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OTTO ERNEST RAYBURN

Papers, ca. 1916-1960
Manuscript Collection MS R19
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OTTO ERNEST RAYBURN

Otto Ernest Rayburn moved to the Ozarks in 1917. He lived in Missouri and Arkansas, where he was a teacher, newspaper publisher, bookseller, and promoter of tourism. Toward the end of his life he organized his enormous hoard of information about the Ozarks into the collection now in the University Libraries. He died in 1960.

THE COLLECTION

The Otto Ernest Rayburn Collection was acquired from Mr. Rayburn, a collector, educator, publisher, and bookseller then residing in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, in part purchased by an agreement dated September 8, 1952 and by additional deposits in 1959 and 1960.

The collection included an extensive library of books and other print material pertaining to the Ozark Mountains Region, which has been cataloged and shelved in the Libraries' main and Arkansas collections. The remaining portion, divided into 13 series, comprises a voluminous collection of research files entitled the Ozark Folk Encyclopedia, bibliographies of Rayburn's writings and other writing about the Ozarks, several typescript volumes written or compiled by Rayburn, correspondence, scrapbooks, pictures, and other material.

The Rayburn Collection, organized in 13 series, consists of correspondence, writings compiled or written by or about Otto Ernest Rayburn, research files, scrapbooks, and pictures. The bulk of the collection is the Ozark Folk Encyclopedia, 229 folders containing Rayburn's working files of clippings, notes, letters, pictures, etc., arranged in alphabetical order.

Some material was compiled by Rayburn into book form: Bibliographies of his works and of other writing on the Ozarks; Enchanted Ozarks, in 3 volumes, "anecdotes of men and women who have helped enrich the lore of the region;" Ozark Panorama, in 3 volumes, "folkways and customs, actual events, and traditional folklore;" Ozark Folks and Folklore; Survey of Ozark Superstitions, in 2 volumes; Ozark Sketchbook; a compilation of his verse; Book reviews and comments on his works Forty Years in the Ozarks and Ozark Country; Way Back Yonder, copies of a published newspaper column by Rayburn.

There are 4 scrapbooks and a series of pictures, mostly photographs. Processed by Special Collections. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Series 1. Correspondence, 1930-1960. Box 1.

