The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced the launch of its University Museum and Cultural Center‘s (Museum) collections and archive search portal. The portal will serve as a valuable resource for students, faculty, researchers, and the general public to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. Visit the collections by clicking here.
“UAPB and the Museum serve a vast audience worldwide, and hosting this online portal is the first of its kind for us,” Museum Director Stephanie Sims said. “This research portal will allow alums, students, and UAPB supporters to learn more about the university through photographs, yearbooks, and commencement and homecoming programs from the comfort of their homes. We hope the portal will garner visibility to the museum’s infinite collection on UAPB, the Arkansas Delta, and African American history and culture in the South.”
The Museum’s portal is a user-friendly online platform that will provide access to digitized items that capture college life dating back to 1873. Currently, homecoming and commencement programs beginning as early as 1891 are visible. Online visitors are asked to check in regularly to see what new items have been added.
The portal’s launch is a significant milestone for UAPB as the institution celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander said the online collections strengthens the university’s connection to the local community.
“This portal is an important part of preserving and promoting the 150-year history and culture of UAPB, Arkansas AM&N, and Branch Normal College,” Chancellor Alexander said. “By making our collections accessible to the public, we hope to inspire a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage.”
UMCC and its activity is paid in total or in part by funding from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services Program, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.
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