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Arkansas Photograph Collections: By Subject

Politics and Government

Arkansas Digital History Institute Collection
Held by Arkansas Digital History Institute
Description ADHI makes available to the public free digital copies of photos and other Arkansas artifacts. Collection built from private citizen contributions. Most of the photos are National Youth Administration projects in Arkansas from the '30s. Smaller group of World War II photos.
Photographer Unknown
Size approx. 565 photographs
Dates Covered 1936-1938; 1944-1945
Call Number digitized images available at ADHI Web site
Arrangement Search photos by key word describing photo content; e.g., "World War II" or "New Deal Construction."
Index or Catalog Index is alphabetical by first word of photo labels.
Online Availability Yes; free download of images with registration
Online Location http://adhi.atu.edu
 
Arkansas Engravings photograph collection, 1855-1900, UALR.PH.0032
Held by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Description This collection contains engravings of places, events, things, and persons in Arkansas from various publications of the nineteenth century, including Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.
Photographer Various
Size 93 items
Dates Covered 1855-1900
Call Number Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
Arrangement By accession
Index or Catalog Yes
Online Availability Yes
Online Location http://arstudies.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/findingaids/id/2245
 
Arkansas Women (Collection P11)
Held by UCA Archives
Description These images of Arkansas women include portraits of individuals and groups, women and girls in recreational and work settings, women in leadership positions, and traditional household settings. Some individuals are identified. Women are also represented in all the other photograph collections in the archives.
Photographer Mostly unknown; Jennifer Lancaster
Size 45 photographs, negatives, postcards
Dates Covered 1845-1994
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p11-arkansas-women/
 
Buildings (Collection P7)
Held by UCA Archives
Description Photographs are of buildings across Arkansas, both interiors and exteriors, and include residences, businesses, hospitals, public buildings, churches, schools, hotels, and Masonic Halls. More than 150 photos of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company buildings around the state in the 1920s, ‘40s and ‘50s. A series on county courthouses. University buildings.
Photographer Mostly unknown; some by Katherine Bell
Size 673 photographs and postcards
Dates Covered 1874-1970
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p7-buildings/
 
Dixie Knight Arkansas Legislature Photographs
Held by Arkansas History Commission
Description Negatives taken of Arkansas legislators by Dixie Knight, 1994-2003.
Photographer Knight, Dixie
Size 7 cubic feet
Dates Covered 1994-2003
Arrangement Alphabetical and chronological arrangement supplied by photographer.
Index or Catalog Yes
 
Economic Conditions (Collection P23)
Held by UCA Archives
Description This collection contains images relating to federal government work projects of the 1930s.
Photographer Unknown
Size 57 photographs
Dates Covered 1935-1938
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p23-economic-conditions/
 
Ernie Deane Photograph Collection
Held by Arkansas History Commission
Description Ernest Cecil "Ernie" Deane (1911-1991) was an Arkansas native, journalist, soldier, teacher, folklorist and historian. He is best known as the writer of the original Arkansas Traveler (1956-1965) newspaper column in the Arkansas Gazette for which most of the negatives in this collection were made.
Photographer Deane, Ernie, 1911-1991
Size Over 7000 images
Dates Covered 1956-1965
Arrangement Arrangement supplied by photographer
Index or Catalog Yes
 
Faulkner County Historical Society (Collection P4)
Held by UCA Archives
Description The Faulkner County Historical Society (FCHS) in Conway, Arkansas, compiled the collection. Many of the photographs were published in a1986 book, Faulkner County: Its Land and People (Conway: River Road Press.) Most of the photos are in Conway and Faulkner County; they are grouped by Conway, Business and Industry, Buildings, Street scenes, Landscapes, Politics and Government, the University of Central Arkansas, Religion, Portraits, Women and Children, Black History, Social Conditions, Sports and Recreation, Education, Historic Places, Transportation, Military Affairs, Agriculture, Disasters, Natural Resources.
Photographer Unknown.
Size 551 photographs, postcards and drawings
Dates Covered 1863-2007
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written description only.
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p4-faulkner-county-historical-society/
 
