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E. S. Hewen Papers

Identifier: MC 587

Scope and Content Note

Hewen's two journals date from 1881 and 1884; the 1884 journal is numbered "volume XI." The journal from 1881 is not numbered, and no other journals are in the collection. Each is a record of his daily existence for an entire year, functioning additionally as exercises in penmanship, of which Hewen was justifiably proud. Although his home was in Baring Cross, Pulaski County, Arkansas, Hewen made frequent trips by mule and train to Cabot (Lonoke County), Arkansas for shopping, as well as to Lonoke (Lonoke County), Austin (Lonoke County), Warren (Bradley County), Palestine (St. Francis County), and, of course, Little Rock.

It was in 1884 in Little Rock that Hewen first saw and was thrilled by electric lights; Hewen attended the Arkansas Democratic Primary Convention in the same year. These events stand out in what is mainly a record of excesses of the weather, sickness, teaching jobs, and poignant memories (Hewen's mother died in 1874). The collection also contains a sample of Hewen's penmanship, a letter to his brother Gough Hewen, and a tintype of Hewen. The dimensions of the tintype are given height first.


  • Creation: 1881-1915


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

Born on January 7, 1860, probably in Illinois, E. S. (Shelly) Hewen taught penmanship in various schools in Benton, Lonoke, Bradley, Howard, and Prairie Counties in the 1880s. He eventually moved to Jacksonville, Florida to be the Vice President and Manager of Massey Business College, but he was transferred in either late 1915 or early 1916 to the Massey Business College in Birmingham, Alabama. Hewen died as a result of diabetes in 1922. His only son, Loring Hewen, was an archeologist who undertook eleven expeditions to South America.


0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Acquisition Information

The journals and papers of E. S. Hewen were donated to Special Collections by his niece, Miss Aubrey Hewen of Morrilton (Conway County), Arkansas, on January 30, 1986.

Processing Information

Prepared by Janet G. Tucker, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February 1988.


E. S. Hewen Papers
Janet G. Tucker
February 1988
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