About Special Collections
- Overview and History
- Location and Directions
- Collection Development Policy
- Special Collections Strategic Plan
- Special Collections Staff
Overview and History
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, genealogists, community members, and other researchers from throughout the United States and across the world 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, family and organizational histories, and television and film productions. Read more about doing research in Special Collections.
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
Head, Special Collections Department
Reading Room Assistant
Lead Processing Archivist
Administrative Assistant to the Special Collections Department
University Archives Assistant
Special Collections Reading Room Supervisor
Architectural Records Archivist
Collections Management and Processing Unit Head
Rare Books Librarian and Instruction and Outreach Unit Head
Special Projects Staff, 2018-2019
- Elysa Barton (Manuscripts Processor)
- Ashley Cain (Manuscripts Processor)
- Rebecca Davidson (Reading Room Assistant)
- Christopher Galindo (Manuscripts Processor)
- Sarah Green (Manuscripts Processor)
- Joey Jekel (Reading Room Assistant)
- Kristine Massengale (Reading Room Assistant)
- Angel Sigears (Manuscripts Processor)
Volunteers provide a valuable service, allowing regular staff members to dedicate their time to other projects. Special Collections Volunteer Policy