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Arkansas League for Nursing Records

Identifier: MC 941

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of official records of the Arkansas League for Nursing, as well as reference materials collected by its members, and papers of Linnie Beauchamp, who was an influential member of the organization. Materials include official ALN correspondence, memoranda, and minutes; documents related to the drafting of the ALN Constitution and By-laws; convention records; news releases; workshop, task force, and committee records; photographs; and clippings. Other organizations documented by materials in the collection include Peace Links, the Immunization Project in Arkansas, the National League for Nursing, the Arkansas Regional Medical Program, and the Arkansas State Nurses Association (now known as the Arkansas Nurses Association).


  • circa 1890-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1955-1985


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

Access Restrictions Apply: Vitae in Series 6 are restricted.

Videotape (V-30H) is also restricted for preservation reasons; an access copy on VHS videotape is available for patron use.

Applications in Box 47, Folders 1-32, contain social security numbers, and are restricted for 75 years from the date of creation to protect personally-identifying information. Folder 33 contains children's health information from 1915, and is restricted for 150 years from the date of creation to protect personally-identifying medical information.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Biographical Note

The Arkansas League for Nursing (ALN) is a constituent organization of the National League for Nursing (NLN). It was organized in October, 1952, by the merging of the Arkansas League of Nursing Education and the Arkansas Organization for Public Health Nursing.

The ALN seeks to develop and improve organized nursing services and nursing education in local communities. It has addressed these needs through continuing education of staff and volunteers who serve on ALN workshops, task forces, and committees dealing with issues such as nursing homecare and ethics in the nursing profession.

From 1974 through 1979, the ALN, in conjunction with other health-related agencies, successfully carried out a statewide program of child immunization under the directorship of Betty Bumpers and the coordination of Nell Balkman of ALN. That program later served as a model for immunization programs throughout the rest of the country.


34.5 Linear Feet (55 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged into eleven series based on format and topic:

  1. Series 1. Correspondence
  2. Series 2. Memoranda, Board Minutes, and Constitution and By-laws
  3. Series 3. Convention Materials and News Releases
  4. Series 4. Workshops, Professional Nursing Education, Task Forces, Committees and Joint Committees
  5. Series 4. Subseries 1. Workshops
  6. Series 4. Subseries 2. Professional Nursing Education.
  7. Series 4. Subseries 3. Task Forces
  8. Series 4. Subseries 4. Committees and Joint Committees.
  9. Series 5. Immunization and Peace Links
  10. Series 6. Reference Files
  11. Series 6. Subseries 1. Related Organizations
  12. Series 6. Subseries 2. General Research Files
  13. Series 7. National League for Nursing
  14. Series 8. Clippings
  15. Series 9. Photographs and Videotape
  16. Series 9. Subseries 1. Immunization-related Photographs
  17. Series 9. Subseries 2. Workshop-related Photographs
  18. Series 9. Subseries 3. Event Photographs
  19. Series 9. Subseries 4. Other Photographs
  20. Series 10. Newsletters, Reports, and Instructional Materials
  21. Series 10. Subseries 1. Arkansas League for Nursing Publications.
  22. Series 10. Subseries 2. Other Publications
  23. Series 11. Linnie Beauchamp Papers

Acquisition Information

The first accession of Arkansas League for Nursing Records (Boxes 1-37) was donated to Special Collections by Maxine M. Otey of Little Rock, Arkansas, president of the Arkansas League for Nursing, on June 1, 1989. Additional materials (Boxes 38-55) were transferred to Special Collections by the Baptist Health College Little Rock Archives on June 15, 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January 1990. Additional materials (Boxes 38-55) were incorporated into the collection by Ashley Cain and Katrina Windon; completed in May 2019.


Arkansas League for Nursing Records
Norma Ortiz-Karp
January 1990
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