All letters are to O. E. Rayburn unless otherwise stated.
Box 1
Folder 1. 1931-1939. 15 items.
  1. Sept. 1, 1931. William Lyon Phelps. Grindstone City, Mich.
  2. Dec. 14, 1931. Joseph A. Sadony. Montague, Mich. 4 L.
  3. Jan. 25, 1932. Joseph A. Sadony. Montague, Mich. 3 L. (with photo on L. 1.
  4. Feb. 5, 1932. DeWitt Wallace. Pleasantville, New York.
  5. Mar. 12, 1932. Kenneth W. Payne. Pleasantville, New York.
  6. Mar. 21, 1932. H. R. Waddell. Dearborn, Mich
  7. Mar. 21, 1934. Meredith. Montague, Mich. 4 L.
  8. Sept. 26, 1934. J. A. Knight, Chickasha, Oklahoma.
  9. Oct. 7, 1934. Eddie Ayers, Bingman, Arizona. 4 p.
  10. Dec. 6, 1934. Stephen Early. Wash., D.C.
  11. Jan. 6, 1938. O. E. Rayburn to Wirt Franklin Pet Co., Ardmore, Oklahoma.
  12. Dec., 1939. R. Lee Sharpe. Carrollton, Ga. 2 L.
  13. c1930. Carl Sandburg.
  14. 1931. Picture. Joseph A. Sadony.
  15. c1930. Mary F. Sublette. 4 L. With photo on L. 4.
Folder 2. Jan 1940-April 1941. 28 items.
  1. Jan. 24, 1940. M. A. LeHand. Wash., D.C.
  2. May 3, 1940. Erskine Caldwell. Point of Woods R., Darien, Conn.
  3. May 9, 1940. Erskine Caldwell. Point of Woods R., Darien, Conn.
  4. May 13, 1940. C. Halliwell Duell. New York, N. Y.
  5. May 20, 1940. C. Halliwell Duell. New York, N. Y.
  6. May 21, 1940. E. Caldwell. Point of Woods R., Darien, Conn. 2 L.
  7. May 24, 1940. C. Halliwell Duell. New York, N. Y.
  8. June 3, 1940. Ted Malone. New York, N. Y.
  9. June 3, 1940. Eleanor Nichols. New York, N. Y.
  10. July 13, 1940. G. C. (?) Bereo, Ky. 3 p.
  11. July 31, 1940. Edmund W. Nash, Jr., to Manager, Arcadian Book Mart, Caddo Gap, Ark. New York, N. Y.
  12. Sept. 28, 1940. Mrs. Kenneth I. Barton, Decatur, Ark.
  13. Dec. 2, 1940. Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey.
  14. Dec. 26, 1940. Erskine Caldwell. Point of Woods R., Darien, Conn.
  15. c1940. RHT 3 p.
  16. Jan. 5, 1941. Vance Randolph. Galena, Mo.
  17. Jan 14, 1941. Vance Randolph. Galena, Mo.
  18. Jan. 26, c1941. (Mrs.) Lessie Stringfellow Read. Fayetteville, Ark.
  19. Jan. 31, 1941. Erskine Caldwell.
  20. Feb. 24, 1941. Carrie Pearl Cheatum. Crane, Mo.
  21. Mar. 9, 1941. Vance Randolph. Day, Mo.
  22. Mar. 13, 1941. Erskine Caldwell.
  23. April 2, 1941. George W. Clark. Santa Monica, Calif.
  24. April 2, 1941. June [Denby]. Los Angeles, Calif. 3 p.
  25. April 19, 1941. Charles Duell. New York, N. Y.
  26. April 21, 1941. Nancy Clemens. Springfield, Mo.
  27. April 23, 1941. Claude.
  28. April 27, 1941. Walt Guilliams. Galena, Mo. 3 L.
Folder 3. May-Dec. 1941. 36 items.
  1. May 1. George W. Clark. Santa Monica, Calif.
  2. May 1. June. Los Angeles, Calif.
  3. May 2. C. Halliwell Duell. New York. N. Y.
  4. May 4. Walt Guilliams. Galena, Mo. 9 p.
  5. May 9. Lorna Ball Konoitz. Bluefield, West Va. 2 L.
  6. May 15. Myrtle Lain. Barnumton, Mo. 2 L.
  7. June 6. Myrtle Lain. Barnumton, Mo. 2 p.
  8. June 6. Charles A. Pearce. New York. N. Y.
  9. June 10. Dewey Short. Wash., D.C.
  10. June 17. Claude L. Jones. Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
  11. June 18. Beulah Shervood Hagg. Little Rock, Ark.
  12. June 20. Jean Thomas, Ashland, Ky.
  13. June 28. Royal Rosemond. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  14. July 25. Charles Duell. New York, N. Y.
  15. Aug. 1. Charles Duell. New York, N.Y.
  16. Aug. 14. Charles A. Pearce. New York, N.Y.
  17. Aug. 26. Charles A. Pearce, New. York. N.Y. 2 L.
