May 27, 2022

Arkansas: More Than 350,000 Digital Files Cover History of State Schools’ Desegregation (New Digital Collection)

From Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

More than 350,000 digital files related to the history of segregation and integration of Arkansas schools are now available at no cost to researchers and to others around the world with access to a computer and the Internet.

The online files are the compilation of reams of documents, photographs and other artifacts stored in three different archives in central Arkansas.

A 2010 congressional tribute to the late Little Rock Nine member Jefferson Thomas and a 2008 notebook for organizing a 50-year reunion of the Women’s Emergency Committee are in the collection.

So are Little Rock Central High student telephone directories, School Board agendas, district budgets, maps, correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports from the federal Office of Desegregation Monitoring, among other items.

In all, more than 350,000 digital files are available for viewing by students, civil-rights historians, educators and others.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture obtained a $106,908 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ Hidden Collections and Archives initiative to make materials accessible online. The grant was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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