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About the Manuscript Collections
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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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. Our collection development policy is available online.
Each collection is most commonly described by a finding aid, a guide to a collection and its contents. The majority of our finding aids are available online, and we continue to work on converting remaining print finding aids that are currently only available within the Special Collections Reading Room. Contact Research Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about any collection.
Manuscript Collections by Title
Browse an alphabetical listing of manuscript collections by title.
- U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas Records
- Correspondence, memoranda, transcripts of hearings, and other documents pertaining variously, to: investigations, testimony, and other proceedings on evacuees' applications for leave clearance and on segregation of evacuee; the suicide of an evacuee; legal services rendered, August 1943, by center's Project Attorney; resignation of War Relocation Authority Assistant Solicitor Robert Allen Leflar.
- Albert Homer Purdue Correspondence
- Letters and telegrams exchanged with Herbert Clark Hoover and others, regarding John Casper Branner, mining and mineral resources in Missouri, food production and conservation in U.S. during World War I. Other correspondents are: George H. Playter, Alvin Arthur Steel, Fielding H. Yost
- William Grant Still Letters
- Letters and notes, largely of a personal nature, to Clara B[ernice] Kennan and Mary D[engler] Hudgins pertaining primarily to educational television programs related to the music of WGS and articles written by CBK and MDH about the composer, donation of the Still Papers to the University of Arkansas Library, and WGS's honorary degree from the University in the spring of 1971.
- Orval Eugene Faubus Papers Addendum
- This collection is essentially a continuation of the Orval Eugene Faubus Papers, 1910...(1939-74)-1978 (MS/F27/301/FAUBUS). The collection includes correspondence, materials pertaining to the books written by Orval Faubus, speeches, diaries and appointment books, souvenirs and mementos, clippings, items pertaining to Faubus's military service, photographs, and sound and video recordings.
Manuscript Collections by Subject
Browse collections by broad subject area:
- African American History and Culture
- Agriculture and the Environment
- Architecture and Fine Arts
- Authors and Literature
- Business and Professions
- Civil Rights
- Folklore and Folklife
- Government and Politics
- Music and Performing Arts
- Personal and Family Papers
- Science, Technology, and Medicine
- Time Period: Civil War and Reconstruction
- Time Period: Cold War to Clinton
- Time Period: Colonial and Antebellum
- Time Period: Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- Time Period: World War I to World War II
- University of Arkansas History
- Women's Studies
Informational guides on selected topics, including listings of manuscript and library resources:
- Archives as Data
- Arkansas Architectural Archives
- Arkansas Maps
- Arkansas Photograph Collections
- Civil War
- Commonwealth College
- Documenting COVID-19
- Environmental History
- International Education and Cultural Exchange
- Japanese Americans Interned in Arkansas
- Literary Figures
- Little Rock School Integration, 1957
- Oral Histories
- Public Officials
- University Archives Photograph Guide
- University of Arkansas History Research Guide
- Women's Studies
Using Manuscript Collections
Using our manuscript collections most effectively requires an on-site visit to Special Collections, although limited remote research assistance may be available. For information about doing research in Special Collections, see the following guides, or contact Research Services at email@example.com.