Friday, April 26, 2019

New Accessions Include Vintage Photos, Original 1932 Arkansas License Plates and More!

We are pleased to showcase our new collections! This month’s accessions include photos by Gustave Joseph Shrader, a 1920s Valentine’s Day postcard and a group photo of Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus with U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

Archival Collections
Shrader Collection
  •  Harper’s New Monthly Magazine: The magazine includes an article on Little Rock. The document was donated by Jason B. Hendren, chairman of the Arkansas History Commission.
  •  Arkansas Maps: More than 1,000 U.S. Genealogical Survey topographic maps, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department maps and various other maps have been donated to State Archives by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS Wildlife Services, in North Little Rock.
  • Photographer Gustave Joseph Shrader: These negatives and photographs were donated by Paul A. Lehman and are mostly portraits, which are unidentified. The collection includes six glass plate negatives and 13 photographs taken by the Hot Springs photographer. Shrader signed some of the images. Lehman collected the photos and negatives when he lived in Little Rock in the 1980s and 1990s. The collection will be added to State Archives’ other Shrader holdings. 
  • Valentine’s Day Postcard: A 1920s postcard, written to Dora Oswald from an unknown sender, and donated by Cindra Henry. The card will become part of other, previously donated correspondence for Oswald.
  • Ron Fuller Collection: Ron Fuller, a member of the Arkansas History Commission, donated two 1932 Arkansas license plates and a group photograph with Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus and U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Faubus was governor from 1955 to 1967. Fuller also donated a McArthur Museum poster that shows an event on the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, an Arkansas Gazette article and a stock certificate for the Curtis Motor Car Co.
  •  Bearden Family Genealogical Collection: The collection contains genealogical and family research information on the Bearden-Dodson family.
  • Topographic Maps: More than 100 U.S. Genealogical Survey topographic maps and other various maps have been donated to State Archives by the Arkansas U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wildlife Services.
  • Arkansas Historic Preservation Program: various records
  • War Memorial Stadium Records: Documents include concession reports, event folders, invoices, stadium files, receipts and newspaper clippings.
  •  Arkansas Department of Emergency Management: Records are federal surplus files.

  • Curtis E. Wilson Collection: Artifacts related to Curtis E. Wilson, who served in World War I, were donated and include some items used by him as a soldier. The artifacts were donated by Richard Wilson.

 Printed Material

  •  Thomas Cemetery, North Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas: Material includes interments, obituaries and other articles.

The Archives and 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

Ron Fuller Collection: Group Photo of Gov. Faubus and President Truman