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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: Waddell, Robert collection
Dates: 1845-1862

This collection contains certificates of land purchases issued by the Arkansas State Land Office. Also included is a Special Order regarding the court martial of James Stull.

Collection Title: Walke, Anthony deed

This collection contains a deed to land given by Anthony Walke to Isaac B. Evans.

Collection Title: Walker, David papers
Dates: 1840-1879

This collection contains typescripts of business, court, and personal correspondence sent to David Walker. Also included is a short biography of Walker.

Collection Title: Walker, J.D. reception invitation

This invitation is for a reception honoring United States Senator James Walker.

Collection Title: Walker, John W. papers
Dates: 1849-1865

This collection contains a letter concerning the proposed military trial of Mr. Butler, a bill of sale for a slave woman named Sarah, and the will of John W. Walker, with William N. Parish as executor.

Collection Title: Wallpaper envelope

This collection consists of a blue and gray envelope made from wallpaper, dating back to the Civil War era.

Collection Title: W.A. Mathews and Company records
Dates: 1910-1913

This collection contains material related to W.A. Mathews and Company's stave mill, located in Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas. Items include a ledger, a promissory note, and a bill of exchange.

Collection Title: The Ward Hotel stationary

This collection contains one original piece of stationary and envelope from The Ward Hotel, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Ware-Nance family papers
Dates: 1844-1936

This collection contains four Bibles, a hymnal, and assorted documents and publications.

Collection Title: Ware, Thomas H. memorial

This memorial of Thomas H. Ware was written by George L. Basham (1848-1914), Commander of the Omer R. Weaver Chapter, United Confederate Veterans.

Collection Title: Warner family papers
Dates: 1911-2004

This collection contains news clippings from Walnut Ridge High School paper and other northeast Arkansas newspapers. There are copies of pages from the Warner family Bible, plus articles and a certificate from the Old River Outing Club.

Collection Title: War Time Capitol Memorial Commission papers

This collection contains correspondence related to the War Time Capitol Memorial Commission.

Collection Title: Washington County Historical Society grant project final report
Dates: 2014 - 2015

The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) was founded in 1951 by Walter J. Lemke, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville professor of journalism. One of the earliest historical societies in Arkansas, the WCHS is headquartered at the Headquarters House Museum located in Fayetteville’s historic district. This collection contains the final report by the WCHS titled: Contributions of Post Civil War African American Pioneer Families in Washington County. This project was funded by a grant from the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant program administered by the Black History Commission of Arkansas.
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.
Washington County Historical Society grant project final report, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Dr. Margaret Clark, Fayetteville, 2015

Collection Title: Washington County sheriff's census

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

Collection Title: Washington Heritage House grant project report
Dates: 2008-2015

Final grant project reports of the Washington Heritage House, funded by the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial grant program administered by the Black History Commission of Arkansas. The reports reflect the Washington Heritage House's efforts through educational programs to encourage reading among youth in Little Rock, Arkansas. Washington Heritage House grant progress report, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock.
Donated by Dr. Patricia McGraw, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2008-2015.

Collection Title: Washington High School yearbooks and records
Dates: 1940-1987

The collection includes reprints of yearbooks of Washington High School, El Dorado, Arkansas, dating from 1940-1949.

Collection Title: Wassell family papers
Dates: 1850-1918

This collection contains papers belonging to the Wassell family of Little Rock, Civil War physician John C. Lee, and Confederate generals Thomas C. Hindman, Dandridge McRae, and Albert Pike. Items include personal correspondence, narratives, speeches, women's suffrage correspondence, papers for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, United Sons of Confederate Veterans, United States Daughters of 1812, newsclippings, and other miscellaneous material. The majority of the material pertains to the Civil War and Bettie McConaughey's involvement in Confederate organizations in the early 1900s.

Collection Title: Watkins, Raymond collection
Dates: 1861-circa 1935

The Raymond Watkins collection includes lists of deaths and burials of Confederate soldiers from Arkansas. Sites in twenty states, including Arkansas, are documented.

Collection Title: Waverly Methodist Church records
Dates: 1896-2009

This collection contains the church registers and membership records of the Waverly Methodist Church, Dallas County, Arkansas.

Collection Title: Weaver-Field family history

This collection contains a brief history of the Weaver-Field family of Little Rock.

Collection Title: Weaver, J.F. manuscript

This manuscript about Fort Smith, Arkansas, by J.F. Weaver was written in the 1930s.

Collection Title: Weaver, Omer Rose memorial

This memorial of Omer Rose Weaver was written by F.T. Vaughn, a member of the Omer R. Weaver Chapter, United Confederate Veterans.

Collection Title: Webb, John L. project report
Dates: 1877-1979

The collection contains the project's final report, which includes biographical information on John L. Webb.

Collection Title: Webb, Martha Sue collection
Dates: 1600-2006

Collection Title: Webster, Dan letter

This letter to James L. Hodges relates Webster's concerns about the financial plight of his newspaper, the Mountain Echo out of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Webster reports to Hodges that Republican candidate Joseph Brooks is gaining support around the Fayetteville area.

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