Photograph Collections

Perhaps the most dramatic collecting achievement of the UCA Archives has been building our photograph collections.  In its first decade of existence, the Archives acquired and cataloged over 53,000 images documenting the history of Arkansas.  Below you will find links to each collections’ finding aid.  Each finding aid contains an index of each photograph’s envelope number and description.  Please complete the Photograph Collections form for your research request(s).


Images of military activities in Arkansas, Arkansas soldiers both within and without the state, the militia, and soldiers from Arkansas. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


Photo Collection Number 3 contains images relating to education in Arkansas. Photos included span the spectrum of issues and subjects related–sometimes distantly–to education. Libraries are included in education. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


This collection of some 400 images, documents the history of Faulkner County, Arkansas, the county in which the University of Central Arkansas in located. The collection contains many images of the city of Conway. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


From 1900 to 1945 Arthur Keller, a German immigrant, documented the people and places of Baxter County, Arkansas–a beautiful Ozark mountain community. This collection consists of some 2,300 glass negatives, many of exceptional quality. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.

  Photo banner - P6 - Japanese Relocation CampsPhoto Collection Number 6 contains images relating to the Japanese relocation camps, including Jerome and Rowher in Arkansas. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


Photo Collection Number 7 contains images relating to Arkansas buildings and structures. Photos record such buildings as residences, public buildings, churches, and Masonic halls. Building interior scenes are also included. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


Photo Collection Number 8 contains images relating to transportation in Arkansas. Photos cover a broad spectrum of subjects including roads, streets, bridges, and public conveyances. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


Photo Collection Number 9 contains images relating to urban settings in Arkansas. These photographs portray such scenes as residential neighborhoods, the exterior of homes and other buildings. Illustrated Finding Aid completed.


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Though an accountant by profession, Julian Priddy of North Little Rock, Arkansas, was an outstanding photographer. His collection is especially strong in documenting Arkansas between World Wars I and II.





During his later years, Ray Rains, a photographer living in Pangburn, White County, Arkansas, traveled the state convincing people to let him copy their family photos. The results comprise a varied and impressive collection which documents the state from about 1900 to World War II.