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Kingston, Arkansas, Collection

Identifier: MC 1215

Scope and Content Note

The Kingston, Arkansas, Collection contains photocopies of selected articles pertaining to Kingston, Arkansas, published in the Brick Church Life magazine, 1920-1929; a booklet 100% American: The War Story of a Country Church by Elmer J. Bouher; photocopies of articles by Otto E. Rayburn; and other printed material. It also contains photographs of the Kingston Community Church, a 1926 photograph of Otto E. Rayburn with the Kingston High School graduating class, and other group photographs.


  • Creation: 1917-1931


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

Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, situated in the heart of the Ozarks in North Arkansas, was known nationally in the 1920s as a country life project. Rev. Elmer J. Bouher, under the direction of the Brick Presbyterian Church of Rochester, New York, was the leading force behind the Kingston community development, "The Kingsplan." The development included projects such as the construction of the Kingston Community Church; a community building, "The Institute," which housed the Kingston grammar and high school; and the Health Center. Rev. Bouher retired in 1929. He was succeeded, for a short while, by Otto E. Rayburn, who was then the school superintendent. Due to the financial difficulties, "The Kingsplan" experienced a sharp decline in 1930s. By the 1940s, the Kingston Community Church and The Institute buildings were torn down.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Acquisition Information

Ellen C. Shipley of Fayetteville, Arkansas, donated the Kingston, Arkansas, Collection to the Special Collections Division on August 26, 1992.

Related Materials

Materials related to the Kingston, Arkansas Collection include:

Robert Myers Collection 1920s MC 893

Otto Ernest Rayburn Papers ca 1916-1960 MS R19

Processing Information

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


Kingston, Arkansas, Collection
Vera Ekechukwu
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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