Desha County was founded in 1838 from part of Arkansas County, with portions of Lincoln and Chicot counties added later. The county was named for War of 1812 veteran and area landowner, Benjamin Desha. Arkansas City serves as the county seat.

A list of the Desha County records microfilm available at the Arkansas State Archives can be found in our County records microfilm collection.

The results below are automatically collected from materials on this site that have been tagged with the Geographical Area of “Desha County (Ark.)” This list does not include all of the Arkansas State Archives’ materials regarding this county, but provides a starting point for research. Please click on each title below to learn more about it and the collection to which it belongs.

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Submissions from 2020

African American History: Desha County

Bachelor-Wright Family: Desha County

Census: Desha County 1850

Desha County

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Desha County election certificate, Burrell Walker

Early Arkansas tax records [Desha County]

King Family: Desha County

Lovett, James M.

Rohwer Relocation Center, Desha County

Submissions from 2019

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Desha County

Submissions from 2008

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Memorial Garden Cemetery (Old Mound) grand project, 2008

This collection is comprised of photographs taken during the unveiling of the Old Mound Cemetery historical marker in 2008. The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA) was created by Act 1233 of 1991 and is composed of seven members appointed by the governor with approval of the Senate. The BHCA is charged with preserving the history of black Arkansans and black communities in Arkansas. This commission also encourages research of Arkansas’s black history and promotes teaching black history in Arkansas schools. Grants are awarded from the BHCA in a concerted effort to ensure Arkansas’s black history is collected and preserved.

Submissions from 2003

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Submissions from 1986

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

General Highway Map Desha County. 1 print, 1986

Submissions from 1978

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Submissions from 1968

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Submissions from 1967

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Submissions from 1966

Desha County ownership map

Submissions from 1963

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Submissions from 1958

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Desha County

Map of Desha County

Images from 1954

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Desha County, 1952-1954

Submissions from 1948

General Highway Map of Desha County, Arkansas

Submissions from 1932

Stahl, Mrs. Mamie

Images from 1930

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Desha County townships map, 1930

Submissions from 1923

Varsha, Eliza Jane

Submissions from 1914

Bracey, A.A.

Submissions from 1910

West, Andrew J.

Books from 1868

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Update to the Register of Legal Voters of Desha County

Books from 1867

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Register of the Legal Voters of Desha County

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Update to the Register of Legal Voters of Desha County

Submissions from 1865

Desha County, Arkansas

Submissions from 1830

Plat of Township 7S. Ranges 2E showing part of Desha County, Arkansas. C. 1830. Nicholas Rightor. 1 original

Plat of Township 8S. Ranges 1E. And 2E showing part of Desha County, Arkansas. Nicholas Rightor. 1 original