Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - John N. Jabine and Harriet Woodruff papers, MS.000383

John Nicholas Jabine was born June 23, 1829, the son of Charles and Eliza Reel Jabine of Louisville, Kentucky. He operated a drug store in Louisville and met Harriet M. Woodruff, who was visiting the town. Harriet was born January 31, 1836, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Arkansas Gazette founder William E. Woodruff and Jane Mills Woodruff. John and Harriet were married November 13, 1855, at her family home in Little Rock. They lived in Louisville for a short time before moving to Little Rock, where Woodruff built them a home at 910 East Eighth Street. They had seven children, two daughters and five sons: Harriet Sneed Jabine (Mrs. Claude) Sayle, Lila Jabine (Mrs. H.C.) Rather, C.W. Jabine, Tom Jabine, Shelby Jabine, Lucian Jabine, and Daniel Jabine. John Jabine operated a ferry business between Little Rock and Argenta, Arkansas. Harriet was active in clubs including the Aesthetic Club, the Pulaski County Association of Arkansas Pioneers, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. John N. Jabine died May 14, 1911, and Harriet M. Woodruff Jabine died January 17, 1918.
C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine was born in 1857, the oldest son of John and Harriett Jabine. As a young man he worked at his grandfather's printing press, then ran his own mercantile business. He died March 8, 1942.
This collection contains letters of John Nicholas Jabine and Harriet Woodruff Jabine, and C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine's business ledgers.
·         Letters to Harriet Woodruff Jabine
o    1. 1856 (Box 1)
o    2. 1864, 1866
o    3. 1894, 1895
o    4. 1897 April-October
o    5. 1897 November-December
o    6. 1898
o    7. 1899-1900
o    8. undated
·         Letters to John N. Jabine
o    9. 1858
o    10. 1859
o    11. 1861
o    12. 1863-1864
o    13. 1865-1866
o    14. 1867
o    15. 1869
o    16. 1870-1871
o    17. 1872
o    18. 1874
o    19. 1876
o    20. 1887-1889, undated
·         Miscellaneous
o    21. Statements regarding Charles Jabine's estate, 1855-1860
o    22. Service discharge, Eugene Jabine, 1862
o    23. Promissory note, 1860s
o    24. Newspaper clipping, 1897
·         C.W. (Charles Woodruff) Jabine mercantile ledgers
o    Business names, merchandise, and method of payment, 1892-1901 (Box 2)
o    Cash paid out, 1897-1902 (Box 3)
o    Names and merchandise, 1900-1902

o    Merchandise, 1901-1902 (Box 4)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Closings

The Arkansas State Archives and its regional branches, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, will be closed Thurs., Nov. 23, Fri., Nov. 24, and Sat., Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Tuckerman African American school registers, MS.000599

East Side, Tuckerman Elementary and Junior High, and Post Oak are African American schools located in the Tuckerman Special School District, Jackson County, in the northeast Arkansas Delta region.
The records were donated to the Black History Advisory Committee (now the Black History Commission of Arkansas) of the Arkansas History Commission.
This collection includes student enrollment, attendance, class subjects, names of teachers and classroom statistical information, 1945-1963.
·         1. Tuckerman School, first through fourth grades, 1945 July 16-1946 May 24
·         2. Post Oak School, fifth through eighth grades, 1950 July 17-1950 September 8
·         3. Unidentified school, fifth and sixth grades, 1950-1951
·         4. Tuckerman Junior High School, eighth through tenth grades, 1950 July 17-1951
·         5. Tuckerman Elementary School, second grade, 1951 July 23-1952
·         6. East Side Junior High School, second and third grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May 19
·         7. East Side High School, fourth and fifth grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May
·         8. East Side High School, sixth and seventh grades, 1960 July 18-1961 May 19
·         9. East Side High School, eighth grade, 1960 July 18-1961
·         10. East Side High School, tenth grade, 1960 July 18-1961
·         11. East Side High School, twelfth grade, 1962 July 16-1963 May 24

