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New Accessions for March

April 06, 2020
Our new accessions include a 1968 Winthrop Rockefeller gubernatorial campaign lapel pin (Rockefeller, who was Arkansas’s 37th governor and its first Republican governor since Reconstruction, held the office from 1967 to 1971); vintage photographs from the estate of Margaret Smith Ross, an Arkansas archivist, history advocate and preservationist; and an 1855 herbarium (collection of dry plant mounts) with well-preserved Arkansas flora.

Experience Arkansas History — Virtually!

May 29, 2020
The Arkansas State Archives has delved into Arkansas history with new educational videos and jigsaw puzzle games!Join Dr. David Ware, state historian, and Julienne Crawford, curator, as they discuss historic collections at the Archives. Lean about Arkansas’s first State Flag, historical maps, histor
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Research Family Stories from the Spanish Flu Epidemic

May 28, 2020
Maud Hines, 1918. Photois courtesy of the ArkansasState Archives, G5566.33.We have all spent the last several weeks attempting to make sense of our “new normal,” which was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, that means looking to the past for similar events to identify what
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Griffin Smith papers, SMC.30.3

May 27, 2020
Griffin Smith, Sr., (1885-1955) was Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 1937-1955 and an influential Arkansas newspaperman, business leader, and attorney. He was born in DeKalb County, Tennessee, on July 13, 1885, the son of Napoleon and Louisa Watkins Smith. He lost both parents before
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Retreat from Moscow Puzzle

May 21, 2020
With today’s puzzle we are highlighting an oil painting by an Arkansas artist, James M. Fortenbury titled "The Retreat from Moscow." Fortenbury was an artist living in Little Rock in the 1870s. He was commissioned to paint a copy of the Arkansas Traveller that was displayed at the 1876 Centennial
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