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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.

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 correspondent 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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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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E.L. Compere papers, MG.0069


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

E.L. Compere papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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