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. This valuable file provides access to a significant part of the state archives' holdings, including newspaper obituaries, the individual file, the Small Manuscript Collection, and other materials. Biodex, the computerized version of this index is an ongoing work in progress which is being added to regularly. Every effort has been made to provide as specific an identification of the indexed sources as possible.

While access to these items is limited to our research room, photocopies can be requested by filling out the Photocopy Order Form with the information on the record you want, then mailing it and a check for the photocopy fee to: Arkansas History Commission, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. If you are unsure how many pages the photocopy order will be, please send an email to, and we will be able to give you the correct number of pages to order.

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