The following are sources of information about the people, places and events of territorial Arkansas. Virtually all of them refer to people included in this database.
Arnold, Morris S. Colonial Arkansas 1686-1804: A Social and Cultural History. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1991. Emphasizes the period prior to the Louisiana Purchase, when Arkansas was under the rule of France and Spain, but informative as to what the settlements were like at the beginning of American rule.
Arnold, Morris S. The Rumble of a Distant Drum: The Quapaws and Old World Newcomers, 1673-1804. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2000. Focuses on trade, religious and legal interactions between the Quapaws, the French, the Spanish and the English, prior to the Louisiana Purchase.
Arnold, Morris S. Unequal Laws Unto a Savage Race: European Legal Traditions in Arkansas, 1686-1836. Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1985. Referred to as "Arnold" in this data base. Spans colonial and territorial Arkansas. Essential reading for an understanding of the legal systems during these periods.
Bearss, Edwin C. Montgomery's Tavern & Johnston and Armstrong's Store. National Park Service, Arkansas Post Memorial. <http://www.nps.gov/arpo/monttav/foreward.htm> (Visited Sept. 24, 2004). An extremely well-researched site that gives an in-depth history of the early history of two lots, their buildings and their owners, in the early Arkansas Post.
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1890. Referred to "Goodspeed 1" in this data base.
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Pulaski, Jefferson, Lonoke, Faulkner, Grant, Saline, Perry, Garland and Hot Springs Counties, Arkansas. Chicago: The Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1889. Referred to as "Goodspeed 2" in this data base.
Bolton, S. Charles. Arkansas 1800-1860: Remote and Restless. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Deals with the "major themes" of antebellum Arkansas, in national and southern contexts.
Bolton, S. Charles. Territorial Ambition: Land and Society in Arkansas 1800-1840. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1993. Treats territorial Arkansas in more detail than Remote and Restless.
Bouvier, John. A Law Dictionary. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. 2 vols.
Carter, Clarence E. Territorial Papers of the United States, 1819-1836, vols. 19-21. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1953-54. Contains hundreds of primary source documents from the territorial period.
Geyer, Henry S. Digest of the Laws of Missouri Territory. St. Louis: Joseph Charless, 1818.
Hempstead, Samuel H., ed. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the United States Superior Court for the Territory of Arkansas, from 1820 to 1836. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1856. Contains the full text of selected decisions of the Arkansas Territory Superior Court. Decisions in this book can also be found in West's Federal Cases, and are available on Westlaw.
Herndon, Dallas T., ed. Centennial History of Arkansas, 3 vols. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1922. Referred to as "Herndon" in this data base. All references are to the first volume of Herndon. A history of Arkansas beginning in prehistoric times, this work was for many years one of the most complete histories of Arkansas. Contains chapters on the Louisiana Purchase, French and Spanish land grants, territorial Arkansas, and traces the history of each county.
Nuttall, Thomas. A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory. Readex Microprint, 1966. Reprint of the edition published in Philadelphia by Thomas N. Palmer in 1821. Nuttall was a naturalist who traveled up the Arkansas River from the Mississippi in 1819 and 1820. He describes the people and places he saw along his journey, as well as the flora, fauna and geology.
Pope, William F. Early Days in Arkansas: Being for the Most Part the Personal Recollections of an Old Settler. Little Rock: Frederick W. Allsopp, Publisher, 1895. Referred to as "Pope" in this data base. Written by a nephew of territorial governor Pope, this book is especially interesting for its descriptions of the old Arkansas Post and Little Rock, and of the lawyers and legal profession.
Record Book of the Courts of Common Pleas and General Quarter Sessions of the Territories of Louisiana and Missouri; and of the General Court of the Territory of Missouri; and of the Superior Court of the Territory of Arkansas. These volumes include much of the business of these courts. Virtually all information in the case abstracts in this database that was not drawn directly from the transcripts of the documents comes from the Record Books of the courts. The original record books are housed at the Arkansas History Commission. A microfilm version is available for sale; contact the History Commission for details.
Schoolcraft, Henry R. Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw. London: Sir Richard Phillips & Co., 1821. Contains the account of another early traveler in Arkansas.
Shinn, Josiah Hazen. The History of Arkansas: A Text-book for Public Schools, High Schools, and Academies. Richmond, VA: B.F. Johnson Publishing Co., 1905.
White, Lonnie J. Politics on the Southwestern Frontier: Arkansas Territory 1819-1836. Memphis: Memphis State University Press, 1964. A thorough account of the politics of territorial Arkansas, drawn from exhaustive research in the newspapers of the time and the Territorial Papers.
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