Teacher Resources from Special Collections

Land of (Unequal) Opportunity: Documenting the Civil Rights Struggle in Arkansas

Civil Rights Poster - Who Will Build
Civil Rights Poster - Central High
Civil Rights Poster - Martin Luther King
Civil Rights Poster - Daisy Bates
Civil Rights Poster - Hoxie

Ready-to-print posters featuring images from this collection are now available, as are the following lesson plans:


Poster Series Honoring Black Arkansans

Daisy Bates Poster
Scott Bond Poster
Joseph Corbin Poster
Silas Hunt Poster
Charlotte Stephens Poster

A series of five posters on “Amazing African American Leaders of Arkansas” has been developed by the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries. The posters feature photos and biographical sketches and were designed to be used by junior high school teachers of Arkansas history.

The five “amazing leaders” are Charlotte Stephens of Little Rock, who became Arkansas’ first black teacher in 1868 and went on to a teaching career of 70 years; Joseph C. Corbin, the founder and long-time president of Branch Normal College in Pine Bluff, today known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Scott Bond, a prominent farmer and businessman from eastern Arkansas who was known as the “Black Rockefeller of Arkansas”; Silas Hunt, the World War II veteran who integrated the University of Arkansas Law School in 1948; and Daisy Bates, the NAACP leader who led the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Poster Series Honoring Outstanding Arkansan Women

Hattie Caraway Poster
Florence Price Poster
Charley May Simon Poster
Louise Thaden Poster
Hazel Walker Poster

A second set of posters honors "Amazing Leaders of Arkansas." Five posters of "Amazing Women Leaders of Arkansas" has been released in honor of Women's History Month. The posters feature photos and biographical sketches and were designed to be used by junior high school teachers of Arkansas history.

The five "amazing leaders" are Sen. Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate; Louise Thaden, the record-setting early aviator; Florence Price, the premier African-American female composer and music teacher; Charlie May Simon, a writer of note and the namesake for the Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award; and Hazel Walker, a phenomenal basketball player who was the women's free-throw champion of the world on multiple occasions


The two series above are part of a larger strategy to share the holdings of the department with students and teachers throughout the state. He also noted that Arkansas history is now required in the public schools, and the posters will assist teachers in their teaching of the subject.

On the back of each poster are a complete lesson plan and other instructional aids that will enable teachers to use the posters effectively in the classroom. The lesson plans include classroom teaching strategies and assessment tools, and the instructional aids consist of supplementary reading lists, glossaries of terms and timelines that provide historical context.

The five posters will be sent free of charge to any Arkansas teacher or school administrator who asks for them. The general public can obtain a set of the posters for $25, shipping included. For more information on specific collections related to the poster series or to request copies, please contact the UA Special Collections Dept. at 365 N. McIlroy Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701, or by email at specoll@uark.edu or by phone at 479-575-5577. You may also submit a poster request form online.

Arkansas History Day Resources

Special Collections has many resources related to the themes addressed through the National History Day competition. Research and Outreach Services Librarian Joshua Youngblood compiled an introduction to the resources of the University of Arkansas Libraries for teachers and students, which was shown to instructors and History Day coordinators from around the state. The introduction explores the 2012 theme, Turning Points in History, in detail and points toward specific primary sources available in Special Collections.

Please download a pdf version of the presentation here: History Day Resources in University Special Collections.

For more information on specific collections or to plan a visit, please contact the UA Special Collections Dept. at 365 N. McIlroy Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701, or by email at specoll@uark.edu or by phone at 479-575-8444.

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