Manuscript Collections

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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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 ( if you have questions about any collection.

Manuscript Collections by Title

Browse an alphabetical listing of manuscript collections by title.

Newly Available

Paul Young Jr. Papers
This collection consists primarily of architectural drawings completed during Young's nearly 5 decade -long career. Additionally, there are photographs and supplementary documents including indices of professional projects and prospective projects.
Gordon Morgan Papers
Gordon Morgan was a professor of Sociology for more than 40 years. The bulk of the collection consists of writing by Morgan and also contains correspondence, speeches, lectures, class assignments, and audio visual materials.
University of Arkansas Asian Studies Records
The collection contains three booklets of lesson plans from Asian Studies summer workshops.
James R. Dodson, Jr. Photographs
The collection consists of photographs of buildings on the university campus, the scenery around the campus, and the 1939 spring commencement proceedings.

More recently opened manuscript collections

Manuscript Collections by Subject

Browse collections by broad subject area:

Nurse Linnie Beauchamp offers instruction as part of a Farm Security Project in Clover Bend, Arkansas, 1940. Arkansas League for Nursing Records (MC 941), Box 53, Folder 21.

Bruno Hanke photograph of morning fog in Buffalo River Valley, 2007. Ozark Society Records (MC 477), Digital Folder 2, IMG_1644.

Letter from Virginia Seidel to Almyra Love, on handmade bark stationery, September 22, 1931. Virginia Seidel Letter (MC 2404), Folder 1.

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Topic Guides

Informational guides on selected topics, including listings of manuscript and library resources:

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

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