Legacies & Lunch October 2021 - Sean Fitzgibbon - What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel


From the Vault: Photography from the CALS Permanent Collection

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Print and Stitch: Collective Works

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (October 23)

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Finding Family Facts (November 8)

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Carla Coleman & Rhonda Stewart: Preserving and Commemorating African American Cemeteries

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Arkansas Traveler Project

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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.



Recent Blog Posts from the Butler Banner


Up on the Roof: New Banners for the Roberts Library

In 2009, colorful banners were placed atop the new/renovated building now known as the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (known at that time as the Arkansas Studies Institute) in CALS Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

The images on these banners, ranging from an advertisement for Fletcher’s Rose Bud Coffee to a postcard promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination,

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A Treasure Trove of Yearbooks

Did you know that the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the CALS Roberts Library has a large collection of school yearbooks (or annuals as they were called when I was in school)? The collection holds over 900 individual yearbooks from Arkansas colleges, universities, and vocational-technical schools, as well as those from public and private schools in the Little Rock area.

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A Word from the Roberts Library: Next Season, Next Steps

As I write this, the calendar has just officially turned to fall, which always wins my personal “Favorite Season” contest. Schools have started and we are finally feeling that nip in the air that we’ve been waiting for. CALS’s summer reading program has finished another successful year, UA Little Rock students are coming to fall semester classes in the Roberts Library,

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CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (including CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture) is open to the public the following days and times: 

  • Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square (501.320.5790) 

    • Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

  • Research Room (501.320.5700)

    • Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Patrons using closed stacks material and manuscript collections must request the specific collections they would like to access at least two business days in advance by contacting 

  • CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies – (501) 320-5700 or arkinfo@cals.org 

  • UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture – cahc@ualr.edu  

Once the material is ready, a staff person will contact the patron. Appointments are required to access these materials. 

Masks are required for patrons ages 2 & up. Mask must be worn over mouth and nose. In accordance with new CDC guidelines, masks must be 2 or more layers. Remember to maintain social distance for the safety of yourself and others.