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This collection contains photostat copies of registers from Arkansas Post and St. Phillippe Parish, as well as transcriptions of those registers. Both the copies and the transcriptions are in French. The collection also contains a letter from Wilfred Bovey to Mrs. Charles Dixon in which he discusses sending her copies of the registers. It also contains a copy of a paper Bovey presented on the Arkansas Post and Fort St. Phillippe.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arkansas Post was the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley and present-day Arkansas. It was established by Henri de Tonti in 1686 as a French trading post on the banks of the lower Arkansas River. It changed locations and ownership several times over the next 100 years, but became part of the United States after the Louisiana Purchase if 1803. By 1819, it was the largest city in the region and was selected as the Arkansas Territory's first capital. The capital was moved to Little Rock in 1821. Fort St. Phillippe (Fort St. Philip) is a historic fort located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. It was completed in 1795.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas Post (Ark.)





Resource Type



Arkansas Post-St. Phillippe Parish registers [photostat], SMC.001.007


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Post-St. Phillippe Parish registers [photostat], Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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