From the Vault: Photography from the CALS Permanent Collection

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday (September 25)

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Sean Fitzgibbons – “What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel”

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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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Kelly Houston Jones: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas


Gregory Moore: Biota

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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.



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Signs of Fall at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

As we head into the cooler days of fall, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, located on the first floor of the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art, is loaded with treasures and treats for your eyes. We have art from amazingly talented Arkansas artists, as well as fun and engaging books written by Arkansas authors.

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A Family in Bloom: The Legacy of William Harold Flowers

A series of articles on Arkansas’s Black role models appeared in the Arkansas Democrat in February 1989. Thomas Sissom, with the paper’s Pine Bluff bureau, wrote his article about William Harold Flowers. The first line is: “Family is most important to Harold Flowers, and his includes anyone who can share his philosophy of caring for others.”

William Harold Flowers is known for his legal and ministerial career.

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One Last Manuscript Collection: A Farewell from Shirley Schuette

To fill up the last few days of my time as an archival assistant for the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Research Services Division manager Brian Robertson gave me a handful of small collections, each consisting of just one letter from the Civil War era. Whether a collection is small or large, processing it requires researching the background and producing a finding aid that will introduce the collection to researchers.

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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 

  • UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture –  

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.