·         12. East Side High School, twelfth grade, 1962 July 16- 1963

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Friends of the Arkansas State Archives elect new board member

At a general meeting held on Nov. 4, 2017, members of Friends of the Arkansas State Archives elected new and returning board members. Elected for a one-year term ending in 2018 are Russell Baker, Ken Bridges, Richard Butler, Tom Dillard, Sondra Gordy, Joan Gould, Tim Nutt, and Jeanne Rollberg.
Those elected to a two-year term ending in 2019 are Jajuan Johnson, Gary W. Jones, Tamela Tenpenny Lewis, Glen Mosenthin, Blake Perkins, Frances Ross, Lynda Suffridge, Gary Walker, and Blake Wintory.
The Board will elect officers at its first meeting in early 2018.
For more information about our Friends group or to join, you can visit their Facebook page at:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Baring Cross Baptist Church records, SMC.2.1a

On October 20, 1903, Baring Cross Baptist Church was established as a small congregation of 29 members dedicated to ministering to the railroad families in the area of the Baring Cross Bridge. The church grew and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with 2,576 members in 1953. After several new buildings and additions, an elevator fire escape was built in the 1950s to ensure the safety of its members. In the 1970s, the church caught fire due to children playing with matches and suffered a total loss. The church recovered and built a new church building. As the church continued to grow, the membership voted to move the building to a new area. Seventeen acres of property was bought, and a new church building was constructed on its present-day site in Sherwood, Arkansas.
This collection contains blueprints and instructions on the addition of a fire escape elevator to Baring Cross Baptist Church.

·         1954 May 5: Blueprint of Interlock Plan Number 2, Inclinator Company of America, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Reel MG00200)
·         1962 January 9: Two Landing Auto Wiring Diagram, Inclinator Company of America, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
·         1962 August 31: Straight bill of lading, Yankee Lines, Incorporated, of Akron, Ohio to Hartenstein Elevator Company, c/o Baring Cross Baptist Church, North Little Rock, Arkansas
·         1962 September 6: Receipt of shipment, Inclinator Company of America, to Baring Cross Baptist Church
·         1962: Instructions for elevette installation
·         1962: Suggestions for operating the elevette
·         Undated: Blueprint of "Elevette" machine mounting, Inclinator Company of America, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Friday, November 3, 2017

Holiday Closings for ASA, NEARA and SARA

The Arkansas State Archives and its branch archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 and Sat., Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Tristan Greene papers, MS.000632

Tristan Greene was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Director of Education for Finance and Administration, in the Arkansas Department of Education, from 1993 to 1999; also he was the Special Advisor/Redistricting Planner for the Arkansas Attorney General from 1993 to 2006. Between the years 1999 and 2008, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Education for the Arkansas Department of Education. Greene worked to provide information on social science research and conducted analyses on Arkansas education finance system. He worked with the Attorney General’s office on election matters that had to do with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and provided redistricting support to Arkansas agencies. As of 2008, Greene is a Senior Consultant at Greene and Associates and gives expert witness testimony on area schools finance, education finance, desegregation, and voting rights.

This collection holds documents pertaining to the desegregation and funding structure of Arkansas schools in the case of Lake View School District No. 25 vs. Mike Huckabee, which lasted fifteen years. The main complaint was that the school funding system in Arkansas violated the Equal Protection and Education Clauses of the Arkansas Constitution and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Schools received funding from three sources: local, state, and federal. In more affluent areas of Arkansas, the schools received a larger income than less affluent areas. The state and federal funding was supposed to balance the contributions, but more often than not failed to do so. This left some Arkansas schools with insufficient and inequitable funds. In 2002, the Supreme Court issued the opinion that funding for Lake View school district in Phillips County, Arkansas, was insufficient and unbalanced. In 2007, the special masters’ final report showed that funding for education in Arkansas met with constitutional requirements. In 2012, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that school districts which receive funding that exceeds required levels may keep those additional funds.