Garland County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Held by Garland County Historical Society
Description The Garland County Historical Society photograph collection in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the largest group of Garland County photographs in existence. Many of the approximately 20,000 images were collected in connection with the preparation of The Record, the society’s yearly journal, but the subjects are even more varied than the topics covered in the publication. The rural portion of the county is represented in addition to Hot Springs proper, and there is a special emphasis on the area now under Lake Ouachita. The collection includes a sizable number of stereoscopic views of Hot Springs taken by J. F. Kennedy from the 1870s to the early 1900s.
Photographer Most unknown; many by J.F. Kennedy
Size Approximately 20,000 photographs
Dates Covered 1860s to present
Arrangement Arrangement is not in any particular order.
Index or Catalog Alphabetical card catalog indexing the photographs
Online Availability Limited sample online; digitization of collection is in progress
Online Location http://www.garlandcountyhistoricalsociety.com
 
General Photograph File
Held by Arkansas History Commission
Description The general photograph file consists of a general collection of images of Arkansas and its people. The majority of the collection consists of black and white prints on paper and safety negatives. Some color visuals are also available. There are limited numbers of rarer photographic images such as daguerreotypes, tintypes, ambrotypes, and cyanotypes. Also included are non-photographic images such as line drawings, postcards, engravings, and portraits.
Size Over 400,000 images
Dates Covered circa 1860-present
Arrangement Arrangement is by accession.
Index or Catalog Yes
Online Availability Very few selected images.
Online Location http://archives.arkansas.gov/
 
Ghio Family Collection
Held by Texarkana Museums System: Wilbur Smith Archives
Description Photographs and ephemera from the Anthony L. Ghio, Sr. family. Emphasis is on a collection of photographs representing four generations of the Ghio family. A.L. Ghio immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1848 and was present at the founding of Texarkana in 1873.
Photographer Gus Ghio
Size 250 photographs
Dates Covered 1865 - 1940
Call Number Special Collections: Museum of Regional History
Arrangement by family grouping
Index or Catalog none
 
Historic Sites (Collection P22)
Held by UCA Archives
Description This collection covers structures of important Arkansas historical sites such as government buildings and restorations, homes, stores and landmarks. Pictures portraying other Arkansas buildings are included in “Collection No. 7 Buildings.
Photographer Mostly unknown; some drawings by J. Carl Hancock
Size 78 photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings
Dates Covered 1900-1972; one 1862 drawing
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p22-historic-sites/
 
Howard Clark Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description Howard Clark graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in mechanical engineering. Clark managed hardware and lumber businesses in Springdale (Washington County) and partictipated in many civic groups. He developed an interest in photography and used his considerable skills to create images for the many freelance and semi-technical articles which he and his wife wrote for magazines and area newspapers on such topics as decorative mailboxes, coffee breaks, "Popular Mechanics"-style projects, and Springdale's migrant labor camp. He also worked as a semi-professional photographer for local businesses, documenting their facilities, products, personnel, and events. Most of Clark's images are of Washington County, mainly Springdale. Topics in this collection include: churches; county fairs; businesses & business events; livestock auctions; civil defense; businesses (including Heekin Canning Co., Arbor Acres, Pioneer Lumber Co., Neil Worm Farm, Tyson's; Jones Truck Lines); recreation; arts & craft fairs; organizations; agriculture; entertainment; schools & education-related activities; poultry industry; recreation; and Springdale Memorial Hospital. The collection was generously donated by the photographer's wife, Caroline Price Clark.
Photographer Howard Clark (1901-1977)
Size 2100+ modern photos made from in-camera negatives
Dates Covered 1950s-1960s
Call Number n/a
Arrangement By accession/catalog number
Index or Catalog n/a
 
Larry Obsitnik Photo Archives
Held by Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries
Description Obsitnik became a photographer with the Arkansas Gazette after World War II and worked for the paper for more than 35 years. NOTE: most of these photos were made while Obsitnik was employed by the Arkansas Gazette newspaper.
Photographer Lary Obsitnik
Size 700 prints and 10,000 negatives
Dates Covered 1918-1984
Call Number MC 1280
Index or Catalog Finding aid online at http://libraries.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/obsitnik.html . AND an index is online at http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/obsitnik.html#Appendix.%20Index%20of%20Photographic%20Prints%20and
 
Morrison Collection
Held by Southern Arkansas University Tech
Description Images related to Ouachita County with emphasis on transportation (rail and river), commerce, business & industry, and oil boom. Original negatives and photos were borrowed from area citizens and copied for the collection. Many are reproduced in the book "Historical Ouachita County: A Photographic Collection."
Photographer Various unknown
Size 3000 images
Dates Covered 1850-1960
Call Number Division of Extended Education
Arrangement Contact prints and negatives of contact prints arranged by topic
Online Availability Selection is available online
Online Location http://www.peace.saumag.edu/swark/photos/sautech/Morrison-EppinetteBook/Contents.html
 
