As a tribute to Ellen Compton’s extraordinary impact on the University Libraries, and particularly the architectural collections, a memorial fund in her name has been established by Tom and Jill King.
Special Collections intern Craig Huddleston explores the impact of African American legislators who served in the Arkansas General Assembly during Reconstruction, the decades just after the Civil War when federal intervention allowed a brief period of civil and political opportunity for African American leaders in the American South.
“This is a unique time in our collective history, and we feel it is important to document events and stories from our community,” said Amy Allen, university archivist.
The University Libraries have many databases and digital resources collections available even with our campus closed and students and faculty working from distant locations. Here are hints for getting fascinating information about home gardens, food preservation, cooking at home, and other “homesteading” activities from the Arkansas Agricultural Extension Circulars digital collections.
The University Libraries’ Special Collections division and Arkansas Folk and Traditional Arts seek to preserve the personal COVID-19 experiences of University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff. Stories can be submitted online.
We grieve the passing of Ellen Compton, a longtime staff member of the University of Arkansas Libraries and a guiding force in our archivist family. Compton left an indelible mark on Special Collections. She will be forever missed.