These materials consist of correspondence, research notes, and other documents that relate to Betty Young’s course at the University of Central Arkansas, Myth and Romance, and her participation in the American Place-Name survey conducted in the late 1970s.  Betty Young was an associate professor of English at the University from 1964 to 1984.  She is retired and resides in Conway.


This collection has 16 files and 3 card storage boxes containing index cards.  Files 1-6 pertain to Young’s Myth and Romance course while files 7-16 are concerned with the Place- Name survey and are in Box 1.  Boxes 2 and 3 contain old sayings and remedies, and Box 4 has city place names filed alphabetically.

Tracings:  Cities and Towns; Counties; Deane, Ernie; Driftwood, Jimmy; Folklore; Historical Research; Place Names; Young, Betty


Box 1

File 1 – Arkansas Folklore, Volume VIII, #1 (Feb. 1958)

File 2 – Folklore projects done for Mrs. Young’s Myth and Romance course

File 3 – Arkansas folklore projects done for Mrs. Young’s Myth and Romance course

File 4 – Articles on the announcement that Betty Young is to head the Arkansas Place-Name survey, and Arkansas Place-Names printed in the Arkansas Times.  Origins of 25 Arkansas City Names and list of Post Offices in Monroe County, 1828-1969

File 5 – Place-Name correspondence with Betty Young

File 6 – Arkansas Place-Name correspondence to Betty Young

File 7 – Articles dealing with the history of Arkansas cities

File 8 – Ernie Deane’s Place Name articles concerning counties and cities in Arkansas

File 9 – Histories of selected counties for Betty Young Place-Name Survey including Ashley, Cleburne, Lee, Mississippi, Pope, Pulaski, Union, White and Yell

File 10- Annual Reports, Newsletters, and Directives from the American Place-Name Survey

File 11- Handbooks, Guidebooks, Worker’s Guide as well as guidelines and procedures for recording and Transcribing place-names

File 12- Naughty Names edited by Fred Tarpley

File 13- People and Their Lore by Byrd Howell Granger

File 14- Reel to Reel tape: contents unknown

File 15- Reel to Reel tape: Songs by Jimmie Driftwood

End of Box 1



Box 2

Item 1 – Reel to Reel tape: contents unknown

End of Box 2



Box 3

Note cards: Old Sayings and Remedies

End of Box 3



Box 4

Note cards: Origin of City’s Names

End of Box 4

End of Collection