Date Original



This collection contains three record groups. One was transferred from the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission to the Arkansas State Archives in 2005 and two others were transferred in 2020. These records consist of correspondence, minutes, and campaign and promotional material related to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission. The material dates from 1970 to 2015.

Biographical/Historical Note

Keep Arkansas Beautiful grew out of a national trend to beautify America. The initial correspondence was with the Keep America Beautiful organization. Letters written to Mr. Ray G. Cooper, Executive Director of Arkansas State Parks, Recreation, and Travel Commission from E.L. Kimmel, Director of the Central Region of Keep America Beautiful were to organize a meeting about a statewide litter campaign. Mr. Cooper contacted other state agencies on September 14, 1970, to be represented for a Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Association grew with the support of Governor Dale Bumpers in 1973. A greater effort was made for public awareness of the litter problem. By 1979, there were local representatives in every county. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission was created by Executive Order of Governor Bill Clinton on June 13, 1989. The Chairman was Jerry Atchley appointed by Governor Bill Clinton. Act 1038 of 1995 placed the operations of Keep Arkansas Beautiful in the Department of Parks and Tourism. It is now under the Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area






Resource Type



Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission records, MS.001050


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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