- he Southwest Regional Archives is dedicated to the purpose
of collecting and preserving primary source materials that bring together
the unique history of Southwest Arkansas. These materials include letters,
journals, maps, scrapbooks, family histories, pictures, pamphlets, newspaper
files, manuscript collections, sheet music, court records, census records,
early post office records, Civil War documents, and a library of rare books
relating to the area.
- he Archives was founded in 1978 with assistance from the
Arkansas History Commission, the Old Washington Historic State Park, and
the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation. In 1980, the Archives became
an independent entity governed by a board of directors composed of two
representatives from Hempstead County and from each of the eleven counties
formed from the original Hempstead County.
- he Archives is located on the southwest Trail
(Highway 195) one-half mile west of the of the 1874 Courthouse and serves
as a central clearing house for the preservation of records to be used
by scholars and researchers of the history of this region of Arkansas.
This is why we say,
- "The story comes together here!"