The library’s Archives and Special Collections Department is home to approximately 1000 cubic feet of official Clark County records, as well as additional materials on microfilm. A wide variety of documents may be viewed here, including marriage, tax, probate, circuit court, chancery court, and civil court records.
Many of these records were moved to the Riley-Hickingbotham Library as a part of the Clark County Records Preservation Project, which began in 1990. The project, a major undertaking of the Clark County Historical Association, includes the arrangement, description, and preservation of records once located in the Clark County Court House. The goal of the project is to preserve and make accessible this part of Clark County history. Since it has not suffered a court house fire, Clark County possesses records created since 1819. As one of Arkansas’s five original counties, Clark County claims a lengthy heritage, but its history would be necessarily incomplete without accessibility to all of its records.
To offer greater access to these records, every-name indexes to early circuit, civil, criminal, and probate court packets as well as tax and marriage records are available in the library’s Archives and Special Collections.