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

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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Photography by David Ankeny

ON VIEW Friday, February 11, to Saturday, April 30
Loft Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

David Ankeny caught the photography bug from his father, and later his wife nurtured the habit. Now, he never travels without a camera. He says, “The toys got more expensive,

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Sulac: New Artwork for the New Year

ON VIEW Friday, February 11, through Saturday, May 28
The Landing, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This batch of new works from Little Rock artist Sulac is fresh out of the oven, baked in the warmth of his heart at 500 degrees over the last four weeks.

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Arkansas League of Artists’ 2022 Exhibition

ON VIEW Saturday, March 11, 2021, to May 28, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

The Arkansas League of Artists is a non-profit organization that formed to promote the visual fine arts in Arkansas. The League consists of visual artists and art enthusiasts from all over the state who gather to learn through the demonstration of techniques,

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Recent Blog Posts from the Butler Banner

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Change the Block: Sam Ella Jones Ward and the Beginnings of the Reed Memorial CME Church

The ripple effect of change starts at a single point. The point could be an object, place, event, or person. Names are sometimes lost to history, but many survive with little notice. The name of Sam Ella Jones Ward still resonates in a community where she lived nearly one hundred years ago. Born in Prescott,

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The EOA at 16: We’re Taking the Wheel!

“I am sixteen, going on seventeen…” sings the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas in its best Rodgers and Hammerstein Sound of Music teenager voice.

Watch out on the roads—we’re old enough to DRIVE!

Born (as in launched to the public as a work in progress—aren’t we all works in progress?) on May 2,

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For the Love of Old Houses: Preparing for the Quapaw Quarter Association’s Tour of Homes

Guest post by researcher Callie Williams

Throughout the last decade, I have explored the archives at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the CALS Roberts Library to find the unique histories of the homes built in the historic neighborhoods of Little Rock. Every year in the early spring,

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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.

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 fully vaccinated. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-related symptoms, please use our online digital resources. (as of March 1, 2022)