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E. Philip Trapp Collection

Identifier: MC 1038

Scope and Content Note

It includes correspondence from individuals and organizations, memos and announcements concerning the fight against Act 10, and newspaper clippings. Trapp had started a scrapbook of clippings, but none were fastened down, so all clippings were photocopied on acid-free paper for preservation purposes.


  • 1958-1967


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 restrictions apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Sketch

Act 10, passed by a special session of the Arkansas Legislature, August 1958, required every teacher in Arkansas to file a sworn affidavit listing organizations that the teacher was a member of or had contributed to in the past five years. Many University of Arkansas faculty members filed under protest, some resigned rather than comply, and four refused to comply and were fired.

Students as well as faculty organized to protest the law and collect funds for a lawsuit. The American Association of University Professors financed legal costs as well as providing financial assistance to the four University of Arkansas teachers who had been fired for refusing to comply. Act 10 was finally declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1960.

E. Philip Trapp, president of the University of Arkansas chapter of AAUP at the time, generated this collection.


0.5 Linear Feet (210 items in 1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

The materials are arranged by format.

Acquisition Information

Correspondence and clippings concerning Act 10 of the Arkansas Legislature (1958) were donated to the Special Collections Department by Professor Emeritus of Psychology E. Philip Trapp, Fayetteville, February 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Nan Lawler, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in July 1990.



E. Philip Trapp Collection
Nan Lawler
July 1990
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