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Civil rights movement, outreach, promotion, social media, researchers, hidden collections, archivists


As the recent celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington demonstrated, numerous digital projects and numerous scholarly and popular print publications have made the grander stories and lessons of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s widely available. But what about the lesser known heroes and the local and regional episodes that have not received the same level of interest? Manuscript collections that capture those hidden stories, integral to the achievements—and setbacks—of the Civil Rights Movement, can provide students access to richer understandings of the social and political watersheds of the era. By utilizing select archives in the University of Arkansas Special Collections, such as the papers of the Arkansas Council on Human Relations, Civil Rights Section attorney Arthur Brann Caldwell, and Governor Orval E. Faubus, students acquire greater nuance in their understanding of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as the other local and regional issues. However, promotion of the resources is crucial. This presentation will show how through LibGuides, social media, and other web-based outreach platforms, in concert with traditional in-class instruction and exhibiting, the records of Arkansas’s civil rights experience are made increasingly accessible to students on and off campus.


Poster presentation at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association Pre-Conference in Las Vegas Nevada, June 26-27, 2014.