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

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DIY Memory Lab Now Open

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Lost West Ninth Street

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CALS Awarded Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize

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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

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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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Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

ON VIEW Friday, November 11, 2022–Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

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Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

On View ~ October 14, 2022–January 28, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

The Illustrated Arkansas exhibition features artists living and working in the state who have created or contributed to print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media of the comics art form.

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Our Community Through My Lens

NOW ON VIEW ~ Friday, October 14–Saturday, December 31, 2022, regular Gallery hours
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Photography—a medium full of potential. To speak when words simply fail. To empower, providing the chance to take control of a story. To connect us to a perspective outside of our own.

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Recent Blog Posts

Blog

2022 at the Roberts Library: Making Connections and Expanding Options

Another year is slipping out the door, and I’m proud of all that we at the CALS Roberts Library have to show for these past months.

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is stronger than ever. Stay tuned for our countdown to our 7,000th entry added to the website. Much work has been done this past year on the site itself to make it more user friendly and accessible,

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Taking a New Stand on the EOA’s County Histories

I started reading Stephen King in junior high school, but I didn’t get around to his 1978 book The Stand before he released an expanded version, with more than 400 additional pages, in 1990. I imagine many an author has been tempted to go back and revisit an earlier work and really spruce it up or return to life all those passages a more market-oriented editor insisted be left behind,

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On View Now: Natural Connections and More

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

Through Saturday, January 28, 2023

Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

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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.

    • Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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)