Look inside the March 2016 Issue of the Arkansas Archivist for these and other features!
AHC Celebrates Women’s History Month
Hair tied up in a bandana, arm flexed revealing a rather “unladylike” bicep, clad in the uniform of a factory worker —this is a familiar image to those who have seen propaganda posters from World War II. She has been called “Rosie the Riveter” and that seems like such a stereotype, but during World War II, it was not just a stereotype.
The AHC and BHCA Welcome New Commissioner Elise Hampton
The BHCA and AHC are greatly committed to education, which is why we are excited to welcome Elise Hampton as a new member of the Black History Commission of Arkansas. Ms. Hampton was born and raised in Conway, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas focusing on middle level education.
From the Director
In June 2014, the Arkansas History Commission and the Black History Commission met jointly to discuss long-term planning for the state archives. The result of those discussions is a ten-year strategic plan adopted at the last quarterly meeting of the AHC on March 10. The plan provides seven goals the agency will accomplish by 2025, and identifies numerous activities that agency staff will undertake as we work to achieve those goals. Goals identified in the plan include: improving and promoting public access to agency collections and expanding our holdings; strengthening the agency’s technology infrastructure and expanding digital initiatives; strengthening the role of the state archives in preserving state records; providing support for the preservation of local government records; cultivating outreach opportunities; providing appropriate staffing for our three facilities; and addressing our growing facility needs.
News from SARA
Lillian Florence “Lillie” Middlebrooks made her own mark on Arkansas women’s history. Lillie was born April 28, 1887, to George D. and Mary Tyson Middlebrooks who were married in 1882 in Nevada County. The family was living in Parker Township, Nevada County at the time of the 1900 census, but by 1910 they had moved to Hope in Hempstead County where Mr. Middlebrooks’ occupation was listed as commercial traveler.