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Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Rowland, Dunbar, 1864-1937
Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland Collection
1.0 Linear feet (1 box)
Mixed materials [Boxes]
The Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland Collection consists mainly of correspondence between Dr. Rowland and his family, work associates, and friends. The remainder of the collection is made up of notes, speeches, and tributes by and for Dr. Rowland.

Preferred Citation

Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland Collection (MUM00397). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

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Biographical Note

Born in Oakland, Mississippi, Dunbar Rowland was the first director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1902. During his service as director (a position he held until his death), Rowland established a museum in the new Capitol building in 1903 and secured portraits of prominent Mississippians for the state Hall of Fame. Rowland also travelled extensively to examine French, England, and Spanish archive holdings that document the early history of Mississippi. In 1906, Dunbar Rowland married Eron Opha Gregory, a native of Okolona, Mississippi. A historian in her own right, Eron worked closely with Dunbar at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. After Dunbar's death in 1937, Eron served as interim director of the state archives until a successor could be named. Afterwards, Eron maintained the Rowland Historical Library at her home in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Access Restrictions

No known restrictions.

Use Restriction

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Custodial History

These materials were maintained by Eron Rowland until her death in 1951. They were donated by her niece, Anne Smith.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Source of Collection

The Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland Collection was a gift from Anne Smith.

Processing Information

Processed by University of Mississippi Department Special Collections Staff.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Rowland, Dunbar, 1864-1937
  • Rowland, Eron, 1861-1951


  • Libraries -- Mississippi

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

 1 Correspondence. 1888-1900 

 2 Correspondence. 1900-1906 

 3 Correspondence. 1906-1909 

 4 Correspondence. 1909-1931 

 5 Correspondence. 1937-1950 

 6 Correspondence, undated. 

 7 Map of Pearl River (Copy). 1732 

 8 License to Practice Law in Mississippi for Dunbar Rowland. 1887 

 9 Invoice from M.E. Carpenter to Dunbar Rowland. 12 December 1890 

 10 Order of Columbus Benefit Certificate. 1899 

 11 Speech by Dunbar Rowland. 1900 

 12 Notes on the work of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 1902-1927 

 13 Wedding Announcement for Eron and Dunbar Rowland. 1906 

 14 Pen and Ink sketch of Dunbar Rowland. 1908 

 15 Atlantic Transport, Passenger List and Programme of Sports and Games. 1910 

 16 Daughters of Confederate Verterans Certificate of Membership. 1916 

 17 "The Town Hall Club" Bylaws, House Rules and Membership List 1928 

 18 "Agranulocytosis: A Case Report" 1931 

 19 Memorial Day Resolutions of the Mississippi State Bar. 12 September 1938 

 20 Daughters of the American Revolution Yearbook. 1939-1940 

 21 Comments read at the unveiling of portrait of Dunbar Rowland. 1942 

 22 Poem written by Dr. P.W. Rowland during World War, undated. 

 23 "Dunbar Rowland, Historian and Historians" by W.A. Evans, undated. 

 24 "Resolution", a poem written by W.A. Ellis on death of Dunbar Rowland. 

 25 "Data Sheet", filled out by Dr. and Mrs. Dunbar Rowland, undated. 

 26 Honors and tributes for Dr. Rowland. 

 27 Newspaper clippings. 

 28 Postcards. 

 29 Invitations. 

 30 Miscellaneous.