Highlighting our Digital Collections
The unique history of the University of Arkansas publications is underscored in this exhibit featuring large format images from a variety of publications from Agricultural Extension circulars to the student newspaper published by the Black Students for Democracy (BAD) during the 1970s.
Descriptive text and QR codes associated with each image allow visitors to learn about each publication immediately and to explore the respective related digital collections.
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Save the Hog
This beautiful and proud hog promoting the importance of a cholera vaccine to Arkansas farmers comes from one of the thousands of bulletins and circulars published by the Agricultural Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Arkansas over more than 100 years, now digitally available from the Libraries to anyone around the world. As a Land Grant institution, the University of Arkansas has led in agricultural research and provided education and training for the state’s farmers since the beginning. It served as the state’s agricultural research station beginning in the 1880s and after the Smith-Lever act of 1914, the cooperative agricultural extension services have consistently provided agents and publications to address rural economic and agricultural production needs.
Bulletin No. 162, What Hog Raisers Should Know, July 1919
Exhibit Photo : From Montgomery to Memphis
This digital collection includes twenty issues of newspapers published by the Black Americans for Democracy (BAD), a student organization founded in the late 1960s. Active at the University of Arkansas during most of the 1970s, BAD published the newspaper between 1971 and 1977 under three different titles: The BAD Times, Black Americans for Democracy News, and Times (Black Americans for Democracy).
BAD published the newspapers at a time that was still an early stage in the integration of public universities in the American South. The newspapers illustrate both the challenges faced by black college students in Arkansas and the significant organizational work students undertook to make the University campus and community of learning more accommodating and enjoyable for the University’s increasingly diverse student body.
First Issue, Bad Times , October 1971, page 4
Athletes in the Cardinal
The digital collection of University of Arkansas Yearbooks includes every year from 1897 but one, that of 1898. The earliest of these yearbooks are much smaller than those produced today, but they provide a wealth of information about the people, the culture and the history of the University of Arkansas.
These images of athletic team captains were among those in the 1906 Cardinal Yearbook. In this same book , an article entitled “Progress of the University” reflects a school spirit that may resonate students even in the 21st century.
“Therefore the advantages at the University are growing better every year, and the University of Arkansas can no longer be placed in the background, but she is rapidly advancing to that rank beyond which few universities have, thus far, gone.”
The Cardinal 1906, Volume 9, Page 26.