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Roy Reed Papers

Identifier: MC 1083

Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises personal, academic and professional/research records. The personal records consist mostly of correspondence and files pertaining to Reed’s studies at Harvard University. The academic records pertain to the classes taught by Reed, such as classroom lecture notes, syllabi, tests, newspaper and magazine articles, typescripts, and other classroom items created and collected by him. The professional/research records contain subject files that concern primarily Reed’s engagement as a reporter and author. The bulk of this material consists of a manuscript copy, research files and audio cassette tapes with transcriptions for the biography Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal. The collection also contains the Looking for Hogeye manuscript, three bound volumes of Southern School News, newspaper clippings, scrapbook, day calendar, photographs, one reel-to-reel audio tape, one VHS cassette tape, and materials related to the 1962 "Gazette Jet Tour," a tour of Europe sponsored by the Arkansas Gazette.


  • Creation: 1950-1998


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

Restrictions Apply:Access to Box 26 is restricted. Individuals desiring to publish any portion of materials in this collection will be required to complete a "Permission to Publish" form and obtain written prior permission and copyright clearance from the Donor, the Donor's designated representative, or any third-party copyright holder.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Biographical Note

Roy Reed is an author of biography of Governor Orval Faubus, renowned writer and reporter from 1956-1978 for theArkansas Gazette andThe New York Times and a journalism professor for sixteen years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Roy Reed was born on February 14, 1930 in Hot Springs to Roy E. Reed and Ella Meredith Reed. He attended the Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and the University of Missouri where he earned an MA in journalism in 1954. Reed started his career as a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette in 1956 with assignments including the bureau at North Little Rock, the state Capitol, the state legislature and state politics and election campaigns. He attended Harvard University as a Nieman fellow in 1963-1964 and was hired in 1965 by theNew York Times. He reported extensively on the civil rights movement in the South. He joined the New York Times’s White House bureau and covered Presidents’ Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon Administrations. In 1969, Reed opened a New York Times bureau in New Orleans and in 1976 transferred to the Times London bureau. After his return to the United States in 1978, he taught journalism at the University of Arkansas until his retirement in 1995.

Reed is the author of Looking for Hogeye, a collection of essays about the South published in 1986 and Faubus: the Life and Time of an American Prodigal, a biography of the former governor published in 1997. Faubus was a New York Times Notable Book for 1997. In 2009, he published the edited volume Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History. The following year, he was awarded the Porter Prize. In 2012, he published the memoir Beware of Limbo Dancers: A correspondent’s Adventures with the New York Times.


25.82 Linear Feet (28 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

The papers are arranged by subject in chronological order

Acquisition Information

Roy Reed donated his papers to Special Collections in several increments between 1989 and 2000.

Existence and Location of Copies

All audiovisual materials in Boxes 22, 23, and 26 were digitized by Media Preserve in April 2022. Audio materials are stored as .mp3 and .wav files, and video materials as .mp4 and .mov files, on Special Collections' preservation server; they are also available to view in the Reading Room.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed in January 2014.

Finding aid was updated by Katrina Windon and Huong Nguyen in March 2022 to expand description of Box 22 from description at the Tape Box-level to description at the item-level. Finding aid was updated by Katrina Windon in May 2024 to incorporate additional collection materials as Boxes 27-28.



Roy Reed Papers
Vera Ekechukwu
January 2014
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