Northwest Arkansas Times Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description An all-encompassing collection of images made during the latter half of the 20th century by the "Northwest Arkansas Times." Coverage area is mainly Fayetteville (Washington County), although other areas in Washington County and Northwest Arkansas are depicted. The collection was generously donated by the "Northwest Arkansas Times."
Photographer includes Ken Good, Pat Donat, Mike Donat, William Cooksey, Scott Flanagin, & Andy Shupe
Size 300,000+ prints & in-camera negatives
Dates Covered mid 1960s-mid 1990s
Call Number n/a
Arrangement prints by topic; negatives by date and/or photographer
Index or Catalog n/a
 
Politics and Government (Collection P26)
Held by UCA Archives
Description Images are of groups and individuals associated with the history of Arkansas politics and government. Included are portraits of prominent Arkansas politicians, campaign photos, and various officeholders. Also see the “Faulkner County Historical Society Photos” (Collection No. 4) for related photographs.
Photographer Unknown
Size 25 photographs and negatives
Dates Covered 1890-1975
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p26-politics-government/
 
Ray Watson Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description Ray M. Watson worked several jobs including a long stint as a mail carrier. He had a side business for 30 years as a commercial photographer, operating from his home on Maple Street in Springdale (Washington County). Watson captured new subdivisions on the rise, canning factories, Sunday School classes, race horses, the poultry industry, businesses, Arts Center galas, high school seniors, aerial views, car wrecks, company picnics, prize bulls, historic buildings, hospitals, children's events, fashion shows, first communion portraits, gospel festivals, road and building construction, and churches. Watson was a co-founder of the (4-state) Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. The collection was generously donated by Ray Watson and his family.
Photographer Ray M. Watson (1911-1990)
Size 10,700+ modern prints made from in-camera negatives
Dates Covered 1950s-1970s
Call Number n/a
Arrangement By accession/catalog number
Index or Catalog n/a
Online Availability a small selection of images is available for viewing on the Museum's website
 
Regional Photograph Collection
Held by Texarkana Museums System: Wilbur Smith Archives
Description This collections contains photographic prints and negatives dating from the 1860s through the 1990s. Emphasis on images of Texarkana but overall encompasses Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas.
Photographer various regional photographers
Size 13,000 individual images and negatives
Dates Covered c. 1860 - 1990
Call Number Ephemera Room, Museum of Regional History
Arrangement numerically by assigned photo #
Index or Catalog available through research librarian
Online Availability Some limited online access. Contact: curator@texarkanamuseums
Online Location http://tmsarchives.omeka.net
 
Riley-Hickingbotham Library Photograph File
Held by Ouachita Baptist University Special Collections
Description The Special Collections photograph file consists of prints, negatives and slides related to Clark County, southern Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, and Arkansas Baptists.
Photographer various
Dates Covered 1800s-present
Call Number Special Collections research room
Arrangement By category such as Clark County, Baptist, etc. and by number
Index or Catalog Card Catalog in Special Collections research room and databases accessible in Special Collections
Online Availability Not currently. Please check back.
Online Location https://www.obu.edu/archives/photographs/
 
Rogers Historical Museum Image Collection
Held by Rogers Historical Museum
Description The image collection includes copies of images in the Museum's own collection and copies of images loaned to the Museum. For more information on the availability of images for private and public use, contact the Museum's assistant director or curator of collections. The Museum does charge use fees for public display and for publication of images in the collection.
Size 20,000 plus images
Dates Covered 1860 - present
Arrangement Arranged in binders by topic
Index or Catalog Partial index available
Online Availability Not at this time
 
Senator John L. McClellan Collection
Held by Ouachita Baptist University Special Collections
Description

The Senator John L. McClellan collection contains over 1,000 photographs from the senator's political and personal life.

A limited sample is available online.

