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Frances Barton Nutt and Carnall Hall Alumnae Papers

Identifier: MC 1637a

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, yearbooks, and research materials, including photocopies of original manuscript material in the University of Arkansas Libraries, Special Collections. The collection constitutes Frances Barton Nutt’s research on Carnall Hall, former residents and alumni, and her work on events, reunions, and scholarships. The collection also documents Fran and Hugh Nutt’s service to the University of Arkansas.


  • 1902-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1950-2005


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

Frances Barton Nutt, known as Fran, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1950 with a degree in home economics. As a student, Nutt was a member of the University of Arkansas Band and President of Carnall Hall, a women’s dormitory, during her senior year. Fran married Hugh Nutt on December 21, 1951. Fran and Hugh Nutt are active members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and have received recognition for their service to the University. Fran was honored by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the Spirit of Giving event in 2006 and received awards such as the Andrew J. Lucas Alumni Service Award in 2007. Fran is also an active Carnall Hall alumna; she has organized reunions, the Carnall Hall Centennial Celebration in 2006, and created the Ella Carnall Endowed Scholarship. Fran has also conducted research and compiled extensive lists of former Carnall Hall residents.

Carnall Hall was the first women’s dormitory on the University of Arkansas campus. Built in 1905-1906, the residence was named for Ella Howison Carnall, who was a teacher in the Preparatory Department from 1881-1884 and an associate professor of English and modern languages from 1891-1894. It served as a women’s dormitory until 1967. Carnall Hall was also used as a fraternity house (1969-1977) and for academic purposes until the 1990s, when it was designated for demolition. Conservationists and members of the University and Fayetteville communities rallied to save Carnall Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982. In 1991, Carnall Hall became home to the Inn at Carnall Hall and Ella's Restaurant.


6 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 OV Items, 1 OV Folder)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic and in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

The Frances Barton Nutt and Carnall Hall Alumnae Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on September 17, 2005 and December 19, 2015 by Frances Barton Nutt of Lowell, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Cain and Sarah Green; completed June 2016.

Updated by Katrina Windon in March 2018 to include Box 5.



Frances Barton Nutt and Carnall Hall Alumnae Papers
Ashley Cain and Sarah Green
Language of description
Script of description
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