In order to support the University’s Christ-centered, liberal arts academic program as well as the Library’s dedication to providing access to recorded knowledge and information, the Archives and Special Collections Department’s mission is to contribute to the preservation and transmission of culture by identifying, protecting, and making available materials of enduring value that document life on the University campus, in Clark County, and in the state of Arkansas.
Riley-Hickingbotham Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department houses the institution’s own historical materials as well as political papers of major political figures in Arkansas. In addition, Special Collections serves as the official repository for the archives of the Clark County Historical Association and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. In conjunction with the latter, the university has gathered a number of collections covering Arkansas and Baptists, particularly southern Arkansas and Southern Baptists. Because of the county and local records included in the archives, Riley-Hickingbotham Library has become a regional center for genealogy and local history research.
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