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The Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. This site is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Don't know where to start? Check out the Arkansas Overview entry.

The Butler Center for Arkansas StudiesThe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System.


Arkansas In Ink
Now available!
Arkansas in Ink: Gunslingers, Ghosts, and Other Graphic Tales, edited by Guy Lancaster and illustrated by Ron Wolfe, is now available! In this special print project of the online EOA, Wolfe’s cartoons—accompanied by selected entries from the EOA—highlight the odd, the absurd, and the celebrated in our state’s history. Arkansas in Ink covers such diverse topics as election fraud, singing cowgirl Patsy Montana, bandit queen Belle Starr, diamonds buried in the Arkansas soil, fake artifacts, ghosts lurking in hotel rooms, turkeys dropping from the sky, the mysterious Gurdon Light, and much more. Published by Butler Center Books, it is available at bookstores and from online retailers, including Butler Center Books’ distributor, the UA Press.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music
The EOA’s other print project, the Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music (Butler Center Books, 2013), is also available at bookstores and from online retailers, including Butler Center Books’ distributor, the UA Press.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift in honor of 8 great years. Mail donations to: CALS/EOA, 100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201 (checks payable to CALS Foundation, with EOA on the memo line) or CLICK HERE to make a credit card donation through the CALS website. Please note that you must choose Encyclopedia of Arkansas from the drop-down menu under Please select an Endowment.

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