Manuscript Collections

About the Manuscript Collections

Manuscript collections include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media. They offer primary sources for research, exploration, and discovery on a variety of topics, many of which relate to Arkansas and the Ozarks region. Our collection development policy is available online.

Each collection is most commonly described by a finding aid, a guide to a collection and its contents. Our finding aids are available online through ArchivesSpace at the University of Arkansas. Contact Research Services ( if you have questions about any collection.

Manuscript Collection Descriptions

Browse descriptions of our archival collections at ArchivesSpace at the University of Arkansas. Through ArchivesSpace, you can view and search collection finding aids, as well as browse by subject and by related people and organizations.

For guidance on using our finding aids to make requests for materials, please view our tutorial videos on finding aids in ArchivesSpace, and advanced navigation in ArchivesSpace.

Recently Updated Manuscript Collections

More recently updated manuscript collections

Topic Guides

Informational guides on selected topics, including listings of manuscript and library resources:

Using Manuscript Collections

Using our manuscript collections most effectively requires an on-site visit to Special Collections, although limited remote research assistance may be available. For information about doing research in Special Collections, see the following guides, or contact Research Services at