Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Digitization Project Update



Digital Collections

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library provides patrons with access to several Jefferson County historical documents such as year books, city directories, photographs, and more.

This site presents digitized primary source materials from the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System Genealogy and Rare Book Room.  Copyright and Fair Use Statement and Citation Information.

Certain portions of the materials on this website are protected under copyright laws. These materials have been made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, but may not be used for any commercial purpose. Permission to make a single copy of any material on this website through print, photocopying, or downloading to a computer terminal is granted without the need to seek prior consent, on the express condition that you properly cite the source in all copies. (Please see the citation information below.)

For other uses of materials from this website (for example, commercial products, publication, broadcast, mirroring, reuse on a website, or anything else that does not fall under concepts relating to "fair use") you are required to seek permission from Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System in advance. Contact information is given below. When requesting permission, please be prepared to refer specifically to the information you intend to use and provide details regarding your planned use.

Those inquiring about these uses should contact:

Jana V. Mitchell, Manager, Digital Projects
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library
200 E. 8th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR  71601 
Telephone: (870) 534-2159.   E-Mail:

Materials should be cited as:, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. 

New Book added to Genealogy Holdings

In her fourth memoir, Sundays with TJ, author Janis F. Kearney attempts to answer the one question most asked of 107-year-old Thomas James "TJ" Kearney:  What was the magical recipe to his longevity, his continued health and his passion for life?  The author and daughter answers the question the only way she knows how: by telling TJ Kearney's life story.  The writer deftly takes readers on an unforgettable journey as she chronicles the life and times of the centenarian whose life began just 40 years after slavery, in the atypically southern town of Lake Village, Arkansas.  TJ's early childhood, she writes, was shaped by his early losses, and his fascination with steamboats, trains and the Mississippi River.  Janis F. Kearney offers her readers glimpses of the many facets of an adoring son, a wanderer and roustabout, a cotton sharecropper, and a loving husband and father of 19 children.  After all is said and done, Kearney asserts; the wise and witty centenarian lived an amazing life, and left with few regrets.  The regrets, he said at 107; were the people he didn't meet, the places he never visited . . . if only he had more time. 

President William J. Clinton stated, "I was always fascinated to hear how TJ and Ethel managed to feed, clothe and shelter their kids, and even more; how they were able to find the right mix of love and discipline to allow them all to become their own persons, different in fascinating ways yet bound together as a family."