This collection contains research on racial inequality, economic inequality, and school reform, as well as legal documents detailing lawsuits, district court documents, lawsuits filed, discovery depositions, chancery court transcripts, e-mails, witness interrogations, tax calculations, tax revenue analysis, financial information, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ASA Monthly Newsletter, the Arkansas Archivist

The ASA's monthly newsletter, The Arkansas Archivist, is up!

This month, we're talking about a new scanner the ASA has acquired, a recent donation of restaurant memorabilia, the importance of saving electronic records, and news from our branch archives!
You can read our newsletter on our website at:

October 2017 Newsletter

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 2017 Acquisitions and Accessions

ASA Accessions

Murphy Family Genealogy (et al.), 18 vols.
Alex Foundation Final Grant Report, .10 cu ft.
Edward W. Holland Papers, 4 cu ft.
G.A.A. Deane Letterbook, .25 cu ft. 
William Richard Bullard Buttons, .1 cu ft.
Staggs Civil War Collection, .5 cu ft.
Curtis Lee Sulcer Papers, 3 cu ft.
Arkansas Burger Company Collection
Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas Minutes and Papers, 2002-2016, 1 cu ft. 
Edgar Lamar Douglas Letter, 1933
Forty-Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, Company D Muster Roll, 1865, .2 cu ft. 
Troubadour Hendrix College Yearbooks, 1937-1940, 4 yearbooks

Loaned for Microfilming

Hot Spring County Records, 60 ledgers 

SARA Accessions

Columbus Baptist Church Records

NEARA Accessions

Bold Springs Missionary Baptist Church Records, 1.15 cu Ft

ASA Books

University of Arkansas School of Medicine, The Caduceus 1953 yearbook
Colonial Chesapeake Families (2 volumes)
“Greater” DVD, Catholic Register of Arkansas, 1764 – 1858
Tattered Glory by Nancy Dane, American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776 – 1976
History of Women’s Missionary Council of CME Church, 1918 – 2009
Arkansas Genealogical Society Newsletters and Quarterlies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Arkansas Political Memorabilia collection, SMC.0171.0002

Sheffield Nelson was the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party from 1990-1992; during Governor Mike Huckabee’s tenure, Nelson was a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Nelson challenged William Clinton for the governor’s seat in 1990 but lost the race.

Winston Bryant served one term as the Secretary of State from 1977-1978, was Lieutenant Governor from 1981-1991, and attorney general from 1991-1999. While serving as Arkansas Attorney General, Winston Bryant ran for United States Senate seat in 1996 and 1998. He lost both races.

This collection houses political memorabilia from the 1990 Arkansas Governor’s race, a photograph of Winston Bryant, campaign material from Bryant, an interview with Clinton, and a copy of the Arkansas Outlook.

Donated by Steve Schafer, 2006.

Arkansas Political Memorabilia collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
·         Bryant, Winston
o    Bumper sticker
o    Pamphlet for U.S. Senate, 1996
o    PH.ArkPoliticalMemor.01: Winston Bryant headshot. Black and white. 1996.
·         Clinton, William
o    Bumper sticker
o    Interview of William Clinton, 1990
o    Negative propaganda against Clinton
o    Rack card: Clinton for Governor, 1990
·         Nelson, Sheffield
o    Bumper sticker
o    Pamphlet for Governor, 1990
o    Postive propaganda for Sheffield Nelson
o    Publication: "The Nelson Update", 1990 August; 1990 September
o    Sheffield Nelson's stance on issues
·         Publication
o    Arkansas Outlook: 1990 September, Vol. 29, No. 4
o    "Clinton or Nelson?", Arkansas Democrat, 1990 October 21

Friday, October 13, 2017

Black History Commission of Arkansas announces quarterly meeting

The Black History Commission of Arkansas will hold a regular, quarterly meeting on Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017, at noon in the Arkansas State Archives conference room, located on the 2nd floor of the Multi-Agency Complex at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas.  This meeting is open to the public.
The Black History Commission of Arkansas is an advisory body to the Arkansas State Archives charged with preserving the history of black Arkansans and promoting the teaching of black history in Arkansas’s schools.

