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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142nd Field Artillery records, 1919-1984

This collection contains rosters along with lists of names and home addresses of the soldiers in Batteries A, B, C, D, and E, as well as rosters of the supply company and the headquarters company. There is also a folder of passenger lists of organizations and casualties in Battery F returning to the United States in 1919. Correspondence between different members of the company is also included.

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1856 Bible, 1856

This small Bible is dated 1856.

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1868 Constitutional Convention warrants register, 1868

This collection contains a register of warrants from the Constitutional Convention of 1868.

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1939 Common School Fund apportionment, 1939

This collection contains the 1939 State of Arkansas Common School Fund apportionment.

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1st (Monroe's) Arkansas Cavalry muster roll (photocopy), undated

This collection contains a muster roll for First Arkansas (Monroe's) Cavalry.

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28th Arkansas Mounted Infantry, Company A, muster roll [photocopy], undated

This collection contains a photocopy of a muster roll for the 28th Arkansas Mounted Infantry, Company A. It also contains a brief history of the unit.

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28th United States Infantry roster, 1868

This collection contains one United States Infantry roster of commissioned officers.

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40/86 Mortgage Capital abstract of title collection, 1858-1980

40/86 Mortgage Capital abstract of title collection contains 57 abstracts of title for various land parcels comprising subdivisions in Faulkner, Lonoke, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren and White Counties, Arkansas. The bulk of these abstracts were created between 1960 and 1980, though the property histories within the abstracts date back to 1858 in some cases.

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8 Years of Unforgettable History final grant report, 2017-2018

This collection consists of a final report for the 8 Years of Unforgettable History book published through the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program. Two copies of the book are available in the Arkansas State Archive's library collection.

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Aaron W. Lyon letter, 1878

This letter was written by A.W. Lyon to C.B. Moore concerning John Dunn Hunter, a boy who was raised among Native Americans in Missouri.

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A.A. Tufts appointment to Grand Army of the Republic, 1908 January 24

This collection consists of one appointment of A.A. Tufts as Aide-de-camp for the Grand Army of the Republic, dated January 24, 1908.

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About Our People: The Black History of Malvern, 1919-2003

The collection contains photographs and photographic prints of people, churches, and schools that were donated by several contributors. It also contains oral history interviews.

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Abraham L. Black letter, 1862

This collection contains one letter written by Abraham L. Black to his father, Thomas Black, while Abraham was serving as a surgeon protem during the Civil War. The letter contains information about the location of regiments in Arkansas.

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Abraham Lincoln proclamation, 1861

This collection contains a printed issue of the 1861 Abraham Lincoln proclamation.

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Abraham Lincoln resolution [photocopy], 1861

The materials in this collection are dated 1861.

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Abraham Whinery deed, 1853

This collection contains a deed of sale for livestock from Abraham Whinery to Z.M. Whinery.

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Absalom Fowler letter, 1835

This collection contains a letter written by Absalom Fowler ordering the arrest of Laban Howell, the recently elected colonel of the Arkansas Volunteer Regiment.

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Absalom Fowler letter [photostat], 1837

This photostat of a letter written by Fowler discusses the possibilities of a nominee of the newly-established Whig Party in Arkansas.

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Abstract of title to real estate, 1877

This collection contains one abstract of title for real estate, dated July 31, 1877.

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A.B. Ward United States Deputy Marshall record, 1890

This collection contains one oath of office.

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Account for Daniel Rawls, of [Daniel] Ringo and [George] Conway, 1834 May 2

The account log in this collection is dated May 2, 1834.

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A Centennial Commemoration: Historical Contributions of AfricanAmerican Psychologists from Arkansas final grant report, 2020

This collection contains one 3-ring binder with a final grant report, transcripts of interviews and photographs on flash drive, flyers, email correspondence, and CD-ROM recording of event. The project was funded through the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program, administered by the Black History Commission of Arkansas. The Black History Commissioner 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’ black history and promotes teaching black history in Arkansas schools. Grants are awarded from the BHCA in a concerted effort to ensure Arkansas’ black history is collected and preserved. The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program was established in 2009 by Act 660 to honor the program’s namesake who served as chair of the commission from 1993-2007.

