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Bettie Barnes Messner University of Arkansas Memorabilia

Identifier: MC 2440

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ephemeral items collected as a UA student and alumnae.


  • 1915 - 1947


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

Elizabeth “Bettie” Barnes Messner was born on May 5, 1918 in Fayetteville, AR. She has many family ties to the University of Arkansas. Her uncle was Vol Walker, whom Vol Walker Hall is named after. Her mother served as house mother for Carnall Hall after the passing of Bettie’s father. Bettie lived with her mother in Carnall Hall during her middle school and high school years. Bettie was very active while she attended the University of Arkansas. She was the first female to be elected business manager of the Arkansas Traveler. She served as president of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, president of Pan Hellenic Council, and president of Pi Kappa, a women’s professional journalism society. She was also members of Octagon, an honorary organization for outstanding senior women, and Blackfriars, the national honorary fraternity for drama. She graduated in 1938 with a B.A. in journalism. She married George Messner and had six children, living most of her married life in Atlanta, GA, where she was an active member of her church and community, volunteering at many organizations. She remained a life long supporter of the U of A. In 2005, Michael and Jenny Messner set up an endowed scholarship to honor Michael’s mother, the Elizabeth Barnes Messner ’38 Scholarship in Journalism. Bettie died on September 17, 2009.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged with personal items first, followed by more general publications and then objects last.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bettie Barnes Messner University of Arkansas Memorabilia was donated to the Special Collections Department by Margaret Messner Lane of Atlanta, GA on May 1, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Allen in January 2022.



Bettie Barnes Messner University of Arkansas Memorabilia
Amy Allen
January 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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