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Research Resources

Doing a school report on Arkansas History? Here are some helpful sites.

Arkansas Black History - Arkansas History Commission
The mission of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is to collect black historical materials for the Arkansas History Commission; to encourage research in Arkansas black history; and to cooperate with the Arkansas Department of Education in the development of African American historical materials for use in public schools.

Arkansas Civil War History - Arkansas History Commission
The Arkansas History Commission preserves the world's most significant collection of research materials pertaining to the Civil War in Arkansas. This site brings together information about many of these valuable resources.

Arkansas State Archives - Arkansas History Commission
The Arkansas History Commission has a large number of both primary and secondary resources available for genealogical and historical research, and its collections are always growing.

Arkansas Studies Institute
The ASI is the state’s largest facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas history and culture. Our catalog search gives you access to the entire contents of the ASI, including holdings of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the UALR Center for Arkansas History & Culture.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage

Quick Facts about Arkansas
The Arkansas Secretary of State provides the Travelers Guide to Arkansas which offers a wide variety of educational resources for use in the classroom. Using the rich history of the Capitol Building and the wide-ranging duties of the office as guidelines.

The state's name has been spelled several ways throughout history. In Marquette and Joliet's "Journal of 1673", the Indian name is spelled AKANSEA. In LaSalle's map a few years later, it's spelled ACANSA. A map based on the journey of La Harpe in 1718-1722 refers to the river as the ARKANSAS and to the Indians as LES AKANSAS. In about 1811, Captain Zebulon Pike, a noted explorer, spelled it ARKANSAW.