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A.C. Hamilton shipping costs circular, c. 1920

This collection contains an advertisement from A.C. Hamilton and Company for apple cider, as well as a shipping cost circular for the shipment of apples.

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"Across the Horizon" manuscript, 1938

This collection consists of an original manuscript, written in 1938, and the self-published version, copyright 2006, along with additional photographs.

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Adah Roussan speech "FortyYears in a Printing Office," 1919

This speech was written by Adah Roussan, former editor and owner of the "Osceola Times" about her life in the newspaper business.

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Adams and Blocher printing receipt, 1877 December 5

This collection contains one receipt for printing services completed by Adams and Blocher for the Arkansas Secretary of State

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Adams and Blocher records, 1877

This collection contains receipts for printing orders completed by Adams and Blocher for the Arkansas State Land Commission and the Arkansas Deaf Mute Institute.

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Adams-Miller family letters [copies and transcripts], 1860-1863

This collection contains photocopies and typed transcripts of five letters written to Sarah Wilkinson from1860 to 1863. The letters include references to events of the Civil War in Arkansas.

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Ada Petty deed, 1922 September 13

The deed in this collection is dated September 13, 1922.

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A.D. Evans letter, 1861 November 3

The letter in this collection is dated November 3, 1861.

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Administrator's oath, estate of James Colvert, 1861

This collection contains an administrator's oath for the estate of James Colvert, Calhoun county, Arkansas.

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Admission of Arkansas to the Union [photostat], 1836

This collection contains a photostat of the Act that admitted Arkansas to the Union.

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Adolphus Flannigan donation deed, 1878 November 11

This collections contains one donation deed for Adolphus Flannigan relating to land in Prairie County, Arkansas. It is dated November 11, 1878.

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"Adventure to White River" account records, 1814-1815

This collection contains invoices and account records for John C. Luttig's "Adventure to White River" between 1814-1815.

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A.E. Wilson school papers, 1900-1902

This collection contains an attendance record book and a letter of absence belonging to Professor A.E. Wilson between 1900-1902.

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"A False Charge," 1901

This collection contains a pamphlet entitled "A False Charge" that contains a response to charges by James Pettit against Senator James K. Jones of Arkansas dated July 26, 1901.

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Africa Day Fest final grant report, 2018

This collection contains two copies of the Curtis H. Sykes grant report (interim and final), photographs of Africa Day Fest, two DVDs of the videos taken at Africa Day Fest, two CD-ROMs with photographs, and three newspaper clippings from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

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African American Churches of Craighead County collection, 1897-1999

The collection includes histories, mainly of Jonesboro area churches, and photographs.

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Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society-Arkansas final grantreport, 1800-1920

This collection contains a final grant report on "Dr. Henry Thibault's Medical Records of Afro-Americans during the late 1800's thru 1920's," with Thibault family genealogical information; list of patients; and 1 CD-ROM containing scans from ledgers. The project was funded through the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program, administered by the Black History Commission of Arkansas. The Black History Commissioner 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’ black history and promotes teaching black history in Arkansas schools. Grants are awarded from the BHCA in a concerted effort to ensure Arkansas’ black history is collected and preserved. The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program was established in 2009 by Act 660 to honor the program’s namesake who served as chair of the commission from 1993-2007.

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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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Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society records, 1995-2008

The collection consists of materials submitted by several contributors, including conference syllabi, publications, early minutes, and other material related to the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in Arkansas.

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Agatha Marshall dedication, 1869

This collection contains one handwritten dedication written by J.M.D. Matthews for Agatha Marshall, November 2, 1869. This dedication was written about Agatha’s devotion to her Christian faith and the example she set for others.

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A.G. Jones papers, 1861-1862

This collection contains personal military papers of A.G. Jones and a bill of sale for a black man named Bob.

