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Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education Records

Identifier: MC 2280-UA

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, certificates, an oral history interview, plaques, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1953-1992

Conditions Governing Access

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply. No Interlibrary Loan. Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

Bessie B. Moore, 1902-1995, was born on a small farm in Kentucky and moved with her father to Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains when she was 10. By the time she was 14, Moore had obtained a teaching certificate and was working at a rural school near Batesville, Arkansas. After three years, she moved to central Arkansas to teach in Pulaski County. Throughout her lifetime, Moore served as a member of the Arkansas Library Commission and on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Little Rock, developed Arkansas’s first nursery schools, and won the approval for the Ozark Folk Cultural Center. What is considered to be her ultimate triumph is the development of Arkansas Council of Economic Education, known today as Economics Arkansas, which is an awards program that recognizes teachers across the state of Arkansas who implement economic and personal finance into the classroom. In 1978, the University Of Arkansas Board of Trustees named its new Economic Education Center the Bessie B. Moore Center. The center was established with a grant from Phillips Petroleum Company in August 1978 and was dedicated in May 1979. During its dedication, Moore emphasized that the center would greatly help the state’s goal of eliminating economic illiteracy. Today the Bessie B. Moore Center is administered by the Sam M. Walton College of Business and is under the direction of Dr. Rita Littrell. The Center serves 16 counties in Northwest Arkansas.


8.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 Oversize folder)

2.15 Gigabytes (1 digital file)

Language of Materials



Collection is mainly oversize and materials are arranged by size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries by Rita Littrell, Director of Outreach of the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education by the Bessie B. Moore Center for Economic Education in 2018 and 2020.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Martin and Amy Allen; completed in October 2020


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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