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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Commonwealth College Files

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1323
Scope and Content Note Files comprise 182 copies of documents from FBI records pertaining to Commonwealth College, Mena, Polk County, Arkansas, ca. 1920s-1930s. Contains correspondence and memoranda from the United States Department of Justice, United States Senate, Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, Mena, Arkansas, Arkansas Federation of Women's Clubs, and private citizens from Mena and neighboring communities, regarding the college's allegedly anti-American and immoral practices;...
Dates: ca. 1920s-1930s

Bert Hiltebrand Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MS H562 385
Scope and Content Note

382 positive prints, 5 1/4" x 4" to 8 3/4" x 6 1/2", of photographs made by Mena, Ark, commercial photographer Bert Hiltebrand, 1900-1930, of buildings, persons, scenes, and activities in and around Mena. Photographs pertain to: churches; schools; agriculture, lumbering and other industrial and commercial activity; social, cultural, and recreational activities. Most are mounted; some are captioned or identified with penciled notation on verso of mounting; few are dated.

Dates: 1900-1930

Mena Woman's Literary Club Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MC 794
Scope and Content Note

Scrapbook of the Mena Woman's Literacy Club, which was instrumental in the founding of the Mena (Polk County) Public Library.

Dates: 1912-1954

Mena Woman's Literary Club Addendum

 Collection
Identifier: MC 984
Scope and Content Note

Yearbooks of a Polk County, Arkansas, women's literary society.

Dates: 1908-1971

L. Oscar Plaster Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MC 813
Scope and Content Note

The photographs include 53 images of the Arkansas Centennial Celebration (1936) in Mena and 97 images of buildings, events, and people in and around Mena from the late nineteenth century into the 1950s. The business records are an itemized account of income and outgo for the photographic studio, rental property, and the antique business.

Dates: 1930-1978

Proft Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC 2551
Content Description

The collection consists of records relating to the Proft family, and particularly to Paul Otto Proft and his wife, Florence Ellenor Beers Proft. Many Proft family members lived in Mena, Arkansas and Polk County; the collection particularly includes materials related to Mena's Trinity Lutheran Church. Materials include scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, vital records, memoirs, and genealogical research. Much of the genealogical research was compiled by Helena Beers Buechner.

Dates: circa 1870-2020

Bess Wolf Romans Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1382
Scope and Content Note

The scrapbook was created by Bess Wolf to contain mementos of her University experiences, her career as a schoolteacher, and other early experiences. Other materials were inserted into the book throughout her life.

The collection consists of Bess Wolf's scrapbook, three letters written by her parents shortly before their marriage, and a card index of the contents of the scrapbook created at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Dates: 1874-1971

Barry Seal Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1525
Scope and Content Note The collection includes extensive federal papers, court transcripts and other legal documents. Hahn used these materials to write his unpublished manuscript For a Little Excitement; Barry Seal, the CIA and Mena (2001), which is available in the Arkansas Collection; this manuscript was later published as Smuggler's End: The Life and Death of Barry Seal (2016). Documents include materials obtained through the Freedom of...
Dates: 1957-2016

Richard W. St. John Commonwealth College Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS Sa235 196
Scope and Content Note Correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, minutes of proceedings, bulletins, pamphlets, newspapers, clippings, and other material pertaining to the history of the radical labor school at Mena, Arkansas. Correspondents include Cedric Belfrage, Wilbur Clarke Benton, Douglass Carr, Winifred L. Chappell, J. Vance Clayton, Kenneth C. Coffelt, William Fadjo Cravens, Samuel W. Eiges, Henry Pratt Fairchild, Mabel Fulks, Nathan Green Gordon, Laura Ley Gray, Claris G. "Crip" Hall, Arthur...
Dates: 1924-1949