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Compere, E.L. papers


REPOSITORY: Arkansas State Archives
TITLE: Compere, E.L. papers
DATE: 1856-1900
QUANTITY: 0.16 Cubic feet
LANGUAGE: Materials entirely in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

E.L. (Ebenezer Lee) Compere (1833-1895), pioneer Arkansas Baptist missionary, pastor, and educator, came to the state on the eve of the Civil War and established a church at Fort Smith. He served as pastor of churches in western Arkansas, including congregations at Charleston and Witcherville. In 1876 he helped organize the General Association of Western Arkansas and Indian Territory and served as its Superintendent of Missions and Foreign Mission secretary for many years. In 1879 he was among the founders of Buckner College at Witcherville. He was a corrrespondent for denominational newspapers and continued to write articles until his death on November 27, 1895. He is buried in the White Oak Cemetery in Polk County, Arkansas.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, mission reports, minutes of meetings, associational minutes, reports, tax receipts, accounts, account books, sermon outlines, publications, statements, copies of newspapers, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and assorted notes relating to the personal and professional life of Compere and his family. The records are arranged by subject and then by date. Subjects mentioned are denominational matters, local and foreign missions, education, American Indians, music, local history, newspaper publication, family matters, and medicine. People mentioned are D.B. Ray, F.L. Kregle, Joseph S. Murrow, Isaac T. Tichenor, Henry F. Buckner, and Thomas H. Compere.

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available on microfilm only.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

E.L. Compere Papers, Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Immediate Source of Acquistion

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee, 1971.

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  • 1. Accounts, 1856-1897 (Reel MG00069)

  • 2. Biographical material

  • 3. Buckner College, Witcherville, Arkansas, material

  • 4. Foreign mission correspondence

  • 5. "Important papers"

  • 6. F.L. Kregle papers

  • 7. Letters, 1851-1900 (Reel MG00069-MG00070)

  • 8. D.B. Ray, "The Flag" and "American Baptist" newspapers, materials

  • 9. Associational minutes and reports

  • 10. Missionary reports, by name (Reel MG00071)

  • 11. Ouachita Baptist Association materials

  • 12. Tax receipts

  • 13. "Unclassified materials" (Reel MG00072)

  • 14. Other materials

    • A. Account books (Reel MG00073)

    • B. Envelopes (Reel MG00074)

    • C. Printed materials (Reel MG00075-MG00076)