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University of Arkansas Records

Identifier: MC 1606

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes organizational and departmental records of the University of Arkansas spanning from post World War I to the early 1990s. Series I pertains to the centennial celebration of the university in 1971. Series II consists of materials generated by the President's Office. Series III consists of materials generated by the Vice President (now the Provost). Series IV materials pertain to the University Senate. Series V materials are from Buildings and Grounds (now Facilities Management). Series VI pertains to the department of History at the university and predominantly focus on its graduate program. Series VII consists of materials generated by University Libraries and contains audio-visual materials. Series VIII materials regarding the prospect of a faculty club are from the Office of the Dean of Libraries. Lastly, Series IX consists of oversize materials pulled from the other series.

This finding aid contains all original creator-supplied titles. Original folder titles may include outdated or harmful descriptive language. Original folder titles have been maintained to preserve the original context of how the creator labeled files. The use of this description is not an endorsement of the language it contains.


  • Creation: 1918-1994
  • Creation: 1954-1988


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

"The entirety of boxes 43-45, 109, 112-113, and 127 are restricted. Restricted materials are also found in boxes 1, 10, 11, 22, 24, 29, 38, 39, 40, 49, 57, 71-73, 76, 82, 110, 111, 114, 118, 124, 126, 128, and 130. Please contact the department two weeks in advance so that materials can be reviewed for additional restrictions.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)."

Biographical Note

The University of Arkansas was created through the Morrill Act of 1862 which provided for the creation of “land grant” institutions for the purpose of teaching agricultural and mechanical arts. In 1871, Arkansas passed legislation to realize this act and created the Arkansas Industrial University. In 1899, the name was changed to the University of Arkansas.

Initially, the university offered classes in agriculture, engineering (both required by the Morrill Act), and “classics” (general arts and sciences). In 1905, the College of Agriculture was separated from the rest of the university. In 1912, the colleges of liberal arts, sciences, and engineering were separated from one another however the former two rejoined as the College of Arts and Sciences in 1915. The College of Education began in 1917, the Law School in 1924, Graduate School in 1927, College of Business in 1937, and Nursing in 1953.


153.5 Linear Feet (154 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged and described in nine series.

  1. University of Arkansas Centennial
  2. President's Office
  3. Vice President's Office.
  4. University Senate
  5. Buildings and Grounds
  6. History Department
  7. University Libraries
  8. Faculty Club
  9. Oversize Materials

Files maintain their original titles. Some titles and records contain outdated and potentially harmful language. Materials were rearranged when moved from a previous offsite storage facility and maintain that order within the series.

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries by the originating University of Arkansas departments at an unknown date.

Processing Information

Heath Robinson and Jacob Hook; completed in August 2018.

University of Arkansas Records
Heath Robinson and Jacob Hook
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444