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George Washington Hays Miscellaneous Papers

Identifier: MS H321 (MC 17)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, speeches, clippings, photographs, and other materials, most of which date from 1899 to 1927, pertaining to Hays' education, to his law practice, and to his political career, as well as his personal, religious, fraternal, and civic interests and activities.

Materials pertain particularly to his administration as Governor of Arkansas, 1913-1917, especially as regards the Southern Governors' Cotton Convention of 1915; the collection of and extension of payments of state taxes due, 1915-1916; proposed prohibition legislation, 1916; and controversies surrounding the State Penitentiary and the State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, 1914-1915.

Correspondents include Homer Martin Adkins, Coleman Livingston Blease, Robert Graves Bowers, Oscar Branch Colquitt, Lee Cruce, Luther Egbert Hall, William Gibbs McAdoo, Edmund James Archibald McKinney, Elliott Woolfolk Major, William Peabody Malburn, Lucius Eugene Pinkham, Furnifold McLandel Simmons, John Marshall Slaton, and George A. Thornburgh.


  • Creation: 1881-1927
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1899-1927


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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).


1.5 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged and described in five series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Speeches and messages
  3. Clippings
  4. Photographs
  5. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

The George Washington Hays Papers were donated to Special Collections by Mrs. George W. Hays of Little Rock, Arkansas and Rev. W. F. Hays of Melbourne, Florida through Professor Walter Lee Brown of Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1959.

Additional Speech purchased on September 17, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Staff; last updated in September 1981

George Washington Hays Miscellaneous Papers
September 1981
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