A Guide to the Charles G. Scott Papers, 1828-1909 (bulk 1860-1879)
One of the first settlers in Van Buren, Arkansas, Charles G. Scott (1815-1882) worked as a merchant from 1836 until 1862 or 1863. Scott married Caroline Drennen and fathered six children. During the Civil War Scott moved to Little Rock and contracted with the Confederate government to furnish goods between Little Rock and Fort Smith. After the war, he owned several businesses throughout the state and became heavily involved in the Fort Smith & Little Rock Railway as one of its original stockholders, promoter, and president for ten years. In 1874, Scott retired to Van Buren until his death in 1882.
Eno, Clara B. History of Crawford County, Arkansas. Chapter VIII. Accessed February 24, 2011.
Comprised of business correspondence, legal documents, bills, Confederate currency, tax receipts and records, tax documents, licenses, inventories and other commerce-related documents, the Charles G. Scott Papers, 1860-1879, chronicle economic life in Van Buren and Little Rock, Arkansas, during the mid-nineteenth century. Additionally, the collection concerns included are materials concerning aspects of life on the frontier, notably interactions with Native Americans and such companies as P.H. White and Company, Pennywit and Co., C.G. Grocery Co. and Scott Lawson and Co. The collection also contains legal documents relating to the administration of the Drennen Estate.
This collection is open for research use.
Charles G. Scott Papers 1828-1909 (bulk 1860-1879), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers