Genealogy: Arkansas, Library and society resource list

Arkansas, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Arkansas Genealogical Society:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~args/
  2. The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives:  http://www.ark-ives.com/
  3. Arkansas State Library:  http://www.asl.lib.ar.us/

University Archives and Collections (8)

  1. Arkansas State University:   http://www.clt.astate.edu/dbailey/planningprojec/archives.htm
  2. Clinton Presidential Center:    http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/index.htm
  3. John Brown University:    http://www.jbu.edu/library/archives/
  4. Ouachita Baptist University:    http://www.obu.edu/library/specialcoll.htm
  5. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville:    http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/
  6. University of Arkansas, Little Rock. American Native Press Archives:    http://anpa.ualr.edu/finding_aids/collection_finding_aids.htm
  7. University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Archives and Special Collections:    http://library1.ualr.edu/screens/archives.htm
  8. University of Central Arkansas:    http://library.uca.edu/archives/arcmain.html

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (12)

  1. Arkadelphia–Riley-Hickingbotham Library, Ouachita Baptist University:  http://www.obu.edu/library/specialcoll.htm
  2. Benton–Saline County Library:  http://www.saline.lib.ar.us/
  3. Fayetteville–Fayetteville Public Library:  http://www.faylib.org/services/reference_genealogy.asp
  4. Fort Smith–Fort Smith Public Library:    http://www.fspl.lib.ar.us/genmain.html#special
  5. Harrison–Boone County Library:  http://bcl.state.ar.us/bcl/libraryinfo.html
  6. Jonesboro–Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library:  http://www.crrl.lib.ar.us/
  7. Little Rock–Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies:    http://www.cals.lib.ar.us/butlercenter/manuscripts/collection/index.html
  8. Little Rock–Central Arkansas Library System. Miller Aviation History Collection:    http://www.cals.lib.ar.us/miller/
  9. Little Rock–William F Laman Public Library:  http://www.laman.net/page2.html
  10. Pine Bluff–Pine Bluff Jefferson County Public Library:  http://pbjc-lib.state.ar.us/
  11. Springdale–Springdale Public Library:  http://www.springdalelibrary.org/
  12. Washington–Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives:  http://peace.saumag.edu/swark/sara/sara-brochure/sara1.html   or  http://www.southwestarchives.com/

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Traveler – An LSTA project administered by the Arkansas State Library:  http://www.asl.lib.ar.us/traveler/index.html

Digital Library Collections (2)

  1. Arkansas History Commission Photographs:  http://www.ark-ives.com/photo/
  2. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, American Native Press Archives, Digital Library:    http://anpa.ualr.edu/digital_library/digital_library.htm