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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.

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Collection Title: Families of indigent soldiers, Calhoun County, Arkansas

This list of soldiers from Calhoun County, Arkansas includes name, regiment, and status (in service, discharged, or dead), in addition to their family members' names, ages, and relationships.

Collection Title: Father Ryan article

This collection contains a transcript of an article entitled "Hero, Poet, and Priet. How Father Ryan Came to Write 'The Conquered Banner,'" originally published in the Catholic Journal of the New South.

Collection Title: Faubus, Elvin and Ruby papers
Dates: 1944-1967

The Elvin and Ruby Faubus papers contain scrapbooks, newsclippings, photos and campaign memorabilia concerning Elvin's brother, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus. The correspondence contained in this collection covers the time Orval Faubus served in Europe during World War II.

Collection Title: Faubus, Orval E. Papers
Dates: 1955-1957

Orval E. Faubus' papers contain correspondence, appointments, press releases, inauguration materials, speeches, and campaign materials covering the early years of Faubus' governorship.

Collection Title: Feild papers
Dates: 1884-1956

This collection contains a historical account of early Little Rock by William Allen Feild, several funeral notices, and numerous photographs taken during the early 1900s.

Collection Title: Felts, Ellis collection
Dates: 1886-1902

This collection contains diaries, pocket memoranda, cash books, and other items pertaining to DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, in the 1890s.

Collection Title: Fendler, Oscar records
Dates: 1909-2002

This collection contains an autobiographical book regarding Oscar Fendler's early life as well as newspaper clippings about Fendler, one piece of correspondence, and his obituary.

Collection Title: Finney family Bible

This collection contains one large Bible, dated 1814.

Collection Title: First Pyramid Life Building notebook

This notebook contains information about the First Pryamid Life Building, including rent estimates, floor plans, correspondence, and a news release announcing the sale of the building to Patrick Associates, Ltd.

Collection Title: Fisher, Eden H. letter

This letter from Union soldier E.H. Fisher describes the Civil War battle of Baton Rouge in August 1862.

Collection Title: Flanagin papers
Dates: 1837-1927

This collection contains the personal letters and memorabilia of the Harris Flanagin family, as well as correspondence and documents related to Harris and Duncan Flanagin's law practice and Harris Flanagin's involvement in politics.

Collection Title: Flatt family Bible

This collection contains one small Bible dated 1880, and two pages of family information.

Collection Title: Flippin, W.B. letter

Letter from Flippin to David Walker complimenting him on his recent speech on Arkansas history.

Collection Title: Forester-Featherston deed

This deed from 1868 is for land in Scott County, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Fort Smith Aircraft Company audit report

This audit report of Fort Smith Aircraft Company was prepared by R.C. Frambers and Company in 1929.

Collection Title: Fort Smith Music Club membership records
Dates: 1894-1910

This volume includes membership records for the Fort Smith Music Club from 1894-1910.

Collection Title: Fort Smith Republican Convention newsclippings

This collection contains newsclippings related to a convention held at Fort Smith and other current political events.

Collection Title: Fort Smith school board petition

This 1884 petition from Fort Smith, Arkansas, requested that B.F. Atkinson and Stephen Wheeler run for the school board.

Collection Title: Forty-Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D muster roll

This collection holds one 1865 muster roll for the Forty-Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D.

Collection Title: "Forty Years in a Printing Office" by Adah Roussan

This speech was written by Adah Roussan, former editor and owner of the "Osceola Times."

Collection Title: Foster, John C. papers
Dates: 1907-1930

This collection contains religious and educational certificates of John Cathey Foster and his parents, Gussie Sue Berry and John Harrison Foster.

Collection Title: Fox, Black record

This collection contains a bounty land claim for Crawford County.

Collection Title: Fraser, J.H. and Garner papers
Dates: 1843-1893

This collection contains manuscripts written by John Garner Fraser, along with fragments of legal documents, typescripts, newsclippings, and articles.

Collection Title: Fraser, Julia McMillin Beebe family Bible

Roswell Beebe gave this Bible to Julia McMillin in 1848. It contains five pages of information pertaining to the McMillin, Beebe, and Fraser families.

Collection Title: Freedom House historical marker grant project

Grant report generated by Peter Perschbacher for Freedom House marker project funded by the Black History Commission of Arkansas through the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant program, 2012. The collection consists of 1 DVD of the dedication ceremony, photographs of the historical marker, and newspaper articles detailing the dedication and the history behind Freedom House in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The residence that came to be known as Freedom House served as a safe haven for fourteen students associated with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). SNCC was an important civil rights organization that operated during the 1960s. Its members were pivotal in civil rights activities, such as sit-ins, marches and freedom rides. SNCC began operating in Arkansas in 1962, with Bill Hanson as its first director.
Located on King St. and Locust St. in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Freedom House was owned by Mary White, who opened her home to the students from the Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal School (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) who were engaged in demonstrations protesting segregation in local businesses. These students were expelled from school, but White gave them a place to stay and meet from 1963 – 1965. Lewis Yancy, a local businessman, posted bail for more than fifty student protestors who had been arrested for their participation in these demonstrations. Both White and Yancy helped local activists in their push for civil rights through providing much needed shelter and resources. A historical marker was placed at the former location of Freedom House, commemorating Mary White and Lewis Yancy’s helping the local civil rights effort. This collection contains materials pertaining to the dedication of the Freedom House historical marker along with background information on civil rights activities in and around Pine Bluff during the 1960s.
The Black History Commission of Arkansas (BHCA) was created by Act 1233 of 1991 and is composed of seven members appointed by the governor with approval of the Senate. The BHCA is charged with preserving the history of black Arkansans and black communities in Arkansas. This commission also encourages research of Arkansas’s black history and promotes teaching black history in Arkansas schools. Grants are awarded from the BHCA in a concerted effort to ensure Arkansas’s black history is collected and preserved. The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program was established in 2009 by Act 660 to honor the program’s namesake who served as chair of the commission from 1993 – 2007.
Freedom House Historical Marker grant project report, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Peter Perschbacher, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 2012

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