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About Special Collections


The Special Collections Department was created in 1967 to encourage research and writing in the history and culture of Arkansas and the surrounding region.The mission of the department is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to historical manuscripts, archives, maps, photographs, and published materials to support scholarly investigation of the state, its customs and people, and its cultural, physical, and political climate. Special Collections include manuscripts and archives, the Arkansas Collection, rare books and special libraries, photographs, broadsides, and maps. Read more about the collections.

The facilities of Special Collections are open to the public. University of Arkansas faculty and students as well as scholars, journalists, and other investigators from throughout the United States and other countries have conducted research in the collections. The results of their work have appeared in theses and dissertations, newspaper articles, scholarly and popular journals and books, exhibits, and television and film productions. Read more about doing research in Special Collections.

Special Collections' strengths and priorities for 2017 and beyond are outlined in our Strategic Plan.

Location and Directions

Special Collections is located on the basement floor (Level 1) of Mullins Library. View a campus map.

Driving directions to the campus as well as parking information for visitors can be found on our visitors page. The closest public parking are metered spots near the Administration Building or in the Stadium Drive (Arkansas Union) Parking Garage (view a parking map for campus).

Special Collections Staff

Lori Birrell Head, Special Collections Department 575-8443 MULN 130A
Amy Allen University Archivist 575-6370 MULN 130J
Misha Gardner Reading Room Assistant 575-8444 MULN 130
Adam Heien Processing Archivist 575-5434 MULN 123
Todd Lewis Lead Processing Archivist 575-4659 MULN 123
Deena Owens Administrative Assistant to the Special Collections Department 575-5577 MULN 130N
Janet Parsch Librarian 575-6694 MULN 130K
Heath Robinson University Archives Assistant 575-8447 MULN 123
Geoffery Stark Special Collections Reading Room Supervisor 575-8444 MULN 130
Catherine Wallack Architectural Records Archivist 575-7253 MULN 126
Katrina Windon Accessioning and Processing Archivist 575-3867 MULN 125
Joshua Youngblood Research and Outreach Services Librarian 575-7251 MULN 130H
Special Projects Staff, 2016-2017
Ashley Cain (Manuscripts Processor)
Jacob Cornett (Manuscripts Processor)
Rebecca Davidson (Reading Room Assistant)
Drake Fitzgerald (Manuscripts Processor)
Christopher Galindo (Manuscripts Processor)
Sarah Green (Manuscripts Processor)
Joey Jekel (Reading Room Assistant)
Vallee Jines(Manuscripts Processor)
Jane Justus (Manuscripts Processor)
Ana Owens (Manuscripts Processor)
Xavier Rettus (Manuscripts Processor)
Angel Sigears (Manuscripts Processor)
Angela Tran (Manuscripts Processor)
Emiley Tripplet (Manuscripts Processor)

Volunteers provide a valuable service, allowing regular staff members to dedicate their time to other projects. Special Collections Volunteer Policy

Contact Us

  • Special Collections Department
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • 365 N. McIlroy Avenue
  • Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
  • Phone: (479) 575-5577
  • FAX: (479) 575-3472
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Last updated: December 18, 2017