Category: CALS Roberts Library Blog

Summer Art Exhibitions and Experiences at CALS

This summer offers many opportunities to view and experience art at the Central Arkansas Library System through exhibitions, events, and workshops!


Catch this one before it closes! Jay Youngdahl’s exhibition What Did You Learn in School Today? opened in April in the CALS Roberts Library Underground Gallery and closes on June 29.

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Reconnecting with My Roots

When assigned a family tree project in elementary school, I was more focused on the poster board formatting challenges presented in the assignment than on the actual people I was to include. Family trees seemed like a lot of work, and I knew who my family was. I saw them at all the major holidays,

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Booking It: Bibliographic Adventures with the EOA

Late last year, I wrote about how I ended up reading a selection of romance novels and other books of the sort I would not normally read, spurred on by a freelance writing gig. I imagined that these were amusing, one-time ventures, but little did I know what fate had in store.

In early February,

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Nature Conservancy Collection Now Open to Researchers

In the forty-two years that the Arkansas Field Office of the Nature Conservancy has operated, staff and volunteers have combined their efforts to conserve hundreds of thousands of acres of natural habitat in the state. This protected land includes forests, prairies, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Conservancy efforts have created and preserved national wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas,

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Department of Corrections: The EOA at 18

So the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is now eighteen years old, having celebrated its birthday last week. I am told by my associate editor that I should write a celebratory piece, but all I can remember from my eighteenth birthday is registering for Selective Service at the post office and then going to the Craighead County Courthouse to register to vote.

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Beyond the Shelf: Digitized Books and Periodicals from the CALS Butler Center’s Collections 

To make our rich book and periodicals collection more accessible to researchers, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Roberts Library has been working to digitize books from our collections not bound by copyright to make them accessible via the web. 

Items are scanned by our staff and then uploaded to our digital collections on the Arkansas Studies Research Portal at where users can use keyword searches to find information that may be relevant to their research.

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Vanished: Mapping a Forgotten Era of Little Rock History

In 2019, Jim Conner of Little Rock donated a treasure trove of family material to the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The family has been part of Little Rock’s history for over 150 years.

What came to be called the Keith-Conner family collection contains documents, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the Keith family of Little Rock and the Conner family of Little Rock and Augusta,

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Project 365: Six Communities in the Spotlight

The expansion of historical knowledge starts locally, grows to state significance, and may explode onto the national scene.

A group was organized with a plan to document six communities in Pulaski County that follow Arkansas Highway 365 South. The Arkansas African American Historical and Genealogical Society, Preservation of African American Cemeteries,

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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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