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Joseph H. Weston Collection

Identifier: ASTATE-2018-12-28

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of 2 series in six folders. The series Sharp Citizen contains bound volumes of the Sharp Citizen from 1972-1976. The newspaper volumes are contained within Boxes 1 and 2. The series Joseph Weston contains six subseries.


  • 1972 - 1976

Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript collection consists of physical materials. This collection has not been digitized. This collection is open for research use only in the Reading Room. It is not available for request through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the archive via email ( at least a week in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the material.

Biographical / Historical

In 1972, Joseph Weston, a retired Army Air Force Captain, began publication of the Sharp Citizen, a weekly newspaper based in Cave City, Arkansas. Publication of the newspaper ended in 1976. Shortly after the initial publication of the newspaper, Weston was sued and convicted for libel by the local sheriff but the conviction was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court. This changed the way libel laws have been interpreted in Arkansas.

Weston lost the Arkansas Governatorial election in 1974 and in 1976 lost the race for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor.

In 1975, Weston published the book American Manifesto.

Weston died on November 18, 1983 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.


1.25 Linear Feet (This collection is has five bound volumes and 6 folders contained within 3 document cases.)




This collection contains publications of the newspaper Sharp Citizen, a weekly paper published by Weston, and information related to his trial, book publication, and political campaign.


Further additions to this collection are not expected.

Joseph H. Weston Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-3199 (Fax)