William B. Jones, Jr. Interviews Elizabeth Findley Shores: Shared Secrets and Charles J. Finger

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CALS Roberts Library Research Room Bonus Saturday

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Rachel Patton: “Arkansas’s Most Endangered Historic Places”

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Genealogy Workshop: Shannon Christmas and Genetic Genealogy

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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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Celebrate Juneteenth in Arkansas

From the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas’s “Juneteenth” entry by Bibi Mwamba:

Juneteenth is a celebration held during the month of June in Arkansas and throughout the nation to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration originated in Texas in 1865 to mark the date when the news of the emancipation of the slaves reached the state.

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Summertime at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, located within the CALS Roberts Library, features the work of Arkansas artists, including rotating exhibitions and shows by local Arkansas artists as well as artists from Arkansas who have made an impact on the national and international art scene. Works from the Central Arkansas Library System’s permanent art collection are also displayed regularly.

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Going Offline to Solve Genealogy Mysteries

Everyone knows that Ancestry, FamilySearch, and other online databases have revolutionized the way we research genealogy. Online research makes it so easy to find a lot of information in a short amount of time and is perfect for those just beginning to search. Before the rise of this technology, family and local history research was painstaking and required poring through volumes at the library or a courthouse and walking around cemeteries hoping to find information on that elusive ancestor.

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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. 

The main entrance, located at 401 President Clinton Ave., will be open for patrons to access the Galleries at Library Square and the 2nd floor Research Room. Patrons are able to walk in to browse and shop the Galleries. 

Patrons must make an appointment to access the 2nd Floor Research Room, including computers and open-stack genealogy resources. We will accommodate limited walk-ups if distancing requirements allow. 

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 recommended for those who have not been vaccinated. Remember to maintain social distance for the safety of yourself and others.

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