Manuscripts

John H. McMullan on last run as Cotton Plant rural mail carrier, December 30, 1964. Photo by E.C. “Ernie” Deane. John H. McMullan on last run as Cotton Plant rural mail carrier, December 30, 1964.
Photo by E.C. “Ernie” Deane.

Over 4,000 manuscript collections are housed at the Arkansas History Commission. They consist of the private and business papers of individual Arkansans, records of religious, educational, business, patriotic, social, and civic organizations, state and federal records, and governors' papers. Many smaller collections are grouped in the Small Manuscripts Collections, available on microfilm.

The Vertical Files serve as a quick reference resource for a wide variety of subjects pertaining to Arkansas history, including biographical and family histories, news clippings, and files on specific topics, towns, and regions of the state. The Pamphlet Files are a collection of pamphlets and small publications for specific organizations or events in Arkansas history.

Documenting Arkansas is an online digital archive of documents, visuals, maps, broadsides, pamphlets, and 3D objects significant to Arkansas history and culture. Together, these collections comprise a major source of Arkansas history.

While access to many of 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 state.archives@arkansas.gov, and we will be able to give you the correct number of pages to order.