Kelly Houston Jones: “A Weary Land: Slavery on the Ground in Arkansas”

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Genetic Genealogy with Shannon Christmas


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.



Recent Blog Posts from the Butler Banner


Genetic Genealogy: Understanding Your DNA and How to Use It in Genealogy

On Saturday, July 24, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosted a virtual workshop on genetic genealogy. The program was presented by Shannon Christmas, an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador,

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Going Beyond the Individual with the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Self-perception is distorted when we treat such things—principally ourselves—as models for reality, making separability and independence, not reciprocity, our moral ideal. Weather is the better paradigm for inquiries regarding the categorical features of things, because weather is systemic. Every system evolving within the atmosphere has a merely temporary integrity, and a character determined as much by its conditions as by its internal states.

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On View Now in the Loft Gallery—Gregory Moore’s “Biota”

Gregory Moore: Biota

On view through September 25, 2021

Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Loft Gallery

In this exhibition of paintings on found objects, a secret world of plants and animals comes alive on decaying scraps from the human realm.


One night,

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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 

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

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