Riverfront History Hunt – Summer @ CALS 2024

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CALS receives $500K for Memory Lab

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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


Taylor Swift in Arkansas

I was flipping through some old Butler Center paperwork when the top line of one message caught my eye. It said, “I appreciate you forwarding the pages about Taylor Swift’s return from Liberia…” My first thought was that I had never heard that world-renowned musician Taylor Swift had ever been in Liberia, or in any part of Africa.

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In The Neighborhood

The area in Little Rock historically called “the south end” is framed by Interstate 30 on the east side, Roosevelt Road on the north side, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds on the west side, and Fourche Creek on the south side. This appears to be the first extension of the original city boundaries of Little Rock.

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70th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board Decision

May 17, 2024, marked the seventieth anniversary of the milestone decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas by the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Plessy v. Ferguson. The 1954 Brown decision unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S.

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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 Underground Gallery at CALS Roberts Library.



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)