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University Archivist to Head Encyclopedia of Arkansas Board

March 31, 2004 - Ellen Compton, Archivist with the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, has been chosen President of the Oversight Board for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. The Encyclopedia is being developed by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and will be a broad-based resource about Arkansas and its heritage.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas will be published in 2005 as an online resource, with educational CD and proposed print versions to follow. It is being developed as a collaborative project that will draw upon the expertise of many groups and individuals with an interest in Arkansas history and culture. The Encyclopedia is being produced by a professional staff under the guidance of an Oversight Board and an Editorial Board.

Former Senator David Pryor and Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller are serving as honorary co-chairs of the Oversight Board. In her capacity as President, Compton will work with other administrative officers chosen at the initial meeting of the Oversight Board: Roger Potts, publisher of the Arkansas Legislative Digest, Vice-President; and William “Bill” Norman, a retired banker from Crossett, Secretary-Treasurer.

Additional information about the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, including sample content and opportunities to support the Project, is available at

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