Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Arkansas Burger Company collection, MS.000827

The Arkansas Burger Company, a popular restaurant located in Little Rock, opened its doors in 2000. Faulkner County native Dan Spencer owned and operated the restaurant until 2017 when he retired at age 78. Spencer graduated from Arkansas Teacher’s College, now University of Central Arkansas, in 1962 and became youth director at the Little Rock Boys and Girls Club for five years. He married Jeanne Spencer in 1968 and moved to Dallas, where he was an administrator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for 25 years. The couple returned to Little Rock in 1994. Spencer aspired to open a hamburger restaurant for many years, researching the topic thoroughly before opening Arkansas Burger Company in 2000. Spencer found a building located on 7410 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, to remodel into the restaurant. During the remodeling, Spencer spent off-days searching local thrift stores and flea markets for Arkansas-related memorabilia to display on the walls of the restaurant. This eclectic mix of posters and art now comprises the Arkansas Burger Company Collection.
This collection contains mostly visual materials that adorned the walls of Arkansas Burger Company, many of which are posters, photographs and promotional materials of sports or tourist attractions throughout Arkansas.
·         Arkansas Burger Company menus undated (Box 1)
·         Arkansas Industrial Development Commission award to city of Hot Springs, signed by Winthrop Rockefeller undated (Box 2)
·         Arkansas Razorback football brochure 1966 (Box 1)
·         Arkansas State Capitol photo postcard undated (Box 1)
·         "B.C." cartoon on cardboard, Johnny Hart 2000 (Box 1)
·         Bath House Row, Hot Springs 1888 (Box 2)
·         "Buffalo River Country" cartoon by George Fisher, Arkansas Gazette 1980 (Box 2)
·         Cambiata Singers in concert at Arkansas Burger Company poster undated (Box 3)
·         Clyde Beatty's Cole Bros. Circus at Union County Fairgrounds poster undated (Box 3)
·         Dixie Quartet of Arkansas newspaper cutout undated (Box 1)
·         Drew Smyly memorabilia photos, signed, mounted on cardboard undated (Box 3)
·         Fifty-Seventh General Assembly of Arkansas State Senate 1949 (Box 3)
·         First National Bank of Fort Smith illustrate poster with calendar 1986 (Box 3)
·         "Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1926" by John Bell, Jr. 1991 (Box 3)
·         Hinderliter House color card undated (Box 1)
·         Historic Pulaski County illustrations undated (Box 2)
·         Hope Watermelon Festival illustrated poster 1992 (Box 2)
·         "Honest Pack Association" strawberry label undated (Box 1)
·         Homestead Act Certificate, Harrison, Arkansas circa 1898 (Box 2)
·         Hubert Castle International Circus at Fort Smith Shrine Club poster undated (Box 3)
·         Illustrated calendar on cardboard 1956 (Box 2)
·         Inauguration Day 1993 stamped envelope from Hope, Arkansas 1993 (Box 1)
·         Lobby cards, Palace Theater, Greenwood, Arkansas 1963-1964 (Box 1)
·         Union County Court House, El Dorado, Arkansas, postcard 1944 (Box 1)
·         Little Rock Zoo color card undated (Box 1)
·         Official Centennial Celebration Arkansas State Highway Map undated (Box 3)
·         Plaza Hotel Courts, Camden, Arkansas postcard undated (Box 1)
·         "There's No Place Like Little Rock" card undated (Box 1)
·         Program for Arkansas County Bicentennial 1976 (Box 1)
·         Photos 1945-2003 (Box 1)
o    PH.BurgerCompany.01: Unidentified town during flood, black and white photo, 10" x 8" undated
o    PH.BurgerCompany.02: West Main Street, Batesville, Ark. 10" x 8" c. 1945
o    PH.BurgerCompany.03: Miss Fisher’s 2nd Grade Class, Warren Dupree Elementary, Jacksonville, AR, black and white photo, 10" x 8" 1966-1967
o    PH.BurgerCompany.04: “AR Burger Co. Crew Class of 2003, Cole Cawthron, Robert Bemberg, Matt Moore, Mason McBroom, Chase Carter” 2003
o    PH.BurgerCompany.05: Aaron Walter “Arkansas Burger Company Crew” senior photo mounted on cardboard, 12cm x 17cm 2003
·         "The Attack on Arkansas Post" illustration 1894 (Box 2)
·         "The Mountain Home of General Albert Pike in Montgomery County, Arkansas" undated (Box 3)
·         Vinyl record, "Arkansas Tech Junior High Music Camp 1980 Session 1" 1980 (Box 2)
·         Vinyl record, "Hogwild" by Tom Cook, All Star Records [two copies] 1983 (Box 2)

