Virginia Tyler Papers

MC 817

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 Todd E. Lewis in 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Virginia Tyler
Title
Virginia Tyler Papers
Inclusive Dates
1946-1987
Identification
MC 817
Extent
2.5 linear feet (7 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

The Virginia Tyler Papers were donated to Special Collections by Virginia Tyler of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, on September 17, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Beth Lohr; completed in September 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Virginia Tyler Papers (MC 817), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

Biographical Note

Birginia Tyler, writer, artist, and civic promoter, was born on December 22, 1914, in Oklahoma City. She moved with her family to Arkansas in the early 1920s, locating first in Springdale and later in Eureka Springs, where she still resides in 1988. She began a career in antiques when the late Olive Ellis opened a shop in Eureka Springs in 1938. Tyler managed Ellis’s shop until 1976. Then she acquired her own shop, which she operated until her retirement in 1985.

Tyler has written a variety of weekly columns during the past twenty years for the Eureka Springs Times-Echo. Two of her columns concerned the activities of clubs which she organized, the Alpine Hiking Club and the Ukulele Club. The other column, "Around Town," which she still writes in 1988, offers reminiscences, presents campaigns for civic promotion, and introduces newcomers and visitors. The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce honored Tyler in 1986 for her "Outstanding Community Service." The Eureka Springs Flashlight has dubbed her the "unofficial historian" of Eureka Springs.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of scrapbooks containing Tyler's three columns from the Eureka Springs Times-Echo, Vance Randolph correspondence, and photographs. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and consist of her "Alpine Hiking Club," "Ukulele Club," and "Around Town" columns. Photographs of activities mentioned in the columns are arranged chronologically in Series 3.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged and described in three series:

  1. Series 1. Scrapbooks.
    1. Subseries 1. "The Alpine Hiking Club"
    2. Subseries 2. "Around Town"
    3. Subseries 3. "Ukelele Club"
  2. Series 2. Vance Randolph Materials
    1. Subseries 1. Correspondence
    2. Subseries 2. Clippings
  3. Series 3. Photographs
    1. Subseries 1. "Alpine Hiking Club
    2. Subseries 2. "Around Town"
    3. Subseries 3. "Ukelele Club"

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

series I: Scrapbooks,

1967-1987

Boxes 1-7

Scrapbooks, dating from February 5, 1967, through July 16, 1987, consisting of three newspaper columns written by Virginia Tyler for the Eureka Springs Times-Echo. The twenty- five scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by column and titled "Alpine Hiking Club," "Around Town," and "Ukulele Club."

subseries 1: "The Alpine Hiking Club",

1967-1987

Boxes 1-3

Scrapbooks of the "Alpine Hiking Club" column, beginning February 5, 1967, and continuing through September 20, 1987. Columns between October 26, 1980, and August 15, 1982, are missing. Information in the columns concerns hiking routes, historical background on places visited, and news about members of the club and their pets.

series I: 1 Box 1 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1967-1969

series I: 1 Box 1 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1969-1971

series I: 1 Box 1 Volume 3

Scrapbook, 1971-1973

series I: 1 Box 2 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1973-1975

series I: 1 Box 2 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1975-1978

series I: 1 Box 2 Volume 3

Scrapbook, 1978-1980

series I: 1 Box 2 Volume 4

Scrapbook, 1982-1984

series I: 1 Box 3 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1984-1986

series I: 1 Box 3 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1986-1987

subseries 2: "Around Town",

1967-1987

Boxes 4-5

Scrapbooks of the "Around Town" column, beginning June 15, 1967, and continuing through July 16, 1987. Through the column Tyler introduces the local people of Eureka Springs and their pets. She also writes about incidents during her youth (1915-1930) and the heyday of Eureka Springs around the turn of the century (1885-1910). Legends and anecdotes in the town about earlier periods are also included.

series I: 2 Box 4 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1967-1970

series I: 2 Box 4 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1970-1972

series I: 2 Box 4 Volume 3

Scrapbook, 1972-1975

series I: 2 Box 4 Volume 4

Scrapbook, 1975-1977

series I: 2 Box 4 Volume 5

Scrapbook, 1977-1979

series I: 2 Box 5 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1979-1981

series I: 2 Box 5 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1981-1983

series I: 2 Box 5 Volume 3

Scrapbook, 1983-1985

series I: 2 Box 5 Volume 4

Scrapbook, 1985-1987

subseries 3: "Ukelele Club",

1970-1986

Boxes 6-7

This subseries includes scrapbooks of the "Ukulele Club" column, beginning November 16, 1970, and ending November 13, 1986. Columns between May 7,1979, and April 11, 1981, are missing. On March 3, 1984, the names of the club and column were changed to the "1890 Sing-along." The columns concern club activities, participants, and visitors.

