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Nathan Gordon Papers

Identifier: MC 1004

Scope and Content Note

Scrapbooks, clippings, letters, photographs, and other papers concerning Nathan Gordon.

A major part of the collection consists of scrapbooks kept by Nathan Gordon's mother, Ada Ruth Bearden Gordon. Materials concerning family history were collected by Nathan Gordon's brother, Edward Gordon, Jr.


  • Creation: 1852-1989


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

Nathan Green Gordon was born in Morrilton in 1916. He attended Columbia (Tennessee) Military Academy, Arkansas Tech in Russellville, and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, graduating in 1939 with a JD degree. He returned to Morrilton to practice law and enlisted in the Naval Air Corps in 1941. After service in the Pacific, he was released to inactive duty in 1945, returned to his law practice (now in partnership with his brother, Edward Gordon, Jr.) and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in 1946. He was reelected ten times, serving a total of twenty years.

While in the Navy, Gordon was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, and the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor was for his rescue, under enemy fire, of fifteen downed fliers at Kavieng, New Ireland, in the south Pacific.


3.2 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in four series:

  1. Series 1. Scrapbooks and clippings, 1931-1988 (Boxes 1-2)
  2. Series 2. Letters and other papers, 1938-1989 (Box 3)
  3. Series 3. Family papers and genealogy, 1852-1986 (Boxes 4-5)
  4. Series 4. Photographs, 1880s-1960s (Box 6)

Acquisition Information

The Nathan Gordon Papers were donated to Special Collections by Nathan Gordon, Morrilton, Arkansas, October 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Nan Lawler, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February 1992.

Nathan Gordon Papers
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