Research Library

Workers Packing ApplesThe Research Library consists of approximately 4,000 articles, books, research manuscripts, maps, cemetery and obituary records, and photocopies of historical documents and local directories. There are also oral histories and microfilm of early local newspapers. An indexed collection of over over 25,000 indexed, copied historic photographs on local topics is available for research browsing or with permission a duplicate can be purchased.

The Research Library is open and available for public use from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Research assistance is available, as is photocopying at 10¢ per standard page.

Photograph Topics


The photo duplication project produced historic photographs available for research on these topics:
  • Agriculture
  • Amusements
  • Animals
  • Apple Blossom
  • Businesses
  • Education
  • Education Buildings
  • Fairs / Parades
  • Government and Public Utilities
  • Houses
  • Medicine
  • Miscellaneous
  • Monte Ne
  • Natural Resources
  • Organizations
  • People
  • Religion
  • Scenery
  • Sports
  • Thaden, Louis
  • Transportation
  • War
  • Will Rogers

Research Topics


The library’s vertical files are indexed and include the following topics:
  • Agriculture
  • Amusements
  • Apple Blossom Festivals
  • Arkansas
  • Banks
  • Benton County
  • Blake / Rogers
  • Buildings
  • Businesses
  • Cemeteries
  • Christmas Customs
  • Churches
  • Coin Harvey / Monte Ne
  • Doctors
  • Hotels
  • Law
  • Mining-Treasure
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Object Information
  • Organizations
  • Orphan Train
  • Photographers
  • Places
  • Railroads
  • Roads
  • Rogers: City Documents
  • Rogers: City Offices
  • Schools
  • Social Life
  • Thaden, Louise
  • Technology
  • Victorian Customs
  • Victorian Decorating
  • Victorian History
  • War

Additional Information


A wealth of information is available to researchers on our website through both the Photo of the Month and the Donation of the Month entries. The museum’s collections are also available to researchers through prior arrangement. To inquire about research use of collections, please email Jennifer Kick, collections manager.