The Arkansas State Archives is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.  The State Archives has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.

Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

For questions and comments, please contact the Arkansas State Archives at 501-682-6900.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Electronic Records Care: Summary

Will your favorite pics of your kid’s birthday last as long as your grandparents’ wedding photographs?

How do you store your family’s important records? How about your favorite family photos? Though physical photo albums and file folders still probably exist for older materials, it’s increasingly likely that your recent documents and photographs are being created and stored electronically rather than in physical formats, and the shift to the convenience of electronic documents and digital photography brings up a number of new challenges when it comes to preserving your family’s history.

It may surprise you to know that long-term preservation of digital information requires more ongoing attention than paper documents or photographs. Removable media (such as floppy disks, USB drives, CDs, and DVDs) are all susceptible to the same environmental risks as physical records (heat/cold, water damage, mold, fire, etc.), but they are also subject to the additional risks due to the ephemeral nature of digital files.

Folder and File Organization

Consider this: where are your electronic documents and digital photos kept? Are they all saved in one place, or are they spread out over many devices and storage locations? Maybe some of them are on your phone, some on your laptop, some you remember burning to a CD a few years ago, and some more are saved on external hard drives or in the cloud. Are some of your favorite family photos only found on Facebook or other socialmedia? Does your family know where to find these important family documents and photos, or does only one person have access to them?

Much like good paper record-keeping, one of the most important components of good electronic records preservation is proper organization. The first step is to identify where your digital photos, videos and documents are saved. Then delete unwanted, irrelevant or redundant files, and consider organizing how the files are saved so you can see all of the materials together. Arrange those photos and documents into organized folders, and label them in a way that tells you what each folder contains before you open it. Good names for folders and files include descriptive information such as the type of document and what year it is from, or the events and names of people shown in photos and when they were taken. Don’t trust it to be obvious whether a document is important to keep or can be safely deleted. Not everyone will remember when or where a photograph was taken, or of whom. You might recognize your great-aunt from the old baby photos you scanned a few years ago, but another family member might not know their significance. And make sure to save copies of photos posted to social media – don’t rely on a social media site to preserve them!

Once your files are organized, the next step is to make sure they’re saved in a way that helps secure them against loss.

Digital Storage Considerations

When it comes to your important digital records, your storage needs can grow quickly.  You want digital storage that meets your capacity needs, will last, is easily accessible but secure from outside threats, and fits your budget.  The main solution options generally boil down to a) a local, external hard drive that connects to your computer by USB or other connection, or b) online-based cloud storage you access through the internet.  Both options have their pros and cons.

External hard drives are physical storage media that connect to your computer by USB port.  They offer quick access to your documents and photos from your computer, can be configured to automatically back up files saved on them, are safe from hackers, and can be purchased in ample storage unit sizes (500GB-2TB+).  They are, however, susceptible to local risks such as fire, water damage, and theft, are only accessible from a single location unless disconnected and moved, and moving them puts them at risk of physical damage. Even the best external hard drives have a shelf-life of approximately three to ten years before they are at risk of spontaneous failure.  They generally have a linear pricing structure, and could cost you approximately $0.10-$0.50 per GB, depending on the quality of the hard drive.

Cloud storage uploads your documents and photos to off-site storage through the internet rather than saving them on a physical drive connected to your computer.  Cloud storage is accessed online by logging into your account with the cloud storage site, accessible wherever you go so long as you have an internet connection.  With cloud storage, your records are kept safe from local threats of fire, water damage, and theft, and are easily shareable.  However, using cloud storage does come with risks.  You have less control over your materials with cloud storage as they are stored off-site, and you may not know exactly how secure the cloud’s servers really are.  Your records could be vulnerable to hackers, access can be slower than with external hard drives, and the access restrictions could leave your family records inaccessible if only one person has the username and password information for the account. Cloud-based storage also involves on-going costs that have to be paid periodically to continue having access to that storage; if prices rise past what you feel you can pay, you may be left with having to find an alternative storage solution in a hurry. Depending on the amount of storage you need and the features offered by the storage service – file encryption, multiple restore points, geographically-dispersed servers – costs could range anywhere from pennies to $5+ per GB of storage.  Some cloud storage options like Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive come with a limited amount of free storage, so if you do not have a need for a greater amount of storage, these free options might be a good choice. 

