About the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

The Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) building, which houses the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, is the largest facility dedicated to the study for Arkansas history and culture. Through its connection to the university, the archives benefit from the rigorous scholarship of our faculty, creating a valuable resource for students, researchers, stakeholders, and the general public. Read more about the CAHC Archives.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture. The research collections and offices are located in ASI.

Mission Statement

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture collects, preserves, and enables access to Arkansas records of enduring value; prepares students and the region for the 21st century through academic leadership and education on archival practices and technologies; and engages the community through outreach, programming, and exhibitions.

Vision Statement

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture strives to be a unique and reliable resource that explores and promotes Arkansas’s rich history through identifying, collecting, and preserving Arkansas records that are of enduring value to the state. Our donors will know that we are good stewards of their materials. As a cutting-edge leader in archival practice and education, we will prepare students, the metropolitan area, and the state for the 21st century. Professionals will seek our collaboration on best practices and archival technologies, and we will be a good neighbor to other libraries, archives, and museums. We will provide access to a large repository of archival materials, and the public will be able to use these records to gain a better understanding of Arkansas’s journey—where our state has been and how our history can guide the state’s future. CAHC will be a leader in community engagement and will participate regularly in outreach, programming, and virtual and physical exhibitions using state-of-the-art technology. Because we exist, the people of our state and beyond will actively engage in understanding how the state of Arkansas is vital to the nation’s history.