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T.H. Barton Papers

Identifier: MC 1541

Scope and Content Note

The Barton papers detail his Democratic senate primary race in 1944, which he lost to J.W. Fulbright. This collection contains correspondence, materials, newspaper clippings, and lists.


  • Creation: 1944


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

Thomas Henry (T.H.) Barton was born in Marlin, Texas on September 20, 1881. His father, Thomas Killebrew Barton, was a farmer and merchant. T.H. Barton moved to El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas, in January of 1921 after a variety of previous occupations from banking to lumber, as well as serving in the Arkansas National Guard, U.S. Army, and attaining the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve. He made a fortune during the oil boom in El Dorado in the 1920s and also helped jump-start the livestock industry in Arkansas through the Arkansas State Fair. On July 13, 1925, he married Madeline Mary Latimer. Colonel Barton was instrumental in the founding of the Arkansas State Fair and funded the construction of the Barton Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds in Little Rock. Colonel Barton served as president of Lion Oil Refining Company from 1929 to 1955 and also owned several radio and TV stations such as KARK in Little Rock.

Colonel Thomas Henry Barton died at his home in El Dorado on December 20, 1960.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The T.H. Barton Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on April 29, 2004 by the Barton Library in El Dorado, Arkansas via Dorothy Boulden.

Processing Information

Processed by Nick Cannella; completed in October 2007.

T.H. Barton Papers
Nick Cannella
Language of description
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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