Arkansas Genealogy

This guide is designed to assist with using the archival and history resources of the University of Arkansas Libraries for conducting family history and genealogical research.

Arkansas Newspapers & Microfilm

Mullins Library holds the second largest newspaper archives in the state. While libraries are increasingly utilizing technology to digitize newspapers, the majority of Arkansas newspapers are preserved on microfilm. You will find the microfilm copies of Arkansas newspapers available in the library's Periodicals department.

Microfilm may be accessed on-site by the general public. However, one of the distinct advantages available to non-local genealogists is that Mullins Library allows most of our microfilm to circulate out to patrons via interlibrary loan. Most public library systems will provide an interlibrary loan service, so you should have access to the information that you need without having to travel. For more information about using Interlibrary Loan, please see the 'Interlibrary Loan' tab.

Arkansas Newspaper Print Resources

The Libraries have a large collection of newspapers from all regions of the state.

Use the search box to the right to locate our papers by place or time period or name.

Below are some additional resources for Arkansas papers.


Fayetteville Democrat Masthead

Try for online access to more than 2 dozen Arkansas papers. Most stories date from 1900-1980.  (To use this specific digital database you will need to have a library account).

For additional assistance, please see our subject guide for using the library's newspaper resources.

Arkansas Newspaper Search

Looking for Arkansas news from a particular place or time?

Use our Arkansas Newspaper Search to identify papers by county, city, or time period.

Note that not all location / decade combinations may be available.

Please note that while we make every effort to include new electronic holdings, not all new electronic papers may be included. Ask us if you have questions about a specific locale or paper.

Shirley Brendel's Guide to Arkansas Newspapers

As a reference tool, Shirley Brendel's Arkansas Newspapers is a valuable resource for conducting genealogical research. What makes this guide so useful is the way in which the information for newspapers is arranged. You can research for all the newspapers within a given county and easily see the years the paper was being published, where it was being published, and where the papers are archived in the state.