roosevelt thompson

Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Jan

12

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May

26

2018

on view now

Arkansas and WWI

This exhibition will use documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Butler Center's collections to highlight Arkansas's role in the Great War.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jan

12

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Jun

30

2018

on view now

Education in Exile: Student Experience at Rohwer Relocation Center and Arkansas and WWI

Education in Exile: Student Experience at Rohwer Relocation Center is third in the Butler Center's series of exhibitions exploring the Japanese American experience in World War II Arkansas. Partially curated by students throughout the state, Education in Exile offers a unique perspective into the school systems at Rohwer and Jerome, the two Japanese American incarceration centers in Arkansas. Student-selected works of art from the Butler Center's Rosalie Santine Gould- Mabel Jamison Vogel collection illustrate what life was like for students living behind the barbed wire at Rohwer and Jerome.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

9

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Apr

28

2018

on view now

Delta Rediscovered

This exhibition displays images of early life in Arkansas's White River Delta by photographer Dayton Bowers, who was active in Arkansas County between 1880 and 1924. Bowers chronicled the rise of prosperity in the Delta and also operated Arkansas’s first known photography studio, located in DeWitt.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

26

2018

The Queen of Rockabilly

All you hard headed women and cowboy yodelers gussy up and scoot down to the Ron Robinson Theater for an Arkansas Sounds concert by legendary singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist Wanda Jackson. Buy tickets now »

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
7:00 p.m.
General admission: $20

May

2

2018

Legacies & Lunch

Holly Hope, Special Projects Historian with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will discuss the history of rock and giraffe houses in central Arkansas.

CALS Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.
12:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

May

11

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Aug

25

2018

Andrew Rogerson: Landscapes

Andrew Rogerson’s life as an artist and a scientist has been driven by a common and overriding theme: an insatiable curiosity to investigate, know, and understand the world. Dr. Rogerson spent decades as a microbiologist and researcher, exploring life in microscopic detail, seeking discovery and revelation. As an artist, he is inexorably drawn to paint landscapes, exploring nature as he sees it – through the process of translation with brush, canvas and oil paints. This enduring relationship with exploration and creativity, a scientific view within an ever-seeking quest for truth defines Rogerson’s work. His paintings reveal an idealized vision, an incorruptible purity of intention to “see”, and then to interpret that vision onto a canvas.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

May

18

2018

Sonny Burgess Tribute Featuring the Legendary Pacers

A tribute to the late great Sonny Burgess will begin with a screening of the Arkansas Wildman documentary followed by live performance by The Legendary Pacers. Reserve tickets now »

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
7:00 p.m.
General admission: $20