Remembering David Pryor (1934-2024)

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CALS receives $500K for Memory Lab

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Jay Youngdahl: What Did You Learn in School Today?

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DIY Memory Lab Now Open

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Share Your Experiences and Photos of the March 31 Tornados

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The 1927 Flood

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Vanished: Documenting a Forgotten Era of Little Rock’s Built Environment

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Lost West Ninth Street

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Community History Projects


Recent Blog Posts


Everyone, take your seats!: An EOA Slideshow

Since the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA) turns 18 years old on May 2 this year (in just over a week!), it made sense to me that there ought to be some kind of high school-style presentation. So, what’s this presentation about? I’m so glad you asked! I figured it’d be fun and interesting to take a look at our stats regarding entry content.

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Vanished: Mapping a Forgotten Era of Little Rock History

In 2019, Jim Conner of Little Rock donated a treasure trove of family material to the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The family has been part of Little Rock’s history for over 150 years.

What came to be called the Keith-Conner family collection contains documents, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the Keith family of Little Rock and the Conner family of Little Rock and Augusta,

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Project 365: Six Communities in the Spotlight

The expansion of historical knowledge starts locally, grows to state significance, and may explode onto the national scene.

A group was organized with a plan to document six communities in Pulaski County that follow Arkansas Highway 365 South. The Arkansas African American Historical and Genealogical Society, Preservation of African American Cemeteries,

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Art Exhibitions

Art on Exhibit at CALS

The CALS Art Exhibitions highlight art by Arkansas artists and showcase exhibitions that promote Arkansas history and culture. The CALS Permanent Collection is displayed in our branches and rotating exhibitions are featured in the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square.



Archival Collections

Archival Collections

The CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies archival collection offers unique glimpses into the state’s history through documents and photographs. Many of the collections depict the daily life in Central Arkansas by preserving the cultural, political, literary, military, and environmental history of Pulaski and Perry Counties.




Genealogy Help & Resources

Whether you have been on your family history journey for years or are just beginning, the CALS Roberts Library offers resources for genealogists and researchers at all skill levels.



CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (including Mini-Main Library, Underground Gallery, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture and DIY Memory Lab) is open to the public the following days and times:  

Mini-Main Library ~ Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

2nd Floor Research Room (Butler Center/UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture)

    • Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DIY Memory Lab & Recording Room (by appointment only)

Masks are recommended for those who have not been fully vaccinated. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please use our online digital resources. (as of March 1, 2022)