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ASA and Branch Archives to be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 15, 2018
The Arkansas State Archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Thursday-Saturday, November 22nd-24th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Little Rock Central High School "Tigers" athletic photographs

December 12, 2018
Preceded by Sherman, Scott Street, and Peabody schools, Little Rock High School opened at Fourteenth and Cumberland Streets, Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1905. In 1927, the school moved to the current building at Fourteenth and Park streets. It was renamed Little Rock Central High School in 1955.The sc
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Newspaper Opens Door to State’s Territorial Past

December 11, 2018
William E. Woodruff, age 35Newspapers are often the best source to learn Arkansas history. Among the state’s oldest newspapers was the Arkansas Gazette, which was founded by William Woodruff during the state’s territorial days.William Edward Woodruff was born Dec. 24, 1795, in Suffolk County, New Yo
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Famous Folk Singer Penned Songs of Arkansas Heritage, Civil War

December 05, 2018
James Corbett Morris, known as Jimmy Driftwood, plays his homemade guitar.Arkansas folk singers and songwriters have a long tradition of using American history to connect with audiences. Among Arkansas’s most famous folk singer-songwriters is Jimmy Driftwood, who traveled the U.S. with his homemade
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - W.S. Davis medical ledger, MS.000497

December 05, 2018
W.S. Davis, born in Tennessee in 1856, began practicing medicine in 1876. He moved to Indian Territory in 1878, and to Logan County, Arkansas, in 1879. He eventually settled at Owensville, on the middle fork of the Saline River in western Saline County, Arkansas. Davis married Mary Camer of Independ
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