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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: LaCotte Brothers account book

This LaCotte Brothers account book is from 1909.

Collection Title: Ladd, Rebecca Elizabeth physics notebook
Dates: 1908-1909

This collection contains the notebook of Rebecca Elizabeth Ladd, also known as Willie Ladd, which includes notes and drawings from a physics class.

Collection Title: Ladies Benevolent Association records
Dates: 1875-1894

This collection contains papers from the Ladies Benevolent Association from 1875-1894. It includes incorporation papers, letters, financial notes, and an account ledger with entries from 1880-1894.

Collection Title: Lafargue, Francis land grant

This land grant was awarded to Francis Lafargue of Arkansas County in 1843.

Collection Title: Lafayette County sheriff's census

This census for Lafayette County was recorded by the sheriff in 1829.

Collection Title: Lake City Ordinance Plant newspaper, "Lake City Tracer"

This collection contains one copy of the “Lake City Tracer” Vol. 1 No.5 from Lake City Ammunition Plant in Jackson County, Missouri. This paper has one article on General Douglas MacArthur from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Collection Title: "La legge di Linch", La Tribuna Illustrata [ "The Law of Linch", The Illustrated Tribune]

This collection holds one issue of the La Tribuna Illustrata [The Illustrated Tribune] written in Italian. The cover depicts Henry Lowery from Mississippi County, Arkansas, being tied to a wooden pole and burned alive in a lynching conducted by his fellow Arkansans.

Collection Title: Lamar Bathhouse stationary, Hot Springs National Park
Dates: 1940-1950

The Lamar Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was opened on April 16, 1923, in what is now known as the Bathhouse Row Historic District. Named in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, the Lamar Bathhouse was designed by Harry Schwebke. The bathhouse was closed in November 1985 and now houses offices for National Park Service employees as well as a park store. This collection contains four unused pieces of Lamar Bathhouse stationary, circa 1940s.
Donated by Jane Wilkerson, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lamar Bathhouse stationary, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Lancaster papers
Dates: 1860-1905

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence, deeds, wills, certificates, receipts, licenses, steamboat bills of lading, bills of sale, notices, and tax records.

Collection Title: Land grant collection
Dates: 1820-1848

This collection contains documents transferring ownership of land in Arkansas from the federal government to private citizens.

Collection Title: Lane, William R. records

This collection includes the handwritten locations of graves in the Lane Cemetery, cancelled checks for Crystal Ice Company and W.R. Lane Cotton, and a bound ledger including records from Lane Cemetery, W.R. Lane Cotton, and other businesses operated by W.R. Lane. This ledger includes individual and business accounts, purchases, rents collected, and gravesites sold. The records span from 1908 until 1932.

Collection Title: Laney, Ben T. papers
Dates: 1944-1948

Ben T. Laney papers contain correspondence, information on boards, commissions, and colleges, santatoriums and hospitals. Many of these files deal with returning World War II Veterans and reforms.

Collection Title: Langtree, Caleb letter

This is a copy of a letter that was written by Caleb Langtree requesting information regarding a post office location according to range, township, and section.

Collection Title: Langtree, Caleb letter

This letter to Sam Williams discusses a map of the Civil War in Missouri and Arkansas that Langtree drew.

Collection Title: Law, John land grant

This land grant, located in a section of Arkansas Territory now called Faulkner County, was given to John Law for his service in the War of 1812.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) Drainage District records

This collection contains Swan C. Dowell's personal records of his efforts and actions on the behalf of the Village Creek and Lake Pond Drainage Districts. The records include correspondence, work orders and estimates, legal documents, land records, and financial information.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) inquests

This collection consists of 82 coroner's inquests dating from 1831 to 1950, with the majority of the records dating from the 1880s and 1890s. Of the 82 inquests, 19 are for unidentified persons. Two of those are for unidentified African Americans.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) land records
Dates: 1815-1958

This collection contains deeds and land records of Lawrence County from 1815 to 1958. All records are organized chronologically according to the date they were filed with the court.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) Pistol Permits

This collection includes applications for permits and issued permits for pistols in Lawrence County from 1923-1925.
Information on the permits includes: name, age, race, town of residence, gun maker, caliber, serial number, school district, and occasionally the owner's occupation.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) probate records

This collection consists of 32 archive boxes of Lawrence County probate court records organized alphabetically by last name, 1815-1963.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) records

This collection consists of 997 ledgers and journals from the Lawrence County courthouse at Powhatan. They include records created at Powhatan and at all previous courthouses in the county.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) Road Improvement District records

This collection contains Swan C. Dowell's records of his participation in and management of Road Improvement Districts #5 and #8 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. The records include correspondence, tax information, land records, bonds, construction estimates, and contracts with construction companies.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) school census records
Dates: 1908-1964

This collection contains 22 boxes of school census records organized into folders and sorted alphabetically by school district and by date.

Collection Title: Lawrence County (Ark.) Tavern Permits

Included in this collection are applications for liquor licenses, tavern permits, tavern bonds, and a petition to allow a tavern. The licenses are generally vague with the names of the owner/operators, town or general vicinity of the establishment, and the names of any business partners. Records span from 1840 to 1900.

Collection Title: Lawrence County birth records

These records are an incomplete collection of the births recorded in Lawrence County between 1919 and 1923. The records include information such as the gender of the child, parents names, whether a live or still birth, doctor or midwife delivering the child, and the race of the child. Not all information is completed on the certificates. No other supporting documentation is included in the collection.

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