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University Archives

The University Archives preserves the institutional memory of Ouachita Baptist University through the preservation of official university records and related items of historical significance.  Established in 1984, the Archives holds several hundred cubic feet of records pertaining to Ouachita's history, a large photographic collection, University publications, portraits and three-dimensional objects.

University offices wishing to transfer non-current records that have lasting value to the institution are encouraged to contact the Archivist, Dr. Lisa Speer, at 870-245-5332 or by email to arrange an onsite consultation.


For Researchers


Browse or search OBU’s Scholarly Commons to find guides to official and unofficial University records held in the Archives.  The University yearbook, the Ouachitonian, has been digitized and can also be viewed on OBU's Scholarly Commons, as can OBU catalogs, student handbooks, graduate theses and select back issues of the alumni magazine, the Ouachita Circle

If you do not find the materials in which you are interested, please contact us.  Some of the records we hold are not yet processed.


Donating Materials


The Archives welcomes donations of material from former students, graduates, faculty and staff, and others. Scrapbooks, programs, memorabilia, photographs, and 3-dimensional objects that document the history of Ouachita are among the types of material appropriate for donation. The Archives also seeks to acquire copies of the very earliest college yearbooks. If you have materials that you would consider donating to the Archives, please contact the Archivist at 870-245-5332 or by email. Browse or search the OBU Scholarly Commons to find guides to materials donated by former students, faculty and staff of Ouachita.


Yearbooks for Purchase


The Archives has a surplus of university yearbooks from decades past that were never distributed. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook from a specific year, please contact us for availability and price.




Founded by Drs. Joe Jeffers and Everett Slavens, Faculty Colloquium is a gathering at which faculty present research and report on professional development activities. English Professor Betty McCommas delivered the first Faculty Colloquium presentation in 1974. 

Presenters for 2022-23 include:

September 7 - Jennifer Fayard (Psychology)
September 21 - Debra Coventry (Mathematics)
October 5 - Megan Foshee (Nursing)
October 19 - Andy Almand (Business)
November 2 - Ben Utter (English)
November 16 - Candice Aipperspach (Music)
November 30 - Raouf Halaby
December 7 - Sarah Smith (English)
January 18 - Sabbatical Recipients Panel
February 15 - Faculty Grant Recipients Panel
March 1 - Haley Jo Wesson (Communication Disorders)
March 15 - Norm Pumphrey (Engineering)
April 5 - Austin Motley (Music)
April 19 - Danielle Watson (Dietetics)
May 3 - Justin Hardin (Academic Affairs)

The library maintains the university’s faculty committee web sites. Each committee posts minutes and other correspondence on the M: network drive in the “Committee Archive” folder.

Minutes from faculty/staff assemblies and meetings are located on the M: network drive in the "Faculty-Staff Meeting Minutes" folder.

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