Arkansas Archives, Libraries, and Societies
This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall Little Rock, AR 72201 www.ark-ives.com Indubitably the finest in Arkansas and one of the oldest state agencies, this excellent repository maintains territorial, state, and county records for each county and region. It is the state’s official repository for legislative records, acts of Arkansas, senate and house journals, journals of constitutional conventions, and various special studies and reports, all from 1819 to date. It is a public research facility that makes an extensive array of material available. Research materials are not limited to those examples described in the various sections of this chapter. The commission maintains selected copies of records for seventy-five counties from 1797 to 1920, including records of marriage, estates, deeds, county courts, inventories, and some indexes. A valuable guide to the collection is available (see County Resources). Some sources and lists are available online through its website <www.ark-ives.com/selected_materials/index.php>. An example is its list of 3,000 newspapers from 250 places within the state from 1819 to the present.
Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 17653 Little Rock, AR 72212 www.rootsweb.com/~args Publishes Arkansas Family Historian. Send requests to <AskAGS@comcast.net>.
Downtown Branch Central Arkansas Library System
700 S. Louisiana Little Rock, AR 72203 www.cals.lib.ar.us This branch holds an extensive genealogy section.
Orphan Train Heritage Society of America
P.O. Box 322 Concordia, KS 66901 www.orphantrainriders.com A national organization, previously based in Arkansas, publishes The Orphan Train Heritage Society of America Newsletter.
Professional Genealogists of Arkansas, Inc.
P.O. Box 1807 Conway, AR 72032 As a statewide society of professionals, it publishes PGA Newsletter.
Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Old Washington Historic State Park Washington, AR 71862 A few records for counties in this region are located here.
University of Arkansas
Special Collections Library Fayetteville, AR 72701 http://libinfo.uark.edu/ Maps, manuscripts, and census records can be found here. There are approximately forty county genealogical/ historical societies in Arkansas. An excellent guide to these is Genealogists’ Arkansas Address Book (Conway, Ark.: Professional Genealogists of Arkansas, 1989). It also has information concerning statewide sources, courthouse addresses, funeral homes, libraries, chambers of commerce, and newspapers.