Welcome to Archives & Special Collections
The Department of Archives & Special Collections contains archival papers, photographs, films, and sound recordings related to Mississippi, the Blues, the University of Mississippi, and the American South. The four units within the department, General Special Collections, the Blues Archive, the Visual Collections, and the Modern Political Archive, are managed by four curators and a Library Specialist who assist numerous patrons with their research needs. They also give regular presentations on Mississippi’s history and culture.
In The News
- Aug. 23 event spotlights artifacts of the late Tupelo business leader, civil rights movement icon
- ‘No Two Alike’ Exhibit Highlights University’s Unique Collections
- “Using the Archives to Explore Faulkner’s 2018 Common Reading Short Stories” — October 9, 2018
- “The Place of Faulkner: History and Place in Tippah and Union County” – October 11, 2018
- “Unearthing the Past with History Bones: Miniature Historical Scenes by Lee Harper “- October 31, 2018
- “Faulkner’s Native American World: Fiction and Reality” – November 7, 2018
In 1979, Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Carnegie Public Library director Sid Graves founded the Delta Blues Museum, the first museum in the world dedicated to the blues. The Sid Graves Collection features correspondence, photographs, and more related to the museum and Grave’s personal life. There are also materials related to the Mississippi Library Association and various Mississippi literary figures.