Arkansas State Archives

About Collections

About Collections

With over a century of collecting, the Arkansas State Archives preserves and manages an extensive and diverse collection of materials related to Arkansas. The collections of the Arkansas State Archives can be searched through several online platforms described and linked below. At this time, the ASA is in the process of restructuring its digital collection offerings. Our online offerings will grow in months to come, with new resource collections and data sets becoming available.

Online searches do not cover the full extent of the State Archives’ vast holdings. If you can not find what you are looking for, please contact the ASA through Ask An Archivist, email, or call 501-682-6900 and our staff will be happy to help you with your research needs.

Arkansas Digital Archives

  • Search and view ASA digitized collections
  • Search ASA finding aids for manuscript collections, vertical files and resource guides
  • Search ASA indexes of general microfilm collections, newspapers on microfilm, county records on microfilm, military records, church records on microfilm, land records, photograph collections and map collections
  • Download theme-based lesson plans and associated primary source material 

Online Catalog

  • Search ASA book titles, periodical titles, newspapers titles and part of the map collection
  • Search visual and textual records for a digital collection of over 12,000 images selected from:

• Ernie Deane photographs – Journalist’s photographs from all over Arkansas mostly from the 1950s-1960s
• Persistence of the Spirit – Arkansas African American history photographs
• Shrader Studio State Legislator photographs 
• Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners licensure photographs
• Eberts Field World War I aviation photographs 
• Donaghey/Bryan Campaign Tour photographs in 1910 
• Arkansas/Little Rock Travelers player photographs from the 1920s
• Arkansas Civil War Union soldier photographs 
• Photographs of the 1911 Little Rock reunion of the United Confederate Veterans
• Arkansas stereoscope photographs including Eureka Springs, Hot Springs, Little Rock and Siloam Springs.
• Wilson Farm photographs, ca. 1930
• 1927 Tornado photographs from Strong, Union County, Arkansas

Chronicling America Digitized Newspapers

  • Free searchable digitized newspapers, including ones from Arkansas State Archives, on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website 
  • The Arkansas State Archives continues to add additional Arkansas newspapers to this website through a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Library of Congress