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Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years

In April of 2015, The Arkansas History Commission celebrates the 110th anniversary of its creation by the Arkansas General Assembly.  The establishment of the state archives reflected an awareness of the importance of preserving the historical record. Alabama and Mississippi emerged as pioneers in the founding of state archives in 1901 …

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Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years

Arkansas History Commission Resource Guides

When researching among the many facets of Arkansas's history, it is important to know where to start, and to know what materials are available for your use. For this purpose, the Arkansas History Commission has put together numerous subject guides to outline the kinds of resources that are available for research at the Arkansas …

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Arkansas History Commission Resource Guides

Arkansas Constitutions

Through its history, Arkansas has been governed by five constitutions. Each of the five constitutions symbolizes a shift in the state’s political status: statehood in 1836, joining the Confederate States of America during the Civil War in 1861, military occupation near the end of the Civil War in 1864, Reconstruction in 1868, and …

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Arkansas Constitutions

Historic Maps Collection

The Arkansas History Commission houses over 4,000 historic maps of Arkansas and the surrounding regions among its holdings.  The entire historic maps collection is available for use in the Arkansas History Commission's research room, while selected examples have been digitized and made available for viewing here. For more …

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Historic Maps Collection

Wish You Were Here - Postcards from Arkansas's Past

There are thousands of historic postcards in the Arkansas History Commission's holdings, from locations and events all over the state, dating back to the 19th century. We have gathered the best of our postcards collection and digitized them here.

Wish You Were Here - Postcards from Arkansas's Past

About the collections



Welcome to the the online digital archive of the Arkansas History Commission, Arkansas's official state archives!

Here you will find digitized documents, visuals, maps, broadsides, pamphlets, and three-dimensional objects significant to Arkansas history and culture, from the holdings of the Arkansas History Commission.  New collections are always being added, so check back often to see what's new!

These materials represent only a fraction of the Arkansas History Commission's extensive holdings - the cream of the crop, so to speak - while the majority of which remain only available at the Arkansas History Commission.  If you would like more information about accessing the AHC's collections or ordering digital or print copies of our materials, please visit our website, contact us by emailing state.archives@arkansas.gov, or call 501.682.6900.

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