Fontaine Richard Earle Papers

MC 68

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Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Earle, Fontaine Richard, 1831-1908
Title
Fontaine Richard Earle Papers
Inclusive Dates
1856-1907
Identification
MC 68
Extent
1 linear foot (3 Boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
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

Letters and papers written or collected by Fontaine Richard Earle, (January 9, 1831-September 6, 1908), were donated to Special Collections by Davis Payne Richardson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, January 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Scott; completed in Febraury 1987.

Preferred Form of Citation

Fontaine Richard Earle Papers (MC 68), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

Fontaine Richard Earle, a Kentucky native and Cumberland Presbyterian minister, moved to Cane Hill, Arkansas in 1859 following his graduation from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Earle became president of Cane Hill College and pastor of a congregation located at the town, serving in both capacities until 1861, when he enlisted as a private in a company of Arkansas State Militia. He returned home to resume preaching and farming following the battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861, but in the autumn of 1862, Earle raised a company of men from the Cane Hill area to serve as part of the Arkansas 34th Infantry, Confederate States Army. He participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, Jenkin's Ferry, and others, obtaining the rank of Major by the end of the war.

In 1865 Earle returned to Cane Hill and married Amanda Buchanan, (April 23, 1834-December 14, 1894), the daughter of another Cane Hill minister, John Buchanan. Earle served briefly in the Arkansas State Senate in 1866-1867 and returned to Cane Hill to resume the presidency of the college shortly thereafter. He spent the rest of his life as an educational administrator and preacher at both Cane Hill and, for a brief time, at Clarksville, Arkansas. He was a staunch temperance advocate and sought election as an Arkansas Presidential Electoral College member for the Prohibition Party in 1888.

Scope and Content Note

The papers in the collection consist of sermons, essays, lectures, letters, and poetry written by Earle during his lengthy career, along with broadsides, tracts, and newspaper clippings he collected, all of which have been arranged into five series.

Related Materials

Related Materials in Special Collections include:

Fontain Richard Earle Letters, 1861-1908

Fontaine Richard Earle, Military and other records, 1858-1864 (Microfilm E605; E23), 1858-1864

Buchanan Family Papers, 1837-1902, 1928-1929

Buchanan Family History, n.d., 1997

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged into four series by format

  1. Correspondence, 1870-1899
  2. Literary manuscripts, 1856-1900
    1. Sermons, lectures, essays, and outlines
    2. Manuscript poetry
  3. Financial documents, 1857-1875
  4. Printed materials, 1858-1907
    1. Tracts, brochures, broadsides, 1858-1900
    2. Newspaper Clippings, 1858-1907
  5. Miscellaneous items
  6. Oversize Materials

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series 1: Correspondence,

1870-1899

4 Items

Letters written by or sent to Fontaine Richard Earle, Cane Hill, Arkansas, dealing with matters at Cane Hill College, religious subjects, and Earle family genealogy.

series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 1

George A. Swann, (Boonsboro, Arkansas), to the "Teachers of Cane Hill College", February 1, 1870 ASL w/env.

series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 2

Fontaine Richard Earle, (Cane Hill, Arkansas), to Rev. E.B. Crisman, (St. Louis, Missouri), December 28, 1874 ASL

series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 3

C.L. Davis, (Hartford, Arkansas), to Fontaine Richard Earle, (Boonsborough, Arkansas), September 2, 1890 ASL w/env.

series I Box 1 Folder 1 Item 4

William E. Earle, (Washington, D.C.), to "Dear Sir," [Fontaine Richard Earle?], January 30, 1899 ASL

series 2: Literary Productions,

1856-1900

Box 1

subseries 1: Sermons, lectures, essays and outlines,

1856-1900

Box 1, Folder 2-9

Sermons, lectures, essays, and outlines written by Fontaine Richard Earle regarding political, religious, and educational subjects. The papers are predominately sermons on biblical themes with no contemporary reference for dating other than those contained in folder 2. These dated manuscripts include an address delivered by Earle at the dedication of the Fayetteville Confederate Cemetery, June 10, 1873, and an outline of a talk given at a Confederate reunion at Park's Grove, August 28, 1897. The balance of the papers have been arranged alphabetically by title, or first line for those without titles.