  18. Sept. 12. C.A. Pearce. New York, N.Y.
  19. Nov. 19. C.A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  20. Dec. 5. Vance Randolph. Galena, Mo. 2 L.
  21. Dec. 11. ?. W. Bancroft. Springfield, Mo.
  22. Dec. 14. Mrs. Mahnkey. Mincy, Mo.
  23. Dec. 14. W. S. White. Bolivar, Mo. 2 L.
  24. Dec. 15. Claude L. Jones. Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
  25. Dec. 22. Docia Karcel. Springfield, Mo.
  26. Dec. 22. Benn Hall. New York, N. Y.
  27. Dec. 23. C. A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  28. Dec. 26. Nancy M. Williams.
  29. Dec. 27. W. Gordon R.... Berea, Ky.
  30. Dec. 29. Mary Hudgins, Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
  31. Dec. 29. Harper Strode (Lois Billinger). Dixon, Ill. 2 p.
  32. Dec. 29. W. G. R. Berea, Ky.
  33. c1941. Evan [Booth]. Eureka Springs, Ark. 4 p.
  34. c1941. Vance Randolph. Galena, Mo.
  35. c1941. Vance Randolph.
Folder 4. 1942-1943. 42 items.
  1. Jan. 9, 1942. Charles A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  2. Jan. 13, 1942. Charles A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  3. Jan 14, 1942. Vance Randolph. Galena, Mo.
  4. Jan 16, 1942. Charles A. Pearce. New York, N.Y.
  5. Jan 17, 1942. Benn Hall, New York, N. Y.
  6. jan. 18, 1942. Nellie Amos. Kansas City, No. 2 p.
  7. Jan. 19, 1942. Ann Greedow. New York, N. Y.
  8. Jan 21, 1942. Steele and Mrs. Kennedy. Little Rock, Ark.
  9. Jan 29, 1942. Bess King. Little Rock, Ark.
  10. Feb. 1, 1942. Raymond H. Inman. Newport, R. I. 4 p.
  11. Feb. 6, 1942. C. A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  12. Feb. 9, 1942. Eugene Knight. Weableau, Mo.
  13. Feb. 12, 1942. C. A. Pearce. New York. N. Y.
  14. Feb. 16, 1942. Harold and Margaret Spencer. Garnett, Kan. 2 L.
  15. Mar. 6, 1942. Claude L. Jones. Hot Springs Natinal Park, Ark.
  16. Mar. 12, 1942. O. E. McKnight. Arkadelphia, Ark.
  17. Mar. 12, 1942. Vera Holding, Tipton, Okla.
  18. Mar. 18, 1942. RHT. Neosho, Mo. 2 L.
  19. April 1, 1942. Jean Thomas. Ashland, Ky.
  20. April 1, 1942. Royalty statement from Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc. New York, N. Y.
  21. April 1, 1942. Claire Radford. St. Louis, Mo.
  22. April 20, 1942. Barbara C. George. Kansas City, Mo. 2 L.
  23. April 21, 1942. C. A. Pearce. New York, N. Y.
  24. April 23, 1942. Miriam Franklin. Grove City, Pa.
  25. Aprl 27, 1942. Victorine Frost. Denver, Colo. 2 L.
  26. April 29l 1942. R. T. Glenn. Burlington, Iowa.
  27. May 12, 1942. Eugene Knight. Weableau, Mo.
  28. May 14, 1942. Benn Hall. New York, N. Y.
  29. June 30, 1942. Don McNeill. Chicago, Ill.
  30. Oct. 1, 1942. Royalty statement from Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, Ind. New York, N. Y.
  31. Aug. 15, 1942. Harold Bell Wright. Escondido, Calif.
  32. Aug. 30, 1942. Harold Bell Wright. Escondido, Calif.
  33. Spet. 13, c1942. Harold Bell Wright. Escondido, Calif.
  34. Sept. 22, c1942. Harold Belll Wright. Escondido, Calif.
  35. c1942. Bobby Barnes. Dallas, Tex.
  36. c1942. Jessie Lu Abell. Jasper, Ark. 4 p.
  37. c1942. Lois (Mrs. Ben Bernard) Billinger (Harper Strode). Dixon, Ill. 2 p.
  38. April 1, 1942. Royalty statement from Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, Inc. New York, N. Y.
  39. April 2, 1943. Logan Britton. Salian, Kan. 6 p.
  40. May 1, 1943. W. F. Norrell. Wash., D. C.
  41. Sept 8, 1943. David Graysen (Ray Stannard Baker). Amherst, Mass.
