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Thomas Chipman McRae Papers

Identifier: MS M244

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, speeches, clippings, essays, memoranda, pamphlets, reports, bulletins, receipts, invoices, minutes of meetings, legislative bills, lists, invitations, notes, broadsides, and other documents relating to the personal, familial, professional, business, political, and other affairs of McRae, banker, lawyer, and legislator, United States Congressman (1885-1903), and Governor of Arkansas (1921- 1924).

The collection includes the papers, 1930-1938, of Thomas Chipman McRae, Jr.

Correspondents include Albert Sidney Burleson, Joseph Mitchell Chapple, James Paul Clarke, Josephus Daniels, Don Carlos Ellis, George Washington Hays, John Netherland Heiskell, Henderson Madison Jacoway, John Peter Leedom, William Gibbs McAdoo, John Hugh Reynolds, Joseph Taylor Robinson, Uriah Milton Rose, Hay Watson Smith, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, and Cora Wilson Stewart.

The collection as first arranged in 1956-57 contained 216 items. An additional group of materials, bought from Fadjo Cravens, Jr., in late 1955 brought the total number of items up to 1538.

There are still several gaps in the correspondence, (there is none for the years 1887, 1889-1901, 1904, 1910-1912, 1915-1919) but the new group does fill in the correspondence file considerably.

Although the file of correspondence in this collection is very incomplete, there is enough to show Mr. McRae's business interests, especially regarding timber lands and short line railroads in Arkansas.


  • 1879–1938


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 Information

Thomas Chipman McRae, 1851-1929, was an able banker and lawyer. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1876. In the United States Congress from 1885 to 1903, Mr. McRae made an outstanding record, especially on the Committee on Public Lands. In 1905 he organized the Bank of Prescott, serving as its president from then until his death. He was a member of the Arkansas constitutional convention of 1917-18. Governor of the state from 1921 to 1925, he sponsored legislation which benefitted both public schools and roads.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 12 broadsides)

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is organized into six series:

  1. 1. Correspondence, 1879-1929
  2. 2. Arkansas materials.
  3. 3. Speeches.
  4. 4. Miscellaneous materials.
  5. 5. Miscellaneous materials — Personal.
  6. 6. T. C. McRae, Jr. Papers.

Acquisition Information

Part of this collection was a gift, but the correspondence concerning short line railroads was purchased by the library from Orion Book Service in Fort Smith in 1954.

Processing Information

The collection was first arranged in 1956-1957; additional donations were incorporated later.

An additional group of materials was bought from Fadjo Cravens, Jr., in late 1955.

The collection as first arranged in 1956-57 contained 216 items. An additional group of materials, bought from Fadjo Cravens, Jr. in late 1955, brought the total number of items up to 1538.

Thomas Chipman McRae Papers
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