The Arkansas State Archives houses approximately 13,000 cubic feet of state records and manuscript collections pertaining to the history of Arkansas and its people. These materials have been described and inventoried for ease of access. These inventories, called finding aids, are keyword searchable. Click the collection's title to view the finding aid's information page. Click on the pdf icon to go straight to the finding aid.

Separated Materials: Some archival collections contain materials that have been stored separately from the bulk of the collection due to those items' preservation needs. Generally, this affects collections that include artifacts that have been moved to the archives' museum collection, and the existence of artifacts in a collection has been noted in that collection's finding aid. Due to the nature of artifact and other separated materials, we require researchers to fill out an Artifact Access Form and send it in to state.archives@arkansas.gov, to schedule an appointment to view artifacts from the museum collection.

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Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference event images (DVD), 2011

This collection contains one DVD containing digital images of a book signing for the publication Ten Sisters, held at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference in 2011.

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Agnes McDaniel Loewer papers, 1916-1974

This collection contains correspondence, professional materials, cards, notes, music, and scrapbooks kept by Agnes Loewer.

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Albessie Thompson VHS collection, 1996

This collection contains VHS tapes taken in the mid-1990s of Twin Groves, Arkansas, residents, residents of the towns formerly known as Solomon Grove and Zion Grove, and local historians discussing genealogy and family history of black families in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

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Alexander A. Johnson papers , 1863-1879

This collection consists of Civil War correspondence plus a journal and other items. The correspondence relates to locations in Tennessee and Georgia, and most were written from the battlefield. It is unknown who created the 1865-1879 journal.

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Algernon Sidney Holderness papers, 1861-1898

This collection contains orders, muster rolls, correspondence, invoices, and receipts illustrating activities of a Confederate unit operating in southern Arkansas during the latter years of the Civil War.

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Alien Enemies List supplement, 1918

The Alien Enemies List includes such information as the name of the individual, residence (1918),employers since 1914, and date and port of arrival in the United States. Place of birth, snapshot, physical description, description of family, previous military service, and a set of fingerprints of the individual may also be included. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.

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A Living History: The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame exhibit video grant project, 2008

This collection contains one DVD and one brochure on "A Living History: The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame" permanent exhibit at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

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Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1944-1983

This collection contains the church board, treasurer, and Sunday school records of the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), of Sweet Home, Arkansas, 1944-1983.

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Alpine, Arkansas, Missionary Baptist Church records, 1896-2008

This collection contains lists of church members, minutes of meetings, church letters, associational letters, correspondence, financial records, historical information, and other related materials.

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A Man and a River: a documentary film, 1973

This collection consists of different formats of the 1973 short documentary film “A Man and a River,” by Thomas Hart Benton. The formats are one 16mm film, two DVDs, and a digital copy on ASA’s internal hard drive.

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Americus V. and H.F. Reiff papers, 1848-1915

This collection contains material related to Americus Rieff's service in the Mexican and Civil wars. Reminiscences include accounts of Rieff's service under General Benjamin McCulloch in the Battle of Oak Hills, also known as the Battle of Wilson's Creek, which is considered the first battle west of the Mississippi during the Civil War. H.F. Rieff owned land in partnership with his father, Americus V. Rieff.

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Amity, Arkansas, school and post office records, 1876-1893

This collection consists of post office records and school records. The post office records contain official and personal accounts, records of box rental income, and description of livestock. The school records contain attendance records and school accounts.

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Amity High School yearbooks, 1928-1929

This collection consists of yearbooks from Amity High School, Amity, Arkansas, 1928-1929.

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Anita Turner papers, 1875-1987

The collection contains correspondence, yearbooks, news clippings, programs, and material pertaining to the organizations in which Anita E. Turner participated.

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Anna Mae Evans family photograph collection, 1900-1972

This collection contains photographs depicting individuals of Clifty, Madison County, Arkansas. The collection also has copies of additional descriptive information on photographed individuals, locations, and/or information on members of the Evans family.

