Date Original



This collection consists of presentations, attendance records, and check stubs from the Eclectic Society and Lotus Club, Little Rock, Arkansas, dating from 1877-1923.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Little Rock Lotus Club was founded December 19, 1877, at the home of Fay Hempstead, as a reading club meeting twice monthly. Membership was limited to 25 men and women. The first officers were Fay Hempstead, president; George E. Dodge, vice-president; and Sterling R. Cockrill, secretary. Some of the original members included Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Bien, Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Tuppen, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Cockrill, Fay and Gertrude Hempstead, Fannie Ashley, Georgie Woodruff, Godiva Parham, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Dodge, B.S. Johnson, and Beall Hempstead. The Eclectic Society was founded in 1879 by U.M. Rose, H.C. Caldwell, and Elbert H. English to study Arkansas history and collect historical documents. A committee from this society researched the correct pronunciation of "Arkansas." From 1881-1885, articles about Eclectic Society presentations regularly appeared in the Arkansas Gazette. Some of the topics included "The Decadence of Poetry," "Marriage and Divorce," "Conflict of Science and Religion," "Federal Aid to Education," and "The Effects of Alcohol on Society."

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Eclectic Society and Lotus Club records, MS.000111


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Eclectic Society and Lotus Club records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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