- Manuscript Collections by Title
- Manuscript Collections by Subject
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- About the Manuscript Collections
- Using 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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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 (email@example.com) if you have questions about any collection.
Manuscript Collections by Title
Browse an alphabetical listing of manuscript collections by title.
- 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 Series II consists of unpublished essays written, 1856-1857, by Cross' daughter, Nannie E. Cross.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.
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
- Architectural Records
- Arkansas Foodways and Cookbooks
- Arkansas Maps
- Arkansas Photograph Collections
- Civil Rights at the U of A
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.