·         50th Anniversary U of A football 1954 SWC Champions poster 2004 (Box 3)

Friday, February 16, 2018

SARA Celebrates 40 Years



The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA), a branch of the Arkansas State Archives (ASA), will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, March 3 at SARA, 201 AR-195, Washington.

Speakers at the celebration will include Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst, SARA Foundation President Gary Walker and Keenan Williams of the Hempstead County Historical Society.

Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Holiday Closing

The Arkansas State Archives will be closed on Monday, February 19, in observance of President's Day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Forty-Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D muster roll MS.000828

Approximately 179,000 African Americans served in the Union Army during the Civil War, making up ten percent of the total army, yet little documentation of their service exists. This muster roll gives a history of the 46th Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D, and lists all of the soldiers who made up its ranks. The unit, made up of African Americans from Helena, Arkansas, was formed in 1863 as the 1st Regiment Arkansas Infantry (African Descent) and later renamed the 46th Regiment. This regiment was one of the first African American regiments formed in the Mississippi Delta. The unit spent much of 1863 in Louisiana before moving to Mississippi and then to Memphis. After the war, the unit was stationed in southern Texas, where it guarded the United States/Mexico border, preventing Confederates from avoiding surrender by fleeing into Mexico. The unit was disbanded in 1866.
This collection holds one 1865 muster roll for the Forty-Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D.
  • Muster Roll

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday Wonderful Collection - Pinnacle Mountain State Park slides and photograph collection, MS.000823

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, located in Pulaski County, Arkansas, was commissioned by the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas State Parks in 1971-1972 and was approved by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1973. In 1977, 2,356 acres were designated as Pinnacle Mountain State Park, forming Arkansas’s first state park to be adjacent to a major city. Pinnacle Mountain’s elevation reaches over 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley and is over 750 feet from the floodplain. Pinnacle Mountain is the second highest natural point in Pulaski County, Arkansas following Shinall Mountain. Park visitors can climb the mountain’s peak, a common attraction, and activity for visitors since the 1800s, via hiking trails. Pinnacle Mountain State Park also offers visitors picnic areas, pavilions, and a visitor’s center that overlooks the Arkansas River.
This collection is comprised of approximately 5,400 slides depicting Pinnacle Mountain, its wildlife, natural environment, as well as state park workers performing presentations, maintenance, and hiking tours. Also included are papers corresponding to slide groups, a number of photographs, and accompanying negative 35mm strips.
·         Categories 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 (Box 1)
·         Categories 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 (Box 2)
·         Categories 23, 24, and 25 (Box 3)
·         Category 41 (Box 4)
·         Categories 36, 41, and 42 (Box 5)
·         Categories 2 – 52 (Box 6)
·         Categories 2 – 50 (Box 7)
·         A Day for the Park 1983 September 24; Hunter Education 1980; Maintenance (Residential) 1984; Project Instream 1980; Park Construction 1975 – 76; Unlabeled (Box 8)
·         Unlabeled (Box 9)
·         Photographs, negatives, slide file system categories key, and accompanying information for slides
o    Photographs and accompanying negatives (Box 10)
o    Slide File System Categories Key (Box 10)
o    Educational Images Representative Aquatic Insects Slides #452 (Box 10)
o    50th Anniversary Presentation Script (Box 10)
o    Hunter Education slides information, Hubbard Scientific slides information, miscellaneous notes (Box 10)

o    Pinnacle Mountain State Park brochures (Box 10)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Arkansas Railroad Club records, MS.000767

