Category: CALS Roberts Library Blog

Arkansaurus Fridayi: The Buried History of Arkansas’s State Dinosaur

When I was little, my brother and I were fascinated by dinosaurs. To us, the Museum of Discovery was the pinnacle of the display of innovative research and finding rocks with imprints of fossils in a dry creek bed was an extreme excavation.

Flash forward to the evolution unit of my high school biology class.


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In Search of the Ground Observer Corps

Before coming to work in the CALS Roberts Library, I was a library assistant in the Reference Department in the CALS Main Library for thirty years. There were so many aspects to being a reference librarian that made the job such a pleasure. Fortunately, my role at the Roberts Library allows me to provide the same kinds of reference services but focused on Arkansas history and genealogy.


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The CALS David Stricklin Research Fellowship Experience: Kimberly Green, 2022

During this sizzling summer, we’ve all spent what little energy we have looking for bright spots not caused by the relentless sunshine. In July, one such welcome event was the arrival of the first Stricklin Research Fellow. The fellowship was established in honor of former CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies director David Stricklin to assist students,


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The Invisible Work Behind the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Work can be like the proverbial iceberg—you don’t see most of its mass because it is hidden under an expanse of water.

That is to say that any job, even one with a predominantly public side, entails a lot of labor hidden from view of those being served. A teacher spends time not only in the classroom in front of students but also alone at a desk writing quizzes or preparing lectures.


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James Logan Morgan Jr. Papers: Dozens of Photos Now Digitized

James Logan Morgan Jr. was a teacher, historian, and minister. He was born on September 13, 1940, in Oil Trough (Independence County) to James Logan Morgan Sr. (1910–1995) and Eva Irene Landrum Morgan (1922–2009). Morgan graduated from Newport High School in 1958 and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and business from Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville (Independence County),


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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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