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Lindsley Smith Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project Records

Identifier: MC 1755

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.


  • Creation: 2006-2013


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

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.


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.

Related Materials

See also the following related collections:

MC 1944 Charlotte and Melvin Schexnayder Papers

Processing Information

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.



Lindsley Smith Arkansas Women Legislators Oral History Project Records
Katrina Windon
December 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