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    Arkansas State Archives Announces New Collection



    The Arkansas State Archives, along with the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is pleased to announce the acquisition of important documents from the family of Dr. John L. Ferguson, who was the longest-serving state historian and director of the Arkansas History Commission (now the Arkansas State Archives) from 1960 to 2005.

    “The collection provides a glimpse into what life was like for farmers in southwest Arkansas in the 19th and 20th centuries,” said Julienne Crawford, curator.

    Dr. Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives, announced the acquisition to the Arkansas History Commission in March. The collection was donated by the Ferguson family earlier this year and is connected to the Ferguson, McCrary and Neece families.

    Visit our blog for more information on the collection and Dr. Ferguson. 

    The Arkansas State Archives collects the history of Arkansans from all over the state. Anyone interested in donating historical material may call Archives at 501-682-6900 or email