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Arkansas Advocate, 1831

This collection contains a single folded folio issue of the Arkansas Advocate from 1831.

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Arkansas Land Office records, 1815-2000

This collection is a series of CDs that include an index, land survey notes, and plats for Arkansas, covering 1815 through 2000. These records are also available at www.glorecords.blm.gov with digital images and a search function.

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Arkansas State Hospital records, 1884-1940

This collection contains records of the Arkansas State Hospital, including reports, business records, minutes, and publications. Board of Trustees meetings from 1873-1888 are also on microfilm MFNE1673.

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Arkansas State University collection, 1979-2013

This collection contains two alumni directories and five school annuals.

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Ben D. Raney records, 1867-1871

This collection contains one ledger book, recording various accounts and merchandise purchased for the years of 1867-1871.

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Benn family Bible, 1886

This collection contains one family Bible from the A.C. and C.M. Benn family, 1886.

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Bible study card collection, 1894-1934

This collection includes 237 Bible study cards, approximately 220 unique cards with the remainder duplicates, each containing one Sunday School lesson designed for children.

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Billie Jewel Colbert papers, 1940-1978

This collection includes correspondence, citations, newspaper clippings, photographs, and school records. There are letters from Billie Jewel Colbert to his family, from his days in basic training until just prior to his death; correspondence from other soldiers in his unit following his death; letters from government and military officials; correspondence about death benefits, citations, transportation of his remains, and other official matters; insurance documents. The documentation of his awards are included, however both the Purple Heart and Silver Star medals are held by Arkansas State Parks. The materials in this collection document Private Colbert's experience through training, his service in England and in France, and the official processes

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Black River Baptist Association minutes, 1916-1987

This collection includes 13 bound volumes of the minutes of the Black River Baptist Association ranging from 1916 to 1987.

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Black Rock Pearl Company records, 1919-1936

This collection has three checks that were found at the abandoned Black Rock Pearl Company. The paycheck exemplifies rate of pay for the early 20th century, and the expense checks provide previously unknown details about the factory such as the name of the company and general manager.

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Charles A. Stuck, Jr. records, 1725-1982

This collection contains an extensive genealogy with supporting documentation for the Charles A. Stuck Jr. family stretching back to the 17th century. There are numerous photographs of family members, gravestones, documents, and historic homes. Also included in the files are newspaper clippings about family members, census data, military service records, birth and death records, and family stories.

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Clifton family papers, 1861-1868

This collection includes the enlistment paper of William Clifton and the sworn statement of those who were with Letty Clifton when she gave her last will and testament.

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Confederate currency, 1863-1865

This collection contains five original Confederate bills that were manufactured during the Civil War.

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Cooper Creek Watershed Improvement District records, 1962-1980

This collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, and project-related documents for the Cooper Creek Watershed Improvement District between 1962 and 1980. These records document the planned impoundments, project contracts, and commission meetings. There are also drawings depicting the planned impoundments and affected areas within the Cooper Creek watershed.

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Craighead County (Ark.) school census records, 1941-1974

This collection contains 29 record cartons of individual student census records organized by year and school district. The individual records are not necessarily organized in alphabetical order within the folders.

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Crittenden County (Ark.) personal property tax books, 1839-1858

These volumes record personal property tax assessments in Crittenden County, Arkansas, 1839-1849 and 1854-1858.

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Dabbs Brothers records, 1904-1982

This collection contains ledger books for the Dabbs brothers' various businesses and undertakings, sales advertisements, tax assessments, mortgages, court cases, magazines, and school books. Included is an informational brochure about the Dabbs Brothers store and a copy of the National Historic Register of Places application for the building.

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Daughters of the American Revolution records, 1926-1998

This collection includes a dedication program for a marker for Revolutionary War veteran Nathaniel McCarroll, a genealogical index, and a binder that includes copies of letters from National Lineage Research Chairman Laura Jones Thompson and a directory of volunteer lineage researchers from across the country. It also includes a large collection of Daughters of the American Revolution Magazines.

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Dennis O'brien collection, 1899-1961

This collection contains a deed of trust, four warranty deeds, and one certificate of record, all relating to 40 acres of land held by John D. Winchester in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

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Devoe Elbert Hedrick papers, 1937-1939

This collection contains a 1939 school yearbook from Portia High School and assorted photographs of Hedrick's classmates.

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Dr. M.B. Owens records, 1917-1930

This collection contains 21 death certificates and 147 birth certificates from Jackson county, between the years 1917 and 1930, plus some blank forms.

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Elbert R. Little papers, 1941-1945

This collection includes a copy of his scrapbook containing World War II-era newsclippings about Lawrence County soldiers and veterans, and an index for the names included in the articles.

