The Special Collections are research materials gathered and preserved for educational and scholarly use.
Using the special collections
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. In addition to collections related to the agricultural and political history of Northeast Arkansas, we also collect the history of Arkansas State University and seek 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.
Archives & Special Collections are on the seventh floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library. Our hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday when the university is open. 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.