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University of Arkansas Records

 Collection — Tube: 1
Identifier: MC 1605.UA

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes organizational and departmental records of the University of Arkansas System spanning from post World War I to the late 1980s. Series I contains materials from Buildings and Grounds (now Facilities Management) and contains materials from the Fayetteville (UAF), Little Rock (UALR), Pine Bluff (UAPB), Monticello (UAM), and the Medical Science (UAMS or UAMSC) campuses. Series II contains materials from the University Library from the Fayetteville campus. Series III contains materials from the History Department of the Fayetteville campus.


  • 1925-1989


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

"Boxes 2, 4, 5, 16, 17, 41, and 42 contain restricted materials. Boxes 37-40 are restricted in their entirety.

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. Education came in 1917, law in 1924, Graduate School in 1927, Business in 1937, and Nursing in 1953.


40 Linear Feet (42 boxes, 1 tube)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged and described in three series.

  1. Buildings and Grounds
  2. University Libraries
  3. History Department

Files maintain their original titles. Materials in Series I were arranged by project. Series II and III retain the order in which they were received.

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 Keisha Stevenson; completed in April 2019.

University of Arkansas Records
Keisha Stevenson and Heath Robinson
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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