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Little Rock Now, Then, and Could Have Been: An Archival Tour in Pictures
Little Rock Now, Then, and Could Have Been: An Archival Tour in Pictures

About this Project

Little Rock, Arkansas, is a great city with a rich history. One of the best ways to explore the city’s history is through photographs and images.  This digital exhibit presents a pictorial history of Little Rock Now, Then, and Could Have Been. Here you can see historic photographs of Little Rock learning, playing, shopping, working, […]

Main-Street-ca.-1907

Main Street

Main Street is historically the center of a city, theoretically if not geographically. Little Rock’s Main Street is no exception.

Secretary-in-an-office-of-the-Boyle-Building-ca.-1912-1913

Working

Work builds cities. From constructing buildings that form the city skyline or starting businesses that meet the city’s needs, the work people in Little Rock do forms the lifeblood of the metropolis.

Arkansas-State-Capitol-at-Night-1916

Politicking

Local politics engage a city’s people in both meeting their needs and building their dreams. Sometimes contentious and sometimes humorous, politicking in Little Rock has made the city what it is today.

Two-women-and-nude-child-near-Stabler-Hall-Rock-festival-at-University-of-Arkansas-at-Little-Rock-1974-May-5

Playing

Everyone needs time to relax and enjoy the amenities their city has to offer. There is no shortage of entertainers, venues, and festivals in Little Rock.

In his 1914 Report on a Park System for Little Rock Arkansas, John Nolan proposed a natural green treatment for the Arkansas River bank along Markham Street. Here it intersects with Main Street.

Landmarks

Landmarks make a city recognizable and help establish an identity. Man-made landmarks commemorate or celebrate the events and people that make a city what it is.

Fine-Style-Shoppe-at-116-West-4th-Street-Little-Rock.-1960

Shopping

Who doesn’t love a shopping spree every once in a while? Little Rock’s residents can enjoy a wide range of stores for everyday needs or those occasional days when they need a treat.

St.-Andrews-Cathedral-Seventh-and-Louisiana-undated

Worshipping

Church buildings mark the physical locations where people come together for worship, fellowship, charity, and solace. They also serve as landmarks and anchors for communities within the city.

Group-of-students-studying-in-the-Larson-Library-1949

Learning

Education is critical in building an informed and active citizenry, and a city’s schools serve as centers for ideas, nurturing, and advancement. In its rich history, Little Rock’s schools have been home to everyday epiphanies and civil rights breakthroughs.