  42. c1943. Fred. Hickman Mills, Mo.
Folder 5. 1944-1946. 34 items.
  1. Mar. 23, 1944. Bill Fulbright. Wash., D. C.
  2. Aug. 25, 1944. J. C. Edwards. St. Louis, Mo.
  3. Sept. 2, 1944. Bill Fulbright. Wash., D. C.
  4. Oct. 17, 1944. Viola Raida. Rose Hill, Kan. 8 p.
  5. Oct. 31. 1944. Gene Apon. New Orleans, La. 2 L.
  6. Nov. 1, 1944. Zelda Melton (Mrs. Fred) Walker. Harrison, Ark. 2 p.
  7. Nov. 8, 1944. Gene Apon. Hopper, Ark. 2 L.
  8. Nov. 9, 1944. Maria Apon. Hopper, Ark. 2 L.
  9. Nov. 11, 1944. Thomas Elmore Lucy. Springfield, Mo. 2 L.
  10. Nov. 16, 1944. Marjorie Gibbons. Eureka Springs, Ark.
  11. Nov. 20, 1944. Ruth Conger. Salem, Mo. 4 p.
  12. Nov. 21, 1944. Bill (W. A.) French. Emenince, Mo.
  13. Nov. 24, 1944. S. R. Fuller. Elmburst, Ill. 3 p.
  14. Nov. 25, 1944. Frank Lauder. Kansas City, Mo.
  15. Nov. 28, 1944. M. Bethel. Eureka Springs, Ark.
  16. Nov. 28, 1944. W. W. Bancroft. Springfield, Mo.
  17. Dec. 2, 19444. Harnett T. Kane. New Orleans, La.
  18. Dec. 17, 1944. Clarence Stamps. Kingston, Ark. 3 L. (with photo of Johnny and Jerry Stamps)
  19. c1944. [Ruth Conger]. 6 p.
  20. Jan 12, 1945. DonMcNeill. Chicago, Ill.
  21. Aug. 19, 1945. John F. Bell. Rock Island, Ill, 2 L.
  22. Sept. 10, 1945. Eleanor Camp. Berkeley, Calif.
  23. Sept. 24, 1945. Eleanor (Mrs. William) Camp. Berkeley, Calif
  24. Sept 26, 1945. John F. Bell. Rock Island, Ill.
  25. Oct. 12, 1945. Mrs. G. C. Bennett. Mack's Creek, Mo. 3 L.
  26. Oct. 26, 1945. Elizabeth Browne. Uniontown, Pa.
  27. Nov. 12, 1945. O. B. Brink. Crane, Mo.
  28. Nov. 15, 1945. Mrs. G. C. Bennett. Mack's Creek, Mo. 5 p.
  29. Dec. 17, 1945. Pearl Anoe. Denver, Colo.
  30. Feb. 8, 1946. Mrs. G. C. Bennett. Mack's Creek, Mo. 2 L.
  31. Sept. 17, 1946. Zelda L. Barton. Iberia, Mo.
  32. Oct. 10, 1946. Carla River. Terminal Island, Calif.
  33. Nov. 27, 1956. Arthur L. Billings. Independence, Kan.
  34. Dec. 7, 1946. Arthur L. Billings. Independence, Kan.
Folder 6. 1947-1949. 29 items.
  1. Jan. 18, 1947. Arthur L. Billings. Independence, Kan.
  2. Feb. 3, 1947. Zelda L. Barton. Iberia, Mo.
  3. Feb. 4, 1947. Walter G. Burchard. Prairie City, Oregon.
  4. Mar. 17, 1947. Arthur L. Billings. Independence, Kan.
  5. Mar. 18, 1947. Mrs. Hilda Fasser Yhoh. Denver, Colo. 7 L.
  6. Apr. 21, 1947. Alvin B. Giles. Los Angeles, Calif.
  7. June 1, 1947. In Memoriam. Thomas Elmore Lucy. 3 p.
  8. July 31, 1947. Zelda L. Barton. Iberai, Mo. 2 L
  9. July 31, 1947. O. B. Brink. Crane, Mo.
  10. Oct. 6, 1947. Olive Marie Cook. Fredericktown, Mo.
  11. Dec. 9, 1947. Anna Lee (Mrs. Garland) Brickey. Commerce, Mo. 2 L.
  12. Feb 16, 1948. Pearl Anoe. Denver, Colo. 2 L.
  13. Mar. 20, 1948. Lela C. Dowell. Lawrenceville, Ill.
  14. Mar. 28, 1948. Gertrude T. (Mrs. Edwin C.) Arnold. Glendora, Calif. 2 L.
  15. June 21, 1948. Mrs. James S. Eaton. Waterloo, Iowa. 2 L.
  16. July 10, 1948. Mrs. Mary B. Anderson. Ironton, Mo.
  17. Oct 7, 1948. Albert J. Buhrman, Jr. New York, N. Y. 2 L.
  18. Nov 3, 1948. Mrs. Richard Holyfield. Rogers, Ark. 3 p.
  19. Nov. 18, 1948. Edith Copeland. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  20. Nov. 26, 1948. W. W. Gilbun. Lee's Summit, Mo.
  21. Jan. 3, 1949. Jessie Holt Holyfield.
  22. Jan 6, 1949. Anna Lee Brickey. Commerce, Mo. 3 L.
  23. Feb. 8, 1949. Mrs. Mae Dees. Coldwater, Mo. 3 p.
  24. Apr. 14, 1949. (Mrs.) Mabel K. Easley. Couch, Mo. 2 L.
  25. May 19, 1949. John T. Roberts. Denver, Colo.