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 2

Sermons and essays (10 items), 1856-1898

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 3

Sermons and essays, A and B

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 4

Sermons and essays, C through E

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 5

Sermons and essays, F through H

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 6

Sermons and essays, I and J

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 7

Sermons and essays, L and M

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 8

Sermons and essays, N through P

series II: 1 Box 1 Folder 9

Sermons and essays, R through W

subseries 2: Manuscript Poetry,

Box 1 Folder 10

Five examples of poetry written by Fontaine Richard Earle on political, educational, and religious subjects.

series II: 2 Box 1 Folder 10

Manuscript Poetry

subseries II Box 1 Folder 10 Item 1

Who will meet Collinsworth

subseries II Box 1 Folder 10 Item 2

Little we dream when life is new...

subseries II Box 1 Folder 10 Item 3

There may be ties that bind to earth...

subseries II Box 1 Folder 10 Item 4

In 1868 a college was opened here...

subseries II Box 1 Folder 10 Item 5

They say I am sixty years old today...

series 3: Financial Documents,

1857-1875

Box 1 Folder 11 (7 items)

Receipts, invoices, and account memorandums pertaining to Fonatine Richard Earle, Cane Hill College, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

series III Box 1 Folder 11

Financial Documents

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 1

Receipt for lodging of F.R. Earle from Richard Beall. [Lebanon, Tennessee?], January 31, 1857

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 2

Receipt from Reverend W.G.L. Quaite for monies received from F.R. Earle, April 3, 1860

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 3

Account memorandum of tuition payments at Cane Hill College, ca. 1862

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 4

Tuition account list for students at Cane Hill College, ca. 1860s

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 5

Receipt from Martin, Campbell & Co. for money received from F.R. Earle, March 12, 1869

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 6

Account memorandum and receipt from T.A. Dyche & Co. for sales and service to Cane Hill College, February 5, 1874

series III Box 1 Folder 11 Item 7

Statement of account of the estate of J.R. Pyeatt signed by F.R. Earle, ca. 1875

series 4: Printed Materials,

1858-1907

Box 2, Folders 1-14

subseries 1: Tracts, Broadsides, Brochures, etc.,

1858-1897

Box 2 Folder 1 (13 items)

Tracts, broadsides, brochures and other printed ephemera dealing with religious matters and activities at Cane Hill College, and business propositions collected or authored by Fontaine Richard Earle.

series IV: 1 Box 2 Folder 1

Tracts, Broadsides, Brochures, etc.

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 1

Broadside- obituary of Mary Lavina Buchanan, August 12, 1858

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 2

Broadside- "Carrier's Address" poem summarizing the events of 1878 in verse, January 1, 1879 No publisher's imprint

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 3

Program- "Musical Entertainment at Cane Hill College, June 7, 1888

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 4

Broadside- "To the Friends of Temperance in the State of Arkansas," by F.R. Earle, July 4, 1888 Fragile original, use photocopy

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 5

Subscription receipt booklet for the "Cumberland Presbyterian" F.R. Earle, sales agent, March, 1892

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 6

Program- "Subjects of Bible Lectures to be given by Reverend Wm. Walton Clark atthe Bible Institute, Chicago, March 1, 1897

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 7

Tract- "Why Four Gospels?" by Wm. Walton Clark, April, 1897

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 8

Broadside- "To all of Every Name", advertising bible classes at Cane Hill College conducted by F.R. Earle (Also handwritten manuscript copy of same), June 10, 1897

