Friday, December 28, 2018

New Accessions Include Love Letters, Historical References


We are pleased to showcase new collections coming into our archives! This month, that includes love letters found inside a wall in a Little Rock home.

Archival Collections:
  • ·         Graves, Rosie Collection: These love letters, dating 1945-1946, were found in the wall of a home. Graves, of Little Rock, sent letters to Jose Anthony “Tony” Pagan Roman during Roman’s military service at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. She also sent letters during his service in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. The collection includes a handkerchief, letters to Tony’s sister in Guayanilla, Peurto Rico, and one film negative of an unknown girl, boy and toddler. The collection was transferred from MacArthur Museum.
  • ·        Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism – Executive Office records: The parks records are a mix of correspondence, news releases, construction bids and documents on groundbreaking events for buildings. The documents cover Village Creek, White Oak Lake, Withrow Springs, Woolly Hollow, Pinnacle Mountain, Plantation Agricultural Museum, Poison Springs, Powhatan Courthouse, Prairie Grove Battlefield, Queen Wilhelmina and Toltec Mounds. The department plans to transfer more and similar records to our archives soon.

These new collections will be processed and available for research in the coming months. People interested in viewing the collections may contact the Archives at 501-682-6900.

We also received donated books and printed material:
  • ·         Chronicles of Des Arc, Arkansas
  • ·         Hempstead County Bicentennial Passport Program
  • ·         History of Benton County
  • ·         A Pictorial History, Dardanelle and the Bottoms, 1880s-1980s

 Our library is open and available to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 215, in Little Rock. You can also donate material by visiting our website or by contacting Julienne Crawford, our collections services coordinator, at julienne.crawford@arkansas.gov.

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