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About Special Collections

Overview and History

The Special Collections Department was created in 1967 to encourage research and writing in the history and culture of Arkansas and the surrounding region.The mission of the department is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to historical manuscripts, archives, maps, photographs, and published materials to support scholarly investigation of the state, its customs and people, and its cultural, physical, and political climate. Special Collections include manuscripts and archives, the Arkansas Collection, rare books and special libraries, photographs, broadsides, and maps. Read more about the collections...

The facilities of Special Collections are open to the public. University of Arkansas faculty and students as well as scholars, journalists, and other investigators from throughout the United States and other countries have conducted research in the collections. The results of their work have appeared in theses and dissertations, newspaper articles, scholarly and popular journals and books, exhibits, and television and film productions. Read more about doing research in Special Collections...

Location and Directions

Special Collections is located on the basement floor (Level 1) of Mullins Library. View a campus map.

Driving directions to the campus as well as parking information for visitors can be found on the University of Arkansas web site. The closest public parking are metered spots near the Administration Building or in the Stadium Drive (Arkansas Union) Parking Garage (view parking maps for campus).

Special Collections Staff

Angela Fritz Interim Head of Special Collections fritz@uark.edu 575-5576 MULN 130L
Amy Allen University Archivist ala005@uark.edu 575-6370 MULN 130J
Lilly Carrel Senior Level Archival Manager carrel@uark.edu 575-3867 MULN 125
Vera Ekechukwu Fulbright Papers Research Assistant ekechukw@uark.edu 575-8447 MULN 123
Kasey Kelm Special Collections Reading Room Assistant kkelm@uark.edu 575-8444 MULN 130
Todd Lewis Lead Processing Archivist telewis@uark.edu 575-4659 MULN 123
Janet Parsch jparsch@uark.edu 575-6694 MULN 130K
Valerie Robertson Special Collections Assistant verobert@uark.edu 575-5577 MULN 130N
Geoffery Stark Special Collections Reading Room Supervisor glstark@uark.edu 575-8444 MULN 130
Catherine Wallack Architectural Records Archivist cwallack@uark.edu 575-7253 MULN 126
Joshua Youngblood Research and Outreach Services Librarian jcyoungb@uark.edu 575-7251 MULN 130H
Special Projects Staff, 2014-2015
Cameron Cahenley (Manuscripts Processor)
Ashley Cain (Manuscripts Processor)
Krista Casada (Indexer, Index Arkansas)
Christopher Galindo (Manuscripts Processor)
Keleigh Hibbard (Reading Room Assistant)
Kalie Kaitschuck (Manuscripts Processor)
Cali Rios (Manuscripts Processor)
Heath Robinson (Reading Room Assistant)
Abigail Siedschlag (Manuscripts Processor)

Contact Us

  • Special Collections Department
  • University of Arkansas Libraries
  • 365 N. McIlroy Avenue
  • Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
  • Phone: (479) 575-5577
  • FAX: (479) 575-3472
  • specoll@uark.edu
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Last updated: August 26, 2015