Special Collections supports research and writing in Arkansas studies through the ongoing development of a comprehensive collection of Arkansas print material. The Arkansas Collection includes more than 70,000 titles across the spectrum of knowledge, from history and religion to arts and sciences and beyond. This collecting effort is but one way Special Collections contributes to the land grant mission of the University of Arkansas.
You can discover these resources, which are available for all to use in our reading room, though the "Arkansas Collection" location code in the Library Catalog.
The Arkansas Collection aims to represent every aspect of Arkansas print culture and history. It includes non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and cookbooks. It also includes periodicals published by Arkansas corporations, historical societies, churches, schools, and other organizations; sound recordings and videos; a large map collection; photographs and other images; and copies of record of graduate theses and dissertations produced at the University of Arkansas, along with many other publications of the university.
We are fortunate to have funds available from the University Libraries to purchase a select number of titles to add to the Arkansas Collection each year. The collection has benefited significantly, however, from donations of print materials for more than a century. If you are interested in supporting this essential resource on the study of Arkansas through donating material or funding, please see our Giving to Special Collections page for further information.