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Shirley Abbott Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1353

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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.

Dates

  • circa 1927-1997

Creator

Language of Materials

Finding aid is written in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu 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/.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Arrangement

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.

  1. The Bookmaker's Daughter Materials, circa 1981-1993
  2. Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South Materials, circa 1970-1985
  3. “Life and Times of Leo P. McLaughlin” Project Materials, circa 1927-1989
  4. 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.

Related Materials

See also the following related materials:

Two interviews of Abbott are included within MC 1266 Rebecca Newth “Arkansas Voices” Oral History Interview Collection

The records of Abbott's literary agency, the Wallace Literary Agency, are held at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin: Manuscript Collection MS-04982 Wallace Literary Agency Records

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen; completed in May 2022.

Source

Creator

Title
Shirley Abbott Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Katrina Windon
Date
May 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
479-575-5577