Other Voices of the Frontier: A Digital Archive of the Arkansas/Oklahoma River Valley

Material Description

A collection of documents, including photographs, artworks, oral history transcripts, personal communications, and newspapers, chronicling the history of minority communities within the Arkansas/Oklahoma River Valley, with a focus on the Fort Smith, AR metropolitan area. Associated groups will include African American, Cuban, Laotian, Hmong, Native American, and Vietnamese communities. Events chronicled within the temporal scope of the collection include the desegregation of Van Buren and Charleston, AR schools, the dwelling of southeast Asian refugees and Cuban refugees at Fort Chaffee (and refugees’ subsequent settlement in the area), and the history of the contemporary African American community in Fort Smith as chronicled by the local newspaper Lincoln Echo. The nominated collections are: Jack E. Hill Collection; Judy Blevins Collection; Lincoln Echo; Dr. Harry McDonald Collection; Southeast Asian Refugees at Fort Chaffee, which includes Sondra LaMar Collection; Fort Chaffee Oral Interviews – SE Asia Relocation: "Operation New Life" Collection; WestArk Community College Collection; Melanie Speer Wiggins Collection; Bobby and Jerry Turner Collection.

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University of Arkansas - Fort Smith


Dr. Lindsy Lawrence
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Mr. Jordan Ruud
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Date Range

1940 - 2016

Geographic Scope

The geographic regions represented in the nominated collections focus on the Arkansas/Oklahoma River Valley, with most of the materials representing the greater Fort Smith, AR metropolitan area, including Fort Chaffee and Van Buren.


  • 3 Artworks