Arkansas: Bibliography and Sources

Arkansas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor and Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist and Digital Compiler; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant

Copyright The Newberry Library 2008

Allen, Desmond Walls. Marion County, Arkansas Tax Records, 1841–1866. Conway, Ark.: Arkansas Research, 1988.

Arkansas. Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas. Little Rock, 1836–. Title varies. The session laws of the state of Arkansas. Cited as Ark. Acts.

Arkansas Supreme Court. Reports of Cases Argues and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas. Vols. 1–. 1888­–. Reports of cases heard before the Supreme Court of Arkansas, beginning with the January 1837 term. Cited as Ark. Rpts.

Arkansas Territory. Acts Passed by the General Assembly of the Territory of Arkansas. Little Rock, 1821–1835. Title varies. The session laws of Arkansas Territory. Cited as Ark. Terr. Acts.

Arnold, W. H., Sr. "Historical Sketch Relating to Establishment of State Line Between Arkansas and Texas and Relating to the Creation of the Old and New Miller County, Arkansas." Arkansas Historical Quarterly 5 (1946):184–188.

Baker, Russell Pierce. Township Atlas of Arkansas. Rev. ed. Hot Springs: Arkansas Genealogical Society, 1987.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas: Comprising a Condensed History of the State, a Number of Biographies of Its Distinguished Citizens, a Brief Descriptive History of Each of the Counties Mentioned, and Numerous Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of Such County. Chicago, 1890.

Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Clark County, Arkansas, Deluxe Edition. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005.

Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Columbia County, Arkansas, Deluxe Edition. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005.

Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Saline County, Arkansas, Deluxe Edition. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005.

Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Van Buren County, Arkansas, Deluxe Edition. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Publishing Co., 2006.

[Bruce, Virginia M.] Original Land Entries: Saline County, Arkansas, from U. S. Government Tract Books. Fort Smith, Ark.: The Ancestor Shoppe, 1982.

Clark, Joseph Stanley. “Eastern Boundary of Oklahoma.” Chronicles of Oklahoma 11 (1933):1084–1110.

Colton, J. H. “[Map of] Arkansas.” No. 37, New York, 1856. At David Rumsey Map Collection,

Dougan, Michael B. Arkansas Odyssey: The Saga of Arkansas from Prehistoric Times to Present. Little Rock: Rose Publishing Co., 1994.

Filby, P. William, comp. Bibliography of American County Histories. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985.

Ford, Royal E. History of Scott County, Missouri. Oak Ridge, Mo.: Royal E. Ford, 1939.

Gabler, Ina. “Lovely’s Purchase and Lovely County.” Arkansas Historical Quarterly 19 (Spring 1960): 31–39.

Gammel, Hans P. N., comp. Laws of Texas, 1822–1897. 10 vols. Austin, 1898. A careful republication of laws passed under Mexican Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the state of Texas through 1897.

Handbook of Texas Online, A remarkable compilation on all aspects of Texas history and culture; very searchable.

Hanson, Gerald T., and Carl H. Moneyhon. Historical Atlas of Arkansas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.

Henderson, Shannon J. Arkansas Gazette Index: An Arkansas Index. 7 vols. Russellville: Arkansas Tech University Library, 1976–1983. An index to this important Arkansas newspaper covering the period 1819 through 1879.

Kane, Joseph Nathan. American Counties: Origins of Names, Dates of Creation and Organization, Area, Population, Historical Data, and Published Sources. 3d ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972.

Killgore, Nettie Hicks. History of Columbia County. 1947. Reprint, N.p.: Southwest Arkansas Genealogical Society, 1976.

Loberg, David L. “The Mapping of Arkansas, 1541–1900.” Master’s thesis, University of Arkansas, 1976.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Session Laws. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1936. Complemented by Pollack (below), this guide lists all state session laws through 1935.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Statutes of States of the United States of America, Including Revisions, Compilations, Digests, Codes and Indexes. Providence: Oxford Press, 1937. The most complete guide to state codes through 1937.

Marshall, Thomas Maitland. History of the Western Boundary of the Louisiana Purchase, 1819–1841. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1914.

Missouri Territory. Laws of a Public and General Nature, of the District of Louisiana, of the Territory of Louisiana, of the Territory of Missouri, and of the State of Missouri, Up to the Year 1824. Vol. 1. Jefferson City, Mo., 1842. Cited as Mo. Terr. Laws.

Morris, John W., Charles R. Goins, and Edwin C. McReynolds. Historical Atlas of Oklahoma. 2nd ed. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1976.

