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Our collections include personal, professional, and family papers; business and organizational records, including the University Archives; and other unique, typically unpublished historical documents in a variety of formats, from scrapbooks to correspondence to digital media. They offer primary sources for research, exploration, and discovery on a variety of topics, many of which relate to Arkansas and the Ozarks region. Each collection is most commonly described by a finding aid, a guide to a collection and its contents; you can search our finding aids using the search box below, or browse by collection name, subject (such as a topic or a place name), or name (of a person, family, or organization) by clicking on the links above. Materials can be requested by using the "Request" button present at box-, folder-, or item-level descriptions; this button will take you to your Special Collections account. Contact Research Services ( if you have questions about any collection.

Access: In some cases, the collections may be stored off-site, so please request materials at least two weeks in advance of your visit

Contact: Email with any questions, or if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

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