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Annie Parnell Dougherty Welch papers, 1917-1984

This collection contains correspondence, deed records, photographs, military records, and estate papers pertaining to Annie Parnell Dougherty Welch’s family in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.

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Apsa M. Bransford scrapbook, 1885-1890

This collections contains one scrapbook and several loose items, including newspaper clippings, notes, poetry, and a funeral notice.

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Arbor Day proclamation, Searcy, Arkansas, 2017

This collection contains an Arbor Day mayor's proclamation for Searcy, Arkansas.

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Arch Campbell scrapbooks, 1951-1968

This collection contains 29 scrapbooks, which include news clippings and printed material collected during Campbell's tenure as Pulaski County Judge from 1951 to 1968. These scrapbooks consist of campaign materials and news clippings involving annexation, the Pulaski County Penal Farm, road construction in Pulaski County, the Air Force Base in Jacksonville, the moving of the Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock in 1956, and county, state, and local elections.

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Archie Moore Jr. collection, supplement I, 1913-1974

The collection contains materials related to churches, schools, and fraternal organizations. It also includes programs and journals of the Arkansas Teachers Association (A.T.A.).

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Arkansas Advertising Federation collection, 1958-2012

This collection consists of newsletters, photographs, fund raising flyers, ADDY awards publications, programs, Star Search 1993 information, award and scholarship luncheon information, and news articles related to the Arkansas Advertising Federation.

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Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents pamphlet, 2005

This collection contains one pamphlet detailing the rights and responsibilities of nursing home residents in Arkansas.

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"Arkansas Agriculture: 200 Years" Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation slide presentation, circa 1980s

This collection is comprised of a slide show presentation titled "Arkansas Agriculture: 200 Years" from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, and includes the presentation slides, an audiocassette recording of the presentation, and the presentation's script.

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Arkansas and Missouri Union Army muster rolls, 1863-1864

This collection contains incomplete sets of Civil War muster rolls of Arkansas units that mustered into the United States Army in Missouri, but served in Arkansas, from 1863-1864.

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Arkansas Authors and Composers Society records, 1914-1947

This collection contains records, scrapbooks, and publications of the Arkansas Authors and Composers Society.

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Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl Association grant project reports, 2009-2015

The collection contains final reports of Quiz Bowl grant projects funded through the Curtis H. Sykes memorial grant program between 2009-2015.

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Arkansas Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation records, 1931-1933

This collection contains a folder from each Arkansas county with the records, forms, and correspondence sent from local law enforcement officers to the central office in Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1931 to 1933. It also includes correspondence arranged alphabetically by the name of the criminal and receipt books kept by the central office.

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Arkansas Burger Company collection, 1894-2004

This collection contains mostly visual materials that adorned the walls of Arkansas Burger Company, many of which are posters, photographs and promotional materials of sports or tourist attractions throughout Arkansas.

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Arkansas Centennial diary, 1876

This collection contains one pamphlet which has six blank pages for someone to record their observations and seven pages of testimonials about Arkansas land and natural resources. This centennial dairy endorses the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway of Arkansas, who had an exhibit at the Arkansas building with specimens of timber, coal, iron, and other minerals. This promotional pamphlet was issued by W.D. Slack, Land Commissioner of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railway.

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Arkansas Civil Appointment records, 1819-1958

This collection contains 36 ledger books that record the date of commission, names, and office held by county officials.

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Arkansas Civil Defense Agency records, 1950-1972

This collection consists of civil defense plans and the "Communique" newsletter, 1958-1972.

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Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission records, 2011-2015

This collection contains 12 cubic feet of grant applications, grant procedures, logo requests, sanctioning rules, historical markers, governor appointments, correspondence, and a final report regarding the work of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

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Arkansas Confederate Home records, 1907-1961

This collection consists of records of male and female residents of the Arkansas Confederate Home, as well as the Home's registry. Files contain applications, correspondence with relatives, discharges, obituaries, notifications of next of kin, burial instructions, and death certificates. The records are listed in alphabetical order by the patient's last name. The register contains names of patients, dates admitted, dates discharged, dates of death, and related information.

