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It’s a marathon, not a sprint: Personal Archiving

Personal archiving can be scary and overwhelming. You probably have boxes and boxes of photos and papers and letters in attics, basements, and garages. Family papers can be spread over the households of several family members in multiple locations. And it can be an intimidating process because you want to make sure you do it right the first time.


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Shop for Gifts and Art Online and Support CALS

The Central Arkansas Library System includes two sources for unique gifts and for art made by Arkansas artists: the Bookstore and the Galleries at Library Square.

Now, our staff can help you find one-of-a-kind gifts so you can shop with comfort and safety while social distancing. You can contact us by email to order items or get suggestions based on the tastes of your loved one.


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The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas: Stealing Our Way through History

Truth be told, we are all thieves.

In fact, thievery is the means by which cultures develop and change. William Shakespeare, credited with being one of the most original voices in English-language literature, famously stole the plots—and sometimes large stretches of dialogue—from numerous other sources. In fact, he wrote only two plays that scholars recognize as largely original,


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Tri-District Parents Council Records Are Available to Researchers

The Tri-District Parents Council (sometimes shortened to Tri-District Council) was created in March 1985 as an association of African American parents living in Pulaski County, Arkansas, who were working to improve academic achievement of black students in the three public school districts of Pulaski County. One of their objectives was to use current discussions of school district consolidation in Pulaski County to facilitate education,


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A Word from the Roberts Library

As you may have heard, all CALS facilities have been closed to the public since March 14. It’s a situation none of us anticipated and one in which we’re continually learning as we go. Much will be written in the days to come about this transition to the “new normal,” probably far more eloquently than what I’ll be able to offer.


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Help Us Preserve Arkansas’s COVID-19 Experience

During the 1918 Flu pandemic, a Little Rock woman wrote the following to her son, who was away fighting in France:

You know we have been having a strict quarantine here for two weeks on account of the Spanish Influenza. No school, church, club meetings or gatherings of any kind. The situation is improving some.


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Architects of Little Rock, 1833–1950, Collection Now Available to Researchers

Most Little Rock residents are aware of the historic homes that characterize the center of the city. What many do not know is that a group of architects dedicated their lives to expanding Little Rock, eventually ushering the city into the twentieth century and beyond. These homes and buildings are not only functional, but they show the city of Little Rock as one with a rich history and a dedication to historic preservation.


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Free Academic Materials from Publishers around the Country

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, most libraries and archives have been forced to close their doors. While there are a number of excellent online archival collections, state and local history encyclopedias, and digitized historic newspapers, and while many libraries now offer ebooks for checkout,


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Honoring Vietnam Veterans: Seeking Stories from Women and Men Who Served

For American Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, the Vietnam War was a major part of cultural consciousness. Filmmakers and musicians explored the war and its aftershocks throughout the 1970s and 1980s as the ongoing emotional difficulties faced by many Vietnam veterans gave rise to a new medical term: PTSD. But as three more decades rolled by,


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