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Barton Family Papers

Identifier: ASTATE-2013-01-03

Scope and Contents

The Barton Family Papers Collection is comprised of 7 series: Personal Correspondence (2 subseries), Legal (5 subseries), Public Life (5 subseries), Visual materials (4 subseries), School File (9 subseries), Juvenile Literature Class (13 subseries), and Artifacts (2 oversize boxes). The Personal Correspondence Series is separated into two subseries with by date: 1906-1962 and 1937-1969. The Legal Series contains five subseries: Winfield D. Barton and Beechie Norvell Martin, Tax Receipts and Warranty Deeds, Business and Insurance Papers, W.P. Barton Tax Documents, and Miscellaneous Tax Documents and Deeds. The Public Life Series contains five subseries: Elizabeth Barton-Daughters of the Revolution, Newspaper Clippings, Community Events, Daily Planner with Annotation, and Community Service. The Visual Materials Series contains four subseries: Photographs, Large Board Photographs, Photographs and Postcards, and Geological Maps. The School File Series contains nine subseries: Arkansas State College/ Arkansas State University, Awards, Licenses and Contracts, Educational Material, Elizabeth Barton High School and College Certificate, Elizabeth Barton Washington University Degree, David Barton University of Arkansas Material, Jonesboro Public School Salary Schedule, Lillian Barton Degrees Certificates, and Licenses, and Teacher's License. The Juvenile Literature Class contains 13 subseries: Lenski, Lois; Alexander, Lloyd; D'aulaire, Ingri Morenson, and Edgar Parin; Henry, Marguerite; Milne, A.A.; Sandburg, Carl; Sawyer, Ruth; Simon, Charlie May; Smith, Hildegarde Hoyt; Ward Lynd; White. E.B.; Wilder, Laura Ingalls; and Miscellaneous Authors. The Artifacts Series contains no subseries.


  • 1886 - 1977


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


David, Elizabeth, and Lillian Barton were three of six children born to Winfield Decatur Barton and Beechie Norvell. Married in 1888, Winfield and Beechie Barton were able to trace their family tree back to the elder David Barton, who served in the American Revolutionary War.

Lillian Barton was born in December of 1901. She excelled in school as a child and went on to earn a Licentiate Instructors degree from Arkansas State College in 1926. Shortly after, Lillian attended George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN and graduated in 1935. She taught in Jonesboro for several years before obtaining her master’s degree in 1951 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving her master’s degree she returned to Jonesboro where she taught at Arkansas State College training school and served as a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church. Lillian was also active in community groups such as the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and after her retirement, the Retired Teachers Association. Lillian was the recipient of many awards and honors. She was named an outstanding Educator of America and the ASU Student National Education Association chapter chose to name their chapter after her. Lillian never married and died at the age of 78 in 1979.

Her older sister Elizabeth Barton, born in 1899, was also active in the Jonesboro community. Elizabeth graduated from the Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union Training School in 1926 and then continued her education at Arkansas State College where she earned a Licentiate Instructors degree in 1928. Similar to her sister, Elizabeth obtained her master’s degree in teaching from Washington University in 1953. Both Elizabeth and Lillian received their teaching licenses from Arkansas State College. She was honored in the 1970 edition of “Personalities of the South” as a distinguished community leader in Arkansas. Elizabeth never married and died at age 82 in 1981.

Their older brother, David Arthur Barton was born in 1891. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he was a part of the ROTC program. Upon graduating, he was commissioned as an officer in the Army in 1910.


2.5 Linear Feet (Collection is comprised of 41 folders contained within 4 document boxes and 2 oversize boxes.)




Siblings Lillian and Elizabeth Barton were active community members and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas during the mid-20th century. Lillian in particular was instrumental in developing educational curricula and training teachers in Northeast Arkansas. The collection largely consists of community and school related material including the awards, degrees, and certificates given to the family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Elizabeth Barton in 1970.


Further additions to the collection are not expected.


Barton Family Papers Finding Aid
Meredith Curtis; Flora Smith, Editor
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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)