Photographer Various
Size 5.5 cubic feet
Dates Covered 1917-1977
Call Number T:321-323; U:47-48
Arrangement The photographs are arranged by the following subjects: Formal/Posed Portraits; Hearings/Ceremonies/Official Meetings; Informal Meetings/Receptions; Casual/Family; Outdoor Events/Sites; Military Events; Press/Media Events and Clippings; Public and Campaign Events (Indoors).
Index or Catalog Yes
Online Availability Yes
Online Location https://www.obu.edu/politicalpapers/john-l-mcclellan-gallery-photos/
 
Shiloh Museum General Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description An all-encompassing collection of images primarily from the six counties that make up Northwest Arkansas (Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton, & Washington). Photos in this collection have been generously donated or loaned to the Museum since 1968, when the Museum was founded.
Photographer includes Burch Grabill, J.H. Field, MacRoberts, Mrs. Young
Size 55,000+
Dates Covered 1850s-present day
Call Number n/a
Arrangement by topic and by accession/catalog number
Index or Catalog n/a
Online Availability a small selection is available for viewing on various pages of the Museum's website under such topics as exhibits, collections, photo collection
Online Location http://www.shilohmuseum.org/photo_collections/about_photo_collections.php
 
Shrader Negatives
Held by Arkansas History Commission
Description The Shrader negatives are the work of Joseph Shrader, his wife Bertha, and their son Buddy. Joseph Shrader began the business in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1910, assisted by his wife. Their son Buddy joined the business early and took over after his father’s death in 1946. After Bertha retired in 1957, Buddy continued the work with second wife Delores. Buddy sold the business to C. E. Butcher shortly after Delores’ death in 1946. Butcher donated the Shrader negatives to the Arkansas History Commission in 1991. In addition to photographing Arkansans of all walks of life, Shrader was for many years the official photographer for the Arkansas Senate, Arkansas House of Representatives, the Law School, the Medical School, the Junior College and Little Rock schools including the high school, Catholic High and Mount St. Mary's Academy. The Shrader negative database can be search online at http://www.ark-ives.net/documenting/shrader_negatives.asp
Photographer Shrader, Gustave Joseph, 1870-1946
Size 60,000+ name entries
Dates Covered 1945-1979
Arrangement Chronological arrangement supplied by the photographer.
Index or Catalog Searchable database available online
Online Availability Arkansas legislators only
Online Location http://archives.arkansas.gov/
 
Springdale News Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description An all-encompassing collection of images made during the latter half of the 20th century by the "Springdale News" (later the "Morning News of Northwest Arkansas"). Coverage area is mainly Springdale (Washington County), although other areas in Washington county and Northwest Arkansas are depicted. The collection was generously donated by the "Morning News of Northwest Arkansas."
Photographer includes Charles Bickford & Jim Morriss
Size 300,000+ prints & in-camera negatives
Dates Covered mid 1960s-mid 1990s
Call Number n/a
Arrangement prints by topic; negatives by date
Index or Catalog n/a
 
Washington County Historical Society Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description Most of the image in this collection, collected by the Washington County Historical Society over a 40-year span, are of Washington County, but a few feature neighboring counties (e.g., Benton, Madison). Many of the images have been published in the Society's periodical, "Flashback." This is a wide-ranging collection and includes such topics as: education; homes; businesses; mills; courthouses; soldiers and war-time activities from the Civil War to WW II; community events; churches; transportation; natural resources; families; entertainment; organizations; government; health; recreation; law enforcement; and area officials and community leaders. This collection was generously donated by the Washington County Historical Society.
Photographer includes Burch Grabill, J.H. Field
Size 5000+
Dates Covered 1850s-1970s
Call Number n/a
Arrangement By catalog number
Index or Catalog n/a
 
Wilbur Smith Scrapbook Collection
Held by Texarkana Museums System: Wilbur Smith Archives
Description Photographs and ephemera detailing early Texarkana.
Photographer various regional photographers
Size 25 scrapbooks
Dates Covered 1873 - 1980
Call Number available through research librarian
Index or Catalog limited
 
Women in Arkansas Photograph Collection, ca. 1850s-1980s, UALR.PH.0067
Held by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Description This collection contains photographic prints of Arkansas women, including portraits, political activities, and work life. Many were donated through the auspices of the Arkansas Women's History Institute for the "Behold, Our Works Were Good" exhibit.
Photographer Various
Size 184 items
Dates Covered 1850s-1980s
Call Number Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
Arrangement By accession
Index or Catalog Yes
Online Availability Yes
Online Location http://arstudies.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/findingaids/id/2347
 
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Last updated: August 15, 2012