Fayetteville: A Pictorial Historyby Kent R. Brown

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  • Fayetteville: A Pictorial History by Kent R. BrownReview by: John I. SmithThe Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter, 1983), pp. 374-375Published by: Arkansas Historical AssociationStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40020783 .Accessed: 16/06/2014 20:53

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  • 374 ARKANSAS HISTORICAL QUARTERLY

    They set for themselves the task of collecting information from census records, county records, family histories, and newspaper files.

    They conducted oral history interviews and collected old photographs. They enlisted the aid of almost the entire community and organized the North Howard County Youth Group for Historical Research.

    This project was completed in 1981. It was edited by Naida Tyndall, a former teacher at Umpire School. This excellent work begins with a short history of western Arkansas and then presents the reader with histories of each of the communities in northern Howard County. This is followed by a section on family history and genealogy and concludes with a chapter entitled "Bits and Pieces." A complete index makes it an even more valuable research tool than it might have been. Lavish use of historic and modern photographs also contribute to the appeal of this work. It is hoped that it is but the forerunner of a whole series of good, readable Arkansas local histories.

    Arkansas History Commission Russell P. Baker

    Fayetteville: A Pictorial History. By Kent R. Brown. (Norfolk and Vir-

    ginia Beach: Donning Co., 1982. Pp. 208. Foreword, preface, bibliog- raphy, illustrations, and index. $29.95.)

    Arranged in seven chapters and organized chronologically, with a brief narrative history introducing each chapter, this book offers the readers both a history of Fayetteville and a fine collection of pictures illustrative of her growth from an Ozark frontier village to a modern center of government, business, medicine, and higher education.

    The town was founded in 1828 as the seat of government of a brand new Washington County, and by the time of the Civil War was the hub of a network of roads that connected it with Missouri, Kansas, and Indian Territory, and with neighboring towns in Arkansas. It was the site of a United States Land Office, a branch of the Bank of the State of Arkansas (1837-1843), a stop on the Butterfield Stage Line (18584861), an office of the Missouri and Western Telegraph Company after 1860, of several academies, of the Arkansas Industrial University (University of Arkansas) after 1871, and of a station on the St. Louis and San Fran- cisco Railroad (Frisco), after 1881.

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  • BOOK REVIEWS 375

    The pictures amply illustrate the tragic years of the Civil War, when several buildings were lost to fire; the founding of the University of Arkansas; the importance of Fayetteville as a banking, marketing, and medical center; and the history of transportation from the city's early years to the present.

    Readers and viewers will appreciate the many photographs of people associated with the city's history, both past and present. Unfortunately, Fayetteville's beloved townsman, Charles Hillman Brough, who became

    governor of the state in 1917, is missing from the book's pages. The author, however, is to be congratulated for the breadth and

    scope of his work in ferreting out photographs that give us a chronicle of Fayetteville's growth from 1828 to the 1980s. Mcllroy Bank is to be

    congratulated, too, for sponsoring the publication of the book.

    Fayetteville, Arkansas John I. Smith

    Charles L. Thompson and Associates: Arkansas Architects, 1885-1938. By F. Hampton Roy. Ralph J. Megna, editor. (Little Rock: August House, Inc., in cooperation with the Quapaw Quarter Association, 1982. Pp. 127. Preface and acknowledgements, epilogue, footnotes, catalogue to buildings by Thompson and Associates, illustrations, and index. $17.95.)

    Dr. F. Hampton Roy, a distinguished Little Rock ophthalmic sur-

    geon and founder of the World Eye Foundation, became interested in Charles L. Thompson while restoring a Thompson-designed home in Little Rock in the early 1970s. He unearthed more than 2,000 sets of

    drawings stored in the archives of Thompson's successor firm, Crom-

    well, Truemper, Levy, Parker & Woodsmall, began a three-year project to identify and catalogue the extant structures, and decided to write a book on Thompson and his associates. An additional result of his work was that the National Register of Historic Places accepted the largest thematic nomination ever to include a group of historically significant structures in a single state - the work of Thompson and his associates in Arkansas between 1885 and 1938, which contains 142 buildings in

    thirty Arkansas counties.

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    Article Contentsp. 374p. 375

    Issue Table of ContentsThe Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter, 1983), pp. 317-416Volume InformationFront MatterThe Relocation of Arkansas Post to Ecores Rouges in 1779 [pp. 317-331]By the Sweat of the Brow: The Back-to-the-Land Movement in Depression Arkansas [pp. 332-345]Old Miller County, Arkansas [pp. 346-348]1820 Letter from Governor Miller Describing Arkansas Territory [pp. 349-354]The Fort Smith Annual Meeting, 1983 [pp. 355-361]Arkansas Listings in the National Register [pp. 362-363]Audit for the Period July 1, 1982-June 30, 1983 [pp. 364-367]Book ReviewsReview: untitled [pp. 368-369]Review: untitled [pp. 369-371]Review: untitled [pp. 371-373]Review: untitled [pp. 373-374]Review: untitled [pp. 374-375]Review: untitled [pp. 375-376]

    Book Notes [pp. 377-384]News, Notes, and Comments [pp. 385-394]Back Matter