The Arkansas State Archives, formerly the Arkansas History Commission, began microfilming in 1957 and continues the process today. We maintain over 50,000 microfilm reels for patron use in our research room. Much of this microfilm provides access to materials not currently available in digital formats.
Microfilm continues to be a preservation standard in the archives community. Our archival master negatives are created on silver halide film, which has a 500-year shelf life. The microfilm readers in our research room allow patrons to capture microfilm materials on paper and digital formats.