I Found It in the Archives

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), are sponsoring the I Found It In The Archives essay and video contest to show how the items and information found in the nation’s archives touch peoples’ lives.  We’re seeking entrants who have found something special in our collections – records, documents, photos, recordings, a meaningful item or treasure.  If it has meaning to you, it has meaning to us and is a wonderful basis for your entry.

Between now and the close of entries on October 31, 2012, we ask that you submit either:

  • A 400-word essay describing your quest for information and explaining why finding it has made a difference for you, along with a color photograph of you, OR
  • A video of no more than 2 minutes in which you describe your quest for information and explain why finding it has made a difference for you.

The entry form and release, along with contest rules, can be downloaded in PDF format.  The completed entry form and release must accompany your entry and can be submitted along with the essay or video as an attachment to your email. (You may also drop off your entry and this form at our research room desk at 401 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201)

Download entry form here.

There will be up to four finalists in this competition, whose essays or videos will be posted online for a public vote.  The essay or video with the most votes will be declared the winner and will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and lunch with the archivists. The winning entry will be published in the Pulaski County Historical Review.