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The Arkansas State Archives houses approximately 13,000 cubic feet of state records and manuscript collections pertaining to the history of Arkansas and its people. These materials have been described and inventoried for ease of access. These inventories, called finding aids, are keyword searchable. You may also browse these finding aids alphabetically using the links below. Click the collection's title to view the finding aid.

Separated Materials:  Some archival collections contain materials that have been stored separately from the bulk of the collection due to those items' preservation needs. Generally, this affects collections that include artifacts that have been moved to the archives' museum collection, and the existence of artifacts in a collection has been noted in that collection's finding aid. Due to the nature of artifact and other separated materials, we require researchers to fill out an Artifact Access Form and send it in to, to schedule an appointment to view artifacts from the museum collection.  

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Collection Title: Abraham Lincoln bicentennial postage stamps

This collection contains stamps and envelopes honoring the 200th birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Mark Summers created stamp art featuring four different images commemorating the life and career of Lincoln: a rail-splitter, a lawyer, a politician and a president.
Donated by Amanda Paige, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2014.
Abraham Lincoln bicentennial postage stamps, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Collection Title: "Across the Horizon" manuscript

This collection consists of an original manuscript, written in 1938, and the self-published version, copyright 2006, along with additional photographs.

Collection Title: Adams and Blocher records

This collection contains receipts for printing orders completed by Adams and Blocher for the Arkansas State Land Commission and the Arkansas Deaf Mute Institute.

Collection Title: Adams, Horace manuscript: "The Seekers"

The collection contains the manuscript of the unpublished book "The Seekers," by Horace Adams.

Collection Title: Adkins, Estelle Elise Smith Scrapbook
Dates: 1918-1919

This collection contains a scrapbook with photographs and memorabilia of Estelle Elise Smith's service with the American Expeditionary Forces as an American Army Nurse during World War I. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the Victorian for the U.S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria that sailed from France to New York in 1919.

Collection Title: Adkins, Homer M papers supplement
Dates: 1912-1980

This collection consists of correspondence, biographical and genealogical material, certificates, cummunism material, integration, constitutionality and bill of rights, and religion, publications, World War I memorabilia, campaign and inaugural material, newspapers, artifacts, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Collection Title: Adkins, Homer M. papers supplement 2
Dates: 1941-1943

This collection contains newspaper clippings about important figures in Arkansas history, and scrapbooks.

Collection Title: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Dates: 1995-2008

The collection consists of materials submitted by several contributors that includes conference syllabi, publications, early minutes, and other material related to the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society in Arkansas.

Collection Title: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference event images (DVD)

One DVD containing digital images of a book signing for the publication Ten Sisters by sisters and cowriters: Rose Mary Jeffery Stovall, Jewell Wofford, Juanita Owens, Demetrice Jeffery Guydon, Mary Ann Jeffery Wofford, Betty Louise Jeffery Watkins, Lavarange Davis, Lillie Mae Jeffery, Deborah Jeffery Brown, and Baby Girl. The event was held during the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference, September 24-24 2011. Founded in 1977, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is an organization largely focused on the genealogical and historical study of all ethnic and minority groups in an effort to promote scholarly research, provide resource, teach research techniques, as well as document and preserve history of under-documented groups.
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference event images (DVD), Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
Richard Bullard, Stuttgart, Arkansas, 2011

Collection Title: Alexander, James H. land grant

This land grant gave James Alexander eighty acres of land in Hempstead County, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Alexander, Orville letter

This collection contains a letter written by Orville Alexander to General Robert C. Newton.

Collection Title: Alex Foundation final grant report

This collection includes the final grant report of the Alex Foundation's 2017 Architects of Jazz program, which was funded partly through the Curtis H. Sykes memorial grant project. The collection also contains images, photographs, and documents related to the program, lecture, and presentations.

Collection Title: Alien Enemies List supplement

The Alien Enemies List includes such information as the name of the individual, residence (1918), employers since 1914, and date and port of arrival in the United States. Place of birth, snapshot, physical description, description of family, previous military service, and a set of fingerprints of the individual may also be included. The files are arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection Title: Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church records
Dates: 1944-1983

This collection contains the church board, treasurer, and Sunday school records of the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), of Sweet Home, Arkansas, 1944-1983.

Collection Title: Allen, Thelma Matlock papers
Dates: 1915-1925

This collection contains personal items and postcards collected by Thelma Matlock Allen.

Collection Title: Alpine, Arkansas, Missionary Baptist Church records
Dates: 1896-2008

This collection contains lists of church members, minutes of meetings, church letters, associational letters, correspondence, financial records, historical information, and other related materials.

Collection Title: Amity, Arkansas, school and post office records
Dates: 1876-1893

This collection consists of post office records and school records. The post office records contain official and personal accounts, records of box rental income, and description of livestock. The school records contain attendance records and school accounts.

Collection Title: Amity High School yearbooks
Dates: 1928-1929

This collection consists of yearbooks from Amity High School, Amity, Arkansas, 1928-1929.

Collection Title: Ancient Order of United Workmen Lodge ledger, Stuttgart, Arkansas
Dates: 1891-1926

This ledger contains lists of officers and official minutes and proceedings of the Ancient Order of United Workmen Lodge in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The dates covered are 1891-1926.

Collection Title: Anderson, J.H. letters
Dates: 1873-1874

This collection contains correspondence from J.H. Anderson to his brother H.W. Anderson about the recently opened silver and lead mines in Howard and Sevier counties, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Anderson, Louis Edward papers
Dates: 1917-1918

This collection contains printed materials including a private's manual, infantry drill regulations, and a rifle handbook from World War I.

Collection Title: Andrea, Leonardo collection
Dates: 1934-1966

This collection contains genealogical correspondence, transcripts of Bible records, transcripts from public records, newsclippings, pedigree charts, family group sheets, genealogical sketches, et cetera.

Collection Title: Andrews, M.L. papers
Dates: 1867-1869

This collection contains papers from the State Auditor, State of Arkansas, to M.L. Andrews, State Land Agent.

Collection Title: Anthony House letter [author unknown]

This collection contains a letter written by an Anthony House guest to her child, as well as a pattern from a silver cup. The letter contains information about a family in Little Rock, Arkansas, who had Scarlet Fever.

Collection Title: The Anti-Horse Thief Association
Dates: 1907-1929

The Anti-Horse Thief Association (AHTA) was founded in 1854 by David McKee in Clark County, Missouri. The association was a vigilante committee that organized in order to protect personal property, namely horses, from thieves. This organization produced several chapters in neighboring states, including Arkansas. The members were encouraged to bring criminals to the appropriate authorities and assist the officers in discharging their duties. This collection contains the Anti-Horse Thief Association, Arkansas Division proceedings from 1907, 1910, 1913, and 1929. These documents contain the official proceedings of these annual meetings.
The Anti-Horse Thief Association, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas

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