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Arkansas Confederate muster rolls, rosters, and lists, 1861-1937

This collection contains photostats of muster rolls, rosters, and lists of the Confederate units of Arkansas.

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Arkansas Congressional speeches, 1893-1916

This collection contains four printed speeches from the Government Printing Office: Hon. J. H. Berry "In Opposition to Establishing a Gold Standard and Retiring Greenbacks," January 31, 1900; Berry, "Bimetallism: Free Coinage of Gold and Silver," August 16, 1893; Hon. John Tillman, "Pensions for Confederate Soldiers," February 11, 1916; and Hon. Hugh A. Dinsmore, "Militarism and Imperialism," January 26, 1899, plus an original mailing envelope.

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Arkansas Constitutions, 1836-1874

Arkansas has been governed by five constitutions. This collection includes all five original documents.

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Arkansas County School District records, 1891-1941

This collection includes record books, registers, directors' record books, election poll books, receipt books, correspondence, and legal papers pertaining to two school districts in Arkansas County, Arkansas.

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Arkansas Crime Laboratory Board records, 1978-2016

This collection includes minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory Board from 1978 to 2016.

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Arkansas criminal statistics, 1921-1922

This document details statistical reports gathered by the Prosecuting Attorneys of the State of Arkansas of felony cases for 1921-1922. It names the crime that was committed, the number indicted, number convicted, acquitted, years of imprisonment, life sentences, and death sentences, divided by race.

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Arkansas Department of Career Education image collection, 1920-1930

This collection is comprised of 49 glass negatives depicting agricultural scenes, agrarian life, and new technologies from the 1920s and 1930s. Also included are two large photographs and two digital images.

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Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration: state expenditure records, 1950-1979

This collection holds twenty-three binders containing large computer printouts of biannual summaries of Arkansas State appropriations, expenditures, and balances between the years 1950 and 1979. They are arranged by the following categories: by funds - state and federal, by agency - state and federal, by classification of expenditures of agency - state and federal, by classification of expenditures of object of expenditure, and refunds of expenditures schedule.

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Arkansas Department of Information Systems records, 1994-2013

This collection contains annual reports, strategic plans, and other agency publications from the Arkansas Department of Information Systems.

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Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicle records, 1996-2017

This collection contains brochures, books, and manuals published by the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism: Tourism Development records, 1992-2014

This collection contains correspondence, commission reports, orientation material, media information, and profiles for all 75 counties in Arkansas all relating to tourism development in Arkansas.

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Arkansas Employment Security Division records, 1937-1992

This collection contains annual reports, handbooks, service bulletins, research and statistics, Advisory Council quarterly meeting minutes, conference proceedings, laws and regulations, reports on Arkansas's industry and agriculture, and a variety of miscellaneous documents.

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Arkansas Female College collection, 1875-1948

This collection contains catalogs, commencement notices, Warner Literary Club material, programs, college circulars, and miscellaneous items pertaining to Arkansas Female College. Also included are news clippings on Julia McAlmont Warner.

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Arkansas Food Hall of Fame papers, 2017-2019

This collection contains nomination information and ceremonial materials from the 2017 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame event and an induction ceremony program from the 2019 event.

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Arkansas General Assembly composite images, 1971-2011

This collection contains composite photographs of members of the Arkansas General Assembly.

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Arkansas historic bridges inventory records, 1988

This collection contains records of a statewide survey of historic bridges listing locations, dates of construction, ownership as of 1988, and historical and descriptive data.

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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) State Review Board Meeting reports, 2007-2019

This collection contains meeting reports of the Arkansas Historic Preservation State Review Board from 2007 to 2019. The Review Board Meeting reports contain information on narrative and budget summaries of projects on which the Arkansas Historic Preservation has worked and is currently working.

