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John D. Henry Letters

 Collection — Box: Small Manuscript Collections Box 3
Identifier: MC 49

Scope and Content Note

Five of the six letters in this collection are addressed to P.G. or Martha P. Henry, John's father and mother living in Locust Cottage. Two letters from John describe his living arrangements and financial difficulties in Fayetteville. Another letter, from O.C. Gray of Fayetteville, describes John's final illness. The last two letters are from relatives living or visiting Fayetteville and describe John's death and his burial site at Evergreen Cemetery.

The earliest letter in the collection is from Private John L. Russell, Company C, 6th Arkansas Infantry, dated July 7, 1861, from Pocahontas, Arkansas. Russell, a Confederate volunteer who probably lived in Dallas County, Arkansas, may have been related to the Henry family.


  • 1861-1881


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

John D. Henry was a farmer from Locust Cottage, Jefferson County, Arkansas, who in 1876 attended the Arkansas Industrial University in Fayetteville, Arkansas. While enrolled at the school, Henry developed what he described as a "bad cold," and he died near the end of March 1876.


.05 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The John D. Henry Letters were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 1965 by Walter L. Brown of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim A. Scott; completed in February 1988.

John D. Henry Letters
Kim A. Scott
February 1988
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