Linda McDowell is the new African American History Coordinator for the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, Arkansas. McDowell began working in the newly created position of African American History Coordinator on January 3, 2006. She was previously Genealogy Coordinator at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library and Education Director at Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs. In her new position, she will seek out historically significant materials that may include journals, diaries, correspondence, newspapers, yearbooks, business records, church records, funeral records, and cemetery records, which can be donated or temporarily loaned for photocopying or microfilming. In addition, with a team of archival staff, expert in the areas of old photographs and preservation of historical documents, educational seminars will be scheduled to learn more about how to donate materials to the Archives, or how to care for personal documents.
McDowell, who has conducted both family and historical research, often encounters many obstacles in trying to find enough rich information to put together biographical sketches of African Americans who have made important contributions to Arkansas’s history. Her new position provides a wonderful opportunity to share the importance of archiving and making materials more accessible for students of all ages, historians and future generations of family members.
Churches, clubs and organizations that would like more information or would like to donate African American materials, please telephone Linda McDowell at 501.682.6900, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.