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Davis Duty Papers

Identifier: MC 2554

Content Description

Papers of Fort Smith, Arkansas lawyer Davis Duty, primarily pertaining to Duty family history and to Duty's time as a Fulbright Scholar in England. The collection includes photographs of Duty's family as well as several of his guide dogs, and of a guide dog class taught by Edward Overland.


  • Creation: circa 1957-2020


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

Jefferson Davis Duty, Jr. (1934-) is a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based lawyer.

Duty was born December 20, 1934, to Lois Duty and Jeff Davis Duty, Sr., in Rogers, Arkansas. He earned a BA and a JD from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics in England. He went on to have an extensive legal career, including serving as City Attorney of Rogers; working as an Administrative Law Judge for the United States Social Security Administration; and serving as an attorney in the Department of Justice's Anti-Trust Division. Currently, Duty works at his family legal firm, Duty and Duty, and specializes in Social Security disability cases.

Duty, who has been blind since the age of five, was an early guide dog owner, and received media attention while a Fulbright Scholar due to the mandatory six-month quarantine of his guide dog, Binney. Duty is the first recorded Fulbright Scholar with a disability.

Duty is the author of a work of family history, A Family Called Duty: 100 Generations, as well as an autobiography, In the Line of Duty.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


Materials are arranged by format and by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Davis Duty Papers were donated to Special Collections by the creator, Davis Duty of Fort Smith, Arkansas, on September 22, 2021.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed October 2021.

Davis Duty Papers
Katrina Windon
October 2021
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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