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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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Agreement between David Landrum and the Memphis and St. Francis Plank Road Company, 1853

This collection contains an agreement between David Landrum and the Memphis and St. Francis Plank Road Company in exchange for land at Blackfish Lake.

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Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College/University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Ark.) collection, 1946-1963

This collection contains bulletins, catalogs, and other material related to the Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College, later known as the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, located in Pine Bluff Arkansas, from 1947 to 1963.

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A. Howard Stebbins collection supplement, 1826-1915

This collection contains Arkansas historical documents collected by A. Howard Stebbins, including correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, printed ephemera, maps, and family histories.

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A. Howard Stebbins collection, supplement II, 1847-1871

This collection contains correspondence, legal documents, financial records, and printed materials. It includes such noted individuals as C.G. Ashley, A.H. Garland, J.J. and Martha McAlmont, and C.M. Vaughan. Also included are the constitution and bylaws of the Little Rock Fire Company of 1847.

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A. Howard Stebbins Jr. correspondence, 1938-1945

This collection contains personal correspondence received by A. Howard Stebbins Jr. of Little Rock between 1938 and 1945.

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A.H. Sevier and Chester Ashley letter, 1825

This letter written by A.H. Sevier and Chester Ashley to George Izard, Arkansas territorial governor, addresses concerns about the character of John Williams, Justice of the Peace of Clark County.

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A. Hunter letter, 1872 October 3

This collection contains a letter.

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A.J. Garner Civil War records,1865

This collections contains Civil War records for A.J. Garner.

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A.J. Griffis family letters, 1871-1886

There are two letters in this collection, one from 1871 and one from 1886.

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A.J. McCan land sale notice, 1866 March 19

The land sale notice in this collection is dated March 19, 1866.

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A. Karcher Candy Company Resolution, 1916

This collection contains a resolution for the A. Karcher Candy Company.

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Albert Pike collection, 1833-1920

This collection contains correspondence about Native American tribes and Pike’s willingness to work with the tribes in order to gain their support for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Personal correspondence, a list of supplies needed during the Mexican-American war and other miscellaneous material pertaining to Albert Pike.

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Albert Pike letter, 1880 May 24

This collection contains two photocopies of a letter from Albert Pike to Thomas Ashley - contains material relating to the 1880 presidential race.

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Albert Pike Memorial Museum brochure/postcard, c. 1940

This collection contains one brochure and one postcard related to the Albert Pike Memorial Museum in Winslow, Washington County, Arkansas, c. 1940.

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Albert Pike papers [photocopies], 1879-1890

This collection contains copies of correspondence and an autobiography of Albert Pike.

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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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Alda Sarepta Smith diary, 1902-1903

This diary was written by Alda Smith of Marshall.

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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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Alexander Cross farmer's diary, 1879

Alexander Cross made notes in this diary about different individuals' work hours and the cost of sundries. Farmers Pocket Companion printed by Deere, Mansur, and Company holds information about farm machinery, moon phases, compound interest rates, and the solar calendar for the year 1879.

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Alexander Keith collection, 1906-1961

The collection includes miscellaneous material related to Arkansas and collected by Alexander Keith. Most of the material pertains to land and development in the state. The collection includes maps, books and reports, newspapers, and one photograph.

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Alexander McLean commission, 1837

This collection contains a March 20, 1837 commission appointing Alexander McClean Lt. Colonel of the 1st Battalion, Crawford County Regiment, Arkansas Militia by James S. Conway, Governor of Arkansas.

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Alexander Miller land record, 1815

This 1815 document pertains to land in what is now Franklin County, Arkansas.

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Alexander [Muson] court martial proceedings [photocopy], 1847-1848

This collection contains a photocopy of a court martial proceeding for Alexander [Muson].

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Alexander Stephens letter, 1860

This letter written by Alexander Stephens concerns a debt that Dr. F.T. Hart owed him.

