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Arkansas History: Arkansas Collection

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online Arkansas history resources.

Arkansas Collection

THe NPC Library has a special collection of Arkansas print materials. This collection includes primary and secondary sources.

They cover  the history of the state, politics, towns and counties, geography, famous Arkansans, and books by Arkansas authors.

Library of Congress call numbers by subject area for browsing the Arkansas collection:

  • Arkansas and the Civil War: E470-E625
  • Arkansas Counties: E417
  • Arkansas Politics: E744-E880
  • History: F410-411
  • Literature by Arkansas authors: PS 3545-3566

The following are a representative sampling of books and journals in the Arkansas collection.

Search the catalog for more specific subjects.

Arkansas Journals

Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Coverage from 1954 - current issue. Also available online from Proquest Central 1999-present.

Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies A journal issued 3 times a year by Arkansas State University,Coverage from 1998 Vol. 29 no. 1 to current issue. A 5 Year index 2008-2012 in vol. 47 Issue 3, December 2016.

The  Record,  Garland County Historical Society,ARK F406 .G3 2016. Coverage from 1965 - current issue.

Janis Percefull Books

Fiction by Authors from Arkansas

Arkansas History Books - Secondary Sources

Secondary Source:  A source " that was created later by someone who did not experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions you’re researching. For the purposes of a historical research project, secondary sources are generally scholarly books and articles. Also included would be reference sources like encyclopedias" 

Arkansas History - Primary Sources

Primary Source: If you are seeking to learn about the past, primary sources of information are those that provide first-hand accounts of the events, practices, or conditions you are researching. In general, these are documents that were created by the witnesses or first recorders of these events at about the time they occurred, and include diaries, letters, reports, photographs, creative works, financial records, memos, and newspaper articles (to name just a few types). 

-- University of Illinois Library