The Arkansas Railroad Club (ARC), founded in 1969, is a non-profit organization of railroad and train enthusiasts. ARC operated as the Little Rock Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), but severed ties with NRHS as of December 31, 2008.
The Arkansas Railroader served as the ARC newsletter beginning in January 1970. This newsletter contained club-related information such as upcoming meeting arrangements, meeting minutes, and officer lists. Arkansas Railroader also published articles related to historic trains, railroad museums, current railway projects, and featured classified ads for train paraphernalia.
This collection largely consists of materials used for research and content development for the Arkansas Railroader, the official newsletter for the Arkansas Railroad Club. The types of material included are issues of the Arkansas Railroader, newspaper clippings, articles, photographs, newsletter mock-ups, railroad-related publications, and ephemera such as train timetables, tickets, and advertisements.
·         Newsletters
o    Newsletter index, 1970-1989 1970-1989 (Box 13)
o    1970-1978 1970-1978 (Box 13)
o    1981-1988 1981-1988 (Box 19)
o    1991 1991 (Box 19)
o    1992 1992 (Box 19)
o    1993 1993 (Box 19)
o    1994 1994 (Box 13)
o    1995 1995 (Box 13)
o    1996 1996 (Box 13)
o    1997 1997 (Box 13)
o    1998 1998 (Box 13)
o    2000 2000 (Box 13)
o    2001 2001 (Box 14)
o    2002 2002 (Box 14)
o    2003 2003 (Box 14)
o    2004 2004 (Box 14)
o    2005 2005 (Box 14)
o    2006-2010 2006-2010 (Box 14)
o    1970-2008, compact disc 1970-2008 (Box 20)
·         Newsletter research materials
o    1980s
§  1981 October 1981 (Box 1)
§  1983 November 1983 (Box 1)
§  1984 March 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 April 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 May 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 July 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 September 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 October 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 November 1984 (Box 1)
§  1984 December 1984 (Box 1)
§  1985 January 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 February 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 April 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 July 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 August (2) 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 September 1985 (Box 1)
§  1985 December 1985 (Box 1)
§  1986 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 January 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 February 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 March 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 April 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 May 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 June 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 July 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 August 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 September 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 October 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 November 1986 (Box 1)
§  1986 December 1986 (Box 1)
§  1987 January 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 February 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 March 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 April 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 June 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 July 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 August 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 September 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 October (2) 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 November 1987 (Box 1)
§  1987 December (2) 1987 (Box 1)
§  1988 January 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 February 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 March (2) 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 April (2) 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 May (2) 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 June (2) 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 July 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 August 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 September 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 October 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 November (2) 1988 (Box 1)
§  1988 December 1988 (Box 1)
§  1989 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 January 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 February (2) 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 March (2) 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 April 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 May 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 June 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 July 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 August 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 September 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 October 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 November 1989 (Box 2)
§  1989 December 1989 (Box 2)
o    1990s
§  1990 January 1990 (Box 2)
§  1990 February 1990 (Box 2)
§  1990 March 1990 (Box 2)
