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Willie Oates Papers

Identifier: MC 732

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain correspondence, programs, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and other papers. Most correspondence is from the 1970's and 1980's and primarily pertains to club activities. However, some correspondence between 1959 and 1960 concerns Oates' tenure in the Arkansas legislature. Programs, clippings, photographs, and scrapbooks pertain to club activities and have been arranged chronologically. Most of the items from the Acropolis Chapter of the American Business Women's scrapbook have been placed in file folders in chronological order.


  • 1928-1985


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

Willie Oates (1918-2008) was born to Harry Lee Long and Roberta Fern Jordan Long in Arkansas City, Kansas. She obtained a B.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Arkansas in 1941 and then married Dr. Gordon P. Oates, a Little Rock physician. In 1959-1960 she served as a member of the Arkansas State Legislature and became the first woman to serve as Vice Chairman of the Arkansas House of Representatives' Public Health and Practice of Medicine Committee. Mrs. Oates also was active in a number of civic organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Arkansas Medical Society, the Little Rock chapter of the American Association of University Women, and the Arkansas Federation of Women's Clubs.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by type and chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Will Etta Long Oates, of Little Rock, Arkansas, donated her papers to Special Collections on November 26, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony J. Wappel, Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February, 1989.

Willie Oates Papers
Anthony J. Wappel
February 1989
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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