COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECTS
Mapping Downtown Little Rock
Using images from our collection, we have constructed an architectural tour of downtown Little Rock.
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.
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.
Art @ Roberts Library
ON VIEW Saturday, December 11, 2021, to February 26, 2022
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square
Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words describe the creative world of Little Rock artist Jane F. Hankins. The Jonesboro native has been a strong presence in the Arkansas art community for over twenty years.
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Jane F. Hankins: The Imaginator Extraordinaire
Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Underground Gallery
CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art
On view through February 26, 2022
Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words describe the creative world of Little Rock artist Jane F.
As most patrons who come into the CALS Roberts Library Research Room probably know, our collection includes many types of research materials, from books to manuscript items. I’m sure most people would assume that we also have periodicals but might be surprised at the number in the collection, the scope of the titles, and how old some are.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture – email@example.com