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Finding aid for the Betty Mermelstein Collection



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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections ( at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Mermelstein, Betty
Betty Mermelstein Collection
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
1 oversized box (1.67 linear feet)
The Betty Mermelstein Collection features two exceptionally well captioned photo album scrapbooks and assorted ephemera. The albums document the teenage years of Betty Mermelstein of Natchez, home to the oldest Jewish community in Mississippi, with its first service reportedly held in 1800. Betty attended Natchez High School where she was a clarinetist and member of the pep squad. These albums appear to have been compiled around her senior year in 1946, but some of the photos are earlier. Many photos depict her life at school showing her large group of friends on picnics, primping for class, around campus, frolicking at the beach, a horse farm and more. Others show her extended family, Betty posed in front of her parents retail shop, and road trips. Many of the captions provide extra detail regarding what was going on before the photo, events after them, and her personal thoughts, both about herself and the lives who touched her. At least 50 photos show men in uniform and a scattered series shows her friend, Sam Schwarz, serving in France and Germany and England during World War II.

Preferred Citation

Betty Mermelstein Collection (MUM00789), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Access Restrictions

The Betty Mermelstein Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

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.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alan Munshower. Finding aid created by Alan Munshower.

Alternative Formats

Scrapbooks from this collection have been digitized and made available online:

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Controlled Access Headings


  • black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi -- Religion


  • Judaism--United States
  • World War, 1939-1945--United States

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Collection Inventory


Scrapbook 1 

Scrapbook 2