The Arkansas State Archives has online and onsite collections for genealogy and family history research. Online records include searchable indexes, Civil War and World War I records, land records, and more. The Archives have two regional archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, both of which have searchable collections at this site.

 
 

Online Collections

Searchable Name Indexes

  • 1911 Confederate Veterans Questionnaires  – Arkansas 1911 Confederate Veterans Questionnaires – Act 353, approved by the legislature on May 30, 1911, was enacted to “make an enumeration or census of the Confederate soldiers residing in the State of Arkansas, and to provide for the payment thereof
  • 1911 Confederate Veterans Reunion Registrations -Arkansas 1911 Confederate Veterans Reunion Registration Forms – The reunion brought more than 140,000 people to the city, including approximately 15,000 veterans, making it one of the largest events in Little Rock history. A huge parade was the reunion’s centerpiece event. … Most of the veterans who attended filled out registration forms, which included personal and service-related information
  • Confederate Pension Applications -Arkansas History Commission Confederate Pension Records – Arkansas became one of the first Southern states to grant annual pensions to its resident ex-Confederate servicemen and their widows
  • Confederate Home Records – Arkansas History Commission Confederate Home Records – The Arkansas Confederate Home was established in 1890 the Ex-Confederate Association of Arkansas to care for the needs of indigent Confederate soldiers and their widows.
  • In Remembrance Death Records 
  • Maps
  • Ozark Photographs
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Shrader Negatives
  • State Land Records – Arkansas History Commission Land Records
  • Thomas Harding Photographs
  • Vertical Files
  • World War I Discharge Records – Arkansas World War I Discharge Records – The World War I discharge records contain discharge information for the men and women from Arkansas who served in World War I.
  • County Microfilm
  • General Microfilm
  • Military Microfilm
  • Newspapers – Arkansas History Commission Newspaper Collection – The Arkansas History Commission’s newspaper collection includes over 3000 titles published at around 250 different locations in Arkansas, spanning the years from 1819 to the present.
  • Other – Arkansas History Commissions biographical index, Biodex – The biographical index was started by the Arkansas History Commission’s first director, Dallas T. Herndon, and has been continuously added to for nearly 100 years. Also, Arkansas History Commission Manuscript Collection – More than 4000 manuscript collections are housed at the Arkansas History Commission. And Arkansas History Commission Small Manuscript Collection – To search the SMC database try to use more common names and subjects such as LITTLE ROCK, or CIVIL WAR.

 

The Arkansas Digital Ark-ives

  • Arkansas State Archives Resource Guides When researching among the many facets of Arkansas’s history, it is important to know where to start, and to know what materials are available for your use. For this purpose, the Arkansas State Archives has put together numerous subject guides to outline the kinds of resources that are available
  • Arkansas History Lesson Plans Supplementary MaterialsThis collection contains supplementary materials for the Arkansas History Lesson Plans, created by Arkansas State Archives staff through a partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council.  The Arkansas State Archives will continue to add more lesson plans and activities as time goes by
  • Historic Maps CollectionThe Arkansas State Archives houses over 4,000 historic maps of Arkansas and the surrounding regions among its holdings.  The entire historic maps collection is available for use in the Arkansas State Archives’ research room, while selected examples have been digitized and made available for viewing here. 
  • The Great War – World War I at Home and AbroadThe first World War demanded much from Arkansas. The Arkansas National Guard was incorporated into the U.S. Army, cotton prices rose with the need for uniforms and bandages, the lead and zinc mining industry grew rapidly, factories were built to make weaponry, all while 71,000 soldiers from Arkansas served
  • Every Front is the Home Front – Arkansas in the Civil WarThe Arkansas State Archives preserves the world’s most significant collection of research materials pertaining to the Civil War in Arkansas. These materials include official military records, pension applications, personal and official correspondence, photographs, artifacts, battle maps, and more.
  • The World We Live In – A History of African Americans in ArkansasThe history of African Americans in Arkansas is a long and complex story.  From Arkansas’s earliest Territorial days through modern day statehood, Arkansas’s African American community has endured pain and difficulty, meeting challenges with strength and perseverance while contributing to the world a legacy of powerful role
  • You Fought Prejudice and Won – Japanese-American Internment Camps in ArkansasIn the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19th, 1942. This executive order designated military zones along the United States coast, and directed the army to remove all residents of Japanese ancestry from these areas.
  • Time for Class – Arkansas Schools Through the YearsEducation in Arkansas has long been fraught with sudden changes, controversy, and complicated legal affairs.  Over the course of two centuries, the state has migrated from an array of individual one-room school houses teaching multiple grade levels at a time and private subscription courses
  • Territorial Arkansas CollectionArkansas Territory was organized on July 4, 1819, from land in the lower portion of Missouri Territory. French and Spanish immigrants had already partially settled the land, but with the creation of the Arkansas Territory there was an influx of families who moved west for new land and new opportunities.
  • Arkansas’s Multicultural HeritageArkansas encompasses a diverse multicultural heritage, with each community having its own unique history and cultural background. The Arkansas State Archives houses material from all over the state and that includes all the different and wonderful cultures that make up its various communities.
  • Arkansas Women’s History CollectionWomen have held a compelling and unique place in Arkansas history.  From its early roots in women’s suffrage to claiming the first all-female city government (the town of Winslow in the 1920s) and later electing the country’s first female senator in 1932, Arkansas has seen women breaking down barriers and busting the glass ceiling.
  • Wish You Were Here – Postcards from Arkansas’s Past – There are thousands of historic postcards in the Arkansas State Archives’ holdings, from locations and events all over the state, dating back to the 19th century. 
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