he Arkansas Records Catalog is a state-wide project, but its success relies fully upon its numerous participating repositories. The archives, special collections, libraries, historical and genealogical societies, and museums across our state are devoted to providing the public access to their invaluable collections of Arkansas history.
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11 Seventh Street
Powhatan, AR 72458
A branch of the Arkansas History Commission (State Archives), NEARA's mission is to collect, preserve, and make available, source materials pertaining to the history of northeast Arkansas and its people. Holdings include traditional archival material such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, newspapers, and broadsides. Books, periodicals, and other print resources create a general Arkansas history reference library. The core of NEARA's initial holdings included approximately 500 cubic feet of Lawrence County government records, donated by the Lawrence County Historical Society. These county records are among Arkansas's earliest documentary resources. As the "Mother of Counties," Lawrence County was established in 1815, prior to the creation of Arkansas Territory (1819). NEARA is open to researchers from 8:00am to 4:30pm every Tuesday through Saturday.