Thursday, August 29, 2019

New Accessions in August

Mount Holly Cemetery plot deed, 1854.
Courtesy of the Arkansas State Archives

Our new accessions include state plans, Ouachita Baptist University yearbooks and an 1854 deed for a lot at Mount Holly Cemetery! We house hundreds of thousands of historical records, more than 20,000 books connected to Arkansas history and countless stories and news articles. Visit your Arkansas State Archives and start discovering your Arkansas history!

Archival & Artifacts Collections

·         A.R. Schultz collection: Christopher Schultz donated a deed for a cemetery lot at Mount Holly Cemetery, dated March 6, 1854, to the Arkansas State Archives after he found it with family papers.
·         New Freedom Baptist Church collection: Dr. Wendy Richter, former state historian and State Archives director, recently donated 31 programs from the New Freedom Baptist Church in Malvern, Arkansas. The new programs will be added to previously donated records related to the church.
·         Africa Day Fest Curtis H. Sykes Report: The Arkansas State Archives received the final report, photographs, video and publicity material related to the 2018 Africa Day Fest in Little Rock. The Black History Commission of Arkansas approved Africa Day Fest for a Curtis H. Sykes Grant in 2018.
·         Arkansas Pennants collection: Joe David Rice, former state tourism director, donated a collection of pennants advertising Arkansas.

State Record Transfers
·         Arkansas Department of Career and Technical Education records: The department recently transferred documents to the State Archives. Records include: vocational technical education historical documents (1941-1994 and 1982-1999;) five-year state plans (1917-1922;) advisory council tapes (1917-1922;) annual reports (1917-1948;) newspaper clippings (1981-1994;) board minutes (1981-1997;) undated vocational technical education historical documents; and two ledger books.

Printed Materials

·         “All About Arkansas,” published in 2016, was donated by Joe David Rice. The limited-edition book was created to promote tourism as a means of economic development in Arkansas.
·         Three Ouachita Baptist University yearbooks were donated by Dr. Wendy Richter. The yearbooks cover 2014, 2015 and 2017 years.
·         “Early History of Sharp County” by Caruth Shaver Moore was donated by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives. The book was first published in 1909 but had been out of print since 1979. The Sharp County Historical Society sponsored a reproduction of the book this year.

For more information, contact the Arkansas State Archives at or at 501-682-6900.