The ASI Partnership

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), have created the state’s largest facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas history and culture in the Arkansas Studies Institute building.

The collections are managed by the two institutions’ respective departments:

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Since 1978, the mission of the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been to collect and make available resources on Arkansas history and the region. These materials include letters, legal documents, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, pamphlets, books, journals, newspapers, and other materials. In total, the collections comprise about 10,000 linear feet, 70,000+ images, and approximately 8,000 books.