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Archives & Special Collections

This is the home page for Archives & Special Collections, Dean B. Ellis Library, 7th Floor, Arkansas State University

Tower construction, February 1993.

Various yearbook covers

Original Administration Building, Burned in 1931

Library & museum construction, 1979

Using the Archives

Archives & Special Collections is located on the seventh floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library. Our Special Collections contain published items, mostly books, many with ties to Arkansas. Most of our special collection books have been cataloged and are accessible through the library’s online system. Our Archives contains rare and unique items with regional and local ties, such as the personal papers of local politicians. Some of the items in our Archives only exist in our library. Many of the Archives’ manuscript collections are currently unprocessed, but they will be made publicly available once physical and intellectual control has been accomplished. Researchers are advised to contact us to discuss collection availability before they visit.

Generally, these items and collections are available to members of the A-State community and other researchers who are at least eighteen years of age. Patrons must complete a registration form and present current photographic identification in order to use the collections. Because some of the materials are fragile, their use may be restricted.


Monday 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 12pm

Other times by appointment.

We will be closed
November 22-26 for Fall Break.

To ensure public safety during COVID-19, only one visitor is allowed in Archives at a time.


  322 University Loop,
          Jonesboro, AR 72467

7th Floor  7th Floor, A-State Library 

   (870) 972-2960

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7th floor - Non-Circulating Materials

Archives & Special Collections materials are non-circulating. They are for use only in the Archives reading room on the 7th floor. This helps to preserve and protect our unique items. Please contact for an appointment and let us know what material(s) you would like to see.