Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arkansas State Archives Launches Redesigned Website

The Arkansas State Archives is pleased to announce the redesign of its website,

For nearly two years, the agency has worked with Aristotle, a local web design company, to give its website a new look with a more streamlined, user-friendly functionality.

Featuring lighter colors and a user friendly navigation bar at the top, the newly redesigned website now has an integrated records search that makes locating historic records in the State Archives much simpler. The new search function allows researchers to conduct a much broader search of records from one platform while also allowing them to limit their search very specifically. The new site also gives researchers the option to search finding aids of the agency's archival collections or browse them alphabetically by title.

The website now features a section for educators with links to Arkansas History lesson plans, the Arkansas State Archives digital collections, research subject guides, microsites for the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, as well as links to other Arkansas History resources and archival agencies.

Other new features include information for researchers planning a visit to the State Archives or one of its regional archives, including driving directions, FAQs and research tips, and information on area lodging, ATMs, and restaurants.   The website will also continue to maintain much of its current content.

The Arkansas State Archives, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.  The agency has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Regional Archives is located in Washington.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.