Tim Nutt named head of UA special collections department

Timothy G. Nutt

Photo by Russell Cothren, courtesy UA

Timothy G. Nutt was appointed head of the special collections department of the University of Arkansas Libraries, UA officials announced Monday.

Nutt has served as the interim head of special collections since February and as assistant head of the department since 2009. Prior to that, he served as the manuscripts and rare books librarian since 2005.

During his time at the university, Nutt has acquired more than 300 manuscript and book collections and overseen the processing of 185 collections, according to a news release.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead special collections, one of the premier academic archives in the Southeast, as it continues its mission of preserving and promoting the rich history of Arkansas,” said Nutt. “Throughout our history, Arkansans have significantly contributed to the state, national and international communities, and special collections will continue to document their stories.”

Nutt was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2011 from the university’s Honors College for his work mentoring Honors College students in archival practices as well as for his contributions to teaching and research.

He has published extensively on Arkansas history and also writes, directs and performs in historical reenactments for the Washington County Historical Society. He currently serves as the president of the Arkansas Historical Association.

Nutt, a native Arkansan from Bigelow, holds a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma. In 2005, Nutt was inducted into the Academy of Certified Archivists—one of only 13 certified archivists in the state of Arkansas.