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Bessie Motley Blair Family Papers

Identifier: MC 2534

Content Description

Family papers of Bessie Motley Blair, which were maintained by Blair's daughter, Mary Grace Blair. They include family correspondence, business papers, financial records, photographs, and Mary Grace Blair's genealogy research. Most records pertain to Washington County and Searcy County, Arkansas.


  • Creation: circa 1860-2000


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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 Bertie Motley was born October 25, 1886, in Sarcoxie, Missouri. On November 24, 1910, she married married Rufus Blair. She worked as a school teacher while they lived in Searcy County. The couple had four children, Ray, Mary Grace, William Joe, and Charles Hugh. Around 1926-1928, the family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where they at lived at 102 S School Street. In Fayetteville, the Blairs owned the Blair Grocery Store, which operated in the downstairs portion of their home. Bessie Motley Blair passed away August 10, 1987.


1.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Materials are arranged by family member and by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bessie Motley Blair Family Papers were donated by Blair's great-granddaughter, Heather Blair of Chicago, Illinois, on June 17, 2021. Additional materials (Box 2) were donated by Heather Blair on October 13, 2023.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed July 2021. Updated by Katrina Windon in October 2023 to incorporate an additional donation (Box 2).


Bessie Motley Blair Family Papers
Katrina Windon
July 2021
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Finding aid 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