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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program records, 1900-2018

This collection is comprised of various AHPP record groups from multiple state records transfers. Record Group I contains recordings on discs with various Arkansas-related topics, places, events, and history. Record Group II contains press releases and floppy discs. Record Group III contains records of the AHPP National Register Historian including event photographs, historic photographs, audio visual materials, and historic drawings and prints. Record Group IV contains a press release log and press releases for 2017. Record group V contains a press release log and press releases for 2018.

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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program records: Ghost Signs of Arkansas, 1991-1996

This collection contains photographs and negatives taken for the Ghost Signs of Arkansas exhibit produced by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. It also includes correspondence and articles related to the project.

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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program records: Pleasant Valley Subdivision, 1963-1982

This collection consists of architectural drawings related to the development of the Pleasant Valley Subdivision in Little Rock, Arkansas. The architectural styles covered in these drawings include Ranch, Contemporary, Mid Century Modern, New England, Neo-Tudor, Neo-Colonial, Neo-French Colonial, and Neo-Dutch.

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Arkansas History Commission Stage One (SOD) Digitization Grant Project records, 1999-2001

This collection contains the records of the Arkansas History Commission Stage One Digitization Grant Project, 1999-2001.

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Arkansas La Salle Tricentennial Commission records, 1982

The collection contains correspondence, articles, newsclippings, maps, brochures, and miscellaneous notes.

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Arkansas Legislative Digests, 1967-2007

The Arkansas Legislative Digest provides a detailed record of all actions of the Arkansas General Assembly during its regular and special sessions.

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Arkansas Livestock Insurance Company account book, 1901-1902

This ledger from the Arkansas Livestock Insurance Company covers the period from November 14, 1901 to August 30, 1902.

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Arkansas-Missouri slave case records, 1849-1859

This collection includes letters of notification and depostions of testimony given to court appointed officials.

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Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission records, 2017-2018

This collection contains the public hearing minutes of the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission from 2017 and 2018.

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Arkansas post office murals records, 1938-1942

This collection contains research materials concerning thirteen post offices collected by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. These photocopied materials include the correspondence, contracts, and images proposed by the artists to the Fine Arts Section of the Public Buildings branch of the United States Treasury Department. Twenty-one post office murals were painted in Arkansas. Not all remain extant.

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Arkansas Profitable Farming Bureau scrapbook, 1919

This collection consists of a scrapbook of newsclippings highlighting the activities of the Arkansas Profitable Farming Bureau. The scrapbook was created by Henry M. Cottrell (1864-1926), who served as the bureau's agriculturalist from January 1919 until July 1921.

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Arkansas Railroad Club records, 1932-2010

This collection largely consists of materials used for research and content development for the Arkansas Railroader, the official newsletter for the Arkansas Railroad Club. The types of material included are issues of the Arkansas Railroader, newspaper clippings, articles, photographs, newsletter mock-ups, railroad-related publications, and ephemera such as train timetables, tickets, and advertisements.

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Arkansas Secession Ordinance, 1861 May 6

This collection contains the document that authorized Arkansas's secession from the Union.

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Arkansas Secretary of State pamphlet and Democrat Litho. Co. Song Books, undated

This collection contains two song books printed by the Democrat Litho. Co. and one pamphlet published by the Arkansas Secretary of State and the Arkansas Publicity Commission.

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Arkansas Section, Society of American Foresters records, 1929-1982

This collection contains minutes, correspondence, public notices, membership lists, committee assignments, and copies of the state publication, "The Ozark Reporter." The majority of the organizational papers involve the Ozark Section of the American Foresters, which included portions of northwestern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma.

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Arkansas Selective Service records, 1940-1946, 1964-1975

This collection contains news releases, letters, advisory council minutes, commission summaries, circulars, memoranda, and a copy of the Selective Service Act of 1948.

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Arkansas soil conservation districts records, 1936-1945

This collection contains the records of Arkansas's 50 soil conservation districts. While the records vary for each of the districts, minimally they include general correspondence, petitions for creation of districts, notices of hearing and determination of need for organization of district.

