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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: 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: Fanning, Laura image collection
Dates: 1940

This collection is comprised of photographs of landmarks around the state, such as the Arkansas State Capitol building, Mount Saint Mary's Academy, and the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Photographs also include images depicting use of a Rectigraph machine. This collection also contains photographic negatives of unidentified members of the Garner family of Little Rock, Arkansas, and contains a 1919 Little Rock High School yearbook "The Cage," a 1909 commencement book, and two ceremonial documents dated 1916 and 1925.

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: Feild, Violet school promotion cards
Dates: 1917-1919

This collection holds three school promotion cards for Violet Feild, from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Little Rock. Each is signed by a different Nun within the school.

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: Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas minutes and papers
Dates: 2002-2016

This collection is comprised of materials pertaining to the Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas (FWCA). Included are FWCA correspondence, minutes, newsletters, bylaws, treasurer’s records, and professional writing materials.

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: Fisher, George Edward papers

These papers are comprised of sixteen original caricature drawings by George Edward Fisher during his time as a political cartoonist for several Arkansas newspapers. Fifteen of the caricatures are signed by the subject of the drawings.

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: Floyd, Bill and Jerry Brewer genealogical collection

This collection contains genealogical research completed by Bill Floyd and Jerry Brewer Floyd related to the Floyd ancestral line. It also contains slides of photographs related to the family including vacation and reunion photographs, and photographs of various locations around Arkansas.

Collection Title: Forester-Featherston deed

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

Collection Title: Forster, Emma S. papers
Dates: circa 1930s

This collection consists of short stories by Emma S. Forster, Bobbie H. Forster, and Emma O. Brockway, a poem by Sarah Teasdale, correspondence, a sketch, and a newspaper clipping.

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.

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