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Godwin family Bible, 1870

This collection contains one family Bible belonging to H.W. and M.P. Godwin, 1870.

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Goodwin family Bible, 1889

This collection contains one family Bible presented in 1889 to Perry Goodwin.

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Greene County (Ark.) records, 1834-2009

This collection consists of 14 binders containing marriage records in Greene County, listing bride and groom alphabetically from the years of 1834 to 2004. There are also 19th century articles of incorporation, lists of ministers, probate records, and wills.

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Greeting cards collection, 1880-1915

This collection contains 237 greeting cards, advertisement cards, and various holiday cards, dating from approximately 1880 to 1915. Some of the cards have hand-written notes to unidentified individuals.

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Imboden (Ark.) scrapbook, 1905-1930

The Imboden scrapbook is a bound magazine with numerous newspaper clippings pasted to the pages. Many of the clippings are obituaries of current or former Imboden-area residents. There are also poems, stories, reports of notable residents, and wedding announcements.

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Imboden Creamery and Cold Storage records, 1899-1901

This collection consists of one ledger book which has written documentation of the minutes of the meetings, a copy of the by-laws, and other information about the business of the creamery. The records also include a folder containing a contract to hire an operator of the creamery. It opened for business on June 14, 1899, in Imboden, Arkansas.

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Imogene Sigler family Bible, circa 1857

This collection consists of one undated family Bible with genealogical information for Ruben and Imogene Sigler and their children, dating from 1857 to 1958.

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International Genealogical Index, 1988

This collection contains microfiche of the 1988 IGI for Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United States of America.

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Inventory of the County Archives of Arkansas, 1942

This collection contains county archives inventory books, created by the Historical Records Survey, for Baxter, Benton, Carroll, Cleburne, Cleveland, Cross, Faulkner, Hot Spring, Izard, Jackson, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Polk, Saline, Searcy, and Scott counties. Each county archives inventory book includes a general overview of the archives themselves, followed by brief descriptions of the collections they hold. There is also a brief introduction to what an archives is and the terminology used.

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Jeffie Hibler papers, circa late 1800s

This collection has a late 19th Century diary filled with recipes and poems both handwritten and clipped from newspapers. There are also pages from a Bible, illustrated booklets, a greeting card, and other newsclippings.

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Johnson Undertaking Company records, 1916-1951

This collection contains papers and books used by the Johnson Undertaking Company, a funeral home located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, between the years of 1916 and 1951.

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Jonesboro (Ark.) Civitan Club scrapbooks, 1988-2007

These scrapbooks contain photographs and written descriptions of club activities, including recruiting new members, organizing new clubs, supporting charitable organizations, and attending international, national, state, and district meetings.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) birth records, 1919-1923

These records are an incomplete collection of the births recorded in Lawrence County between 1919 and 1923. The records include information such as the gender of the child, parents names, whether a live or still birth, doctor or midwife delivering the child, and the race of the child. Not all information is completed on the certificates. No other supporting documentation is included in the collection.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) bonds, 1815-1924

This collection consists of various types of bonds posted between 1815 and 1924, with most representing surety bonds for people elected or appointed to public office.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) Confederate pension records, 1892-1928

These records consist primarily of applications, physician statements, witness statements, and applicant statements related to ongoing disability. There are also letters indicating changes in address and other logistical communications necessary to facilitate payment of the pensions.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) death records, 1918-1923

This is an incomplete collection of the county copies of death certificates completed for submission to the state as well as burial permits for burial of the deceased, between the years 1918 and 1923. The records include name of the deceased, date of death, cause of death, and place of burial. Not all records have complete information for the deceased.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) Drainage District records, 1905-1920

This collection contains Swan C. Dowell's personal records of his efforts and actions on the behalf of the Village Creek and Lake Pond Drainage Districts. The records include correspondence, work orders and estimates, legal documents, land records, and financial information.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) executive pardons, 1897-1908

This collection includes pardons from Arkansas governors Jefferson Davis, Daniel W. Jones, and acting governor X.O. Pindall, between the years 1897 and 1908. The crimes being pardoned include carrying a pistol, selling liquor to a minor, selling liquor without a license, and attempted arson. The collection does not include information on court cases, communication with the accused or their attorneys, or any supporting documentation.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) inquests, 1831-1950

This collection consists of 82 coroner's inquests dating from 1831 to 1950, with the majority of the records dating from the 1880s and 1890s. Of the 82 inquests, 19 are for unidentified persons. Two of those are for unidentified African Americans.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) land records, 1815-1958

