Welcome to the Historical Research Center

The Historical Research Center office is located on the fifth floor of the Library, room 5/109. It is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm. See the Library calendar for holidays.

The Robert Watson History of Medicine Room, a component of the HRC, is a quiet study area located in room 1/112 on the first floor.



The goal of the Historical Research Center is to preserve UAMS history and the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. See our animated timeline. This is accomplished by the collection and preservation of classics in the health sciences, i.e., the History of Medicine and associated collections; and by collecting and preserving the archives of UAMS and Arkansas health scientists.

Historical Research Center Services include; answering reference requests, accepting recommendations for books for the History of Medicine collection, consults with patrons about donations to the collection or locating historical books, photographs or archival materials, provide genealogical information on Arkansas Health Scientists.

News & Events

Open House

New Dental Collection Acquired

HRC Digital Collections


Additional Research Resources

The UAMS Library provides historical/general interest exhibits in its main exhibit area located in the lobby area of the Central Building. Exhibits are changed twice a year. If you have suggestions for an exhibit contact Tim Nutt, 501-686-6735.

Tim Nutt, Director, Historical Research Center
(501) 686-6735

Suzanne Easley, Archivist/Assistant Director
(501) 686-6882

April Hughes, Historical Research Center Assistant
(501) 686-6733

Donation Information

If you have materials you wish to donate, please review the following information:



The Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions is a friends group for the UAMS Library’s Historical Research Center. Its purpose is to enhance the resources of the history collection beyond the Library’s regular resources.
The Society has sponsored exhibits and lectures, encouraged contributions of both books and funds, and undertaken special projects such as the plaque presented to the Library in honor of early physician donors and the placement of site markers at former locations of the College of Medicine.
A newsletter is published twice yearly. An annual research award is offered to a successful applicant who is interested in preparing a paper on the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. Guidelines for submission of the proposal are available online. Each year a dinner meeting is held in the fall and a distinguished lecturer presents a topic of historical interest.
Dr. Robert Watson served as first president of the organization. Our membership numbers about a hundred, but we are continually seeking more to join us in meeting the organization’s goals. For more information on the Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions, please visit our website or contact Tim Nutt (686-6735).