1932

series II: 2 Box 5 Folder 11

Volume 3. Harding's weekly newspaper columns for the Arkansas Gazette, Jan 1 - June 25, 1933

series II: 2 Box 5 Folder 12

Volume 4. Harding's weekly newspaper columns for the Arkansas Gazette, Apr 24, 1932 - Dec 30, 1934

series 3: Correspondence, Clippings, and Personal Items,

1928-1947

Box 6

Three pieces of correspondence to Harding--the only Harding correspondence in the collection--are contained in this series. Also in this series are loose newspaper clippings about Harding concerning principally his speaking engagements, personal and family items such as a Harding family genealogy and war-time ration coupons, and obituaries of Harding's death.

series III Box 6 Folder 1

Correspondence, Mar 26-27, 1945

series III Box 6 Folder 2

Clippings about Harding, 1928-1947

series III Box 6 Folder 3

The Delta, Dec-41

series III Box 6 Folder 4

Personal items: genealogy, poems, ration coupons, etc.

series III Box 6 Folder 5

Obituaries

series 4: Photographs,

Box 7

The thirty-seven photographs in the Harding Papers are arranged in rough chronological order. The item descriptions note if negatives exist for individual photographs. However, negatives are restricted except for duplication purposes.

subseries 1: Photographs of Harding from his youth through his assumption of the University of Arkansas Presidency in 1941,

Box 7

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 1

Formal portrait, Harding as youth in cadet uniform. Note on verso: "Medal is for best drilled cadet" [Negative No. 24], n.d. 5 x 7

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 2

Formal portrait. Note on verso: "At time of graduation" [Negatives No. 17A-20], n.d. 4 x 5

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 3

Formal portrait, roughly cut oval photograph of young Harding [Negatives No. 5A-8], n.d. 4 x 5

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 4

Formal portrait. Note on verso: "Dr. A.M. Harding Director of General Extension Service University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark" [Negatives No. 14A-17], n.d. 3 x 4½

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 5

Note on verso: "A. M. Harding speaking at Ark. Fire School Fayetteville, 1938", 1938 4 x 6

series IV: 1 Box 7 Folder 6

Informal group photograph. L to R: J. G. Ragsdale, Chair, U of A Board of Trustees, and President and Mrs. Harding. Note on verso: "Taken at alumni reception June 9, 1941 following Dr. Harding's elevation to the Presidency of the U of A" [Negatives No. 19-21A], n.d. 4 x 6

subseries 2: Formal portraits of Harding sitting at desk as U. of A. President,

n.d.

Box 7

series IV: 2 Box 7 Folder 7

Negatives No. 13-18A [1 of 5] One 3 1/2 x 4 1/5, two 5 x 6, one 7 x 9, and one 8 x 10

series IV: 2 Box 7 Folder 8

Negatives No. 13-18A [2 of 5] One 3 1/2 x 4 1/5, two 5 x 6, one 7 x 9, and one 8 x 11

series IV: 2 Box 7 Folder 9

Negatives No. 13-18A [3 of 5] One 3 1/2 x 4 1/5, two 5 x 6, one 7 x 9, and one 8 x 12

series IV: 2 Box 7 Folder 10

Negatives No. 13-18A [4 of 5] One 3 1/2 x 4 1/5, two 5 x 6, one 7 x 9, and one 8 x 13

series IV: 2 Box 7 Folder 11

Negatives No. 13-18A [5 of 5] One 3 1/2 x 4 1/5, two 5 x 6, one 7 x 9, and one 8 x 14

subseries 3: Commencement, 1943,

1943

Box 7

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 12

U of A [1 of 3], June 1943 3 x 3 3/4

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 13

U of A [2 of 3], June 1943 3 x 3 3/4

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 14

U of A [3 of 3], June 1943 3 x 3 3/4

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 15

General Brehon Somervell receiving honorary doctorate, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negatives No. 10-12A], June 1943 4 x 5

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 16

Thomas B. Freeman receiving honorary doctorate, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negatives No. 4-6A], June 1943 4 x 5

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 17

J. Edgar Hoover receiving honorary doctorate, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negative No. 3-3A], June 1943 4 x 5

series IV: 3 Box 7 Folder 18

Judge Walter G. Riddick receiving honorary doctorate, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negatives No. 7-9A], June 1943 4 x 5

subseries 4: Outdoor commencement reception, 1943,

1943

Box 7

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 19

Outdoor reception following commencement [1 of 2], June 1943 ½ x 3½

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 20

Outdoor reception following commencement [2 of 2], June 1943 ½ x 3½

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 21

Outdoor reception following commencement, June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 22

