Arkansas Studies Institute
The Arkansas Studies Institute (Under Construction)
The Arkansas Studies Institute is a hub for the study of Arkansas history, jointly administered by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). The Institute holds the Library system's Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and an archive of papers drawn from UALR's political history collections. Papers included are those of former Arkansas governors Bill Clinton, Carl Bailey, Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers, Frank White, and Jim Guy Tucker. In February 2008 Parker Westbrook endowed the Lucille and Parker Westbrook Arkansas History and Genealogy Collection with a donation of $100,000.
The Arkansas Studies Institute occupies the first two floors of the old Concordia Hall/Porbeck & Bowman building/Budget Office building in the River Market District, the new Manuscripts and Rare Books Repository constructed next door, and the historic Geyer & Adams building. The Institute moved collections into the building from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in the Main Library building of CALS, and other collections culled from the archives of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Clinton School of Public Service occupies the top floor.
The Arkansas Studies Institute held its grand opening on March 21, 2009. The entire project cost of $21 million, and was paid for by a 2004 voter-approved bond issue.
- Jim Brooks, "Center Debut a Tribute to Past, Future," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 22, 2009.
- Kristin Netterstrom, "Center for Arkansas History Ready for Debut," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 15, 2009.
- Kristin Netterstrom, "Plaque a Reminder of Jewish Settlers," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 21, 2009.
- "$100,000 Donated to Arkansas Institute," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, February 7, 2008.
- Kane Webb, "Forward to the Past: Mister Roberts (Re)builds His Dream House," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, February 24, 2008.