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Alex Campbell letter, 1885

This collection contains a letter written by Alex Campbell of Dover, Arkansas to his nephew S.T. Campbell dated June 1, 1885.

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Alex Foundation final grant report, 2017

This collection includes the final grant report of the Alex Foundation's 2017 Architects of Jazz program, which was funded partly through the Curtis H. Sykes memorial grant project. The collection also contains images, photographs, and documents related to the program, lecture, and presentations.

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Alex Inloes/B.F. Richardson promissory note, 1877 April 17

The promissory note in this collection is dated Aprilia 17, 1877.

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Alfred W. Arrington poems, undated

This collection contains unpublished manuscripts and typescripts of poems written by Alfred W. Arrington.

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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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Alien Enemies Registration - WWI - Eastern Arkansas, 1918

This collection contains county alien enemies registration sheets for males in various counties in Eastern Arkansas and correspondence related to the registration sheets.

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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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Allen Haynie papers, 1854-1862

This collection contains a letter written by Allen Haynie to his wife Martha about his experience as aConfederate soldier in the Civil War. Also included is a tax receipt for James Russell.

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Alpha Jane Tackett Hibbard diary, 1862-1866

This collection contains excerpts from a diary kept by Alpha Jane Tackett of Arkansas County, Arkansas between 1862-1866.

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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.L. Raymond map of coal lands in Sebastian County, 1889

This collection contains a map of coal lands in Sebastian County, Arkansas, and a letter from A.L. Raymond, Huntingtown Town Company, Huntington, Arkansas, to Edward Perry.

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Altrusa Club itinerary for sight-seeing trip, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1939

This collection contains an itinerary for a sightseeing trip of Little Rock, Arkansas developed for the Altrusa Club's convention in Little Rock in 1939.

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Altrusa Club of Little Rock postcard, 1967

This collection contains a postcard invitation for the Altrusa Club of Little Rock's Golden Anniversary tea held on April 9, 1967.

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Alworth and Griswell contract bond, 1864

This collection contains one contract bond issued by William Woodruff to Henry Alworth and James T. Griswell, dated June 15, 1864.

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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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Ambrose Sevier bond, 1825

This collection contains one bond for an unspecified amount to Andrew Finey of Clark County (Ark.) from Ambrose Sevier and James Ball, dated November 17, 1825.

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A.M. Dawley letter, 1883

The letter in this collection is dated April 9, 1883.

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American Dream National Historical Pageant certificate, 1960

This collection contains a certificate awarded by the American Dream National Historical Pageant to the Arkansas Historical Association.

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American Federation of Women's Clubs program, 1914 April 28-May 1

The program in this collection contains songs and toasts from the reception of the American Federation of Women's Clubs held April 28 to May 1, 1914.

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American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Arkansas, 1924 convention records, 1924

This collection contains the records of the 1924 American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Arkansas convention in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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American Legion Auxiliary records, 1945

This collection contains programs, budgets, agendas and proceedings of the Arkansas Department of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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American Legion convention program, 1928 August 27-29

This collection contains an official program of the Joint Convention of the Arkansas and Texas American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary held on August 27-29, 1928.

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American Legion Leslie Huddleston Post #12 ledger, 1922-1931

This collection contains one ledger of collections and disbursement payments from The American Legion Leslie Huddleston Post #12 in Hope, Arkansas, from 1922. It also contains a roster of American Legion Members showing payment of dues for 1922 and a 1931 letter from the Department of Arkansas American Legion Adjutant, R.W. Sisson, to an unnamed commander.

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American Medical Association Woman's Auxiliary letter, 1960

This collection contains a letter for the American Medical Association Woman's Auxiliary.

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American Tract Society certificate, 1854

This collection contains a certificate as Director for Life by $50 contribution by Zacheus M. Elmore.

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American Zinc Company letters, 1910-1913

This collection contains correspondence and one map.

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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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A.M.S. Receivers Office land receipts, 1836-1837

The receipts in this collection are dated from 1836 to 1837.