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We are closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 21

March 20, 2020
In an effort to minimize the effect of the COVID-19 Virus, the Arkansas State Archives, Southwest Regional Archives and Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, March 21.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Ed Reichardt store records 1859-1890, MS.000378

April 01, 2020
Edward Reichardt was born in Asch, Bohemia in 1844. He was the youngest of a large family that immigrated to the United States in 1854. A member of the City Council, he also served as director of the Little Rock Cotton and Produce Exchange from its creation, and was elected treasurer of the Electric
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Genealogy Tips: Researching Immigrants

March 27, 2020
Photos: 1918 registration documents, courtesy of the Arkansas State Archives.Researching your immigrant ancestors’ stories can be a long, drawn-out process. For many researchers, it helps to have a strong oral family history to use as a starting point. However, in some cases, such stories have been
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Letter from the State Historian

March 25, 2020
Dr. David Ware, state historian anddirector of the Arkansas State ArchivesGreetings— As I write this message, I have been in this post for a little over two months.  Over the last 20 years I have approached the Archives or, as it was called, the Arkansas History Commission, as a patron and, per
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A Conversation with Rebecca Ballard

March 25, 2020
Becky Ballard, archival assistant. Photo courtesy ofthe Arkansas State Archives.Rebecca “Becky” Ballard is an archival assistant at the Arkansas State Archives. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Arkansas. Before joining the Archives’ staff, she worked 15 years as
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