Digital Collections

U of A Collections

Governess Della Hottel

Three years before Miss Ariel Idella Hottel moved in 1896 from Winchester, Virginia, to Marianna, Arkansas, she was employed from 1892-93 in Frederiksted, St. Croix, as a governess in the family of Major William F. Moore, the American Consul to the Danish West Indies. Miss Hottel (“Della”) served as instructor and companion for the Major and Mrs. Moore’s five children: Edith, 17; Tillie, 15; Nina, 11; Edna, 9; and Wilmerding, 6.

Cyrus Sutherland Papers

The Cyrus Sutherland: Architect, Educator and Preservationist digital exhibit provides a glimpse into the work of Cyrus Sutherland, architect and University of Arkansas professor. Special Collections is pleased to make these digital resources available in conjunction with the opening of the Cyrus Sutherland Papers. Through these images, Sutherland is revealed as a thoughtful student, a gifted practitioner, a knowledgeable educator, and a passionate hands-on preservationist.

The graduating class from 1896 poses in front of Old Main

Commence and Go Forth - University of Arkansas Commencement Speeches

While there is evidence of commencement ceremonies starting as early as 1873, the earliest Commencement Program held in the University of Arkansas archives is dated June 17, 1875. The ceremony was held in a brand new building, which is now known as Old Main.

Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright

Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture Comes to Arkansas

The lives of notable architects Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright intersected during the ten-year period from 1949 to 1959. This digital exhibit of photographs, correspondence, lectures, writings, and other media highlights their affiliation, architecture, and theories of organic architecture—the harmonious and seamless relationship between the built environment and nature.

Mary Parler

The Ozark Folksong Collection

“The Ozark Folksong Collection,” originally recorded and compiled between 1949 and 1965, is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation. The physical collection contains audio recordings of songs, oral histories, anecdotes, and tales from over 700 performers. In addition there are transcriptions of lyrics, and music notations. The contents illustrate a rich diversity of cultures, economic classes, and occupations.

Colonial Arkansas Post (map)

Colonial Arkansas Post Ancestry

“Colonial Arkansas Post Ancestry” covers 279 items relating to the historic colonial Arkansas Post settlement and fort in southeast Arkansas and focuses on the names listed in the censuses and inventories of 1723, 1726, 1731, 1743, and 1749. Materials on the Lower Mississippi Valley include maps, letters, land grants, wills, censuses, and genealogical records that describe the peoples and events of Arkansas’s first capital. Items in French and Spanish have been translated. A table of 98 primary family names and their derivatives is included.

Vol Walker Hall, ca. 1940

Fine Lines, Late Nights

“Fine Lines, Late Nights: The Converging Histories of Vol Walker Hall and the Fay Jones School of Architecture” is a digital exhibit that explores the history of Vol Walker Hall, a prominent campus building, and that of the Fay Jones School of Architecture, the lively design school which has called the stately building their home for more than 40 years.


40-50-100: Milestones in Arkansas's Environmental History

“40-50-100: Milestones in Arkansas's Environmental History” contains close to 40 images and documents regarding the establishment in 1972 of the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas as the first “National” river, the creation of the Ozark Society environmental stewardship organization in 1962, and the 1912 birth of Dr. Neil Compton, the founding president of the Ozark Society. Events commemorating these “40-50-100” year milestones took place in 2012.


“Fruit-Full” Arkansas: Apples

“Fruit-Full” Arkansas: Apples is a collection of 69 items on apples assembled from a variety of collections of Arkansas folklore, souvenir booklets, poetry, photographs, speeches, and other documents. Among these are 50 images of apples from color plates in historic nursery catalogs held at the Library of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

BAD Times

BAD Times

The BAD Times digital collection includes twenty issues of newspapers published between 1971 and 1977 by the Black Americans for Democracy, a student organization founded at the University of Arkansas in the late 1960s.

