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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 Railroad Depot Collection
Held by Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries
Description Collection of black and white postcards with images of railroad depots in Arkansas.
Photographer various
Size 175 photographs
Dates Covered mainly 1950s to 1980s
Call Number MC 698
Arrangement Alphabetical by city.
Index or Catalog online finding aid at http://libraries.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/arkrrdepot.html
 
Disasters (Collection P16)
Held by UCA Archives
Description Images relate to natural disasters in Arkansas, and cover floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought scenes and fires – such as the Arlington Hotel fire of 1923. Pictures portraying the economic impact of the Great Depression are included in “Collection No. 23 Economic Conditions.”
Photographer Unknown.
Size 35 photographs, negatives, postcards
Dates Covered 1911-1972
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p16-disasters/
 
Dr. Robert B. Walz Photograph Collection
Held by Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Description

The Walz Collection has never been completely indexed, but according to the finding aid it contains 2500 to some 3,000 photographs. They are arranged in notebooks. The arrangement is mostly geographical. Additional notebooks list the pictures by year, name and subject. Dr. Walz copied the pictures over a period of years for many different purposes including a newspaper series, for exhibits, for a TV production, for museums, historical societies and SARA (the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives), for friends and family and even for strangers who requested photos. He did his best to enhance deteriorating images and obtained as much information as possible about the photos and the people in them.

The positive images are copied on a form and are arranged in 15 notebooks with numbers, identification, source, number of negatives and various size prints available. The 8x10 and smaller prints are also available for browsing in 17 notebooks arranged by county and community and chronologically with numbering. Large prints are arranged in boxes by number. The collection includes everything Dr. Walz copied and is available for browsing.

About 300 Walz photos are online at http://peace.saumag.edu/swark/photos/photos.html.

Photographer Unknown
Size 2500 - 3000 photos
Dates Covered approx. 1870 to early 1960s
Call Number Stored in binders on site at SARA
Arrangement Divided by county and subject matter
Index or Catalog There is an index at SARA.
Online Availability No
Online Location http://peace.saumag.edu/swark/photos/photos.html
 
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/
 
Fort Smith Scenes photograph collection, 1870-1975, UALR.PH.0041
Held by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Description This collection contains photographic prints and postcards of street scenes and buildings in Fort Smith, Arkansas, including bridges, churches, schools, and stores.
Photographer Various
Size 309 items
Dates Covered 1870-1975
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/2269
 
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/
 
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
 
Marion Mason Collection
Held by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Description The collection consists of real photographic postcards, photos, acetate negatives, and glass negatives taken by Marion Dekalb Mason of Johnson (Washington County), an accomplished amateur photographer. Mason lived with his sister Maud Mason Hanks in Johnson. He was the Johnson correspondent for the Springdale News for 40 years, beginning in 1893. He worked under the pen name "Mullkeepmo." The collection primarily consists of Johnson people and places. It includes a sizable amount of images of family, friends, and neighbors. There are also scenes of Johnson and its businesses and depot, Frisco train wrecks, the lime operations (quarry & kilns), the Johnson Mill, neighborhood homes, area schools and churches, the National Cemetery at Fayetteville, agricultural activities, and horse-drawn carriages and wagons. This collection was generously donated by Maudine Farish Sanders and Don Bailey.
Photographer Marion Mason (1875-1945)
Size 2,000+
Dates Covered Primarily 1900s-1910s
Arrangement By accession/catalog number
Index or Catalog No
Online Availability No
 
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
 
Ray Rains Collection (Collection P29)
Held by UCA Archives
Description The Ray Rains Collection consists of 5,071 photographs made or collected by Ray Rains of Pangburn, White County, Arkansas. Rains, b. 1919, opened a photography studio in 1976, doing portraits and copying and collecting old photographs. Subjects range from disaster scenes to political campaigns. The collection is particularly strong in images from North Central Arkansas, especially White, Cleburne, Jackson, and Woodruff counties.
Photographer Ray Rains
Size 5,071 photographs and negatives
Dates Covered 1881-1984; many from 1920s-1940s
Call Number By photo collection number and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p29-ray-raines/
 
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/
 
Rivers, Landings, and Riverboats, ca. 1880-1927, PH.0056
Held by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Description This collection contains photographic print reproductions of rivers, landings, and riverboats in Arkansas, including steamboats on the White River, Arkansas River, and Ouachita River.
Photographer Various
Size 42 items
Dates Covered ca. 1880-1927
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/2314
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
The Larry Taylor Columbia County Historic Photograph Collection
Held by The Larry Taylor Columbia County Historic Photograph Archive
Description The Larry Taylor collection includes photos from Magnolia, Emerson, McNeil, Taylor and other area communities in Columbia County. Emphasis is on town and business scenes, local people. Heavy coverage of Sesquicentennial. Photos are well-captioned but not all are dated.
Photographer Unknown; various.
Size More than 300 photographs
Dates Covered 1880s to present
Call Number Personal collection of Larry Taylor
Arrangement Organized by Cities/Communities; 1953 Centennial Celebration; Local Industry; 2002 Sesquicentennial Celebration
Index or Catalog Contact Larry Taylor; see Archive for contact information.
Online Availability Yes
Online Location http://peace.saumag/edu/swark/photos/photos.html
 
Transportation (Collection P8)
Held by UCA Archives
Description Photo Collection Number 8 contains images relating to transportation in Arkansas. Photos cover a broad spectrum of subjects including roads, streets, bridges, railroads, ferries and steamboats, livery stables, other public conveyances.
Photographer Unknown.
Size 97 photographs, negatives and postcards
Dates Covered 1872-1975, mostly early 1900s
Call Number By photo collection and photo number
Arrangement
Online Availability Written descriptions only
Online Location http://uca.edu/archives/p8-transportation/
 
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
 
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