Arkansas-related teaching materials

Tools for teaching: Top 10 Tips for Researching the ASI Archives (Arkansas Studies Institute)

This document is a step-by-step guide to using archival manuscript collections at the Arkansas Studies Institute for primary materials on keyword topics. The guide steps researchers through advanced searching techniques using the catalog for holdings of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and of the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.


Creator: Anna Lancaster, Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School, 9-12 High School

Category: Tools for teaching

We Heard Them Say: Teachers’ and students’ guide to WWI oral history

Tools for teaching: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) at the Arkansas Studies Institute collects and makes available to the public 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.


Creator: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture

Tools for teaching: Portal for Arkansas K-12 Materials

This portal is designed to help teachers and students locate and use K-12 learning resources developed by University of Arkansas campuses, as well as organizations throughout the state and beyond. It is brought to you by CUACRL, the Council of University of Arkansas College and Research Libraries. The mission of CUACRL is “to share, maintain, promote and expand library resources and services in order to advance learning, teaching, research, and creativity in the state and beyond.”


Creator: University of Arkansas Libraries

Tools for teaching: Fugitives from Injustice: Freedom-Seeking Slaves in Arkansas

The purpose of this study is to describe and analyze the phenomenon of escape and flight as it involved the enslaved people of Arkansas and the Underground Railroad. Of particular significance is the issue of how much aid they received and what form it took; for example were there elements of the famous Underground Railroad operating in Arkansas or perhaps unorganized “friends of the fugitive” as they have been called. A large part of the evidence used comes from a collection of runaway slave advertisements that includes all those extant from 1819, when the first Arkansas newspaper was published, through the end of the Civil War.


Arkansas Historic Preservation Program youth education

One of the AHPP‘s priorities is to instill a preservation ethic in Arkansas’s young people. Every Arkansas community possesses landmark structures and sites that make excellent teaching tools. This knowledge will promote civic pride, and open their eyes to the wonders of the built environment. By using Arkansas’s historic and cultural sites as teaching topics, students will gain a better understanding of their communities and themselves.
AHPP Classroom Resources includes podcasts, videos, lesson plans, coloring books.

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DAH Historic Timelines

Visit this Department of Arkansas Heritage site for the Arkansas History Timelines featuring famous people, places and events of the State.
Prehistory through Secession
Civil War through Reconstruction
Reconstruction through World War II

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DAH Interactive videos

View profesionally produced videos agencies of the Arkansas Department of Heritage.

    • Arkansas’s Civil War Battlefields – Arkansas Historic Preservation Progam
    • Herbarium Specimens – Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
    • Story Behind “The StarSpangled Banner”
    • Arkansas First Ladies’ Gowns – Old State House

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