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Arkansas Baptist  [286.1767 A721]

Names of ministers from selected early issues of the Arkansas Baptist newspaper, together with the date of issue and page number. Ministers’ list only; not a comprehensive index.

Baptist Associations 

From Baptists in Arkansas: An Every-Name Index of Arkansas Baptist Association Records at Ouachita Baptist University, 1820-1900, entries include names of Arkansas Baptists from all across the state, from the most comprehensive collection of Arkansas association records available anywhere. The association name is given along with year of record.

Baptist Biography  [922.673 G738b]

Names of subjects of biographical sketches from the three-volume Baptist Biography edited by B.J.W. Graham, published circa 1917. Volume number : page number in book.

Brands and Ear Marks 

Names found in Brands and Ear Marks, 1847-1861 compiled by Meeks Etchieson from records in the Clark County courthouse. The volume includes names of individuals registering the markings used to identify livestock in Clark County from 1847 to 1861, as well as a brief description of those marks and brands.

CCHA Vertical Files 

Titles of folders found in the Clark County Historical Association’s Vertical Files, which include  newsclippings and compiled family histories in addition to information on specific individuals, topics, and communities. The files have been gathered over the course of several decades. The collection began as a catch-all for items having valuable information or other important content, but not associated with other specific manuscript collections. However, intentional newsclipping collecting efforts greatly increased the number and significance of the files during the past twenty years.

Clark County, Arkansas, Circuit Court Records Index, 1819-1878 

Names found in Index to Circuit Court Records, Clark County, Arkansas: 1819-1878, which is an every-name index of Clark County Circuit Court records. All persons associated with any given case are listed in this comprehensive index of the court’s files. File numbers (not case numbers) are listed.

Clark County, Arkansas, Civil Court Records Index, 1884-1920 

Names found in Index to Circuit Court Records (Civil), Clark County, Arkansas: 1884-1920, which is an every-name index of Clark County Circuit Court/Civil records. All persons associated with any given case are listed in this comprehensive index of the court’s files. File numbers (not case numbers) are listed.

Clark County Assorted Court Records 

Names included in miscellaneous records of all types and time periods of Clark County history. The unfiled, “loose” documents were found throughout the courthouse basement area in the 1990s, and were gathered together to form this set of records. File numbers (not case numbers) are listed.

Clark County Deeds of Trust (loose), 1915-1916 

Names from Deeds of Trust for 1915 and 1916. Deeds of Trust establish an agreement between a lender and a borrower to transfer an interest in the borrower's property, to secure the payment of a debt by the borrower, and can be used in place of a mortgage. Animals and cotton are the most commonly used form of security in these documents.

Clark County Historical Journal  [929.376749 C592c]

Names found in the Clark County Historical Journal, the annual publication of the Clark County Historical Association, and includes issues from 1973 through 2014. Each year’s Journal contains a variety of articles pertaining to all different eras of Clark County history. Year of publication (in parentheses), page numbers in book.

Clark County, Past and Present  [929.37674 C592 1992]

Names and subjects found in Clark County, Arkansas: Past and Present, a comprehensive history of the county and its people, published by the Clark County Historical Association. The volume includes hundreds of pages of biographies and family histories. Page numbers in book are shown.

Criminal Court Records Index, Clark County, Arkansas, 1879-1951

Names found in Law and Order in Clark County, Arkansas: 1879-1951, which is an every-name index of Clark County Circuit Court/Criminal records. Law enforcement officers, witnesses, jurors, attorneys, court officials and the alleged offenders are all included from the court’s files. File numbers (not case numbers) are listed.

Clark County Redemption Certificates, 1933-1934

Names of individuals who paid their real estate property taxes late or not at all, and the person who eventually made payment. Land owners could “redeem” (or pay) their taxes to remove the threat of losing their property, or, unpaid balances could also be subject to sale to a third party. These certificates provided proof that taxes were paid.

Clark County Tax Records, 1866-1900

Names of taxpayers in Clark County for tax years 1866 through 1900.  Some entries are for real estate taxes, and some for personal property, listed by year of tax record.

Happenings in Okolona and Antoine, 1931-1936 

Entries from the index of Happenings in Okolona and Antoine Township, Volume II, 1931-1936: From the Southern Standard and the Gurdon Times, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page numbers : column in book.

Happenings in Okolona and Antoine, 1937-1939 

Entries from the index of Happenings in Okolona and Antoine Township, Volume III, 1937-1939: From the Southern Standard and the Gurdon Times, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page numbers : column in book.

Happenings in Okolona, 1940-1941

Entries from the index of Happenings in Okolona and Antoine Township, Volume IV, 1940-1941: From the Southern Standard and the Gurdon Times, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page numbers : column in book.

Happenings in Okolona and Antoine, 1942

Entries from the index of Happenings in Okolona and Antoine Township, Volume V, 1942: From the Southern Standard and the Gurdon Times, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page numbers : column in book.

