Manuscript Collections

Newly Available

Lee Wilson and Company Records
Materials in the collection fall into three basic groups: the Bank of Wilson, Lee Wilson and Company, and Keiser Supply Company. Bank of Wilson records relate to both individual and business accounts. Lee Wilson and Company records pertain to the activities of the company as well as the communities founded by Lee Wilson. Keiser Supply Company records relate to both individuals and businesses.
Beverly Heyen NAFSA Region III Papers
This collection includes correspondence, memoranda, financial records, clippings, and nomination forms from the NAFSA Region III Honors Ceremonies from 1987 to 1996 composed by NAFSA member and chair of the 1996 NAFSA Region III conference, Beverly Heyen.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (CU) Research Materials
Oversized notecards with research notes and bibliographic information on sources related to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (CU) and/or the Fulbright Program; related research materials and correspondence.
Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes
The collection includes eighty-two audiocassette tapes containing interviews conducted by Randall Woods with J. William Fulbright, Dale Bumpers, McGeorge Bundy, Orval Faubus, Allan Gilbert, Hoyt Purvis, Arthur Schlesinger, Dean Rusk, Lee Williams, and others as part of research for Woods' biography on Fulbright.
Albert Homer Purdue Professional Papers
This collection contains materials by, or about the academic or professional careers of, the Indiana native and Stanford University graduate who became Arkansas State Geologist and Arkansas State Superintendent of Mines and Metallurgy and who served as University of Arkansas professor of geology and mining from 1896 until 1912, when he accepted appointment as Tennessee State Geologist.

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include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media.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

Manuscript Collections by Title

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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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