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Literary and business papers of newspaperman and publicist, Clio Harper (1872-1932), approximately 20 items, ranging from newsletters to poetry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Clio Harper (1872-1932) was a newspaperman and publicist active in Little Rock and statewide. Born in Iowa, Haper was raised in the Harrison, Arkansas area and received his education in public schools there. Harper began his journalism career at the Boone [County] Banner in 1893 and moved to the Arkansas Democrat later that year, where he occupied increasingly responsible positions as reporter, editor and part-owner of the paper. In 1897, Harper married Zella Armitage of Harrison. He was involved in many public and civic activities, serving several clerkships with the state legislature, as longtime secretary to the Arkansas Press Association, as city alderman from 1912-20, and also on the board of education. From 1911, he was associated with Parker-Harper News Service, a news, advertising and publicity concern that later focused more on publishing. Harper wrote poetry and lyrics as well as reportage. Other interests and affiliations included the Democratic Party, the Masons, the Christian Church, and the Ku Klux Klan. Clio Harper died on December 2, 1932 in Harrison, Arkansas after a lengthy illness. He is buried in Little Rock. [Note: Zella Armitage Harper was active in public affairs as well, in areas of literacy and women's concerns. She was a candidate for the Arkansas legislature in 1922.]

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Iowa





Resource Type



Clio Harper papers, SMC.045.002


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Clio Harper papers, Arkansas Start Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas


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