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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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

Arkansas State Review Committee for Historic Preservation Records
Reports, minutes of proceedings, memoranda, and other records created or received by the Arkansas State Review Committee for Historic Preservation 1973-1979.
Edward Cross Political and Familial Papers
Photocopies of, for the most part, correspondence created or received by Edward Cross. Series I consists principally of incoming correspondence, 1838-1843, from Cross' relatives, friends, constituents, and political supporters during and immediately prior to his three terms in Congress, including election campaigns, patronage, and legislation relating to mail routes, petitions for redress of grievances, agriculture, land surveys, military affairs, banking and the monetary system, slave traffic, and Indian affairs; included, however, are a few outgoing letters, from the same period, which pertain entirely to personal and familial affairs. Series II consists of unpublished essays written, 1856-1857, by Cross' daughter, Nannie E. Cross.
Olive Stewart Gilbert Collection
Photograph of Raymond Harrison Williams; mimeographed genealogical information on King, Butt, and Cox families; photocopies of correspondence from donor containing further information on King and Williams families. Several members have been students at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Archibald Yell Papers
Letters from Archibald Yell to General M. Hunt, Galveston, Texas. Letters are dated May 20, 1845 (from Washington, DC), June 23, 1845 (from Fayetteville, AR), and October 25, 1845 (from Jefferson City, MO), and pertain to the annexation of Texas and Yell's plans for land speculation there. Positive photocopies.

More recently opened manuscript collections

Manuscript Collections by Subject

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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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