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Fontaine Richard Earle Papers

Identifier: MC 68

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.


  • 1856-1907


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

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.


1 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged into four series by format

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

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.

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

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Scott; completed in February 1987.

Fontaine Richard Earle Papers
Kim Scott
February 1987
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444