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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: Dabbs Brothers records
Dates: 1904-1982

This collection contains ledger books for the Dabbs brothers' various businesses and undertakings, sales advertisements, tax assessments, mortgages, court cases, magazines, and school books. Included is an informational brochure about the Dabbs Brothers store and a copy of the National Historic Register of Places application for the building.

Collection Title: Daly, Mary A.V. diploma

This diploma awarded the title of Mistress of English Literature to Mary A.V. Daly from the Female Collegiate Institute of Buckingham County, Virginia.

Collection Title: Daniel, Burdet L. papers
Dates: 1864-1865

This collection contains a letter written by Burdet Daniel to his brother during the Civil War. Burdet was asking his brother about rumors that Cape Girardeau , Missouri, had been taken by the Confederate military. According to Burdet, a portion of Union troops were defeated by General Sterling Price in Dardanelle, Arkansas, along the Arkansas River around the same time that General Shelby made his raid on Little Rock and the Memphis Railroad. Burdet’s diary is seven pages long and was written by him at the end of the Civil War. Burdet kept an account of daily activities from January 1, 1865 - April 25, 1865.

Collection Title: Daniel, Samuel Green ledgers
Dates: 1889-1940

This collection consists of Samuel Green Daniel's professional records of accounts, plus some personal records. The ledgers also contain information on births, deaths, et cetera.

Collection Title: Dardanelle, Arkansas, newspaper collection
Dates: 1875-1881

This collection contains issues between 1875 and 1881 of the Dardanelle Independent newspaper, the Arkansas Independent, the Independent Arkansian, and the Western Immigrant and Independent Arkansian. It also contains issues of the Western Immigrant and the Arkansas Methodist newspapers.

Collection Title: Daughters of the American Revolution Flag Competition entries
Dates: 1912-1913

This collection contains entries for the 1913 contest to design the Arkansas state flag, partly sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It contains photocopied letters sent with the entries, two original notes, one original letter, four negatives of flags, and forty-three flag design drawings. There were sixty-five total submissions to the contest. This collection contains forty-three of those entries.

Collection Title: Daughters of the American Revolution records

This collection includes a dedication program for a marker for Revolutionary War veteran Nathaniel McCarroll, a genealogical index, and a binder that includes copies of letters from National Lineage Research Chairman Laura Jones Thompson and a directory of volunteer lineage researchers from across the country. It also includes a large collection of Daughters of the American Revolution Magazines.

Collection Title: Davis, Herman, Croix de Guerre certificate

This certificate was presented to Herman Davis of Manila, Arkansas, by the French government.

Collection Title: Davis, Jefferson letter

This letter from Jefferson Davis concerns the nomination of John Taylor Wood as his aide-de-camp.

Collection Title: Davis, Jefferson letter

This letter from Jefferson Davis to C.B. Atwood concerns payment of taxes.

Collection Title: Davis, Jeff letter

This letter signed by Jeff Davis concerns his re-election to the United States Senate.

Collection Title: Davis, Jeff memo

This memorandum gives instructions to have the Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, to be bound with the name "H.W. Stewart" embossed on the cover.

Collection Title: Davis, Robert B. collection
Dates: 1971-1995

This collection contains publications written by and about Robert B. Davis. It also includes a booklet and photographs from the Arkansas Semi-Centennial Oil Celebration in El Dorado, Arkansas, and tapes and a transcript from an interview of Nellie Flournoy-Swilley conducted in 1979 concerning the residents of Union County in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Collection Title: Davis, William G. papers
Dates: 1789, 1856

This collection contains a bounty land grant given to William G. Davis for his service in the War of 1812 and a receipt to Peter Worsham. The land grant was issued for eighty acres of land in any part of the United States.

Collection Title: Davis, W.S. medical ledger
Dates: 1886-1930

These ledgers contain patients' names, fees charged, and other bills and financial records from W.S. Davis' medical practice in Saline County.

Collection Title: Deale, Thomas land grant

This land grant was given to Thomas Deale, the brother of Shadrach Deale, who served in Taylor's Company of the 18th Regiment of Infantry. The land grant was signed by President John Quincy Adams.

Collection Title: Deane, G.A.A. papers
Dates: 1867-1910

This collection contains correspondence, legal and financial documents, building plans, and maps pertaining to G.A.A. Deane's career.

Collection Title: DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca collection
Dates: 1843-1997

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence, publications, clippings, photographs, bills, reminiscences, genealogical data, newspapers, and local history materials related to the history of southeast Arkansas.

Collection Title: Deck, Jacob parole

This collection contains the parole certificate of Jacob Deck, Private in Company F, 8th Missouri Cavalry, Confederate States Army.

Collection Title: Declaration of Independence Reprint

This collection contains a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was reprinted for the 150th Anniversary of the United States and an anniversary greeting from the printer, Walter G. Earl of Rare and Early Mantels, Americana, Heirlooms of the Past, New York, New York.
Declaration of Independence Reprint, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Democratic National Convention press ticket

This ticket was given to members of the press at the 1916 Democratic National Convention held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Collection Title: Democratic party tickets
Dates: 1836-1890

This collection contains tickets featuring candidates from the Democratic party during the 1800s.

Collection Title: Democratic State Central Committee, Finance Committee resolution

This resolution of the Finance Committee of the Democratic State Central Committee of Arkansas, concerns campaign fundraising methods.

Collection Title: Denckla versus Scott and Drennen court records

This collection contains the depositions for the court case of Julia E. Denckla versus Caroline L. Scott and Charles H. Drennen.

Collection Title: Denegre, Joseph letters
Dates: 1860-1861

This collection contains letters from Joseph Denegre, W. Cox and Company, New Orleans, to William Ashley of Little Rock.

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