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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.


Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music, a special project of the EOA, is now available! This colorful, photo-filled reference work spanning all aspects of Arkansas’s musical past and present includes more than 150 entries on musicians, ensembles, musical works, and events. Covering the genres of blues/R&B, classical/opera, country, folk, gospel/contemporary Christian, jazz, rock, and rockabilly, this encyclopedia has something to interest any lover of Arkansas music and Arkansas history. Published by Butler Center Books, it is available at bookstores and from online retailers, including Butler Center Books’ distributer, the UA Press.

Please consider making a tax-deductable gift in honor of seven 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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