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Orval Eugene Faubus Papers Addendum

Identifier: MC 922

Scope and Content Note

This collection is essentially a continuation of the Orval Eugene Faubus Papers, 1910...(1939-74)-1978 (MS/F27/301/FAUBUS). Materials in this collection pertain primarily to the life of Orval Faubus following his six terms as governor of Arkansas. Included are items pertaining to his marriage to Elizabeth (Beth) Drake Thompson Westmoreland (1969); his adoption of her daughter, Kim Elizabeth, and son, Frederick ("Ric" or "Ricci") King (1971); Beth's death (1983); and his marriage to Janice (Jan) Wittenburg (1986).

The collection includes correspondence, materials pertaining to the books written by Orval Faubus, speeches, diaries and appointment books, souvenirs and mementos, clippings, items pertaining to Faubus's military service, photographs, and sound and video recordings. Much of the collection, especially the photographs, pertains to Beth and her family.


  • Creation: 1928-1994


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

Grade books ("Arkansas School Registers") from 1928-1935, when Faubus taught school in Madison County are restricted in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (U. S. Code). Researchers desiring access to the material should consult with the Head of Special Collections.

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). (Taken from Orval Eugene Faubus Papers (MS F27 301 FAUBUS).)


50.19 Linear Feet (64 Boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged and described in ten series:

  1. Series 1. Public Correspondence, 1954-1994
  2. Series 2. Orval Faubus Writings, ca. 1968-1992
  3. Series 3. Political Papers, 1955-1993
  4. Series 4. Veterans Organizations and Reunions, 1950-1994
  5. Series 5. Biographical, Personal, and Family Records, ca. 1928-1994
  6. Series 5. Subseries 1. Orval Faubus and the Faubus Family
  7. Series 5. Subseries 2. Elizabeth (Beth) Faubus (second wife) and her family
  8. Series 5. Subseries 3. Janice A. (Jan) Faubus (third wife)
  9. Series 6. Appointment Books, 1941-1992
  10. Series 7. Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1954-1994
  11. Series 8. Still Photographs, ca. 1938-1983
  12. Series 9. Movies, Video and Audio Recordings
  13. Series 10. Gifts and Mementos

Acquisition Information

Correspondence, papers, photographs, and other materials were donated to Special Collections by Janice A. Faubus, April 10, 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu and Nan Lawler; completed in August 1995.

Material in Box 63 processed by Adam Heien; completed in May 2024

Orval Eugene Faubus Papers Addendum
Vera Ekechukwu and Nan Lawler
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