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Welcome to the Archives and Regional Collection of The Mabee-Simpson Library

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Dogwoods at Lyon College

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Ozark Sunset

Archives and Regional Collection

Welcome to the Regional Studies Center of The Mabee-Simpson Library.  The Regional Studies Center at Lyon College strives to preserve, present, and interpret the history and culture of the Ozark region and its surrounding areas. It promotes scholarship, collects materials relating to the region's history and folklife, and coordinates activities that enhance the public's knowledge of the Ozark region and surrounding areas.

Special collections include the John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection, the Stroud Collection of historic papers, the Craig Genealogy Collection, the Folklore and Oral History Collections, the Presbyterian Collection, the Kennard Collection, and collections of rare books and historic photographs. The Regional Studies Center also serves as caretaker for the Grigsby House, a nineteenth-century cabin on the Lyon College campus.

The Regional Studies Center also has an extensive collection of regional books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, and genealogical materials, as well as the Lyon College archives and a collection of materials related to the history of Lyon College.

Photograph Index

Christmas Party 1958, Arkansas College

Sydenstricker Collection

The Sydenstricker Room contains historical material about Arkansas, this region, and Batesville.  (Opens in a new tab.)


The Genealogy Collection of The Mabee-Simpson Library contains materials about genealogy including local and regional records.  (Opens in a new tab.)

Special Collections

Special Collections are materials that are so fragile they are located in secured areas with special climate control.  (Opens in a new tab.)

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Technical Services Librarian

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Robert Austin
The Mabee-Simpson Library Office #204

Semester Hours 
Sunday 2 p.m. to Midnight
Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to Midnight
Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 1 pm. to 7 p.m.


Easter Break
Closing at 5 p.m. April 18
Closed April 19,20,21
Opening April 22 at 8 a.m. for normal hours


Extended Hours for Finals

 Wednesday, Thursday, May 1-2: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday, May 3: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: 1 to 9 p.m. 
Sunday, May 5:   2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday thru Wednesday, May 6 to 8: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday, May 9: 8 a.m. to Midnight
Friday, May 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12:  CLOSED   

Graduation, May
Closing May 10th at 5 p.m.
Closed weekends after May 10th
​Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 13th
Closed Memorial Day, May 27


2300 Highland Road

Batesville, AR  72501

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Updated 4-17-19

To ensure that Proquest ebook platforms remain updated and secure, ProQuest will be performing maintenance on Ebook Central in April.  This maintenance will take place Saturday, April 20 from 11:00pm to 1:00pm.


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