Thursday, September 17, 2009

About the Arkansas Studies Institute

Have you visited us in our new building yet? Do you have questions about what exactly is going on with our new partnerships? Here are some FAQ that might help.

What is the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI)?
The ASI is both a repository for books, records and papers relating to the history of Arkansas and the offices for the Butler Center, the UALR Special Collections, the UALR Urban Policy Forum, the Clinton School of Public Service, and the Arkansas Humanities Council.

Why have UALR and the Butler Center teamed up?
The ASI was built to promote research in the archival collections of the Butler Center and of UALR. Our aim is to assist all visitors in gaining an increased understanding of the depths of the archival holdings and genealogy resources available from the two collections. We are especially pleased to be an enhanced history resource for scholars and students of UALR and of the Clinton School of Public Service.

What is in the ASI collections?
All aspects of Arkansas history for the entire state are represented in the combined collections of the ASI in all types of media, including books, periodicals, manuscripts, microfilmed administrative and military records, and digital resources. Staff members can assist researchers in using indexes to locate resources for all Arkansas localities and events. Visitors also have access to the CALS online databases, and Heritage Quest, for which staff assistance is available.

Where is the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies?
The administrative offices of the Butler Center are located on the 3rd floor of the Geyer & Adams building (for Butler Center information call 501-320-5754).
Butler Center staff members work on all floors of the Geyer & Adams building, for example, processing manuscript collections on the basement floor, curating the CALS art galleries on the 1st floor, and assisting researchers on the 2nd floor.
The browsable book collection of the Butler Center is in the Research Room on the 2nd floor of the Geyer & Adams building, and the archival holdings of the Butler Center are housed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the ASI Manuscript and Rare Book Repository.

Where are the UALR Special Collections?
The offices of the UALR Special Collections & Archives staff are in two locations, on the 2nd floor of the Porbeck & Bowman building (501-320-5770), and on campus in the Ottenheimer Library (501-749-9810.) Finding aids for the UALR Archives collection are in the Research Room on the 2nd floor of the Geyer & Adams building. The UALR Archives are housed on the 3rd floor mezzanine level of the ASI Manuscript and Rare Book Repository. Books from the UALR Special Collections are located in the Ottenheimer Library on the UALR campus.

How do I use the collections?
In the Research Room on the 2nd floor of the Geyer & Adams building, visitors may access books, manuscripts, microfilm, and online databases. Staff members from UALR and the Butler Center are ready to assist with any questions about genealogy (including “How do I begin my family tree?”) and with any research related to the archival holdings.

Do your holdings circulate?
All materials in all the ASI collections are non-circulating. A copier ($0.15 per copy) is available in the research room, and material can be scanned digitally upon request.

Can I book any of your meeting rooms?
Meeting rooms and classrooms are available for scheduled events. Please view our meeting room policies on the meeting room registration form. To schedule use of a meeting room or classroom, contact Holly Mathisen at (501) 320-5712.

Can I take a guided tour of the facility?
Guided tours are available and free of charge for all visitors. Tours must be scheduled beforehand. To schedule a tour, contact Holly Mathisen at(501) 320-5712.


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