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Juletta Ashby Jordan Papers

Identifier: MC 1108

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the materials in this collection were created or collected by Juletta Ashby Jordan. Series one contains diaries kept by Juletta Jordan, "Said" Beck, and Addison Beck. Series two consists of letters written and received by Addison Beck, Juletta Jordan, and "Said" Beck. The literary works in series three were almost entirely written by Juletta Jordan. Series four, scrapbooks and scrapbook materials, includes an elocution notebook kept by Addie Beck, a teaching notebook probably kept by Juletta Jordan, printed emphemera, clippings, and two photographs of acquaintances in the Indian Territory.


  • 1879-1932


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

Juletta Ashby Jordan (1855- 1937) was a teacher, temperance advocate, and newspaperwoman in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Originally from Illinois, Juletta moved to the Vinita, Indian Territory, area in the late 1880s. She married Claude D. Jordan on June 7, 1887 and the couple had two children, a girl who died shortly after birth and a son, John Bunyan Jordan (1889-1907). Juletta left her husband in January 1890 and went to live with her mother and sister, "Said" Beck, who also lived in the Vinita area. Shortly afterwards the Becks moved near Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory, where Juletta became active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona Territory in 1905 where she wrote for the Arizona Republic newspaper. She was the author of A Student in Journalism Fifty Years Ago (Phoenix: Arizona Republican Print Shop, 1927). "Said" Beck, the sister of Juletta Jordan, was the widow of Addison Beck, a deputy United States Marshal who served the United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas under Judge Isaac Parker. Beck was killed on September 27, 1883 while attempting to arrest two whiskey peddlers in the Indian Territory west of Fort Smith. He was survived by his wife and two daughters, Emma and Addie. "Said" continued to live with Addison's brothers, Ira and Larkin, when they moved to the Vinita area in the 1880s and taught school for a living.


.4 Linear Feet (1 container)

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection has been arranged in series based on document type.:

  1. Series 1. Diaries and memoranda books, 1879-1904 (Folders 1-5)
  2. Series 2. Letters, 1882-1926 (Folder 6)
  3. Series 3. Literary works, ca. 1890-1930 (Folders 7-12)
  4. Series 4. Scrapbooks and scrapbook material, ca. 1890-1932 (Folders 13-18)

Acquisition Information

The Juletta Ashby Jordan papers were donated to Special Collections by Mabel Hudson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on February 13, 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January 1991.



Juletta Ashby Jordan Papers
Kim Allen Scott
January 1991
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