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 9

Tract- "The Sunday Newspaper," N.W.C.T.U.; Leaflet No. 5, ca. 1890

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 10

Tract- "Christian Fidelity," by F.R. Earle, ca. 1890

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 11

Calling card, "Miss Earle." Quote on Robert E. Lee on verso, ca. 1890

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 12

Broadside- "The largest circulated Presbyterian Newspaper in the UnitedStates," theHerald and Presbyter, ca. 1890

subseries I Box 2 Folder 1 Item 13

Prospectus for the United Zinc Company of Arkansas, ca. 1890

subseries 2: Newspaper Clippings,

1858-1907

Box 2, Folders 2-14

Assorted newspaper clippings taken from various religious, temperance, Arkansas, and other state newspapers by Fontaine Richard Earle. Subjects covered in the clippings include articles written by or specifically mentioning Fontaine Richard Earle; obituaries of various religious figures, Arkansas residents, and national personalities; articles dealing with the temperance movement in Arkansas and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries; articles dealing with a wide variety of religious subjects including Cumberland Presbyterian doctrine, morality, and religious personalities; poetry and verse covering moral, political, historical, and humorous subjects; and miscellaenous articles dealing with a wide variety of political, social, and historical subjects, including war reminiscences.

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 2

Fontaine Richard Earle

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 3

Obituaries

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 4

Temperance, ca. 1870s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 5

Temperance, ca. 1880s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 6

Temperance, ca. 1890s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 7

Temperance, n.d.

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 8

Religion, ca. 1850s and 1860s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 9

Religion, ca. 1870s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 10

Religion, ca. 1880s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 11

Religion, ca. 1890s and 1900s

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 12

Religion, n.d.

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 13

Poetry

series IV: 2 Box 2 Folder 14

Miscellaneous clippings

series 4: Miscellaneous,

1866-1867

Box 2, Folder 15 (6 items)

Composite photograph of portraits of the members of the 1866-1867 Arkansas State Senate, T.W. Bankes, Little Rock, photographer; pencil sketch of a rural homestead, no signature, no date, (possibly drawn by Amanda Buchanan Earle); manuscript recipes for making apple wine; two envelopes and one fragment with cancelled postage stamps that contain no correspondence.

series V Box 2 Folder 15

Six items

series 6: Oversize Materials,

Box 3 (12 items)

Newspapers, Scrapbook, Confederate postage stamps

series VI Box 3 Folder 1

Cumberland Presbyterian, (St. Louis, Missouri), June 14, 1872- February 6, 1874

series VI Box 3 Folder 1 Item 1

Vol. 10, No. 49, June 14, 1872 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 1 Item 2

Vol. 11, No. 15, October 11, 1872 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 1 Item 3

Vol. 12, No. 31, February 6, 1874 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 1 Item 4

Cumberland Presbyterian, (St. Louis, Missouri), July 25, 1873 pages 3 and 4

series VI Box 3 Folder 2

Banner of Peace, (Nashville, Tennessee), October 21, 1871

series VI Box 3 Folder 2 Item 1

Vol. 26, No. 18, October 21, 1871 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 3

The Washington Weekly Post, (Washington, D.C.), February 25, 1885

series VI Box 3 Folder 3 Item 1

No. 346, February 25, 1885 full issue

series VI Box 3 Folder 4

St. Louis Post Dispatch, January 29, 1895

series VI Box 3 Folder 4 Item 1

Vol. 45, No. 172, January 29, 1895 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 5

The Sunday Post Dispatch, (St. Louis, Missouri), September 3, 1895

series VI Box 3 Folder 5 Item 1

The Sunday Post Dispatch, (St. Louis, Missouri), September 3, 1895 pages 25 and 26

series VI Box 3 Folder 6

The Issue, (Nashville, Tennessee), October 2, 1890

series VI Box 3 Folder 6 Item 1

Vol. 11, no. 13, October 2, 1890 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 7

Mountain City Gazette, (Fayetteville, Arkansas), December 5, 1896

series VI Box 3 Folder 7 Item 1

Vol. 1, No. 2, December 5, 1896 pages 1 and 2

series VI Box 3 Folder 8

The Ohio State Journal, May 21, 1907

series VI Box 3 Folder 8 Item 1

The Ohio State Journal, May 21, 1907 pages 3 and 4

series VI Box 3 Item 12

Scrapbook

One blank scrapbook, signed "Amanda Buchanan, Clarksville, Arkansas," two five-cent Confederate postage stamps attached to inside back cover.

END OF COLLECTION

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