118 E. Dickson St., Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 info@washcohistoricalsociety.org (479) 521-2970

Research

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If you’re looking to do research, the following local agencies provide a wealth of resources. The historical society itself conducts research into the history of Washington County. For instance, the Washington County Historical Society recently produced an “Annotated Bibliography on Black Settlers of Washington County, Arkansas,” to help researchers who want to study the African American pioneers of the county. John Erwin and the Black Setters Committee of the Washington County Historical Society compiled the annotated bibliography, which was funded by a Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant from the Black History Commission of Arkansas, Arkansas History Commission. Download a PDF copy of the bibliography.

Because of the excellent and comprehensive research facilities available in Northwest Arkansas, the Washington County Historical Society has chosen to be an interpretive museum rather a research facility.


There are a number of excellent research facilities in Northwest Arkansas, each of which is staffed by professionals who can help you with your research.


Grace Keith Genealogical Collection, Fayetteville Public Library, Corner of School and Mountain Streets, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 479-856-7250. This is one of the most comprehensive genealogical research facilities in this region. The staff will do research for individuals at a nominal charge. Email: questions@faylib.org. Website: www.faylib.org

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 West Johnson, Springdale, AR 72764. 479-750-8165. This facility has an outstanding collection of historical photographs as well as other research material although it is primarily a museum and not a research facility. Please call in advance if you wish to use any of their research materials. For photo info the email is shiloh@springdalear.gov. Website: www.ShilohMuseum.org.

Special Collections, Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 479-575-5577. Toll free number is 866-818-8115. FAX: 479-575-6656. This facility has an extensive collection of original documents and photographs covering many aspects of Arkansas history. Website: libinfo.uark.edu/SpecialCollections

Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society, Members will do research for a reasonable price. For details see their web site at www.wcags.org. Email is wcags@hotmail.com. This group meets at Headquarters House the second Sunday of each month at 2 pm. The public is invited. When the meeting date falls on a holiday the meeting is rescheduled. See their web site for those dates.

We will search the index of our journal, Flashback, for selected subjects. Copies of old Flashbacks are available for purchase for $6.00, no fee for mailing, or you can pick a copy up in our office. Please call to verify open hours, 479-521-2970. The Fayetteville Public Library also has a complete set of our historical journal, Flashback, and an index. Call them, 479-856-7250.


The following websites can also provide research material: