Arkansas STate ARCHIVES

The Arkansas State Archives was created as the Arkansas History Commission (AHC) by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1905 to serve as the official archives of the state. Since then, the Arkansas State Archives has been responsible for collecting and preserving the official records and historical materials for the state of Arkansas.

Today, the Archives continues its tradition of organizing and maintaining the history of Arkansas by collecting and preserving state, county, and federal records, manuscript materials, newspapers, military records, family histories, an extensive Arkansas history and genealogy library, and a collection of Arkansas art and artifacts.

The mission of the Archives is to:

  • Keep and care for the official archival records of the State of Arkansas;
  • Collect material bearing on the history of Arkansas from the earliest times;
  • Copy and edit official records and other historical material; and
  • Encourage historical work and research by the public. 

In 2005, the state archives acquired the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) in Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas, as its first branch archives location. The state archives' second regional branch archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA), was built in 2011 in Powhatan, Lawrence County, Arkansas.