History panel opens collections of gubernatorial papers


LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas History Commission announces the opening of several collections of gubernatorial papers. Over the last year, the gubernatorial papers of Charles Hillman Brough, Harvey Parnell and John E. Martineau have been conserved and have had updated guides created and are now newly available for research.

Each collection holds a variety of archival documents. The Parnell and Martineau papers contain political and administrative documents from their time in office with little personal material. The Brough papers contain both personal and gubernatorial records, including photographs, personal correspondence and scrapbooks.

In 2013, the History Commission was awarded a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council in the amount of $48,500 to conserve and create guides to 16 major collections of Arkansas gubernatorial papers and another 22 small manuscript collections. Along with the three opened gubernatorial collections, 15 of the 22 small manuscript collections have been conserved and are open for research as well.

“We are very appreciative to the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council for the funding it has provided for this project,” said Lisa Speer, Arkansas History Commission director. “As the state archives of Arkansas, the governors’ papers are among the most important papers that we hold documenting the workings of the highest office in state government. The ANCRC’s support allows us to not only provide better protection for these papers, but also to improve public access to them.”

The collections can be viewed in the AHC’s research room from Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.