Month: June 2022

Documenting the History of the Little Rock Fire Department

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art acquired the Little Rock Fire Department (LRFD) collection in 2011. The collection contains a great deal of information on the history of the city’s fire department.

In January 2022, staff members in the Research Services Division finished digitizing and uploading more than forty items out of the collection.

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The Encyclopedia of Arkansas: Creating a Fertile Field

If you have watched many movies from the famed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, you have probably seen, in the bleak Scandinavian landscape he often depicts, ancient stone walls lining rural farmsteads or yards. These may seem like nothing more than a background detail while his characters in the foreground undergo exquisite crises of faith or identity,

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Letters in the Attic: Archiving the Past at the Roberts Library

All those letters in the attic… Or basement. Or shed. Or barn. Or under the bed.

You get the idea.

Family papers and photographs. We all have them. And for most of us, we have them stored as an unorganized mess somewhere out of the way. Many of these materials have stories of their own—how they survived from the early and mid-twentieth century to still exist in the early twenty-first century.

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Butler Center Books Make Great Gifts for History Lovers

Father’s Day is approaching, and it is never the wrong time to think about birthday and other holiday gifts for parents, grandparents, friends, and other loved ones. Books about Arkansas’s fascinating history and culture just might fit the bill, and Butler Center Books has published many popular titles for those Arkansas history lovers in your life.

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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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