Arkansas Collection - Special Collections

Arkansas Collection in Print

An important function of Special Collections is to support research and writing in Arkansas studies. In addition to manuscript collections, there is a comprehensive Arkansas Collection of print materials in the Library Catalog with the location code ARK COLL.

The Arkansas Collection is funded from the Libraries' budget, but it has benefited significantly from donations of print materials ranging from a single pamphlet to comprehensive personal libraries. If you are interested in contributing to this public resource on the history of Arkansas by donating materials from your personal collection, or by donating funding for future purchasing needs, please see our Giving to Special Collections page for further information.

The collection ranges across the spectrum of knowledge from history and religion to arts and sciences and beyond. It includes not only books but also periodicals published by Arkansas corporations, historical societies, churches, schools, and other organizations; sound recordings; a very large map collection; photographs and other images; and the record copies of graduate theses and dissertations produced at the University of Arkansas, along with many other publications of the University.

The time period covered by the Arkansas Collection extends from colonial times through the present. Read more about doing research in Special Collections.

Index Arkansas

Index Arkansas is a growing file of almost 100,000 citations to publications about the history, people, places, and passtimes of Arkansas. Index Arkansas includes citations to articles and other information published in:

  • county history journals (from Benton County Pioneer to White County Heritage)
  • selected statewide magazines (from Arkansas Banker to Rural Arkansas)
  • selected newspaper articles from the Arkansas Gazette, Arkansas Democrat, Arkansas Traveler, Northwest Arkansas Times, and the Grapevine
  • selected book titles (such as Arkansas Biography, Governors of Arkansas, and Untold Stories: Black Sports Heroes Before Integration)

ArHist-L - The Arkansas History Discussion Group

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