Arkansas Research Resources

Archival Materials

Arkansas History Commission – One of the oldest existing state agencies, the Arkansas History Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1905. The Commission is the official archives of the state, responsible for collecting and preserving the source materials of the history of Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Special Collections – the archives located in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas.

Archives and Special Collections Dean B. Ellis Library – the archives located in Jonesboro at Arkansas State University.

Ottenheimer Library Archives and Special Collections – the archives located in Little Rock at University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Arkansas United Methodist Archives – the archives located in Conway at Hendrix College.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum – The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is located within the Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock. The Center includes the Clinton Foundation (Little Rock office) and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

In addition to the archival collection and research facilities, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits, special events, and educational programs. The museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. Permanent exhibits utilize documents, photographs, videos and interactive stations. A timeline and alcoves highlight domestic and foreign policy, as well as life in the White House.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage – The mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage is to identify Arkansas’s heritage and enhance the quality of life by the discovery, preservation, and presentation of the state’s cultural, historic and natural resources. They were created in 1975 to preserve and promote Arkansas’s heritage as a source of pride and enjoyment for all. It consists of seven divisions, that is, four museums and three heritage resource agencies, each providing Arkansas information resources and unique contributions to the preservation and promotion of Arkansas heritage.

The Butler Center – created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture. The research collections and offices are located in the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (formerly the Arkansas Studies Institute). The Research Room of the Roberts Library is shared by the Butler Center and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture. Here, the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Faulkner County Historical Society – The website for the Faulkner County Historical Society provides great information about Faulkner County and provides links to genealogy research materials, as well as other information pertaining to Faulkner County.

Crystal Bridges Museum – The Museum, which shows American art, was founded in 2005 and takes its name from nearby Crystal Spring and the bridge construction. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall.

Arkansas Arts Center – The Arkansas Arts Center is an art museum and active center for the visual and performing arts. Featuring a world-class international collection of art, live theatre productions, art classes, lectures, films, family programs, shopping and dining.

Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.


Index Links

Encyclopedia of Arkansas – The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore Arkansas heritage. The Encyclopedia has text entries and media galleries with information pertaining to people, places, events, legends, and lore of Arkansas.

Index Arkansas – Index Arkansas includes citations to articles and other information published in county historical journals, selected statewide magazines, selected newspaper articles, and selected book titles. This index has more than 90,000 entries, covering the 1880s to the present.

Arkansas Historical Quarterly – Some articles from the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.

The Saline Index – An index of The Saline, the historical journal from Saline County, provided by the UCA Archives.

Tracks and Traces Index – An index of Tracks and Traces, the historical journal of The Union County Genealogical Society, provided by the UCA Archives.

Goodspeed Collection Links – Goodspeed’s provide county histories and information. They are broken down into regions: Northwestern, Northeastern, Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern Arkansas. We have physical copies of the Goodspeed books in the Archives.

The Log Cabin Democrat – The local Conway paper that has been publishing since 1879.

Daily Record – Serving Central Arkansas since 1925, this paper has an online database great for genealogy research. Subscription needed in order to view back issues.


Other Links

Torreyson Library LibGuides – The UCA Library has many resources available to help with your research. These guides can be used as a starting point to help find print and online resources for several subjects.

PBS “Ancestors in the Americas” – The website for the PBS series ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS by Loni Ding about the first in-depth television series to present the untold history and contemporary legacy of early Asian immigrants to the Americas, from the 1700s to the 1900s. Creating first-person voices through an innovative “documemoir” approach, ANCESTORS brings to life a largely unexplored past, not found in standard textbooks.

The ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS companion website helps to round out the stories and ideas presented in this groundbreaking series. Visit the Asian American Timeline to learn about specific moments and events that shaped Asian American history. Join an online discussion to talk about the series or related topics regarding Asian Americans. Use the Resource section to further explore the Asian American experience. For educators, the Web site includes classroom guides with discussion questions related to ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS.

Broadcast Music, Inc. – Information on music licensing (example: researching the copyright info on a Jimmy Driftwood song)

Inflation Converter – Calculates inflation to see what a U.S. dollar was worth in the past and today.