Arkansas Archives and Libraries

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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Arkansas. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services that are helpful for genealogical research:


Arkansas History Commission (State Archives)
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682-6900

National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, Texas 76115-3405
Phone: (817) 831-5620
Fax: (817) 551-2034
The National Archives—Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) has records created by federal agencies and courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The archives has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, passenger arrival lists, military records, and other historical resources.Learn more.

Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives
201 Highway 195 S
PO Box 134
Washington, Arkansas 71862
Phone: (870) 983-2633
Fax: (870) 983-2636


The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Arkansas Studies Institute
401 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 320-5700
The Arkansas Studies Institute is a joint project of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

University of Arkansas
Special Collections
Mullins Library
365 N. MIlroy Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5577
The library houses the university archives and a manuscript collection and offers research assistance.


Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 26374
Little Rock, Arkansas 72221

Reference Guides

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Arkansas counties, use the 17 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of 16 inventories are available at the Family History Library.

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Arkansas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. Tthe following sites are important gateways:

The USGenWeb Project

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Cyndi's List - United States - Arkansas


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.