Arkansas Church Records

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Some church records for Arkansas churches are available at the Arkansas History Commission. These include published church histories, church records, newspapers, and manuscript collections. The following are repositories for Arkansas church records:

Baptist. Arkansas Baptist State Convention Collection, Ouachita Baptist University, Riley Library, 410 Ouachita, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.

Episcopal. The Bishop’s Office, 509 Scott St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

Lutheran. Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, 3558 S. Jefferson St., St. Louis, M0 63103.

Methodist. North Arkansas Conference Depository, Hendrix College, Olin C. Bailey Library, Washington and Front Streets, Conway, AR 72032; and Little Rock Conference Depository, Methodist Headquarters Building, 1723 Broadway, Little Rock, AR 72204.

Presbyterian. Arkansas College Library, Batesville, AR 72501.

Roman Catholic. Chancery Office, St. John’s Seminary, North Tyler and I St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

Other helpful sources include the following:

  • WPA. A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in the State of Arkansas. Little Rock, Ark.: Historical Records Survey, 1942.
  • ———. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in Arkansas. Vol. 2, Church Archives. Little Rock, Ark.: Historical Records Survey, 1942.