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Betty Bumpers Papers

Identifier: MC 1204

Scope and Content Note

The Betty Bumpers Papers consists of two series. The first series, the Childhood Immunization Project Series, consists of correspondence, reports, speeches, survey results, published promotional material, and newspaper clippings; two plaques which Bumpers received from the National League for Nursing, 1981, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1982, for her outstanding national leadership and dedication to the Childhood Immunization Program; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognition award, 1988; an audio cassette "Mrs. Betty Bumpers Award Event;" and thirty-eight slides pertaining to the immunization project. There are also two scrapbooks, 1973-1974, containing letters, memoranda, awards, itineraries, circulars, pamphlets, leaflets, brochures, programs, announcements, agendas, charts, telegrams, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The series is arranged alphabetically by title.

The second series, the Personal Series, consists of materials from Bumpers' personal life, including correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, records from her educational career, particularly her collegiate career, as well as some audio/visual materials. The materials in this series are also arranged alphabetically.


  • 1943-2016


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Born on January 11, 1925 in Grand Prairie, Arkansas, Betty Bumpers was a white woman who would become more known for her advocacy of childhood immunization and world peace than her marriage to Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers. Following a college career that saw her study at Iowa State Colege and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, she married Dale Bumpers, who was at that time attending law school at Northwestern University in nearby Evanston. Following her husband's graduation, Bumpers moved to Charleston, Arkansas, where she taught in the local school district and both she and her husband would be instrumental in desegregating.

Upon Dale Bumpers' election as Governor, Betty Bumpers launched a statewide immunization program in Arkansas named "Every Child by '74". The programs was a major success, boosting Arkansas' childhood immunization rates from one of the lowest in the country to one of the highest and became a model for national immunization efforts. In the 1980s, while living in Washington, D.C. as her husband had been elected U.S. Senator for Arkansas, Betty also became a major figure in the Peace Links organization, which was designed to build personal relationships between American and Russian women in order to help build a peace between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Betty Bumpers passed away in Little Rock on November 23, 2018.


7.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes and 1 scrapbook)


Correspondence, reports, photographs, speeches, newspaper clippings, and audio/visual materials from the life of Betty Bumpers, with a focus on her childhood immunization efforts.


The Betty Bumpers Papers consists of two series, each being derived from a separate accession. The materials in both series are arranged alphabetically.

  1. Series 1. Childhood Immunization Project
  2. Series 2. Personal

Acquisition Information

Betty Bumpers, of Washington, D.C., donated her papers to the Special Collections Division in 1988.

Brooke Bumpers, of Little Rock, Arkansas, donated Series II's materials to the Special Collections Division on February 20, 2020

Related Materials

Records relating to the Betty Bumpers Childhood Immunization Project Papers include:

Arkansas League for Nursing Collection MC 941 1952-1982

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in December 1998.

Series 2 processed by Adam Heien of the Special Collections Division in September 2022.



Betty Bumpers Papers
Vera Ekechukwu authored the initial finding aid in 1998. Updated September 2022 by Adam Heien
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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