The Pryor Center was created in 1999 at the urging of former US Senator David H. Pryor and Barbara Pryor of Arkansas, who have long had an interest in Arkansas history. The Center's mission is to document the cultural heritage of Arkansans by collecting audio and video resources to share with scholars, students, and the public.
The center was developed under the leadership of Dr. Jeannie M. Whayne, who was the chair of the University of Arkansas Department of History. From 2007 to 2009, the center was administered by the University Libraries' Special Collections Department. Today the center is part of the Chancellor's Office and maintains close partnerships with Special Collections and other academic units across the university.
No advance permission is required for the use of Pryor Center materials in educational settings. Educators should directly link to Pryor Center materials, rather than hosting them on other sites.
Requests for reproductions of Pryor Center images, video, audio, or transcripts should be directed to
Most reproductions of library material are provided to patrons solely for the personal study or research use of the individual patron. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. Each patron requesting a reproduction assumes full responsibility for infringement of copyright for any subsequent use exceeding fair use.
Any commercial application or other wide distribution of copyrighted material (including posting to general access websites) is generally not fair use and requires the consent of copyright holders.
To request from the University of Arkansas permission to publish images from these collections, use the Permission of Use Form.