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Arkansas State Archives disc collection, 2002 and onwards

This collection contains CDs and DVDs relating to Arkansas dating from 1994 to 2016.

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Arkansas State Auditor's ledger, 1838-1851

This collection contains an unbound ledger from the office of the Auditor of the State of Arkansas. Transactions recorded in the ledger include information such as the date, warrant number, voucher number, payee name, and amount. Also included in the collection is a color photocopy of the ledger's pages and a USB storage device containing scans.

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Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners records, 1937-2018

This collection contains records relating to the Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners. Files in this collection typically contain applications in chronological order, a certificate of barber school or training, photographs, renewal of barber license forms, applications of enrollment into barber school, cards with test results, exams taken by barber, health reports, letters between the applicant and the Barber Board, board file cards reflecting an inactive status, and an obituary newspaper clipping on the inactive barber, if available.

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Arkansas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners records, 1915-1981

These files typically contain: applications in chronological order, certificate or transcript of chiropractic school or training; photographs, renewal of chiropractic license, cards with test results, correspondence between the applicant and the Chiropractic Board, board file cards reflecting an inactive status, and an obituary news clipping on the inactive chiropractor if available. These files require 48 hour notice before viewing, due to restrictions.

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Arkansas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors electrical panel board directory, 1930-1970

The collection consists of one CD and an electrical panel board directory of 20 areas, two of which were segregated. This is demonstrated by use of the racial epithet "colored" for rooms designated for blacks.

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Arkansas State Claims Commission records, 1950-2018

The Arkansas State Claims Commission records include claim opinions, controversial opinions, and non-controversial opinions that span from 1951 to 2001.

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Arkansas State Flag Competition entries, 1912-1913

This collection contains entries for the 1913 Arkansas state flag design contest.

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Arkansas State Hospital records, 1873-1980

This collection contains records of the Arkansas State Hospital, including reports, business records, minutes, and publications.

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Arkansas State Medical Board records, 1884-2016

The Arkansas State Medical Board records contain medical license application records and regulatory records, as well as correspondence. Each box is arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the applicant. These records were transferred to the Arkansas State Archives by the Arkansas State Medical Board.

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Arkansas State Prison Board records, 1967-1993

This collection includes correspondence, notes, memos, reports, grant proposals, court rulings, government studies, news clippings, and Arkansas Correction Board minutes from 1967 to 1971. Much of the material in the collection deals with the tenures of Thomas Murton, Bob Sarver, and the chairman of the Arkansas Correction Board, John Haley. Included in the papers are Cynthia Wolfe's notes explaining many of the different reports and folders she included in the collection.

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Arkansas State Treasurer's reports, 1920-1982

This collection contains reports of the Treasurer of the State of Arkansas, 1920-1982. The information includes receipts, transfers, expenditures, and balances.

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Arkansas Teachers Association membership ledger, 1924-1925

The collection contains an Arkansas Teachers Association membership ledger for 1924-1925, listing 1,625 members from Arkansas and Louisiana.

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Arkansas Territorial Sesquicentennial Committee records, 1967-1970

This collection contains correspondence, invitations, programs, financial records, news clippings, proclamations, minutes, and memoranda.

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Arkansas Territory General Assembly records, 1819-1820; 1835

This collection contains bound volumes of enrolled bills and acts from Arkansas Territory.

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Arkansas Territory official correspondence, 1825-1828

This collection contains two letterbooks and an address by Governor George Izard, second territorial governor, to the members of the legislature.

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Arkansas Veterans of World War I papers, 1954-1966

This collection consists of correspondence, applications for charters, dues transmittal forms, petitions for charters, and lists of veterans.