§  1990 April 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 May 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 June 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 July 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 August 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 September 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 October 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 November 1990 (Box 3)
§  1990 December 1990 (Box 3)
§  1991 January 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 February 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 March 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 April 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 May 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 June 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 July 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 August (2) 1991 (Box 3)
§  1991 September 1991 (Box 4)
§  1991 October 1991 (Box 4)
§  1991 November 1991 (Box 4)
§  1991 December 1991 (Box 4)
§  1992 January 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 February 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 March 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 April 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 May (2) 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 June 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 July 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 August 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 September (2) 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 October (2) 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 November 1992 (Box 4)
§  1992 December 1992 (Box 4)
§  1993 January 1993 (Box 4)
§  1993 February 1993 (Box 4)
§  1993 March 1993 (Box 4)
§  1993 April 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 May 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 June 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 July 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 August 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 September 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 October 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 November 1993 (Box 5)
§  1993 December 1993 (Box 5)
§  1994 January 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 February 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 March 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 April 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 May 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 June 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 July 1994 (Box 5)
§  1994 August 1994 (Box 6)
§  1994 September 1994 (Box 6)
§  1994 October 1994 (Box 6)
§  1994 November 1994 (Box 6)
§  1994 December 1994 (Box 6)
§  1995 January 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 February 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 March 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 April (2) 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 May 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 June 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 July 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 August 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 September 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 October 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 November 1995 (Box 6)
§  1995 December 1995 (Box 7)
§  1996 January 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 February 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 March 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 April 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 May 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 June 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 July 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 August 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 September 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 October 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 November 1996 (Box 7)
§  1996 December 1996 (Box 7)
§  1997 January (2) 1997 (Box 7)
§  1997 February (2) 1997 (Box 7)
§  1997 March (2) 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 April 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 May (3) 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 June 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 July 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 August 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 September (2) 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 October (2) 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 November 1997 (Box 8)
§  1997 December 1997 (Box 8)
§  1998 January 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 February 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 March 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 April 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 May 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 June 1998 (Box 8)
§  1998 July 1998 (Box 9)
§  1998 August 1998 (Box 9)
§  1998 September 1998 (Box 9)
§  1998 October 1998 (Box 9)
§  1998 November (2) 1998 (Box 9)
§  1998 December 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 January 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 February 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 March 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 May 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 June 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 July (2) 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 August 1998 (Box 9)
