Shirley Abbott Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of the papers of Arkansas writer Shirley Abbott; the bulk of the materials are related to her books The Bookmaker's Daughter and Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South, as well as to a Garland County Historical Society project about Hot Springs mayor Leo McLaughlin that Abbott was involved with. Materials include manuscripts, correspondence, reviews, research materials, and interviews.
- circa 1927-1997
- Abbott, Shirley (Person)
Language of Materials
Finding aid is written in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Please call (479) 575-8444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz (1934–2019) was an Arkansas-born writer and the author of three memoirs, Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South (1983), The Bookmaker’s Daughter: A Memory Unbound (1991), and Love’s Apprentice: The Education of a Modern Woman (1998). Abbott also worked as an editor, journalist, and historian.
For additional information on Abbott, see Compton, Ellen. "Shirley Jean Abbott Tomkievicz (1934–2019)." Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/entries/shirley-jean-abbott-tomkievicz-1023/.
3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
The collection is divided into four series; the first three series each contain materials related to a specific writing project, and the fourth series contains the remainder of collection materials.
- The Bookmaker's Daughter Materials, circa 1981-1993
- Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South Materials, circa 1970-1985
- “Life and Times of Leo P. McLaughlin” Project Materials, circa 1927-1989
- Other Writings, Speeches, and Biographical Materials, 1985-1997
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Shirley Abbott Papers were donated to Special Collections by Shirley Abbott Tomkievicz of New York, New York on December 18, 2002.
Processed by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen; completed in May 2022.
- Shirley Abbott Papers
- Katrina Windon
- May 2022
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- Finding aid is written in English.