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Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections contains papers, photographs, films, and sound recordings related to Mississippi, the University of Mississippi, and the American South. The four units within the department, Traditional Special Collections, the Blues Archive, the Visual Collections, and the Modern Political Archive, are managed by five faculty members and two staff who assist numerous patrons with their research needs. They also give regular presentations on Mississippi’s history and culture. Another function of Special Collections is the creation of exhibitions; the upcoming exhibit entitled “William Faulkner’s Books: A Bibliographic Exhibit” will open in January 2014 and remain up for a year. Digitization of materials in Special Collections is also a priority as reflected in the large amount of our materials now online in our digital collections.

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Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections contains papers, photographs, films, and sound recordings related to Mississippi, the University of Mississippi, and the American South. There area four units within the department:


General Special Collections

Besides our rare book collection we have over 800 manuscript collections. These manuscript collections contain manuscripts of several sorts: literary; civil war; civil rights; family histories; business history, etc.


Blues Archive

The Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi acquires and preserves blues and blues-related materials in a variety of formats for scholars of the blues, African American studies, and southern culture.


Visual Collections

Visual Collections mission is to acquire, preserve, and make accessible photography, moving image and audio materials relating to the University of Mississippi, the state of Mississippi, and the American South.


Modern Political Archives

The Modern Political Archives encourages research in private papers documenting Mississippians and their government at the national and state levels.

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