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This collection is comprised of photographic proofs and corresponding negatives of Dr. Thomas W. Hardison and his wife Julia Hutto Hardison.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas William Hardison was born on April 2, 1884, to William Harvey and Caroline Peavy Hardison in Richland, Columbia County, Arkansas. After attending Hendrix College from 1902 to 1903, he enrolled at the Memphis Hospital Medical College, where he obtained his medical training. In 1907, Hardison married Julia Alma Hutto of Springfield, Conway County, Arkansas. Hutto was born in 1887 to Henry Pickney and Nancy Ann Hutto in Arkansas and worked as a school teacher. The marriage produced one child, Thomas W. Hardison, born August 21, 1908. Hardison worked on Petit Jean Mountain as a doctor. He also was a published author and geologist, both focusing on life on the mountain. He was instrumental in the creation of the state parks system in Arkansas and is often considered its founder. Hardison served as a member and chairman of the Arkansas State Parks Commission. Other memberships included the Methodist Church, the Masons, the Arkansas Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Conway Medical Society, where he served as President. Hardison held an honorary doctorate of law from Hendrix College and also received the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal from the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society. Thomas W. Hardison died on April 7, 1957 due to complications from prostate cancer. His wife Julia Hardison died the following year, also succumbing to cancer. Their son T.W. Hardison spread their ashes atop Petit Jean Mountain.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Dr. and Mrs. T.W. Hardison proofs and negatives, MS.000814


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Dr. and Mrs. T.W. Hardison proofs and negatives, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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