Month: September 2020

Newsworthy Then and Now: Election Fraud

Here’s the truth about election fraud—it’s always been the means by which entrenched elites hold on to their power. Election fraud entails not only the devious misuse of ballot boxes but also acts of violence with the goal of intimidating certain groups of voters. And, if successful, election fraud ends up allowing its perpetrators to enact its aims into official policy.

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Olly Neal and Ernie Dumas: A Virtual Discussion

In May, Butler Center Books published OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story, by Olly Neal Jr., as told to Jan Wrede. Although we weren’t able to do the big book-launch event we had planned due to the pandemic, we were honored to be able to host a virtual discussion with Olly Neal, guided by longtime journalist Ernie Dumas (also a Butler Center Books author),

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A Real, In-Person Outing for Art or History Lovers


Are you stewing in cabin fever and culture cravings? Tired of a lack of safe ways to pursue entertainments or pastimes after six months of social distancing?

Here’s some good news for those who love art and history: the CALS Roberts Library is open, including the lovely Galleries at Library Square and the Research Room on the second floor.

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What City Directories and Yearbooks Can Reveal to Researchers

The CALS Roberts Library Research Room offers an extensive collection of city directories, primarily covering Little Rock, but other cities in Arkansas as well. City directories can be very useful tools in genealogy research. City directories were first published by the R.L. Polk Company in the 1870s. Since these directories are produced annually, genealogists can track their ancestors year to year as opposed to using census data available only every ten years.

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Butler Banner Archive

The Butler Banner archives between 1999-2018 are available in PDF format only. The Butler Banner was our print newsletter.

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