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This collection contains financial ledger books, scrapbooks, correspondence, publicity material, photographs, film, and artifacts. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, posters, brochures, and other ephemera covering the Arkansas State Library Commission’s activities related to the American Library Association’s annual conference attendance, the National Library Week activities in Arkansas, the Arkansas state book fair, Arkansas school libraries, state library tours, and other general activities of libraries around the state. There is series of photographs, newspaper clippings, and film depicting the activities of the Arkansas State Library Association/ Commission and various public and special libraries around the state of Arkansas. There is also a series of artifacts, photographs, programs, brochures, and other materials regarding the Arkansas State Council on Economic Education, whose executive director was Bessie Grace Boehm Moore, from 1962-1979.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Library Commission was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in Act 139 of 1935 to provide guidance to the libraries across the state, to administer state aid to libraries, and to encourage the establishment of county libraries. Following the reorganization of state government by Act 38 of 1971, the Library Commission became a division of the Arkansas Department of Education (along with the Educational Television Commission and the Arkansas School for the Blind). Act 489 of 1979 created the Arkansas State Library as a division within the Department of Education, abolished the Library Commission Board, and transferred its functions and duties to the State Library Board. The Board, which appoints the State Librarian, consists of seven Governor-appointed members. Today the Arkansas State Library serves as the information resource center for state agencies, legislators, and legislative staffs. It also administers state and federal funds appropriated for libraries and library development and provides effective administration and leadership needed to improve public libraries and library services.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas State Library collection, MS.001056


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas State Library collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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