History of Arkansas Baptists (Rogers)

Names of individuals from History of Arkansas Baptists by J.S. Rogers, published by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention at the time of the Convention’s centennial, 1948.  Page numbers of book.

Missouri Baptist Biography [286.1778 M678b]

Names from the six-volume Missouri Baptist Biography: A Series of Life-Sketches Indicating the Growth and Prosperity of the Baptist Churches as Represented in the Lives and Labors of Eminent Men and Women in Missouri, prepared at the request of the Missouri Baptist Historical Society by J. D. Maple and R. P. Rider and published circa 1914-1925.  Volume number : page numbers of book.

News from Amity, 1871-1911  [929.376749 A516m]

Entries from the index of Richard Melancthon Burke’s “Amity Items” and Other News From Amity, 1871-1911, from the Southern Standard and the Daily Siftings Herald compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Amity, 1912-1958 [929.376749 H682e]

Entries from the index of Emily S. Hobbs’ “Amity News” and Other News from Amity Printed in the Daily News, the Daily Siftings Herald, and the Southern Standard, 1912-1958 compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Amity, 1959-1977 

Entries from the index of Mammy Owl’s Meditations, Grace Matthews’ Amity Report, and Other News from Amity from the Southern Standard and the Daily Siftings Herald, 1959-1977 compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Amity, 1977-1980  [929.376749 M439n]

Entries from the index of Grace Matthews’ News from Amity, Published in the Arkadelphia Southern Standard compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Amity, 1979-1985  [929.376749 M439g]

Entries from the index of Grace Matthews' “Amity News” and Other News from Amity Published in the Southern Standard and Daily Siftings Herald, 1979-1985, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Free Hill, 1931-1937 

Entries from the index of News from Free Hill, 1931-1937, Published in Clark County’s Southern Standard, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number : column in book.

News from Graysonia, 1908-1951 

Entries from the index of News from Graysonia, 1908-1951, from the Southern Standard, the Gurdon Times, the Daily Siftings Herald, the Old Time Chronicle, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Hollywood, 1869-1912

Entries from the index of News from Hollywood, Volume I, Copied from the Arkadelphia Southern Standard and the Daily Siftings Herald, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Hot Spring County 

Entries from the index of News from Hot Spring County: Point Cedar to Brown Springs compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number : column in book.

News from Lenox, 1907-1972 

Entries from the index of News from Western Clark County: Brushy, Free Union, Lenox, Sodom, Printed in the Southern Standard and the Daily Siftings Herald, 1907-1972 compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book.

News from Midway, 1930-1975 

Entries from the index of News from Western Clark County: Mrs. Paul (Fern) Smith’s “News from Midway,” Published in the Daily Siftings Herald, 1930-1975, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association.  Page number : column in book

News from Okolona, 1869-1930

Entries from the index of Happenings in Okolona and Antoine Township, Volume IV, 1940-1941: From the Southern Standard and the Gurdon Times, compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number : column in book.

News from Piney, Long Creek, 1880-1927

Entries from the index of News from Piney and Long Creek, Volume I, compiled by Joy Graham Grant and Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number : column in book.

News from Piney, Long Creek, 1928-1954

Entries from the index of News from Piney and Long Creek, Volume II, compiled by Joy Graham Grant and Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number in book.

News from Western Clark County, Fendley, 1904-1945 

Entries from the index of News from Western Clark County, Fendley, Published in the Southern Standard, 1904-1945, Free Hill and Valley in Western Hot Spring County compiled by Allen B. Syler, published by the Clark County Historical Association. Page number : column in book.

OBU Signal

Names and subjects appearing in the Ouachita Baptist University student newspaper, The Signal, with date of publication and page number.  The index includes the earliest years (1917-1919) as well as recent years.  Intervening years are added regularly.

Ouachita Baptist University, The First 100 Years  [378.76749 A776o]

Names and subjects from Ouachita Baptist University, The First 100 Years, the university’s centennial history by Mike Arrington. Numbers refer to pages in book.

Through the Eyes of Farrar Newberry

Names and subjects from Through the Eyes of Farrar Newberry: Clark County, Arkansas, a compilation of Newberry’s local history articles that appeared in Arkadelphia’s Southern Standard newspaper. Writing in the 1950s and 1960s, Newberry utilized oral histories, documents that have not survived the past six decades, historical sites long since vanished, and his own personal recollections to tell the story of Clark County and Arkansas. Numbers refer to pages in book.

We Were There: Clark Countians in World War II 

Names from the Clark County Historical Association’s book, We Were There: Clark Countians in World War II, published in 1995.  The book documents the service of men and women of Clark County, both on the home front and in uniform, during 1941-1945. Numbers refer to pages in book.

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