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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: Macy, E.M. letter

This collection contains a letter written by E.M. Macy urging people to attend a Populist parade and meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Maddox, John R. papers
Dates: 1809-1899

This collection contains negative photostats of family records for John R. Maddox and his family.

Collection Title: The Magnolia Story: film footage
Dates: 1960-1969

This collection is comprised of one film reel of The Magnolia Story, from the National Board of Fire Underwriters.

Collection Title: Main Street Arkansas records

This collection contains articles, photographs, newsletters, slides, and reports on various cities in Arkansas dating from 1984-2005, collected as part of the Main Street Arkansas program.

Collection Title: Mammoth Spring State Park collection

The collection includes materials related to Mammoth Spring, its residents, and industries with particular focus on the railroad companies which ran through the town. There are photographs, newspapers, postcards, personal papers, railroad company records, railroad employee records, railroad publications and manuals, and posters.

Collection Title: A Man and a River: a documentary film

Thomas Hart Benton was born on April 15, 1889 in Missouri to Maecenus Eason and Elizabeth Wise Benton. The first of four children, Thomas Hart Benton was named after his grand-uncle, U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, one of first senators for the state of Missouri. Benton became interested in art at a young age and eventually his artistic study included attendance at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Academie Julien abroad in Paris. Benton’s work, particularly his murals, were both admired and viewed as controversial artworks. Later in his career, Benton became enamored with rural and small town American life, subjects that came to form his Regionalist art style. This led to trips into rural areas in his home state of Missouri, areas in northwest Arkansas, and the Ozarks. Benton fought to keep dams from being built on the Buffalo River, one of his favorite attractions in Arkansas. “A Man and a River” is a short documentary film produced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Benton’s love of the Buffalo River, how it factored into his artwork, and his effort to conserve the river and its natural beauty. This collection consists of different formats of the 1973 short documentary film “A Man and a River,” by Thomas Hart Benton. The formats are one 16mm film, two DVDs, and a digital copy on ASA’s internal hard drive.
“A Man and a River,” Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Lisa K. Speer, Maumelle, Arkansas, 2016

Collection Title: Maple Grove School District number 6, Franklin County, Arkansas, records
Dates: 1922-1930

This collection contains teachers' records, school registers, annual reports, election records, contracts, one publication, and photographs.

Collection Title: Marion County Justice of the Peace Book, 1892-1934
Dates: 1892-1934

Marion County, Arkansas, was created in 1835 but within that same year the county name was changed to Searcy County by the Territorial government. In September 1836, the following year, the First General Assembly of the State of Arkansas changed the name back to Marion County. James P. Brady of Powell, Arkansas, was a Justice of the Peace (JP) in Marion County during this period. He was a Confederate veteran and a Democrat. This collection contains the Justice of the Peace precedings from 1892-1934 from Marion County, the bulk of which were presided over by JP James P. Brady.
Marion County Justice of the Peace Book, 1892-1934, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Donated by: Janice Stanley Duffy and James Gordon Stanley, Yellville, Arkansas, 2017

Collection Title: Marks family ledgers
Dates: 1888-1902

This collection contains Marks family history material, Evan Powell Marks' business records, biographical information, obituaries, ledgers, and clippings.

Collection Title: Marshall, Agatha dedication

This collection contains one handwritten dedication written by J.M.D. Matthews for Agatha Marshall, November 2, 1869. This dedication was written about Agatha’s devotion to her Christian faith and the example she set for others.

Collection Title: Martineau, John E. papers

This collection contains the official correspondence of Governor Martineau during his term of office, covering topics such as the highway department, the flood of 1927, and appointments to offices.

Collection Title: Martin, Jared family letters
Dates: 1825-1871

This collection consists of twelve letters and a large genealogical chart.

Collection Title: Martin-McReynolds family Bible

This collection contains one large Bible dated 1844, and three pages of family information.

Collection Title: Mason, Releaf M. Smith journal
Dates: 1838-1840

This collection contains typed copies of the journal of Releaf M. Smith Mason, dated September 6, 1838-April 14, 1840. A few explanatory notes are included from Miriam Hall, great-granddaughter, who transcribed and edited the original entries.

Collection Title: Matthew, Justin collection

This collection contains a letter written by Confederate W.N. Parish describes the Battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana, to his wife, and a Civil War subscription list containing names and amounts pledged to equip the volunteer regiments of the Confederate States.

Collection Title: Matthews, Samuel James papers
Dates: 1857-1924

This collection contains papers belonging to Samuel James Matthews and his wife, Anna, including deeds, receipts, promissory notes, bonds, insurance policies, land patents, and letters.

Collection Title: Matthews, W.B. Bible

This collection contains one Bible belonging to W.B. Matthews.

Collection Title: Maxwell family papers
Dates: 1870-1950

This collection contains a scrapbook tracing the family history of the Fred Maxwell family of Sharp County. There are pictures, birth certificates, marriage records, and other documentation.

Collection Title: May, Elmore papers
Dates: 1887-1913

This collection contains financial records of Elmore May, including tax receipts, correspondence, and a deed.

Collection Title: McBride, Harriet A. deed

This collection contains one deed of conveyance for land in Prairie County, Arkansas.

Collection Title: McCall, Ruth scrapbook
Dates: 1923-1991

Ruth McCall's papers relate to her personal, educational, and professional development in Little Rock, Arkansas, between 1923 and 1991. She collected newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, and other memorabilia that mirrored her life from a young teen to a grown woman, 1923-1991.

Collection Title: McClerkin, Hayes C. campaign papers
Dates: 1968-1970

This collection contains papers of the unsuccessful campaign of Hayes C. McClerkin for Democratic nominee for governor in 1970. Materials include his campaign schedule/itinerary, general correspondence, speeches, general reports, newspaper clippings, and financial records.

Collection Title: McCormack, Arthur Thomas letter

This correspondence is from Secretary of the Kentucky State Health Officer Arthur Thomas McCormack, to Dr. William Bathurst, Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. McCormack was the Kentucky State Health Officer starting in 1913 until his death in 1943. He worked as a health officer for Warren County, Kentucky from 1897-1900 while simultaneously working as the assistant state health officer from 1898-1912. Dr. William Bathurst came to Prescott, Arkansas, in 1898 where he entered into general medicine practice. In 1902, he went to Europe and studied dermatology. Bathurst returned to Arkansas where he taught dermatology at the University of Arkansas until 1923, after which he joined Robert Patterson in private practice. This correspondence is in regards to the actions of then Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell amending state law in order to control the appointment of the Secretary of the Arkansas State Health Office.
McCormack, Arthur Thomas letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Collection Title: McCulloch, John H. ordination certificate

This certificate was signed by Bishop Hubbard Hinde Kavanaugh, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Memphis Conference.

Collection Title: McDaniel, James photograph collection

Carte de Visite photographs by taken in various Arkansas photography studios. Subjects are not identified. Donated information states that Henry Taylor Bradford family had distant relatives in Conway and eastern Arkansas. This collection is contains 6 black and white or sepia toned carte de visite photographs.
McDaniel, James photograph collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
James McDaniel, Farmers, Texas, 2015

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