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
- Composer Donates Scores to Blues Archive
- Grammy-Nominated Blues Musician Cedric Burnside Remembers his Roots
- Andrew Mellon Foundation Recognizes Invisible Histories Project
- A Walk-through of The Blues Collection at J.D. Williams Library – Tennessee Valley Uncharted
Please note: Special Collections has implemented new policies for accessing materials in response to our current state regarding the pandemic. Please take a moment to review these new policies.
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.