Month: October 2021

History and the Abyss: What We Know about What Happened

Most people seem to believe that history is, broadly speaking, “the study of what happened.” But this is wrong.

More than anything else, history is the critical interpretation of surviving sources of information detailing what happened in the past. Some of those sources are literary: newspapers, official documents, engravings, memoirs, court records, and more.


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Up on the Roof: New Banners for the Roberts Library

In 2009, colorful banners were placed atop the new/renovated building now known as the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art (known at that time as the Arkansas Studies Institute) in CALS Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

The images on these banners, ranging from an advertisement for Fletcher’s Rose Bud Coffee to a postcard promoting Arkansas as a tourist destination,


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A Treasure Trove of Yearbooks

Did you know that the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the CALS Roberts Library has a large collection of school yearbooks (or annuals as they were called when I was in school)? The collection holds over 900 individual yearbooks from Arkansas colleges, universities, and vocational-technical schools, as well as those from public and private schools in the Little Rock area.


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