Archives Reading Room

Patrons can visit the PSC Archives Reading Room Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to research, study or view the collections and exhibits. Please schedule a meeting prior to visiting the Archives. Archival records, like other Special Collections material, do not circulate.  All visitors will be asked to sign-in to use archival materials. Patrons can sign in at the front desk or complete the online PSC Archives Registration Form. Some materials may include sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and/or state privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who find sensitive personal information, including but not limited to social security numbers and student records, in any collection should notify a staff member.

Research Requests

Research inquiries prior to a site visit are encouraged. The Archives will make reasonable efforts to locate and gather the information you need in a timely manner. Submit a PSC Archives Request Form  and allow up to five business days for processing. For expedited inquiries, please call 501-370-5263 or 501-370-5306 to speak with the Archives staff. 

Donating Materials

 Philander Smith College Archives welcomes donations of collections and individual items. Donations are often invaluable sources for primary research and for helping to strengthen our research collections. The Archives also welcomes and appreciates financial contributions to defray the cost of processing materials.

Subject areas of long-term interest to the PSC Archives include materials relating to Philander Smith College, civil rights and social justice, individual and organizational papers relevant to the college or Little Rock, Arkansas, photographs, letters, diaries, yearbooks, oral histories, genealogies, scrapbooks, rare books, and audio/visual materials. 

If you are interested in donating organizational records or personal papers to Philander Smith College, please contact the Archives by phone at 501.370.5263, 501-370-5306, or via email at kanderson@philander.edu.