This collection contains deeds and land records of Lawrence County from 1815 to 1958. All records are organized chronologically according to the date they were filed with the court.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) marriage records, 1872-1960

This collection of marriage certificates covers the years from 1872 to 1960. Although primarily pre-printed forms, there are a few written on plain paper, as well. These certificates generally show the name, age, and home town of the bride and groom, date of marriage, and date of application of marriage license. Not all have been fully completed, so some information, such as first names, may not be available. Parental information, including consent for marriage of a minor, is not included with these certificates. Several certificates in the collection have not been signed by a minister or official to indicate the marriage ceremony occurred.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) mothers pension records, 1917-1924

These records include applications for pension payments, statements of subsequent marriages, statements affirming continued eligibility, and other records submitted to the county regarding applications and applicants.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) naturalization records, 1855-1887

This collection of records consists of signed documents stating country of origin and a renunciation of allegiance to the home country and statement of allegiance to the United States, between the years 1855 and 1887. There are no other supporting documents to accompany these statements.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) paupers records, 1850-1926

This collection consists of documents related to individuals, families, and costs associated with caring for indigent people in Lawrence County, such as court orders remanding people to the county farm, requests for county assistance, and bills received and paid for the costs incurred.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) Pistol Permits, 1923-1925

This collection includes applications for permits and issued permits for pistols in Lawrence County from 1923-1925. Information on the permits includes: name, age, race, town of residence, gun maker, caliber, serial number, school district, and occasionally the owner's occupation.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) probate records, 1815-1963

This collection consists of 32 archive boxes of Lawrence County probate court records organized alphabetically by last name, 1815-1963. Probate records are most commonly the administration of a deceased person's estate, but can also be assigning a guardian to a minor, adoption, or declaring a person as insane.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) records, 1817-1982

This collection consists of 1001 ledgers and journals from the Lawrence County courthouse at Powhatan. They include records created at Powhatan and at all previous courthouses in the county.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) Road Improvement District records, 1900-1925

This collection contains Swan C. Dowell's records of his participation in and management of Road Improvement Districts #5 and #8 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. The records include correspondence, tax information, land records, bonds, construction estimates, and contracts with construction companies.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) school census records, 1908-1964

This collection contains 22 boxes of school census records organized into folders and sorted alphabetically by school district and by date.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) tavern permits, 1840-1900

Included in this collection are applications for liquor licenses, tavern permits, tavern bonds, and a petition to allow a tavern. The licenses are generally vague with the names of the owner/operators, town or general vicinity of the establishment, and the names of any business partners. Records span from 1840 to 1900.

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Lawrence County (Ark.) tax receipt books, 1896-1959

This collection contains Lawrence County tax receipt ledgers from the Walnut Ridge courthouse holdings. They include all taxes assessed, including personal property, real estate, poll, county, city, and school taxes. Some differentiate taxes paid by race.

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Loyal Fraternal Home records, 1905-1933

This collection contains one over-sized ledger book for the Loyal Fraternal Home insurance agency. The first two pages contain meeting minutes, and subsequent pages track members paying dues. There are also lists tracking witnesses in criminal court cases. It is unknown who wrote this information or why is it included.

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Mammoth Spring State Park collection, 1870-1980

The collection includes materials related to Mammoth Spring, its residents, and industries with particular focus on the railroad companies which ran through the town. There are photographs, newspapers, postcards, personal papers, railroad company records, railroad employee records, railroad publications and manuals, and posters.

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Maxwell family papers, 1870-1950

This collection contains a scrapbook tracing the family history of the Fred Maxwell family of Sharp County. There are pictures, birth certificates, marriage records, and other documentation.

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Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1903-1925

This collection contains one register, one book on church conferences, two books of quarterly records, bank statements and activities from the Ladies' Aid Society, minutes, and correspondence between Methodist Episcopal churches in Arkansas.

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Missouri records, circa 1805-1831

This collection includes government records from Lawrence County, Missouri Territory and Arkansas Territory, previously Louisiana Territory.

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church records, 1906-1926

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church collection consists of one ledger book with documentation of minutes from the meetings of the church board from 1906 until 1926.

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National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century records, 1915-1983

This collection contains two member rosters, one member directory, and one list of member's ancestors for the National Society Colonial Dames XVII. All of the material was produced between 1969-1983.

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Northeast Arkansas music clubs records, 1927-1982

This collection includes scrapbooks from the Nocturne Club from 1956 to 1982, newspaper clippings, recorded music, organizational materials, programs for specific events, internal publications, minutes of meetings, and other records of these organizations. The records span from 1927 handwritten journals of meeting minutes to modern magazines featuring activities of the groups.

