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A Thing of Beauty and Convenience: The History and Evolution of the Central Arkansas Library System

Since the opening of the single Carnegie Library in 1910, library service in Little Rock has evolved to include multiple branches in two counties. The story of the Central Arkansas Library System is filled with unique personalities, grassroots efforts, and visionary ideas. Historian, librarian, and archivist Tim Nutt will highlight the history of CALS and some of the important events and individuals that have contributed to the system’s success.

Tim Nutt is the director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Previously, he was employed at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, most recently as head of Special Collections. From 1993 to 2005, he was employed at the Central Arkansas Library System as a cataloger, reference librarian, and founding deputy curator of the Butler Center for Arkansas. He also served as the founding managing editor and staff historian of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. He received a BA in history from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s in library science, with an emphasis in archives, from the University of Oklahoma. He is immediate past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and a Certified Archivist.

About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas related topics. Program are held from noon to 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. A library parking discount is available upon request. For more information, call 918-3030.

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May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm