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SARA Acquires New Collection

August 16, 2019
The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives recently acquired a collection from the estate of Dr. Jo Ann “Jody” Carrigan. “This collection is a welcomed and important addition,” said Melissa Nesbitt, archival manager. “The Carrigan family was prominent and active in Washington, so this collection helps us preserve and connect to our collective past, historically significant figures and our shared experiences.”

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Gillett city records, MG.00083

August 14, 2019
The city of Gillett is located in Arkansas County, Arkansas and was incorporated on December 21, 1906. The collection contains a city ordinance book, a court docket ledger, and a book of city council minutes, for Gillett, Arkansas.·         1. City ordinance b
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Doctor’s Ploy Unearths Plot

August 09, 2019
Photo Courtesy of the Arkansas State ArchivesGrave robbing was considered a serious, yet common, crime in the 19th century. Doctors in search of fresh cadavers to dissect for medical research often would resort to grave robbery. One of Arkansas’s most well-known grave robbing cases occurred in 1904
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Hardin family letters, SMC.0005.0002

July 31, 2019
Thomas W. Hardin served the Confederacy as a private in Companies G and H, 37th Georgia Infantry. He joined the army with his son, A.L. Hardin. Thomas was killed at the Battle of Pine Mountain, Georgia, in June 1864.This collection contains correspondence to and from Thomas W. Hardin, A.L. Hardin, a
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A Conversation with Lauren Jarvis

July 30, 2019
Lauren Jarvis, information services coordinatorLauren Jarvis, our information services coordinator, is often busy helping patrons, keeping the research room at its best, researching projects, holding lectures and organizing trips and tours. She recently helped give a tour through the Archives for a
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