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Henry Clay East Papers

Identifier: MC 189

Scope and Content Note

Most of the papers in this collection comprise correspondence from H.L. Mitchell to East regarding Mitchell's union work after the STFU merged with other labor unions. Some correspondence concerns East's personal and political activities. Other materials include clippings, pamphlets, brochures, and newsletters that East either obtained himself or received from Mitchell.


  • Creation: 1934-1973


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

RESTRICTION. To protect the privacy of certain individuals, some items have been replaced by positive photocopies with names and sentences obliterated. The original material is restricted until the deaths of the principal parties.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Henry Clay East (1900-1993) co-founded the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Tyronza, Arkansas, in 1934. Born in eastern Arkansas, East attended Blue Mountain Academy and Gulf Coast Military School but returned to Tyronza to operate a gasoline station. In 1932 he was elected township constable and named deputy sheriff and town marshall. East was an active member of the Socialist Party in Arkansas and helped establish the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) in 1934 with his friend, H.L. Mitchell. After serving as the STFU president for a short period, East left the union in 1937 and moved to Arizona. During World War II, he helped organize a union at an aircraft plant in Phoenix. East spent the next thirty years operating gasoline stations and grocery stores in Arizona until his retirement in the early 1970s.


0.5 Linear Feet (316 items in 1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by type and date.

Numbers written on the top right corner of the papers concern a previous inventory and are not relevant to the current arrangement.

Acquisition Information

Henry Clay East of Oracle, Arizona, donated his papers to Special Collections on December 18, 1973.

Processing Information

Prepared by Susan Lynn Parks, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January 1988.

Henry Clay East Papers
Susan Lynn Parks
January 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