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Joseph Taylor Robinson Papers Supplement

Identifier: MS R563s 368 368a

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the life and work of Joseph Taylor Robinson, and supplementing the Joseph Taylor Robinson Papers, 1900-1937 (216 feet).


  • Creation: 1879-1965
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1905-1937


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Access Restrictions Apply: Restrictions limit access to some files. Restrictions are noted in the inventory.

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

Joseph Taylor Robinson was born in a log cabin near Lonoke, Arkansas, in 1872. He attended the University of Arkansas for two years and then read law with Judge Thomas C. Trimble before taking a law degree at the University of Virginia in 1895. Even before he was called to the Arkansas bar he was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly. In 1902 Robinson was elected to Congress from the Sixth District of Arkansas and served five terms. He supported progressive measures to reform government and control big business and voted for the income-tax and woman-suffrage amendments.

In 1912 Robinson was elected Governor of Arkansas on a platform of fiscal and administrative reform. He was inaugurated on January 14, 1913, ten days after the death of Jeff Davis, U.S. Senator from Arkansas. On January 28, Robinson was elected Senator by the Arkansas General Assembly, so serving as Congressman, Governor, and Senator within a two-week period. He was the last Senator to be elected by vote of a state legislature.

Robinson was re-elected to four more Senate terms. In 1928 he was nominated for Vice President on the Democratic ticket with Al Smith of New York, but Herbert Hoover was elected President. He was Majority Leader under Franklin Roosevelt from 1932 until his death in 1937, and the leading spokesman for the Roosevelt New Deal in Congress. He died of a heart attack while working for Roosevelt's "court-packing" proposal in 1937.


14.958 Linear Feet (27 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Material is arranged in five series:

  1. Series 1. Correspondence
  2. Series 2. Speeches
  3. Series 3. Scrapbooks
  4. Series 4. Photographs
  5. Series 5. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

The supplement to the Robinson papers was donated to the University Libraries by the Robinson heirs through H. Grady Miller, Jr., in October 1979, March 1980, and April 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer in 1980.

Joseph Taylor Robinson Papers Supplement
Samuel Sizer
Language of description
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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