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Overview of Collections

Archives and Special Collections at Ouachita Baptist University holds a large body of primary and secondary source materials on the history of the school, on Arkansas Baptists, and on local history.  Our holdings include printed books, manuscripts, county records, maps, photographs, newspapers, audiovisual recordings, and three-dimensional objects.  Archives and Special Collections materials do not circulate and may only be used in the department's research room.

Printed Materials


Printed materials, including family histories, historical journals, newspapers, and Baptist associational annuals, may be searched in the Library Catalog.

Archival Collections


Archival collections, including private and business papers, records of religious, educational, business, social, and civic organizations, county government records, and political papers may be searched by keyword or name in the department's Collections Database. Guides to archival collections may also be browsed in the OBU Scholarly Commons. We add new materials regularly, so please check our site frequently for updates and new guides.

Photographs and Recordings


For access to photographs and recordings, please contact the department at 870-245-5332 or by email.

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