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Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum

Identifier: MC 531a

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection include speeches, typescripts, publications, early editions of University of Arkansas student newspapers, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. Writings are primarily by Arthur M. Harding; two magazines include articles by his daughter, Mary Frances Harding.


  • Creation: 1912-1969


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

Arthur M. Harding was the first Arkansas native named president of the University of Arkansas. Born September 3, 1884, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Harding was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he attended public schools. After receiving his B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in 1904, Harding joined the mathematics department as an instructor. On August 9, 1905, Harding married Edna Nance and together the couple had two children.

After teaching for a number of years, Harding and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he then earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1913 and 1916 in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and returned to Fayetteville to accept a position as a professor at the University of Arkansas.

Harding served as the University of Arkansas's first examiner and as registrar during World War I. He was also secretary of the Alumni Association for twenty-five years, founder of the Arkansas Alumnus (which he edited for twenty years), manager and operator of radio station KUOA for ten years, and in 1919 organized the General Extension Service (later to become the Division of Continuing Education), which he administered until 1941. In that year, he succeeded J. William Fulbright as president of the University of Arkansas, a post he held for six years. Harding passed away on December 24, 1947.


2.7 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 OV folder)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum was donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries on August 31, 2012, by Harding's grandson, David Newbern of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Krista Oldham; completed November 2013.


Arthur M. Harding Papers Addendum
Krista Oldham
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