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!"


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