Instruction Video for the Arkansas History Commission’ s 2016 New Website


Hello. Welcome to the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives website! We’re so glad you are here. Through our site, you can access information about our three facilities around the state, learn about our vast Arkansas history holdings, request materials from us, meet our staff, and much more! Let’s take a short tour of the site so you can see the tools we have available to make your research easier and more productive! The site’s main page is THE place to learn about the latest News and Events concerning the History Commission, including announcements for upcoming free seminars and workshops, and new exhibits, or online collections. Here, we’ll also post notices regarding closures for inclement weather or holidays. From the main page, you can also check out the latest happenings on the Arkansas History Commission’s social media feeds. There are always new updates to our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blog, “From the Vault.” At the bottom of the main page, you’ll find our regional archives and link to the Arkansas Records Catalog, or Ark-Cat, which allows visitors to search for historical collections held at many locations around the state of Arkansas. Across the top of the page, you’ll see the site’s main navigation. At the left, under “About Us,” you can find information about the Arkansas History Commission and our staff, and also on the Black History Commission of Arkansas, and its history and mission, and information on the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program. From “About Us,” you can also visit the websites of the of the History Commission’s two branch locations, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives located in the historic town of Powhatan, in Lawrence County, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, located in historic Washington, in Hempstead County. From here you can find the regional archive’s contact information, location and hours of operation, as well as as find out about nearby amenities, how to request a speaker for your next event, how to volunteer your time at one of these facilities, or how to make a donation. Under “Plan Your Visit,” you’ll find location and hours information, a handy “Things to Know” section that includes research information and tips, a “Frequently Asked Questions” list, policies for conducting research and any of our History Commission facilities, as well as a listing of the many services we offer researchers and any associated costs. Here you’ll also find useful pages on nearby Hotels, Restaurants, and ATM locations. The heart of the site is the “Research Section.” Here, you’ll find an integrated records search, where you can simultaneously search the wide variety of records at the History Commission, by title or personal name. You can search with no filters to ge the broadest array of results, or to narrow your search you can apply filters such as choosing “Newspaper” or “Military Records” to search for a particular record type. You can narrow your search by selecting a specific state and county, or by date range. You can search for records in all three of our facilities at the same time, or limit the search by location if you want if you only want to search the records at one of the thress facilities – no problem! We’ve treid to make finding what you need much easier! The History Commission also holds the largest collection of historical materials in the state. Not sure what you are looking for in our collection? Not to worry. Now you can browse our archival collections, if searching isn’t the best option for you. On our “Browse Archival Collections” page you’ll find an alphabetical list by title of the Arkansas History Commission’s numerous manuscript collections, along with descriptions, and in many cases full-text searchable finding aids. Under the “Research” tab you’ll also find a link to our online catalog, where you can search our large collection of Arkansas and family history books, as well as the Ernie Deane, Persistence of the Spirit, and Arkansas Board of Barber Examiners photographs. From here you’ll also find a link to the AHC’s digital collections site: the Arkansas Digital Ark-ives, where select items from our collections have been digitized and made available online. You’ll find digital collections devoted to Arkansas women’s history, World War I, the Civil War, Ozark folk music, sports, and much much more! Under “Research” you’ll also find a description of many of the patron services the AHC offers, as well as a fillable “Ask-An-Archivist” form, where you can submit research requests directly to us. Have a research topic in mind, but not sure how to get started searching our collections? Our subject guides may help. Our staff has prepared Our staff has prepared subject guides on a variety of topics that will direct you to relevant archival and published material in our collection. We regularly add new guides so keep checking back for new resources! Do you want to learn about all the latest happenings at the Arkansas History Commission, including events and exhibits, or want to request a member of our staff to speak at your next event? The “Outreach” section of the website will help you do all of this and more. Under “Outreach,” you’ll find the latest News and Event posts, as well as the current and previous issues of our monthly newsletter, The Arkansas Archivist, and information on exhibits and publications Forms that you can fill out with specific requests on the “Outreach” section of the website enable you easily request a member of the AHC staff to speak at your next event, request one of our traveling exhibits for display in your town, volunteer your time at one of of our three facilities, or inquire about donating materials for preservation at the Arkansas History Commission. There is also a page where you can find links to other organizations and resources dedicated to Arkansas history. Are you and Arkansas educator or student? If so, the “Resources for Educators” section of the website was designed with you in mind. Here you can find the AHC’s Arkansas History lesson plans, all free to download and use, with digitized primary sources; our online exhibits such as “This Day in Arkansas History,” the “19th Centry Arkansas African American Legislators Gallery,” and the “Arkansas in the Civil War,” which showcases over 1600 digitized documents from our collection. We’ve also provided links here to our subject resource guides and to our digital collections site, the Arkansas Digital Ark-Ives. We hope you’ve enjoyed the welcome tour of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives website. We hope you’ll spend some time here exploring your Arkansas history!

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