§  1999 September 1999 (Box 9)
§  1999 October 1999 (Box 9)
§  1999 November 1999 (Box 9)
§  1999 December 1999 (Box 9)
o    2000s
§  2000 January 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 February 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 March 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 April 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 May 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 June 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 July 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 August 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 September (2) 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 October 2000 (Box 9)
§  2000 November 2000 (Box 9)
§  2001 February (2) 2001 (Box 9)
§  2001 March 2001 (Box 10)
§  2001 August 2001 (Box 10)
§  2001 September 2001 (Box 10)
§  2001 October 2001 (Box 10)
§  Undated (2) (Box 10)
o    Articles
§  General (2) (Box 10)
§  General (Box 19)
§  Arkansas shortlines (Box 14)
§  History of Bauxite and Northern Railway Company (Box 10)
§  The Rise and Fall of Bigelow Arkansas (Box 14)
§  The Bootheel Lines, by Marty Lofton (Box 10)
§  Clifton Hull (Box 10)
§  Clifton Hull (Box 14)
§  Cotton Belt (Box 15)
§  Diamond Jo Reynolds (Box 15)
§  Ferguson Depot (Box 10)
§  Gene Hull (Box 10)
§  Gene Hull with Clifton Hull photographs (Box 15)
§  Hull stories typed, compact disc (Box 20)
§  James R. Fair, Jr. (Box 19)
§  L.T. Walker (Box 19)
§  Missouri Pacific train porter Freddie Anthony, interview (Box 15)
§  Parlor car service (Box 15)
§  P.B. Wooldridge (Box 19)
§  Railroad Atlas by David P. Morgan (Box 10)
§  W.M. "Mike" Adams (Box 19)
o    Maps, visitors guides, and timetables
§  Alabama map 2002 (Box 15)
§  Arkansas maps (Oversize 1)
§  Arkansas scenic tour maps, Department of Arkansas Heritage (Box 15)
§  Arkansas visitors guides and maps (Box 15)
§  California maps and visitor guides (Box 15)
§  Georgia maps (Box 15)
§  Kansas maps (Box 15)
§  Missouri Maps 1993-1996 (Box 15)
§  Oklahoma maps 1994-2002 (Box 15)
§  Tennessee and Kentucky rail map (Box 15)
§  Texas maps (Box 15)
§  National map (Box 15)
§  Maps, miscellaneous (Box 12)
§  Route schedules (Box 11)
§  Amtrak timetables 1974-2004 (Box 15)
§  Burlington route timetables 1947-1961 (Box 15)
§  Burlington Northern Incorporated timetables 1977-1981 (Box 16)
§  Chicago and North Western timetable 1969 (Box 16)
§  Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific timetable 1946 (Box 16)
§  Frisco timetables 1957-1971 (Box 16)
§  Illinois Central Gulf Railroad timetables 1981 (Box 16)
§  Missouri Pacific Railroad timetables 1944-1960 (Box 16)
§  Rio Grande timetables 1952-1954 (Box 16)
§  St. Louis Southwestern timetables 1932-1979 (Box 16)
§  Texas and Pacific Railroad timetables (Box 16)
§  Union Pacific timetables 1961-1964 (Box 16)
o    Additional materials
§  35 Slides Company (Box 10)
§  Amtrak (4) (Box 11)
§  Amtrak (Box 16)
§  Amtrak poster (Box 12)
§  Arkansas - Oklahoma Railroad Service (Box 11)
§  Arkansas Railroad Club career railroaders biographical information (Box 11)
§  Conductor K.C. Jones (Box 11)
§  Cotton Belt (Box 11)
§  Drawings (Box 11)
§  Gulf Coast Railroading (Box 11)
§  Hogtrain (Box 11)
§  Interstate Commerce Commission reports (Box 16)
§  The Katy (Box 11)
§  Meetings and conventions (Box 11)
§  Missouri Pacific (Box 11)
§  National Railroad Bulletin (Box 11)
§  New Railroad at Austin, Texas (Box 11)
§  Norfork Southern (Box 11)
§  Orphan Train Heritage Society memory book (Box 11)
§  P.B. Wooldridge (Box 16)
§  Printed ephemera, general (Box 11)
§  Printed ephemera, general (Box 16)
§  Printed ephemera, cancelled envelopes (Box 11)
§  Publications (Box 11)
§  Publications (Box 16)
§  Publications (Box 17)
§  Railroad calendar pages (Box 12)
§  Railroad regulations and handbooks (Box 20)
§  Receipts and Checks (Box 11)
§  Rock Island (Box 11)
§  Rock Island directory (Box 17)
§  Southern Pacific (Box 11)
§  St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (Box 11)
§  Stephen Eudy Research (Box 11)
§  Texas Limited (Box 11)
§  Union Pacific (Box 11)
§  United States Postal Service train and locomotive stamp postcards (Box 17)
§  Wheel Clicks (Box 11)
§  Miscellaneous newletters (Box 11)
§  Miscellaneous research materials (Box 11)
§  Newspaper clippings (5) (Box 10)
§  Newspaper clippings (Box 17)
§  Newspaper clippings (Box 20)
·         Correspondence
o    General (Box 10)
o    General (Box 17)
o    Amtrak (Box 10)
o    Arkansas History Commission (Box 17)
o    Arkansas State Government (Box 10)
o    Railroad companies (Box 10)
o    Responses to request for photos (2) (Box 17)
o    Trains (Box 10)
o    United States Congress (Box 10)
·         Club materials
o    Articles of incorporation (Box 19)
o    Arkansas Railroad Club 15th birthday (Box 11)
o    Arkansas Railroad Club letterhead (Box 11)
o    Board of directors minutes and documentation (Box 17)
o    Membership list (Box 11)
o    Membership list (Box 12)
o    Membership list (Box 17)
o    Trip planning materials (Box 18)
·         Historic preservation research
o    Choctaw Route Freight Depot (2) (Box 18)
o    Malvern Roundhouse National Register nomination (2) (Box 18)
o    Malvern Roundhouse National Register nomination, 3.25 inch floppy disk (Box 20)
o    Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot National Register nomination (Box 18)
·         Photographs
o    Photographs (Box 11)
o    Photographs (Box 12)

o    Photographs (Box 18)