Overview of Special Collections
Our collections document the human experience from a variety of perspectives, explore the development of the state of Arkansas, provide rich resources for the study of the impact of international exchange, preserve data about environmental change, illustrate the creation of architectural structures, and offer windows through which to study literature, art, and music.
Manuscripts and Archives
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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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.
Some of our collecting strengths include:
- African American History and Culture
- Agriculture and the Environment
- Architecture and Fine Arts
- Authors and Literature
- Business and Professions
- Civil Rights
- Civil War
- Folklore and Folklife
- Government and Politics
- International education and the Fulbright Program
- Japanese Americans Interned in Arkansas
- Music and Performing Arts
- Personal and Family Papers
- Women's Studies
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.
The purpose of the University Archives is to document the history of the university and provide source material to administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community. The University Archives is the repository for non-current official materials of enduring value that document the institutional memory of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus. Official materials are documents produced or received by an agency, officer or employee of the university in connection with the transaction of university business.
Rare books are housed in the division because of their exceptional value, curiosity, or distinction. The collection includes important early imprints of European literature and history, colonial American political tracts, and examples of fine printing and illustration. John Gould Fletcher's personal library, rich in twentieth-century American, British, and European literary works, complements the collection of his papers for research on the arts during that period. The Porter Pathfinder Collection contains important eighteenth-century works in the social and natural sciences as well as in other subjects, many in interesting early bindings.
A growing number of Special Collections materials are now available online. Digital Collections include projects documenting the impact of the agricultural extension service, civil rights in Arkansas, University history, and international education and cultural exchange.