Our Collections

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) at the Arkansas Studies Institute collects and makes available to the public resources on Arkansas history and the region. These materials include letters, legal documents, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, pamphlets, books, journals, newspapers, and other materials. In total, the collections comprise about 10,000 linear feet, 70,000+ images, and approximately 8,000 books.

CAHC is pleased to offer online access to its extensive holdings of materials related to Arkansas history.  Visit

Manuscript Collections

CAHC supports all areas of Arkansas research.  Its strengths include: agriculture and the environment, arts and entertainment, business and professions, education, government and politics, military, personal and family papers, religion, and women’s studies.

Most notable among these holdings are the gubernatorial collections.  CAHC houses the papers of five former Arkansas governors: Carl Bailey, Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers, Frank White, and Jim Guy Tucker.

Additionally, CAHC contains a wealth of material related to Arkansas’s experience in the Civil War.  The J.N. Heiskell Civil War Collection, is one of the most extensive in the Civil War holdings. Containing both Union and Confederate documents, the collection includes a number of unique documents that add new dimensions to the history of the Civil War in Arkansas.

View a list of our processed manuscript collections online here.
View a list of our unprocessed collections online here.

Photographs and Other Images

CAHC holds over 70,000 images, including over 2,200 postcards. Visual finding aids can be found in the Research Room at the Arkansas Studies Institute. View a list of our photograph collections online here.



If you have any questions, please contact the CAHC staff at for more information.