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A. D. McAllister, Jr. Papers

Identifier: MC 2072

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal, professional, and family papers of lawyer and World War II veteran A. D. McAllister, Jr.

Included are materials related to McAllister's childhood; his time as a student at Fayetteville High School and at the University of Arkansas; his legal career; his service during World War II and his involvement with veterans' organizations; and his involvement with Fayetteville clubs and organizations, including the Forty Club and the Lions Club.

Family papers include materials related to his wife, Virginia McAllister; papers related to his father, Fayetteville mayor A. D. McAllister, Sr.; and papers related to his grandfather, Thomas A. McAllister, as well as to several family businesses, including Matilda's Store (Fayetteville, Ark.), the Nelson Milling Co. (Nelson, Mo.) and the McAllister Bros. Shoe Store.

Other materials include records related to NASA and space exploration, and particularly to the Apollo 15 space launch, which A. D. and Virginia McAllister attended as part of a launch party sponsored by Dr. J. R. Maxfield; publications and ephemera related to Fayetteville events and organizations; and materials related to the McAllisters' travel.


  • Creation: circa 1837-2015


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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

A. D. McAllister, Jr. (1920-2002) was a Fayetteville lawyer and a World War II veteran.

Alonzo Dallas McAllister, Jr. was born September 14, 1920 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Matilda and A. D. McAllister, Sr. The family moved to Fayetteville around 1924. As a student at Fayetteville High School, McAllister worked on the junior class newspaper and was elected class president. McAllister attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity; he graduated in 1943. On September 1, 1943, he married Virginia Porter; the couple had two children, Janet (Jan) Collier and A.D. (Lonnie) McAllister III. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force and engaged in 20 missions as a bombardier in Europe. Following the war, he attended law school at the University of Arkansas, and graduated in 1948. He went on to practice as a lawyer, including working as part of Clifton Wade's law firm and serving as Fayetteville city attorney. He was active in a number of Fayetteville organizations, including First Christian Church, the Washington County Bar Association, the Fayetteville United Fund, the Lions Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. McAllister passed away October 29, 2002, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A biographical sketch of McAllister written by his wife, Virginia McAllister, is available in Box 1, Folder 23 of the collection.


9.4 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 1 oversize folder)


Materials are arranged by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The A. D. McAllister, Jr. Papers were donated to Special Collections by McAllister's widow, Virginia McAllister of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on August 3, 2015.

Processing Information

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

A. D. McAllister, Jr. Papers
Katrina Windon
August 2022
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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