Date Original



This collection contains photographs depicting people, events, and locations relating the Little Rock Crisis by United Press/United Press International. The descriptions of each photograph are the original narratives provided by United Press/United Press International.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the autumn of 1957, nine black students enrolled at Little Rock Central High School, an all-white, racially segregated school. As a result of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kanas Supreme Court ruling, desegregation efforts were being made across the nation. These efforts were often met with pro-segregation resistance. The 1957 Little Rock Crisis came to form a powder keg of struggling factions, as seen between integrationists and segregationists, among class divisions within the white community, state and federal authority, as well as the President of the United States and the Governor of the state of Arkansas. This collective struggle, witnessed on a national and international level, played out with immediate and long-term results. Little Rock Central High School has come to be a symbol of desegregation during the Civil Rights movement, has been named a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



United Press Telephoto Little Rock Crisis photograph collection, MS.000689


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

United Press Telephoto Little Rock Crisis photograph collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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