Over the years, the Arkansas State Archives has created a number of online image exhibits exploring various topics of Arkansas's history. These image galleries provided views into the State Archives' vast collections, providing interesting facts about Arkansas history, Arkansas in the Civil War, and about the state’s African American legislators during Reconstruction. These exhibits have ended, but their contents are currently in the process of being moved to the Arkansas State Archives' online digital collections, where they will be permanently on display.
19th Century African American Legislators gallery
This online gallery included images of African Americans who served in the Arkansas State Legislature between 1868 and 1893. Arkansas’s 1868 Constitution extended the right to vote and hold public office to African American men. Eighty-five African Americans were elected to the Arkansas State Legislature before legal “reforms” of the 1890s effectively ended African Americans’ election to legislative office until the 1970s. The Arkansas State Archives has portraits of forty-six of these legislators in its holdings. The images in this gallery are in the process of being relocated to the African Americans in Arkansas digital collection.
150 Years Ago Today: Arkansas in the Civil War
150 Years Ago Today: Arkansas in the Civil War, was an online exhibit that allowed the Arkansas State Archives to showcase some of its extensive holdings relating to the Civil War in Arkansas during the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. The state archives staff selected and digitized an image, announcement, article, diary entry, letter or other document from each day of the Civil War in Arkansas from the early tensions in January of 1861 through the end of April in 1865, and shared them online. The digitized images from this exhibit are in the process of being relocated to the Civil War digital collection.