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Series 2.

Ozark Folk Encyclopedia. 229 volumes.

Series 3. Series 3. Bibliographies. 6 volumes.

  1. Bibliography I (works by Rayburn)
  2. Ozark Bibliography II (works by others)

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Series 4. Enchanted Ozarks. 3 volumes.


Series 5. Ozark Panorama. 3 volumes.


Series 6. Ozark Folks and Folklore. 1 volume.

One volume, unnumbered leaves.

"Notes and Sources" in back of volume.


Series 7. Survey of Ozark Superstitions. 2 volumes.

Unnumbered leaves.
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Series 8. Ozark Sketchbook. 1 volume.


Series 9. Verse. 1 volume.

Poems by Otto Ernest Rayburn.

Typed, printed, and handwritten. Many dated. Unlisted. 55 L.


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Series 10. Book reviews and comments. 2 volumes.

  1. Comments on Otto Ernest Rayburn's Forty Years in the Ozarks.
  2. Reviews of Otto Ernest Rayburn's Ozark Country.

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Series 11. Way back yonder. 1 volume.

A collection of newspaper clippings taken from a column written by Rayburn. Unnumbered leaves.

Series 12. Scrapbooks. 4 volumes.

  1. Arkansas Facts. (in Arkansas Democrat) Newspaper Clippings, Unnumbered.
  2. J. M. Ballantyne scrapbook. Newspaper clippings all by J. M. Ballantyne. Unnumbered. With handwritten notes.
  3. Ozark scrapbook. Newspaper clippings. Many written by Mr. Rayburn. Some book reviews on books about the Ozarks. 160 pages.
  4. Mrs. C. P. Mahnkey scrapbook "When Roseville was young," by Mrs. C. P. (Mary Elizabeth Prather) Mahnkey, Oasis, Mo. 1 vol. Mounted clippings. illus. 28 cm. Unnumbered. Appeared in serial form in the White River Leader of Branson, Mo. July 27, 1933 - Mar. 15, 1934. Roseville is in reality Kirbyville, Mo.; the incidents related are true although some names have been changed.

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Series 13. Ozark pictures. 117 items.

Box of 117 pictures, mostly photographs but including some newspaper clippings and miscellaneous pictures. Many of the photographs are labeled.

Most are of scenes in the Ozarks, and include fine pictures of springs, mills, and covered bridges. All of the mills and covered bridges are from Missouri.

One excellent photograph of Vance Randolph and O. E. Rayburn, taken in Mr. Rayburn's bookstore in May, 1960.


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