Art and the Archive

This guide provides students with information on how archives can be used for research for various art forms.

Researching in the University of Arkansas Special Collections

The Special Collections Division at the University of Arkansas was created in 1967 to encourage research and writing in the history and culture of Arkansas and the surrounding region. Since then, our collections have grown to include architectural records, the personal papers of artists and musicians, historical records documenting the creation of the Fulbright program and international exchanges, as well as the University Archives, rare book collections, and much more. Special Collections also has exhibits throughout the year showcasing items from our collections.


Searching the Collections

To search for Special Collections materials online, you'll use either OneSearch to look for published materials including artists books, rare books, and zines, or ArchivesSpace, the database where you'll find our archival collections.


Doing Research in Special Collections

As a researcher in Special Collections, you'll first create your Special Collections account in Aeon. This online account is how you'll request to view materials in person in the Special Collections reading room, order reproductions of materials, and keep track of your requests.

To learn more about doing research in Special Collections and how to get started, please visit the guide below:

Where to find digitized primary sources from University of Arkansas Special Collections