NorthEast Arkansas Regional Archives, a branch of the Arkansas History Commission, will celebrate its first anniversary with an open house on March 3, 2102. Constructed in 2010, NEARA is located at 11 Seventh Street in Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan, Arkansas.
The opening of the archive on March 3, 20122, marked the return of Lawrence County records to Powhatan Historic State Park after being house for several years at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Since opening, NEARA has experienced significant growth and has been a draw for the local economy.
The facility opened with holdings of approximately 500 cubic feet of records from the old courthouse, 1400 rolls of microfilm, and 3000 books. Most records were unprocessed and unavailable for public research. Acquisitions during 2011 doubled the number of records and nearly doubled the number of books available for research. Thousands of records, including marriages, probates, pensions, and court cases, have now been processed, indexed, and made available for research. New acquisitions include government records from Crittenden and Sharp counties, aerial photographs of Lawrence County in the 1930s and 1950s, family bibles, photographs, scrapbooks from the Jonesboro Civitan Club, more Lawrence County tax and court records, and additional microfilm.
Dr. Wendy Richter, Director of the Arkansas History Commission stated: “The one-year anniversary celebration is a small way we can say “Thank You” to the people of northeast Arkansas for their tremendous support and patronage of the archives.” For more information about the celebration, contact Lisa Perry, NEARA Archival Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 870.878.6521.