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This collection contains Lola Dunnavant's typed and handwritten account of the Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School integration crisis of 1957. Also included are land records of the Dunnavant family in Prairie County, Arkansas, legal documents, bank statements, bills, tax records, college degrees, other writings by Lola Dunnavant, correspondence, teaching materials when she was a teacher and librarian, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lola Alice Dunnavant was born October 27, 1900, in Des Arc, Arkansas. She was the daughter of James U. Dunnavant and Helen May Johnson Dunnavant. James U. Dunnavant was born about 1862 and died March 2, 1934. Helen May Johnson was born about 1872 and died in 1947.Lola Dunnavant received her B.A. at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; her B.S. in Library Science at Louisiana State University in 1951, and her Masters in Library Science at the University of Michigan in 1955. She was the school librarian at Little Rock Central High School during the integration crisis of1957 and wrote an eye-witness account of her experience during that time. She died in February of 1980.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Des Arc, Prairie County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Arkansas





Resource Type



Lola Dunnavant papers, MS.000115


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Lola Dunnavant papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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