George Fisher

Drawing Distinctions: American Cartoonist George Fisher

“Drawing Distinctions: The Life and Work of American Cartoonist George Fisher” provides samples of the life and career of a Little Rock political cartoonist whose work documents Arkansas and American history since World War II.

Brooks Hays

Politics and Principles: Documenting the Career of Congressman Brooks Hays

“Politics and Principles: Documenting the Career of Congressman Brooks Hays” covers Hays' seven-decade career, early life and subsequent work in public service and education. Hays worked in five presidential administrations, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson, and he personally knew seven presidents, from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter.

Envelope from Werner Gerbauer, 1947

German Prisoner of War Letters

“German Prisoner of War Letters” is a collection of 10 letters sent after the war by former German prisoners at Camp Dermott to a prominent farmer and merchant near Parkdale in Ashley County, Mr. E.D. Gregory, on whose farm the men had labored as prisoners.

Memorial Hall, named for John C. Futrell

Spaces and Faces: Namesakes at the University of Arkansas

“Spaces and Faces: Namesakes at the University of Arkansas” highlights the people and places of the University of Arkansas by showing the names behind the buildings.

Students at Commonwealth College

Commonwealth College Fortnightly

“Commonwealth College Fortnightly” offers a first-hand glimpse of life at the labor college, 1926-1938.

Senator Fulbright and Edward Durell Stone

A Calm Voice in a Strident World: Senator J.W. Fulbright Speaks

“A Calm Voice in a Strident World: Senator J.W. Fulbright Speaks” presents a collection of selected speeches and images.

Protester at Arkansas AM&N

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

“Land of (Unequal) Opportunity: Documenting the Civil Rights Struggle in Arkansas” offers a variety of records and photographs that document the history of civil rights in the state.

Washington County Courthouse, 1980s

Shared History: Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas

“Shared History: Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas” offers 500 photographs of the City of Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas Campus. Shared History was funded in part by grants from the Happy Hollow Foundation.

Arkansas Academy of Science

Arkansas Academy of Science Archive

“Arkansas Academy of Science Archive” offers volumes 1-60, 1941-2006, of the Academy's Journal (1997 - ) and Proceedings (1941-1996).

Fay Jones Logo

Fay Jones Projects

“Fay Jones Projects” pages present a growing catalog of photographs, drawings, and other materials from the collection of this premier American architect.


Ozark Folk Encyclopedia

“Ozark Folk Encyclopedia” entries are read by archivist Ethel Simpson in this series of podcasts from KUAF Public Radio.

WPA interview manuscript

WPA Early Settlers' Personal Histories of African Americans in Arkansas

“WPA Early Settlers' Personal Histories of African Americans in Arkansas” offers transcriptions of questionnaires from interviews with seventeen African Americans interviewed in Arkansas under this project.

Hank Hancock's Runnin' Razorback

A History of Arkansas Razorbacks

“A History of Arkansas Razorbacks,” a digital edition of: Hancock, Hank. A History of Arkansas Razorbacks. Abilene, TX: The Author, 1976. (Arkansas Collection LD236.2 .H36 1976.)

Fulbright stamp

The Fulbright Program, 1946-1996

“The Fulbright Program, 1946-1996” is an online exhibit marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Image from Lee Wilson archives

Lee Wilson & Company Archives

“Lee Wilson & Company Archives” is an online exhibit illustrating the role of Lee Wilson & Company in the transformation of the Delta.

Partner Collections

Technical reports image TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library” is a collaborative project of GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance) and CRL (the Center for Research Libraries)to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975.
Western Waters logo The “Western Waters Digital Library”, another GWLA collection, contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.
1Chinese Pamphlets: Political Communication & Mass Education The Center for Research Libraries continues to digitize their archive collections related to Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and other regions. Check their website or catalog often for new additions.
Pryor Center Logo The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History offers transcipts, video clips, and audio files of oral history interviews on Arkansas topics, including journalism, politics, and popular culture.