Lost West Ninth Street

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CALS Awarded Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (December 18)

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COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECTS

Community History

Looking north on Main Street from 4th Street

Mapping Downtown Little Rock

Using images from our collection, we have constructed an architectural tour of downtown Little Rock.

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Community History

Arkansas Traveler Project

The Arkansas Traveler Project is a collection of interactive narratives that examine various topics of Arkansas history. The project uses a mapping tool to provide context and illustrate spatial relationships.

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Community History

Wood frame houses with car parked in driveway

Lost West Ninth Street

For many decades, Little Rock’s West Ninth Street was the heart of the city’s African American community. “The Line,” as the street was sometimes known, was home to businesses, churches, fraternal groups, and a host of other entities.

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Art @ Roberts Library

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“Print and Stitch” Exhibition Is Now on View

Print and Stitch: Collective Works

Friday, October 8, 2021–Saturday, January 29, 2022  

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art

Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square 

This exhibition featuring artists Mallory Darwin,

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Jane F. Hankins: The Imaginator Extraordinaire

ON VIEW Saturday, December 11, 2021, to February 26, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words describe the creative world of Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins. The Jonesboro native has been a strong presence in the Arkansas art community for over twenty years.

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Recent Blog Posts from the Butler Banner

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The Winter of Our Content

Content.

Those seven letters essentially make up one word with two somewhat different but related meanings (and different pronunciations). The first sense is the one evoked by a “table of contents,” for example, meaning something that is contained. In the second sense, the word can be used as either a verb or adjective,

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Come Imagine with the Imaginator Extraordinaire!

Jane F. Hankins: The Imaginator Extraordinaire

Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Underground Gallery  

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art

On view through February 26, 2022 

Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words describe the creative world of Little Rock artist Jane F.

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Come See Us Periodically at the CALS Roberts Library Research Room!

As most patrons who come into the CALS Roberts Library Research Room probably know, our collection includes many types of research materials, from books to manuscript items. I’m sure most people would assume that we also have periodicals but might be surprised at the number in the collection, the scope of the titles, and how old some are.

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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.

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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.

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Genealogy

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.

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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.