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This collection consists of short stories by Emma S. Forster, Bobbie H. Forster, and Emma O. Brockway, a poem by Sarah Teasdale, correspondence, a sketch, and a newspaper clipping.

Biographical/Historical Note

Emma Screeton Forster was a native of Carlisle, Arkansas. She was born in 1882 and was a licensed physician, passing the Arkansas boards in 1903. She attended St Mary's Academy in Little Rock and studied medicine at the Homeopathic Medical College in St. Louis, MO. During the summers, she assisted her father, Dr. George Thomas Screeton, in his office and during house calls in Carlisle. She married Robert Forster, a salesman for the Voss-Hutton-Barbee Wholesale Auto Parts Company, in 1902. She never practiced medicine, but became an author of fiction and newspaper features. She was the mother of noted Arkansas journalist, Bobbie H. Forster. She died in 1983. Roberta "Bobbie" Forster was born on March 3, 1913. She attended St. Mary's High School and Central High School, Little Rock University, Radcliffe College, and Hendrix College. After graduation, she worked as a radio broadcaster for radio stations KXLR and KLRA in Little Rock. She joined the staff of the Arkansas Democrat in 1956. In 1969, she received the National Press Woman of Achievement award for her coverage of the 1957 Little Rock School desegregation crisis. Throughout her career, she covered legislative and other news stories and was the Democrat's business editor at the time of her retirement in the late 1970s. Bobbie Forster died on December 21, 1999.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Emma S. Forster papers, MS.000896


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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Emma S. Forster papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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