We generally advocate for a hybrid solution: a physical hard-drive for your main storage needs, with back-up copies saved to the cloud. If something happens to one, you will still have access to the other, and will not have lost anything. 

Backing Up Your Files

In the archives and library world, we have a saying: Lots of copies keep stuff safe.  Creating back-up copies of your important files can help protect them from loss in case something goes wrong.  And there is a lot that can go wrong.  Natural disasters like floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes aren’t the only threats to be aware of; system or hardware failure, file corruption, malware, viruses, theft, and human error are also great risks to the security and preservation of your family records and photos.  Backing up your files is a good way to make sure that even if something happens to your files in one location, you won’t lose the only copy of those precious family materials.  There are some key things to remember about backing up your files:

·         Back up your files regularly – either on a set schedule or whenever you’ve made a major   change or addition to them.
·         Burning your files to a CD or DVD isn’t ideal for keeping new files and photos backed   up. CDs get lost or damaged, and newer computers are less likely to have CD drives.
·         Some external hard drives and cloud storage options can be configured to automatically   back-up files. Consider setting a back-up to automatically run in the middle of the night.
·         There are three main categories of back-ups:  Full back-ups, which completely copy all   of  the data being backed up each time; Differential back-ups, which build on an initial   full back-up, and only copy data added since that original back-up; and Incremental   back-ups, which also build upon an initial full back-up, but only copy data added since   the last incremental back-up.
·         Don’t store original files and back-up copies together – if your back-up hard drive is kept   next to your laptop, a fire, tornado, or thief can easily get both.  Consider the hybrid USB   hard-drive/cloud storage solution we suggested yesterday. Geographically-separate back-   ups can be good insurance against most forms of data loss.
·         A widely-used data-loss prevention strategy is the 3-2-1 Plan, which involves having   three copies of your important files: two stored locally but on different media (perhaps   one on your computer and one on an external hard drive), and one stored off-site, in   cloud storage.

File Migration

One of the most overlooked aspects to digital archiving is ensuring continued access. Scanning a paper document or photograph isn’t a preservation solution, but trading the set of physical preservation concerns for a different – and arguably more difficult – set of preservation concerns.  Whereas well-stored photographs and paper documents created a hundred and fifty years ago might be easily readable today, digital records created today may be inaccessible in a decade or two if not cared for properly. 

You see, digital records require much more active preservation than paper records and photographs. Not only do storage media tend to fail (including CDs and DVDs labeled "archival quality"), in a few years, the hardware and even the software required to read the content may no longer be available. The file formats in which information is stored change over time, and quickly. New versions of software and file formats are released all the time, and there is a limit to their ability to open older files.  If all of your family tree information is stored in an older file type, soon you may still have the file but no software capable of opening it, or no computer capable of running the software that *could* open it. Digital obsolescence is the main enemy for archives seeking to preserve digital records and photographs, and can cause the loss of personal digital records if steps aren’t taken to keep your important family files up-to-date.

The answer is file migration. Essentially, opening your older digital files and saving them into a different, newer file type.  In a specific example, if you have an older document from Microsoft Word (a file ending in .doc) you would open it and save it as a new Word document (.docx) to prevent losing access to it as newer versions of Microsoft Word are released. So double-check your important digital records and photos to find what formats they are saved as, and migrate them into newer file types to prevent losing access to them through digital obsolescence.  Though remember, digital obsolescence is an ongoing preservation concern when it comes to digital files, and you will need to periodically check and migrate older file types forward every few years to keep up with technology as it changes.

We hope this electronic records care post have been interesting and helpful to you in taking care of your family's important electronic records and digital photographs. Remember that the Arkansas State Archives is YOUR state archives, and we are here to be a resource for you and answer questions you might have about preserving your records.