Arkansas Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services that are helpful for genealogical research:

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-682-6900

National Archives—Soutwest Region (Fort Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, TX 76115-3405
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-551-2034

Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 17653
Little Rock, AR 72222

Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
Old Washington Historic State Park
201 Highway 195 S
PO Box 134
Washington, AR 71862
Telephone: 870-983-2633
Fax: 870-983-2636

Little Rock Public Library
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: 501-918-3000

University of Arkansas
Special Collections Library
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-2000

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Arkansas counties, use the 17 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of 16 inventories are available at the Family History Library.

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems are important tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial online services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Arkansas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 2007, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

The USGenWeb Project

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline, 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.