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John Gails Ragsdale Papers

Identifier: MC 1329

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain diplomas, certificates, commissions, photographs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to John G. Ragsdale. The materials consist of about seventy items.


  • Creation: circa 1918-1972


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

John Gails Ragsdale, Sr. (1897-1976) was born in Shuler-Cairo (Union County) Arkansas. After attending a one-room country school, he entered the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1919. He later served for fourteen years on the University's Board of Trustees and was president of the Board at one time. After his graduation from the law school of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1923, Ragsdale practiced law in El Dorado, Arkansas. He served as an attorney for Lion Oil Company (El Dorado) from 1942 to 1962, and was United States Commissioner from 1934 to 1971. Ragsdale was a member of the Union County, state of Arkansas, and the American Bar Associations, and was admitted to practice in all local courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ragsdale participated in many civic activities, particularly the Boy Scouts of America, the El Dorado Kiwanis Club, and the El Dorado United Campaign. He served as County Chairman of the American Red Cross for 15 years. Ragsdale was ardent supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks and frequently represented the University of Arkansas on the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.


2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Acquisition Information

The John Gails Ragsdale Papers was donated to the Special Collections Department by John Gails Ragsdale Papers Jr. of El Dorado, Arkansas on November 30, 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, November 1995. Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas.


John Gails Ragsdale Papers
Vera Ekechukwu
November 1995
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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
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