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Orval Eugene Faubus Files, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Identifier: MC 1324

Scope and Content Note

The FBI files pertain to Orval Eugene Faubus' controversial attendance at Commonwealth College, Mena, Arkansas in 1935; integration of Public Schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Governor Faubus' contempt of court; and two separate extortion investigations, 1958 and 1964.


  • 1954-1969


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

Orval Eugene Faubus was born in the Ozark Mountain community of Greasy Creek; taught school in rural communities (1928. . .1939); worked as itinerant farm laborer and lumberjack (1931. . .1935); briefly attended Commonwealth College, the radical labor school at Mena, Ark. (1935); was elected to two terms (1939-1942) as Madison County, Ark. Circuit Clerk and Recorder; served in the U.S. Army, as an enlisted man and subsequently as a commissioned officer in Europe (1942-1946); was Huntsville, Ark. postmaster (1946-47, 1953-54); edited and published the weekly Madison County Record (1947-1967); was a member of the Arkansas State Highway Commission (1949-1951) and Director of Highways (1952-1953); was elected to six consecutive terms (1955-1967) as Governor of Arkansas, and attracted international attention for his controversial role in the Little Rock, Ark. Central High School racial desegregation crisis (1957-1959); subsequently sought, unsuccessfully, election to the gubernatorial office again in 1970 and 1974. He published accounts of his military experiences, In This Faraway Land (Conway, Ark., 1971), and of his ascent to political power, Down From the Hills (Little Rock, Ark., 1981). (biographical note copied from finding aid for MS F27 301)


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Acquisition Information

Special Collections Division purchased photocopies of Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 30, 1994.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Orval Eugene Faubus Files, Federal Bureau of Investigation include:

Orval Eugene Faubus Papers MS F27 301

Orval Eugene Faubus Interview MC 512

Orval Eugene Faubus Papers Addendum MC 922

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, October 1995.

Orval Eugene Faubus Files, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Vera Ekechukwu
October 1995
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
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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