Lindsley Smith Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project Records
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of video and audio recordings produced or collected by Lindsley Smith as part of her Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project, as well as a related film and video slideshow produced by Smith. Interviewees include members and former members of the Arkansas General Assembly, and topics include their political careers, education, and family histories, as well as their advice for future female politicians. The bulk of the interviews were conducted by Smith; an interview of Judy Pridgen was conducted by Pridgen's son, Matthew Hass, and an interview of Doris McCastlain Hinkle was conducted by both Smith and her husband, Stephen Smith. Original interview recordings are primarily on MiniDV tapes and on audio cassette tapes; one is on DVD. The majority of the interviews recorded on MiniDV tapes were converted and published as a DVD set by the Pryor Center for Arkansas History and Culture in 2008; these DVD copies are present in the collection as Items 68-72.
- Smith, Lindsley (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
No Use Restrictions Apply.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Biographical / Historical
Lindsley Farrar Armstrong Smith (1963-) is an Arkansas politician, educator, and communications professional who served in the Arkansas General Assembly from 2005-2010 and currently serves as president of Oxbridge Research Associates.
She was born September 8, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned an AA from Jefferson State Community College and a BA and MA from the University of West Florida. In 1994, she was teaching in the Communication Department at Clemson University when she married University of Arkansas Communication Professor Stephen A. Smith. Lindsley Smith earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas and worked as an attorney with Martin and Kieklak Law Firm before joining the faculty of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas in 2002. In 2004, Smith was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 92. While in the legislature, she was an advocate for Arkansas to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Beginning in 2006, Smith directed the Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project, in part with funding from a University of Arkansas Women's Giving Circle Grant.
For additional information on Smith, see: Smith, Stephen A. "Lindsley Farrar Armstrong Smith (1963-)." Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. 4 Sept. 2021. https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/lindsley-farrar-armstrong-smith-15321/
2.39 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Within the finding aid, interviews are arranged alphabetically by the interviewee's last name; other recordings are arranged at the end of the collection.
The items have been physically arranged by format; all DVDs are in Box 1, while Box 2 consists solely of MiniDV tapes. Box 3 contains audio cassette tapes.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Lindsley Smith Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project Records were donated to Special Collections by Lindsley Smith of Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 22, 2008. Additional materials were donated by Smith circa 2013. And additional box of materials (Box 3) was donated by Smith in June 2022.
Existence and Location of Copies
The collection contains three DVDs (Items 46, 66, and 67) that were not part of the Pryor Center DVD sets; these items were burned to .mp4 files during processing, and digital files are also available to view in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Processed by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen; completed December 2021. An additional donation of materials was incorporated by Windon and Nguyen as Box 3 in June 2022.
- African American legislators -- Arkansas
- Arkansas -- Politics and government
- Brownlee, Christine Jackson, 1955- (Interviewee)
- Chaffin, Charlie Cole (Interviewee)
- Legislators -- Arkansas
- Oral history -- Arkansas
- Political campaigns -- Arkansas
- Pollan, Carolyn (Interviewee)
- Schexnayder, Charlotte Tillar, 1923- (Interviewee)
- Lindsley Smith Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project Records
- Katrina Windon
- December 2021
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- Finding aid is written in English.