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Elaine McNeil Papers

Identifier: MC 1641

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains personal and scholarly documents pertaining to the life and career of Elaine Ogden McNeil, particularly her scholarly work and involvement in desegregation, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings.


  • Creation: ca. 1935-1994


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

Elaine Ogden was born December 10, 1913 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and pursued a scholarly career in sociology at the University of Chicago and the University of Kansas. Her master's thesis, "The Social Orientation of the Society Girl" was mentioned in Time magazine in July 1938. She joined the University of Arkansas faculty along with her husband, Gordon McNeil, in 1954, and became very active in desegregation, as well as African American and Women's Studies. She became the first director of the UA Black Studies committee in 1969. She died in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas on December 29, 2004.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Elaine McNeil Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on March 8, 2006 by David O. McNeil of San Francisco, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Phillip Stephens; completed in September 2009.


Elaine McNeil Papers
Phillip Stephens
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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