The primary mission of Archives and Special Collections at Ouachita Baptist University is to preserve records, documents, and select artifacts that chronicle the history of the school from its founding in 1886 to the present. Additionally, the department works with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and the Clark County Historical Association to preserve and provide access to historical materials from these organizations. As a result, Special Collections has rich holdings on Arkansas Baptist history, and the history of Clark County and the surrounding region. Special Collections also holds the papers of several Arkansas politicians of national significance, including former Governor Mike Huckabee, and Congressmen John L. McClellan, Jay Dickey and Mike Ross.
The Archives acquires records, manuscripts, secondary source material, artifacts, and media by transfer, donation, bequest, purchase, and salvage. University offices wishing to transfer records or individuals interested in donating materials may contact the Archivist, Dr. Lisa Speer, at 870-245-5332. Archives staff is unable to provide appraisals.
Researchers planning to visit Archives and Special Collections are encouraged to call or email in advance of their visit to confirm the department’s hours and availability of materials. Researchers are also advised to familiarize themselves with the department’s access and use policies.