2020 marked the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The Central Arkansas Library System and the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art celebrated the anniversary of this American classic with a series of lectures and exhibits that recognize the enduring importance and power of Brown’s groundbreaking volume.



The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System located within the Roberts Library at Library Square in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Along with the CALS Butler Center, the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library for Arkansas History & Art houses the Galleries at Library Square, the UA-Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, and the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies archival collections, along with the archival collections of UA-Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, contain more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history. The CALS Roberts Library research room is located on the 2nd Floor and visitors can access items from the manuscript collections as well as view resources from the open and closed stacks, microfilm collections, and online resources such as Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, and Fold3.com available for public use.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage, funded by the 1/8 cent conservation sales tax, Amendment 75.

Arkansas is as unique and varied as the people who call it home. Our history and heritage is woven throughout the state in the rich colors, patterns and textures found in our arts, our architecture, our museums and even our landscape. This colorful assortment is all a part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Each of our museums and agencies work to further our mission.

The ever-popular Old State House is an Arkansas icon. Historic Arkansas Museum is the best place to learn about early Arkansas. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center tells the story of the Mosaic Templars of America, an African American fraternal organization founded in 1882. In Helena, the Delta Cultural Center honors the art, music and lifestyle of the Arkansas Delta. Creativity, expressed through art, music and dance is celebrated by the Arkansas Arts Council. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program helps preserve and protect Arkansas’s historic homes, neighborhoods, courthouses, battlefields, archeological sites and historic downtowns—all visible reminders of our shared cultural heritage. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission protects our state’s biological diversity.

The Arkansas Delta, the Ozark Mountains and all the areas in between make up our heritage. These varied patterns of indelible richness are preserved to pass on to successive generations. The stories of who we were and how we lived ground us firmly in the past and guide us confidently into the future. Please explore our website and learn something new about your Arkansas history and heritage.

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