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Oscar Fendler records, 1909-2002

This collection contains an autobiographical book regarding Oscar Fendler's early life as well as newspaper clippings about Fendler, one piece of correspondence, and his obituary.

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Perrin family collection, 1926-1983

This collection contains records primarily from Chloe Justus and Henley Anthony "Tony" Perrin. The majority of the collection is school records: report cards, commencement ephemera, and certificates. There are also Cub Scout cards, a photograph, and a teacher's contract.

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Powhatan Historic State Park collection, 1836-1999

Included are personal letters, Lawrence County court documents, local business records, newspapers, maps, photographs, school records, family papers and more spanning the time period of 1836-1999.

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Price-Helm/Helms family papers, 10th-20th Century

This collection contains genealogical information related to the Price family, with information dating to the earliest traces of the Price name in Wales during the tenth century, and continuing through descendants of Monsieur Price in the twentieth century.

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Randolph County (Ark.) records, 1932-1935

The Randolph County ledger book contains written records of the court cases heard by the Justice of the Peace, John A. Rogers, in DeMun Township of Randolph County for the years 1932 through 1935.

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Raney family papers, 1841-1983

This collection consists of three Raney family Bibles, personal papers of W.H. Raney, three postcards, and five volumes of the "Rainey Times" publication from the early 1980s.

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Robert J. Swindle record, 1944

This file has the Purple Heart certificate awarded to Robert J. Swindle for brave actions as a pilot during World War II.

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Sedgwick (Ark.) records, 1902-1905

The Sedgwick, Arkansas records collection consists of one ledger book with annotations of fees and payments regarding the timber trade in the area and one ledger book with 1904 entries for either sales of, or payments for, various goods and materials. The latter appears to be a commercial book of some sort, but is only identified as Sedgwick, AR rather than associated with a particular business.

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Sharp County (Ark.) deed and mortgage records, 1916-1921

This bound volume of county records consists of mortgages and deeds of trust for the Southern District of Sharp County.

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Sharp County (Ark.) records, 1869-1963

This collection contains 117 Sharp County record books, including property assessments, personal property taxes, court dockets, lists of physicians and surgeons, and other miscellaneous books.

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Sharp County (Ark.) records, 1904-1964

This collection contains warrants, tax receipts, bonds, and other municipal records from Sharp County between 1904 to 1964. There is also a special edition Sharp County Independent covering the first 100 years of Arkansas history.

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Smithville Motor Company records, 1930-1936

This collection consists of two ledger books with listings of services and payments for 1930-1936.

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Snyder Medical Company collection, 1904-1920

This collection contains three photographs of the Snyder Medical Company and six trademark registration certificates for their various products. Also included are five matchbox-size samples of Snyder's Headache Powder.

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Soil Conservation Service collection, 1937-1950

This collection contains aerial photographs taken around Lawrence County, Arkansas, in 1937 and 1950 by the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Aerial Photography Field Office.

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Sons of Temperance certificate, 1848

This folder contains a Sons of Temperance certificate given to J.F. Perkins for joining the the Harts Chapel Division No. 199 in Bedford County, Tennessee, dated 15 August 1848.

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Tom McDonald records, 1966-2011

This collections consists mostly of photographic negatives taken over the course of Tom McDonald's career. It also contains some photographic prints and digital images of those photographs, as well as copies of his photography books.

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United Methodist Church Annual Arkansas Conference journals, 1965-2006

This collection contains an incomplete run of conference journals from annual United Methodist Church gatherings in Little Rock and North Arkansas, spanning 50 years.

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Warner family papers, 1911-2004

This collection contains news clippings from Walnut Ridge High School paper and other northeast Arkansas newspapers. There are copies of pages from the Warner family Bible, plus articles and a certificate from the Old River Outing Club.

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W.B. Matthews Bible, undated

This collection contains one Bible belonging to W.B. Matthews.

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Whiteside family papers, 1797-2008

This collection includes both the Whiteside family Bible and a 27-page family genealogy study of the descendants of Thomas J. Whiteside. This includes information from the birth of Whiteside in Virginia on 24 March, 1797, and continues with information to 2008. The record contains marriage, birth and death information, lists of sources, and cemetery locations.

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William R. Lane records, 1908-1932

This collection includes the handwritten locations of graves in the Lane Cemetery, cancelled checks for Crystal Ice Company and W.R. Lane Cotton, and a bound ledger including records from Lane Cemetery, W.R. Lane Cotton, and other businesses operated by W.R. Lane. This ledger includes individual and business accounts, purchases, rents collected, and gravesites sold. The records span from 1908 until 1932.