Special Collections

Department of Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections will be closed to the public May 11 – June 9 for installation of new flooring.

The Blues Archive

Blues ArchivesThe Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi acquires and preserves blues and blues-related materials in a variety of formats for scholars and blues fans alike. With thousands of sound recordings, photographs, videos, books, periodicals, newsletters, research collections, memorabilia, and more the Blues Archive houses one of the largest blues collections in the world. Highlights include B. B. King’s personal record collection, the Jim O’Neal and Amy van Singel / Living Blues Collection, the Trumpet Records Collection, the Sheldon Harris Collection, the John Richbourg Collection, and the Percy Mayfield collection.

Established in 1984, the Blues Archive serves not only students and faculty within the University of Mississippi, but researchers worldwide. This non-circulating collection is located within the Department of Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library. The Archive is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, except during selected University holidays.

Please see the Blues Subject Guide for help with blues research.

Please contact the department if you are planning research, wishing to organize a tour, or have any questions not answered on this site.


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