General Somervell, Harding, General Donovan and Colonel White at outdoor reception following commencement, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negatives No. 24A-26], June 1943 4 x 5

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 23

President and Mrs. Harding, Governor Homer Adkins, and General and Mrs. Somervell at outdoor reception following commencement, 3 x 4 [Negatives No. 8A-14] [1 of 3], June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 24

President and Mrs. Harding, Governor Homer Adkins, and General and Mrs. Somervell at outdoor reception following commencement, 3 x 4 [Negatives No. 8A-14] [2 of 3], June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 25

President and Mrs. Harding, Governor Homer Adkins, and General and Mrs. Somervell at outdoor reception following commencement, 3 x 4 [Negatives No. 8A-14] [3 of 3], June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 4 Box 7 Folder 26

Somervell, Donovan, and White at outdoor reception following commencement, Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps", June 1943 4 x 5

subseries 5: Indoor commencement reception and Somervell party at airport, 1943,

1943

Box 7

series IV: 5 Box 7 Folder 27

Harding and J. Edgar Hoover at indoor commencement reception, U of A, June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 5 Box 7 Folder 28

Indoor commencement reception, U of A, June 1943 3 x 4

series IV: 5 Box 7 Folder 29

General and Mrs. Somervell arriving at Fayetteville airport. L to R: unknown, General Donovan (back to camera), General Somervell, Colonel White (back to camera), Mrs. Somervell. Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps" [Negatives No. 30A-32], June 1943 4 x 5

series IV: 5 Box 7 Folder 30

General and Mrs. Somervell arriving at Fayetteville airport. L to R: Mrs. Somervell, Donovan, Somervell, White. Credit "U. S. Army Signal Corps [Negatives No. 32A-35], June 1943 4 x 5

subseries 6: Miscellaneous Photographs,

Box 7

series IV: 6 Box 7 Folder 31

President and Mrs. Harding with Lord and Lady Halifax, U of A, [Negatives No. 4A-5], March, 1945 3 x 3 1/2

series IV: 6 Box 7 Folder 32

Harding with the President of the Golden Rule Foundation of New York City, the President of Em [sic] Teachers College of Nacogdoches, Texas, the Superintendent of Hot Springs Schools, the Director of the U. of Texas Extension Service, the Founder of the Palmer Foundation, the Superintendent of Texarkana Schools, and the Pastor of Presbyterian Church, Texarkana. Signatures of those in photograph on verso. [Negatives No. 28-30A], December, 1946 8 x 10

series IV: 6 Box 7 Folder 33

Formal portrait of Harding. Note on verso: "Present likeness at time of Retirement as University President 1-31-47." [Negatives 26A-29], January 31, 1947 4 x 5

series IV: 6 Box 7 Folder 34

Aerial view of the U of A, n.d. 5 x 7

series IV: 6 Box 7 Folder 35

Winter scene of Harding home. Note on verso: "Home of Arthur M. Harding 1931-1947 (photo. made during his presidency).", 1941-1947 3 x 5

series 5: Glass Slides ,

wooden case (7 drawers)

The approximately six hundred glass slides were used by Harding in his popular lectures. They are mostly professionally prepared slides purchased from dealers, but approximately fifty were made by Harding himself. They are arranged by the subject categories assigned to them by Harding.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 1

Arkansas Education, Americanism, the Calendar, and Miscellaneous, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 2

Stars and Sun, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 3

Bible, Comets, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 4

General Meteors, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 5

Moon Mythology, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 6

Nebulas, Planets, n.d.

series V Wooden-case MC 531 Drawer 7

Duplicates, n.d.

series 6: Artifacts,

Box 8 (oversize)

series VI Box 8 Folder 1

Paperweights [1 of 2]

series VI Box 8 Folder 2

Paperweights [2 of 2]

series VI Box 8 Folder 3

Set of compasses in black leather case

series VI Box 8 Folder 4

Slide rule in brown leather case

series VI Box 8 Folder 5

Small carpenter's square

series VI Box 8 Folder 6

"Astra-Guide" (cardboard device for locating stars)

series VI Box 8 Folder 7

Centennial Edition of theFayetteville Daily Democrat, Section C

series VI Box 8B

Phonograph record transcription of talk by Harding on the radio program, "Spokane Speaks", March 6, 1941 16 inch, 33 1/3

series VI Box 8 Folder 9

Harding articles for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, Sept 3 - Oct 28, 1934

END OF COLLECTION

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