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Arkansas Waterways Commission records, 1962-2014

The SR2017.0013 portion of these records are comprised of the Arkansas Waterways minutes and financial reports, environmental study and research materials, as well as audiovisual materials and publications. Series 1: Operations of the Arkansas Waterways Commission including minutes, financial reports and budgets, commission business materials, state legislation, and materials on rivers promoted by the commission. Series 2: Environmental research materials including environmental studies, impact statements, reports, drafts and plans. Series 3: Audiovisual Materials Series 4: Publications The SR2017.0025 portion of these records consists two coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Waterways Commission. The SR20020.0008 portion of records consists of reports and correspondence related to various projects discussed or completed by the Waterways Commission related to the Arkansas River Basin, Montgomery Point Lock and Dam, Red River, White River, and other projects.

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Arkansas western boundary field notes, 1825-1877

This collection contains photocopies of field notes, instructions, and correspondence concerning the western boundary of Arkansas and the eastern boundaries of the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations in Indian Territory.

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Army and Navy Woman's Club records, 1923-1981

This collection contains constitutions, correspondence, minutes, news clippings, and photographs.

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Arnold-McCollum family papers, 1853-1903

This collection consists of letters written by W.P. McCollum to his parents while he was a Confederate private camped in Mississippi. Other correspondents are D.C. Ross, Gaven Payne, W.P. Payne, Mary McCollum, and Mattie Payne. The letters date from 1853 to 1868. Also included are two medical diplomas, dated 1861 and 1903, belonging to W.E. Arnold.

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Arthur Thomas McCormack letter, 1929

This correspondence is in regard to the actions of then Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell amending state law in order to control the appointment of the Secretary of the Arkansas State Health Office.

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Ashley, Drew, and Northern Railway Company records, 1912-1996

This collection includes timetables, maps, notes, and articles, as well as annual reports and published materials concerning the Ashley, Drew, and Northern Railway Company from 1912 until it ceased operations in 1996.

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"A Soldier's Heart: From Philippines to Arkansas" grant project report, 1940-1944

This collection contains two CDs containing photographs, poems, programs, a prayer book for soldiers and sailors, honorable discharge papers, and religious leaflets.

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Atlas of Arkansas Counties, 1919

This collection consists of maps of Arkansas counties.

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Bagley's Map of Little Rock, 1930

This volume contains detailed maps of city streets, subdivisions, lots, and blocks in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Batesville vs. Newport high school homecoming football game film footage, 1960s

This collection contains one 16mm film.

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Bean-Wadsworth letters, 1892-1932

This collection consists of the letters of Helene Wadsworth Bean and Dr. Whitfield Brooks Bean, and letters of other family members, covering the time period from 1892 to 1932.

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Beaumont, William Eustace Beaumont papers, 1917-2016

This collection contains William Beaumont’s World War I diary and typed transcript from December 8, 1917 to March 1919, covering a time span from when Beaumont left for basic training through the 247th Aero Squadron's demobilization. It also holds newspaper clippings, Beaumont genealogical information, correspondence, as well as photographs of William and Mary Beaumont.

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Belitha Powell papers, 1862-1875

This collection contains Belitha Powell's Civil War diary with biographical data and other material. The diary reflects his period of enlistment from May 21- October 26, 1862, during which time he was stationed at Camp Mercer, Georgia; Camp Van Dorn, Georgia (located near Savannah); Charleston, South Carolina; and James Island, South Carolina.

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Benjamin Dunton Brickhouse papers, 1908-1930

This collection contains negatives circa 1920s, programs, a poem, and a post card from Illinois.

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Ben McGehee Hotel memorabilia, 1933-1941

This collection contains memorabilia from the Ben McGehee Hotel and a letter from a man named Ernest to his ‘sweetheart’ on Ben McGehee Hotel stationary.

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Ben T. Embry Camp #977, United Confederate Veterans records, 1902-1941

This collection contains records, membership lists, minutes of meetings, committee reports, general orders, clippings, obituaries, and published material. It also contains the 1903 organizational record of the John R. Homer Scott Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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Ben T. Laney papers, 1944-1948

Ben T. Laney papers contain correspondence, information on boards, commissions, and colleges, sanatoriums and hospitals. Many of these files deal with returning World War II Veterans and reforms.