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William Henry Cobb Papers

Identifier: MC 2222

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of William Henry Cobb's research and writings on the history of Commonwealth College, including essays, correspondence, newspapers, and photographs. Also included are materials regarding his related research on the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union and regarding his efforts to encourage the University of Arkansas to honor the memory of former professor Dr. Walter Lee Brown.


  • ca 1927-2009


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).

Biographical Note

William Henry Cobb V was a historian and academic whose research heavily focused on Commonwealth College (Mena, Ark.).

Cobb was born April, 19, 1938, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas in 1960 and 1962, then graduated from Tulane University with a doctorate in history in 1969.

Cobb taught history at several universities, including at East Carolina University from 1969-2004. His master's thesis from the University of Arkansas focused on the history of Commonwealth College, as did a number of his later articles and his book, Radical Education in the Rural South: Commonwealth College, 1922-1940 (Wayne State University Press, 2000).

Cobb passed away August 1, 2010, and is buried in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged topically and by format.

Acquisition Information

The William Henry Cobb Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by William Henry Cobb on March 4, 1998, and additional materials were donated by his widow, Cecilia Moore-Cobb of Greeneville, North Carolina, on May 24, 2016.

Related Materials

Records relating to the William Henry Cobb Papers include:

FBI Commonwealth College Files MC 1323

St. John Collection of Commonwealth College Papers MS Sa235

William H. Cobb oral history interview, November 13, 2003 #OH0240 EWast Carolina University Special Collections

For additional resources and information, please see Special Collections' Commonwealth College Collections topic guide

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in February 2019.

William Henry Cobb Papers
Katrina Windon
February 2019
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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