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1970-1971

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1972

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 3

Scrapbook, 1972-1973

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 4

Scrapbook, 1973-1974

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 5

Scrapbook, 1974-1975

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 6

Scrapbook, 1975-1976

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 7

Scrapbook, 1976-1977

series I: 3 Box 6 Volume 8

Scrapbook, 1977-1979

series I: 3 Box 7 Volume 1

Scrapbook, 1981-1984

series I: 3 Box 7 Volume 2

Scrapbook, 1984-1986

series II: Vance Randolph Materials,

1946-1983

2 folders

Correspondence to Virginia Tyler from Ozark folklorist Vance Randolph and copies of clippings eulogizing Randolph after his death in November 1980. Clippings were sent to Tyler by folklorist Gordon McCann.

subseries 1: Correspondence,

1946-1979

1 folder

Correspondence from Randolph to Tyler, beginning October 29, 1946, and ending October 4, 1979. After the 1946 letter there is no further correspondence until 1974. This gap in the correspondence may be explained by Randolph's move from Day, Missouri, to Eureka Springs in 1947. He lived there until 1962 when he married Mary Celestia Parler and moved to Fayetteville.

series II: 1 Box 7 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1946-1979

subseries 2: Clippings,

1978-1983

1 folder

Clippings about Randolph, print by George Fisher of Randolph, and letter from folklorist Gordon McCann to Tyler dated April 25, 1983. McCann collaborated with Randolph on volume two of Ozark Folklore: An Annotated Bibliography and finished the book after Randolph's death in 1980.

series II: 2 Box 7 Folder 4

Clippings, 1978-1983

series III: Photographs,

1967-1987

21 folders

Photographs of people, places, and activities mentioned in Tyler's "Alpine Hiking Club," "Around Town," and "Ukulele Club" columns. The photographs are arranged chronologically by subseries.

subseries 1: "Alpine Hiking Club",

1967-1987

9 folders

"Alpine Hiking Club" photographs dating from October 1967 through September 1987. The photographs consist of snapshots and enlargements from snapshots of members of the club during hikes and other group activities.

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 5

Photographs, 1967-1969 Items 1-14

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 6

Photographs, 1969-1971 Items 15-30

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 7

Photographs, 1971-1973 Items 31-42

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 8

Photographs, 1973-1975 Items 43-49

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 9

Photographs, 1975-1978 Items 50-59

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 10

Photographs, 1978-1980 Items 60-67

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 11

Photographs, 1982-1984 Items 68-81

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 12

Photographs, 1984-1985 Items 82-92

series III: 1 Box 7 Folder 13

Photographs, 1986-1987 Items 93-109

subseries 2: "Around Town",

1971-1984

2 folders

"Around Town" photographs dating 1973 through September 1987. They consist of snapshots of people and animals mentioned in Tyler’s column.

series III: 2 Box 7 Folder 14

Photographs, 1973-1985 Items 110-120

series III: 2 Box 7 Folder 15

Photographs, 1985-1987 Items 121-125

subseries 3: "Ukelele Club",

1971-1984

10 folders

"Ukulele Club" photographs dating 1971 through April 1984. They consist of snapshots taken during club activities.

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 16

Photographs, 1971 Items 126-127

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 17

Photographs, 1972 Items 128-134

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 18

Photographs, 1972-1973 Items 135-137

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 19

Photographs, 1973-1974 Items 138-140

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 20

Photographs, 1974-1975 Items 141-146

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 21

Photographs, 1975-1976 Items 147-152

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 22

Photographs, 1976-1977 Items 153-157

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 23

Photographs, 1977-1978 Items 158-160

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 24

Photographs, 1981-1984 Items 161-170

series III: 3 Box 7 Folder 25

Photographs, 1984 Item 171

END OF COLLECTION

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