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Campus activities will continue today, including Dean B. Ellis Library opening at noon, women's basketball this afternoon at 2 p.m. and the Delta Symphony Concert at Fowler Center.

With up to a 1/4 inch of ice on trees around campus, please use caution as the ice begins to fall from trees and elevated surfaces. Many tree limbs have fallen, and during today, more will fall with the ice load in the wind.

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Archives & Special Collections

A & M Building

The Special Collections are research materials gathered and preserved for educational and scholarly use. These materials are housed in our secure, monitored environment and are made available to researchers within the Archives & Special Collections' Reading Room.

About the Archive

After accepting and cataloging manuscripts and special collections for more than twenty-five years, Arkansas State University formally opened its archives in 1997. Today the archives focuses on collecting, preserving, and making accessible to students and researchers the documentary history and heritage of Eastern Arkansas. More specifically, we concentrate on the demographic and economic transformations occurring throughout this region during the twentieth century.

The archive holds collections related to the agricultural and political history of Northeast Arkansas.  Important collections in these areas include the papers of Congressmen “Took” Gathings and Marion Berry and the records of the Judd Hill Plantation.  The archive also collects the history of Arkansas State University and seeks collections that support the university’s growing research emphasis. It is our intent to complement rather than replicate specific collecting emphases at other repositories in the state. We do not, therefore, develop collections that support genealogic research or the study of the American Civil War.

Special collections maintained by the archive include the Cass S. Hough Aeronautical Collection, which has been described as the single most valuable collection of aviation materials in private hands; an outstanding collection of Lois Lenski books for children; collections of notable Arkansas authors Charlie May Simon, Lois Snelling, Faith Yingling Knoop, and John Gould Fletcher; an Arkansas Collection; and Arkansas State University publications.

Using the Archive

Archives & Special Collections are on the seventh floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library.  Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-12pm and Tuesday, Thursday 1pm-4pm.  Most of our special collections have been cataloged and are accessible through the library’s online system.  Many of the Archives’ manuscript collections are currently unprocessed, but they will be made publically available once physical and intellectual control has been accomplished.  Researchers are advised to contact us to discuss collection availability before they visit.

Generally, these items and collections are available to members of the ASU community and other researchers who are at least eighteen years of age. Patrons must complete a registration form and present current photographic identification in order to use the collections. Because some of the materials are fragile, their use may be restricted.

Plan Your Visit to our Archives
Hours of Operation

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

9am-12pm

Tuesday/Thursday
1pm-4pm

Saturday - Sunday
closed


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Our Mission

Archives & Special Collections are unique elements of the teaching library. By assembling, preserving, making accessible, and exhibiting the documentary heritage of Northeast Arkansas, we advance the university community’s pursuit, development, and sharing of knowledge.


Featured Manuscript Collections
  • Ezekiel Candler "Took" Gathings Papers
  • Marion Berry Papers
  • Francis Adams Cherry Papers
  • Judd Hill Plantation Records
  • H.M. Cooley Papers
  • St. Francis Levee District Tax Collection Records
  • Edgar Isaacs Collection

Featured Special Collections
  • Cass S. Hough Aeronautical Collection
  • Lois Lenski Collection
  • Arkansas Collection
  • Arkansas State University Publications