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John Clinton Futrall Papers

Identifier: MS F989 228

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, addresses and speeches, essays, scrapbook, and other materials created or received by Futrall, President of the University of Arkansas from 1913 to 1939; by his father, Thomas Andrew Futrall, 1842-1917; and by other persons; pertaining to personal and familial interests and concerns of the Futrall family, and to the academic and professional careers of John Futrall and Thomas Futrall.


  • Creation: 1868-1972


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 Clinton Futrall was born on March 9, 1873 in Jackson, Tennessee to Thomas Andrew and Emma Headen Futrall. The Futrall family later moved to Marianna, Arkansas. After graduating from the Marianna Male and Female Institute in 1888, John Futrall attended the Arkansas Industrial University, later named the University of Arkansas, for two years before transferring to the University of Virginia. He returned to the University of Arkansas in 1894. That same year, Futrall organized and coached the first Cardinals football team, later named the Arkansas Razorbacks, from 1894 to 1896. In 1898 he married Annie Gaines Duke from Fayetteville, Arkansas and had three children. In 1913, the Board of Trustees appointed Futrall as the acting President of the University of Arkansas as they searched for a replacement. In 1914, he became the full President of the university. During his tenure, he appointed a dean to the College of Agriculture to prevent the Arkansas Farm Bureau from taking the college from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the establishment of the College of Business and School of Law and the construction of the Vol Walker Hall, the Agriculture Building, the Chemistry Building, the Engineering Hall, the Women’s Gymnasium, the Chi Omega Greek Theatre, and the Razorback stadium. On September 12, 1939 Futrall died in a car accident on his way back from a business trip in Little Rock near West Fork, Arkansas. A student union building that was completed in 1939 was renamed the Futrall Memorial Hall in his honor. (Note Sources) John Clinton Futrall entry on the Encyclopedia of Arkansas John C. Futrall entry from the Office of the Chancellor website


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in five series:

  1. John Clinton Futrall Correspondence, 1888-1911 (Box 1)
  2. Other Correspondence, 1868-1917 (Box 1)
  3. Addresses and Essays; John Clinton Futrall, 1913-1938 (Box 1-2)
  4. Addresses, Essays, and Resolutions by Other Persons, 1891-1940 and 1972 (Box 2)
  5. Miscellaneous, 1869-1938 (Box 2)

Acquisition Information

The John Clinton Futrall Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by Emily Futrall Donaldson of Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 15, 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by M. C. Woodward; completed in July 1978.

John Clinton Futrall Papers
M. C. Woodward
July 1978
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