The Arkansas State Archives was created by Arkansas Act 215 on April 27, 1905.
Minutes of the Arkansas State Archives
Meeting of July 6, 1905
In accordance with the provisions of the act of April 27, 1905, James K. Jones, president of the Arkansas Historical association, appointed the following members of the Arkansas History Commision: Col. Benj. S. Johnson, Little Rock; Hon. R.J. Wilson, Fayetteville; Hon. C.D. Greaves, Hot Springs; Hon. W.H. Langford, Pine Bluff; and Prof. J.H. Reynolds, Fayetteville.
Col. Johnson on June 30 issued a call for the commission to meet in his office at Little Rock at 10 A.M. July 6, 1905. At the time appointed the commission met and organized. All of the members were present except Hon. R.J. Wilson of Fayetteville who was detained on account of legal business.
The commission organized by electing Col. Johnson chairman and Professor Reynolds secretary. The law creating the commission was read and its provisions discussed. The scope and methods of the work of the commission were discussed and plans adopted. The secretary was instructed to have the necessary stationary prepared and to prepare and to have printed two circulars one containing the law and the other a general circular giving the purpose and the plans of the Commission and an outline of their proposed report.
The secretary read the proposed outline of the work of the commission which after discussion was adopted. The work was then apportioned among the members as is shown in Circular 1 given below. It was decided that each member should have his matter ready for the printer by August 1, 1906 and that the first volume of the publications should be ready for distribution Jan. 1, 1907. It was further decided that the chairman might appoint associate members of the commission upon the nomination of any member, and that their names should appear in the printed report.
The commission then adjourned subject to the call of the chairman.
Benj. S. Johnson, Chairman
J.H. Reynolds, Secretary
These are handwritten minutes taken at the first Arkansas State Archives meeting.
This is the very first record of our agency created 110 years ago. - April Goff
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