We preserve civilization,” University of Central Arkansas Archivist Jimmy Bryant said, “from the standpoint of being able to answer the question of how we got to where we are.”
Bryant oversees the University’s archives. Filling several rooms in the Torreyson Library, the collection contains “tens of thousands of stories,” Bryant said, most relating to Conway but all having Arkansas ties.
The UCA archives were founded in 1986. Bryant said he has seen the collection double in size since he was hired as the university’s archivist in 1998.
The UCA archives are open to the public. Bryant said people from all walks of life have visited the archives, from people seeking to uncover their genealogy to researchers working on books or academic papers.
UCA President Lu Hardin is also a frequent visitor, Bryant said.
“President Hardin is someone who is very interested in history,” he said. “He’s been a big supporter of the archives ever since he’s been here and he’s visited the archives numerous times. He’s very knowledgeable about Arkansas history and especially Arkansas political history.”
For more information about the UCA Archives collection, visit http://archives.uca.edu/index.html ”
Dass ein deutscher Rektor höchstselbst sein Universitätsarchiv aufsucht, erscheint undenkbar.