Alumni records are part directories, part newspapers, and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, etc. You get the idea. If you are seeking genealogy clues, these “records’ are full of them. All of the information is derivative, but it can provide leads for you to search for original documents. And if you are documenting a person’s family story, well, there’s a ton of that kind of information too.
So what am I including in Alumni Records?
- Alumni directories
- Alumni registers
- Alumni newsletters, bulletins, newspapers, and magazines
- Commencement programs
And what information is available in them?
- Graduation dates and degree(s) received
- Current photos and/or those of their family
- Current address lists
- Where are they now and what are they doing?
- Obituaries and “In Memoriam”
- Children born to the alumnus
- Deaths in their family
- Life achievements and awards
- Interesting stories about the alumnus and their family
Below is a list of links to free online alumni record and index collections for the state:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.
(Updated October 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
- Arkansas State University Alumni Magazine
- Arkansas State University Commencement Programs
- Arkansas Tech University Alumni News
- Brown Military Academy Alumni Newsletters
- Harding University Alumni News Bulletins
- John Brown University Brown Alumni Bulletin
- Ouachita Baptist University Alumni Magazine
- Searcy Public High School, Graduates, Class of 1906
- Southern Arkansas University Alumni Magazine
- University of Arkansas Alumni Bulletin, 1913
- University of Arkansas Alumni Magazine
- University of Arkansas College of Engineering Alumni Magazine
- University of Arkansas Commencement Program Books
- University of Arkansas Magazine
- University of Arkansas Monticello Magazine
- University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Magazine
- University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, Alumni in the News
- University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Belltower Alumni Magazine
- University of Central Arkansas Magazine
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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