Manuscripts, Photos, & Maps
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has many manuscript collections that offer unique glimpses into the state's history. These collections contain correspondence, photographs, and other original materials documenting Arkansas and its people.
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The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies maintains an extensive photograph collection that documents the history of the state and its people. The photograph collection is arranged topically (Military, Education, Business, Industry & Natural Resources, etc.). There are also a few individual photograph collections. Most notable are the Clifton E. Hull Photograph Collection, which focuses on the architectural history of central Arkansas; the James W. Leslie Photograph Collection, with an emphasis on the history of southeast Arkansas; and the R.E.L. Wilson Photograph Collection, which chronicles the Lee Wilson & Company plantation in northeast Arkansas.
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The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has a large collection of historical maps. While the focus of the collection is Arkansas, there are also a number of regional, national, and world maps. Some of the earliest maps date to the seventeenth century. The Arkansas maps are divided by type (state, county, and municipality). There are also separate categories for Civil War and miscellaneous maps.
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