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Correspondence amd Papers, 1881-1967
Manuscript Collection 3
INFORMATION ABOUT JOHN PARK CRAVENS
John Park Cravens (1899-1971) was born near Mount Magazine, (Logan County), Arkansas. At the age of eighteen, he began editing and printing his own weekly newspaper, The Magazine Gazette, and published the first of his many tall tales that dealt with Arkansas and the Ozarks. Cravens was also a freelance writer. His stories were published in national magazines and broadcast on the radio. The United Confederate Veterans appointed Cravens honorary Colonel to the staff of their Commander-in-Chief, and he served as justice of the peace in several Arkansas townships.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Correspondence, postcards, printed material, a broadside, and a scrapbook complete this collection. Numbers printed on the upper-right hand corner of Craven's items are from an earlier inventory and are of no significance to the researcher.
John Park Cravens of Russellville, Arkansas, donated his papers to Special Collections on December 12-13, 1967, and January 2, 1968.
Processed by Susan Lynn Parks, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas in April, 1988.
Significant correspondents include:
Fred W. Allsopp Catharine
Bernie Babcock Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni
Doak S. Campbell C. Hamilton Moses
J.H. Carmichael Mary Celestia Parler
Fadjo Cravens Vance Randolph
S.C. Dellinger Otto Ernest Rayburn
L.S. Dunaway Karr Shannon
Jim G. Ferguson W.M. Shepherd
Brooks Hays Ted R. Worley
1. Correspondence, 1881-1939.
2. Correspondence, 1940-1949.
3. Correspondence, 1950-1955.
4. Correspondence, 1956-1960.
5. Correspondence, 1961-1967.
6. Correspondence, n.d.
7. J.E. Martin's statements of accounts, 1915-1917; booklet, Lead Me Home Little Angel by John Park Cravens, 1962; printed materials, n.d.
8. Post cards, 1908-1961.
9. Clippings, 1928-1962.
The following item has been removed to the Broadside Collection as Broadside No. B4-74.
She Is Not Dead But Liveth, 1966. Lengthy prayer by Cravens dedicated to lovers separated by death. 12 1/4 x 8 1/2.
A duplicate of the broadside is found in folder 7 under "printed materials."
John Park Cravens scrapbook with clippings and correspondence has been removed to Manuscript Oversize Box 1.