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Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:52pm by Jennifer Ford
On November 20, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice Main Building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in honor of the former attorney general. Part of the celebration included an exhibit entitled The Kennedy Justice Years 1961-1964. The extensive display included materials related to Robert F. Kennedy, the Kennedy family, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A former U.S. Deputy Marshal who was aiding with photo identifications for the display, Graham E. Same - shot in the throat in the line of duty during the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962 - expressed interest in visiting the exhibit.


Friday, June 30, 2017 - 9:23am by Jennifer Ford

Today’s blog post highlights an 18th century Revolutionary War collection from the University of Mississippi Libraries’ Department of Archives & Special Collections, in honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday. The Skipwith Revolutionary War Collection consists primarily of the papers of Nathanael Greene, Major-General of the Continental Army. The papers were gifted to the University by Mississippian Kate A. Skipwith, a descendant of General Greene.


Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:31am by Jennifer Ford

The University of Mississippi Libraries' Department of Archives & Special Collections will have special exhibit viewing hours this Saturday (June 24th) for its bicentennial exhibit, "Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood" in conjunction with this weekend's North Mississippi Bicentennial Events in Oxford.

Please come visit Special Collections (third floor, JD Williams Library) from 12 pm to 4:30 pm this Saturday to see the recently opened exhibition dedicated to 200 years of Mississippi history! For more information please contact 662.915.7408 or jwford@olemiss.edu


Friday, June 23, 2017 - 9:19am by Jennifer Ford

The national capital occasionally hosts premieres and advance showings for films…events which provide movie studios with an opportunity to invite the powerful and prominent.  The programs and invitations featured in two recently installed exhibit cases on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library are from the collection of William M. “Fishbait” Miller housed in the UM Department of Archives & Special Collections' Modern Political Archives. Miller, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, served as Doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives (1949-1953, 1955-1974).


Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:22pm by Jennifer Ford

Special Collections cordially invites you to the official opening reception for its current bicentennial exhibition, “Mississippi: 200 Years of Statehood" on Wednesday, June 21st from 5 pm-7 pm. The program will feature a video statement from former Governor William Winter and a keynote address by author, journalist and editor W. Ralph Eubanks entitled, “Mississippi History and its Interpretation.” There will be refreshments and a chance to spend some time viewing the exhibit before and after the program. The official bicentennial exhibit reception was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. The event is free and open to the public.


Friday, June 16, 2017 - 4:43pm by Jennifer Ford

Please join us on Monday, June 19th at at noon for a panel discussion about The Mississippi Encyclopedia with the editors and some library contributors. Location: Department of Archives & Special Collections (third floor, JD Williams Library). For further information please call Special Collections at 662.915.7408. Hope to see you there!

Mississipi Encyclopedia Panel Discussion Flyer


Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 3:53pm by Jennifer Ford

The University of Mississippi Medical Center opened in Jackson, MS in 1955, but its beginnings date to 1903 when a two-year medical school was established on the parent campus in Oxford. The Jackson campus has been home to some of the greatest innovations in cardiothoracic and transplant surgery, including two of the world’s first organ transplants by Dr. James D. Hardy.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:45pm by Jennifer Ford

Born May 19, 1949, Drew, Mississippi native Archie Manning dominated the field as the starting quarterback for the University of Mississippi's football team from 1969-1971. Manning, considered to be one of the University's finest players, ended his career with 5,562 yards of total offense which included a school record of 56 touchdowns. Manning earned All-America and All-SEC honors in both 1969 and 1970, as well as being named the Mississippi Sportsman of the Year (1969). A two-time favorite for the Heisman Trophy, Manning was fourth in the 1969 voting and third in 1970. He has received numerous other honors, such as his induction to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.


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