Robert A. and Vivian Young Papers

MC 789

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Zachary Morgan, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Young Family
Robert A. and Vivian Young Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 789
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email 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 Robert A. and Vivian Young Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Robert A. Young, III, of Fort Smith, Arkansas on March 30, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony J. Wappel; completed in March, 1989.

Preferred Form of Citation

Robert A. and Vivian Young Papers (MC 789), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

Robert A. Young, Jr. (1908-1973) was born at Greenwood (Sebastian County), Arkansas. He attended Greenwood public schools and Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri before attending Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he graduated in 1930. Young then attended the University of Arkansas Law School where he graduated in 1933.

Immediately upon graduating, Young formed the law partnership of Miles, Armstrong, and Young. In 1940, he secured a permit for the operation of the Chaffee Transit Company between Ft. Smith and Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. Eleven years later, in 1951, Young purchased Arkansas Motor Freight Lines, Inc. In 1957, he added to this the Best Motor Lines, of Dallas, Texas, combining the two companies under the name Arkansas-Best Freight Systems, Inc.

Robert A. Young, Jr. was also a member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, the Transport Insurance Company Board of Directors, and the City National Bank of Fort Smith Board of Directors. Young's wife was the former Vivian Curtis, another native of Greenwood, Arkansas. Young had three children--Mrs. Janelle Hembree, Mrs. Marilyn Speed, and Robert A. Young, III.

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain a biographical sketch of Robert A. Young, clippings pertaining to Vivian Young's involvement with the Women's Arkansas State Golf Tournament, and a collection of photographs of various dignitaries, including Orval Faubus, Hubert Humphrey, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials 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

Biographical sketch of Robert A. Young, Jr., ca. 1960

Box 1 Folder 2

Arkansas Best Freight System annual reports, 1959 and 1961; system map, n.d.; and other papers, 1961-1968

Box 1 Folder 3

Arkansas Best Freight System magazine By-Lines,and other publications, 1953-1977

Box 1 Folder 4

Papers and photographs pertaining to Robert A. Young, Jr.'s visit to the U. S. Army Infantry Center at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Sep-63

Box 1 Folder 5

Clippings pertaining mostly to the Hardscrabble Country Club in Ft. Smith and the Women's Arkansas State Golf Tournament, 1942-1957

Box 1 Folder 6

Christmas cards from John F. Kennedy, Orval Faubus, and Winthrop Rockefeller, ca. 1960-1965

Box 1 Folder 7

Awards--Robert A. Young Jr., 1930-1972

Box 1 Folder 8

Awards--Vivian Young, 1928 and 1978

Box 1 Folder 9

Photographs: Blue Angels, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 10

Photographs: City National Bank Board of Directors, 1964

Box 1 Folder 11

Photographs: Orval Faubus, ca. 1957

Box 1 Folder 12

Photographs: Judge Ben Geren, 1959

Box 1 Folder 13

Photographs: Ivo Gilbert, ca. 1925

Box 1 Folder 14

Photographs: Golf Tournament, 1959-1960

Box 1 Folder 15

Photographs: Greenwood High School students class reunion, 1978

Box 1 Folder 16

Photographs: Oren Harris, 1958

Box 1 Folder 17

Photographs: Hubert Humphrey, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 18

Photographs: Lyndon Johnson, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 19

Photographs: Jack Kennedy, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 20

Photographs: Transport Insurance Company Directors, 1964

Box 1 Folder 21

Photographs: University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 22

Photographs: Unidentified groups, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 23

Photographs: ABF Truck, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 24

Photographs: Greenwood Coal Mine, 1937

Box 1 Folder 25

Photographs: Sketch of Robert A. Young, III, n.d.


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