Morse, Sidney E. “[Map of] Arkansas.” 1845. At David Rumsey Map Collection,

Mueller, Myrl Rhine. History of Greene County, Arkansas. Little Rock: Parkhurst Book Design, 1984.

Nichols, Cheryl. “Construction of the Military Road between Little Rock and Fort Gibson. Research Report for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. May 2003.”

Ordinances of the State Convention, Which Convened in Little Rock, May 6, 1861. Little Rock, 1861. A special convention to consider secession was approved by Arkansas voters on 18 February 1861. After initially voting again seceding, the convention reconvened on 6 May and immediately voted to secede from the Union. Delegates subsequently authorized a new state constitution and passed a number of new laws. The Arkansas Supreme Court later confirmed as valid those ordinances that did not conflict with U.S. law.

Outline Map of Sebastian Co., Arkansas. Chicago: E.L. Hayes and Co., 1887.

Parry, Clive, ed. Consolidated Treaty Series. 231 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N. Y.: Oceana Publications, 1969–1981.

Paullin, Charles O. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Edited by John K. Wright. Washington, D.C., and New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and American Geographical Society of New York, 1932. Excellent section on international and interstate boundary disputes.

Pollack, Ervin H., comp. Supplement with Bibliographical Notes, Emendations, and Additions to the Check List of Session Laws, Complied by Grace E. MacDonald. Preliminary ed. Boston: National Association of State Libraries, 1941. Fills gap in MacDonald’s 1936 compilation (above) to produce the most complete list of state session laws through 1935.

Rabenhorst, Thomas D., and Carville V. Earle, eds. Historical U.S. County Outline Map Collection, 1840–1980. Baltimore: Department of Geography, University of Maryland (Baltimore County), 1984. A portfolio of redrawn federal maps; no supporting text or documentation.

Reynolds, John Hugh. "Western Boundary of Arkansas." Publications of the Arkansas Historical Association 2 (1908):211–236.

Rohrbough, Malcolm J. Land Office Business: Settlement and Administration of American Public Lands, 1789–1837. New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.

Royce, Charles C., comp. “Indian Land Cessions in the United States.” Part 2 of Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 1896–1897. Washington, D.C., 1899. The standard authority in its field; state maps detail all Indian land-cession treaties with the federal government.

Sealock, Richard B., Margaret M. Sealock, and Margaret S. Powell. Bibliography of Place-Name Literature: United States and Canada. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1982.

Shannon, Karr. History of Izard County, Arkansas. Little Rock: Democrat Printing and Lithographing Co., 1947.

Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1987.

Stewart, Lowell O. Public Land Survey: History, Instructions, Methods. 1935. Reprint. Minneapolis: Meyers Printing Co., 1976.

Strickland, Rex W. "Miller County, Arkansas Territory: The Frontier That Men Forgot." Parts 1–3. Chronicles of Oklahoma 18 (March 1940):12–34; "Establishment of 'Old' Miller County, Arkansas Territory," 18 (June 1940):154–170; "Final Break-Up of 'Old' Miller County," 19 (March 1941):37–54.

Swindler, William F., ed. Sources and Documents of United States Constitutions. 10 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N. Y.: Oceana Publications, 1973–1979. The most complete and up-to-date compilation for the states.

Territorial Papers of the United States. Vols. 1–26 edited by Clarence E. Carter; vols. 27–28 edited by John P. Bloom. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1934–1975. Cited as Terr. Papers U.S.

Thomas, David Y., ed. Arkansas and Its People: A History, 1541–1930. 2 vols. New York: American Historical Society, 1930.

Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790–1920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. An atlas of well-designed county outline maps for each state, accompanied by a bibliography and an explanation of methodology.

Tyson, Carl Newton. Red River in Southwestern History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1981.

United States. Statutes at Large of the United States of America, 1789–1873. 17 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1845–1874. Vols. 18–. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1875–. Cited as U.S. Stat.

U.S. General Land Office. “Map of Arkansas.” No. 10, 1866. At David Rumsey Map Collection,

United States Geological Survey. Fort Smith [Arkansas] Sheet [map]. 1887, ed. of 1890, repr. 1916.

Van Zandt, Franklin K. Boundaries of the United States and the Several States. Geological Survey Professional Paper 909. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1976. The standard compilation for its subject.

Welborn, Claude A. Red River Controversy: The Western Boundary of the Louisiana Purchase. N.p.: Nortex Offset Publications, 1973.

Wright, Pauline Williams, and Barbara McDow Caffee, comps. Clark County, Arkansas: A Genealogical Source Book. 2 vols. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1982–1994.